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Conditioning Programs Davenport IA

Local resource for conditioning programs in Davenport. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to aerobic and anaerobic endurance conditioning, strength and power conditioning, speed and agility conditioning, flexibility conditioning, and body fat analysis, as well as advice and content on sport training programs.

Davenport Snap Fitness
(563) 326-2424
114 West 2nd Street
Davenport, IA
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Wacky Waters
(563) 388-9910
8228 S Fairmont St
Davenport, IA
Davenport Soccer Complex
(563) 388-5905
8991 N Division St
Davenport, IA
Morrows Academy of Martial Arts
(563) 355-5970
Davenport, IA
Miracle Ear
(563) 388-0965
N Park Mall
Davenport, IA
Scott County Family Y
(563) 322-7171
606 W 2nd St
Davenport, IA
Executive Square Fitness Club
(563) 823-1461
400 N Main St
Davenport, IA
Crow Vly Golf Club
(563) 344-5821
6300 Utica Ridge Rd
Davenport, IA
D Js Body Shop Gym
(563) 388-9449
2025 Jebens Ave
Davenport, IA
Arthur Murray Dance Studios
(563) 326-4321
221 Brady St
Davenport, IA
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General Issues in Training: A Standard Conditioning Program For All Fall Sports

Should all fall sports participants engage in conditioning programs to reduce their risk of injury and improve their athletic performance? The answer is an unqualified yes! Boys and girls? Yes. Strength athletes who play football and endurance athletes who run cross-country? Yes. Ball handling teammates who play soccer and field hockey? Yes.

Without question, all young people who compete in fall sports should perform appropriate exercise programs to enhance their physical fitness. Of course, some of the training procedures will vary based on the demands of the activity. For example, football players should emphasize power exercises such as sprinting, cross-country runners should focus on endurance exercises such as three to five mile runs, and soccer players should include both sprinting and sustained running such as 100 yard dashes and half-mile repeats.

But when it comes to muscle conditioning, I propose that a similar strength training program may be successfully applied to all of the athletes. Oh, there are some differences, such as the number of repetitions completed. Generally speaking, power athletes respond best to lower (4 to 8) repetitions with relatively heavy weightloads, endurance athletes respond best to higher (12 to 16) repetitions with relatively light weightloads, and combination athletes respond best to moderate (8 to 12) repetitions with moderate weightloads.

However, when it comes to the exercise selection all of these athletes should be strong in all of their major muscle groups. Regardless of your sport, there is no advantage in having a weak upper body or a poorly conditioned midsection. Going a step further, training some muscle groups more than others can be a serious disadvantage.

Years ago when I was a university track coach, I determined that sprinters should have powerful quadriceps muscles to explode out of the blocks, and flexible hamstring muscles to prevent hamstring pulls. All winter we strengthened their quadriceps and stretched their hamstrings, and I couldn't wait to see the results of my specialized conditioning program. As it turned out every single sprinter pulled a hamstring muscle and I was dumbfounded. What had I done wrong?

Simple. I unintentionally promoted a serious imbalance between the sprinters' opposing muscle groups. You see, a powerfully accelerating quadriceps group must be properly decelerated by a relatively strong hamstrings group. If the hamstrings muscles are significantly weaker they will be overwhelmed by the stronger quadriceps muscles, and injury is inevitable in spite of their flexibility.

So what should I have done to better condition and safeguard my sprinters? Clearly, I should have strengthened all of their major muscle groups, especially their hamstrings and quadriceps. Years later, working with the Notre Dame High School track and cross-country teams, I discovered how well the comprehensive conditioning approach really works. All of the athletes trained ...

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General Issues in Training: Can Conditioning Improve Sports Performance?

You are well aware that professional football, basketball, baseball and hockey players spend a significant amount of time doing physical conditioning to enhance their sports performance. In fact, all professional athletic teams employ strength and conditioning coaches who work closely with the players in the weight training facility. Clearly, much of the performance improvement that has occurred in professional sports over the last 10-15 years is in large part due to strength trained athletes who are stronger, faster, and more injury resistant.

Of course, most Keeping Fit readers do not play professional sports. But, think about it. If strength training works for genetically gifted athletes who are already extremely fit and exceptionally strong, how much more physical and performance improvement could be realized by recreational athletes who begin a sensible strength training program. And stronger muscles are just one side of the coin. More stretchable muscles that increase joint flexibility represent the other key aspect of higher sports skill levels.

So what can a combination of strength and flexibility exercise do for you if your sport is golf? Based on the results of our most recent research study, we know that it can seriously increase your driving distance and enable you to play more with less fatigue. Most likely, proper physical conditioning produces similar positive results in other sports, such as tennis, softball, skiing, swimming, skating, racquetball, kayaking, volleyball, bicycling, etc.

For the record, this summer, eight golfers (six men and two women) with an average age of 67 years participated in a special conditioning program designed to increase overall body strength and to enhance joint flexibility in the hip and shoulder areas. They trained about 40 minutes a day, three days a week for eight weeks. Each session consisted of 15 strengthening exercises on Nautilus machines and six stretching exercises on StretchMate apparatus. Although this advanced equipment has certain advantages, you can perform similar exercises at home as you will note at the end of this column.

The results of this basic golf conditioning program were remarkable to say the least. In just two months these senior golfers increased their club head speed by more than seven percent, from 75.5 to 81.0 mph. Assuming that every mile per hour increase in club head speed equals 2.3 yards greater driving distance, this 5.5 mph faster swing represents a 13-yard increase in hitting distance.

However, playing four hours of quality golf on a regular basis requires a reasonably high level of physical fitness, as well as a skillful swinging action. In addition to increased club head speed the exercise program produced the following benefits, on average, for participants:

Component Before
Percent Fat 20.5% 18.7% 9%
Fat Weight 35.5 lbs. 32.5 lbs. 9%...

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