It used to be that all a student was expected to do was train on the skills required for their sport of choice. Sometimes this included cross training, but in most cases it focused primarily on technique-improving drills. However, this approach is no longer sufficient for helping athletes to fully develop their athletic skills. This is why Competitive Edge is proud to offer weight training through Sport Performance Optimum Training (S.P.O.T.) for our student athletes.
What Is Sport Performance Optimum Training?
S.P.O.T. is a training method designed to improve speed, strength, stamina, stability and flexibility. This is achieved by practicing a variety of exercises and drills which are customized to help students develop their sport-specific areas of opportunity. S.P.O.T. can be practiced one-on-one, as a team or as part of a small group. It is a fun and diverse workout, which teaches students proper form and technique when using Nautilus and Precor machines, along with a variety of strength and resistance apparatus. Our older and more advanced students will also be introduced to free weights and kettlebells. All students will learn to use their own body weight for resistance training.
A Complete Body Workout for a Well-Rounded Athlete
Our S.P.O.T. training sessions are the perfect complete body workout. Since every athlete has muscle groups they use more than others, S.P.O.T. helps maintain balance. Many of our students utilize these training sessions as off-season training. S.P.O.T. can also be used in-season as a method of optimizing performance. These head-to-toe sessions are designed to develop sport-enhancing:
- Strength and resistance
- Cardiovascular endurance
- Multidirectional movement
- Plyometrics (or jump training)
Why S.P.O.T. Works
There are a variety of reasons why S.P.O.T. helps to improve athletic performance. For starters, most sport practices have a limited amount of student-specific skills training. While a coach may suggest that an athlete spend more time improving their acceleration, there is only so much time on the track, field or court for athletes to practice individually. Train in S.P.O.T. to further develop a skill such as acceleration and running form, first step quickness and how to change directions with minimal loss of speed will be key focuses of training. This is, of course, just one of many examples. Regardless of the sport-specific skills to be developed, cardio stamina and endurance is a primary focus of training.
S.P.O.T. for Athletes Ages 7 thru Adult
If you are concerned that S.P.O.T. sounds too aggressive for elementary through high school age training, there is no need to worry. Competitive Edge prides itself on safe training, where developing skills designed to reduce injury and wear and tear are of top priority. We train in the following four age divisions: 7 to 9, 10 to 13, 14 to 17, and 18 and up. This helps to ensure that the group has similar capabilities. As always, we keep our group sessions small to ensure that exercises are modified to meet each athlete’s individual needs.
To learn more about the benefits of S.P.O.T., or any of our sport-specific training options, reach out to Competitive Edge today!
Competitive Edge aims to develop the “complete athlete” using performance sports training in Woodbridge, VA and surrounding areas. Members are able to enhance their athletic performance and develop a competitive edge to excel in their desired sport.