6th GRADE THRU COLLEGIATE LEVEL PROFESSIONAL STRENGTH TRAINING
We keep it simple here at Develop The Athlete, from this website to our training approach. We first diagnose the athletic (not sport specific) level each and every athlete we train is at when he/she arrives. The first approach is assessing if they are actually conditioned to the point that they know how to use their body appropriately for basic movements such as squats, pushups, and pullups.
These simple exercises are not so simple and many young athletes cannot perform them properly. The posterior chain, including scapula and shoulder strength, as well as balanced, strong hips and pelvis muscles are critical to any athlete. These muscular systems/areas hold the foundations, or beginning, to all human movement and all distal joints and muscles work in concert with these two main areas to perform the task at hand. In order for athletes to perform, these areas must be the focus in which all training is planned around.
Once movement patterns are corrected, strengthened and muscle memory is trained adding outside components of strength development, including sleds, kettlebells, ropes and more can proceed.