I have spent years training celebrities and athletes to get them to the top of their game. Through years of experience, I learned the hard way what works and what doesn’t.
I have distilled all of this knowledge into 3 easy to follow steps that will unlock athletic potential AND lower your overall risk of injury.
The whole goal is to get your body to work synergistically and significantly improve athletic performance…
In order to do that, you have to get all the muscles in balance and firing the right way to give you the most power, speed, balance, agility, etc… that will give you a serious edge over the competition. These are my TOP 3 ways to get it done…
Secret #1 – Work the Glutes
The glutes are your butt muscles and they almost always do not work at their optimal levels. Usually, most people’s glutes are very weak and they end up relying on their quads and hamstrings.
The problem with this is that the glutes are your quarterback and the other large muscles in the legs are meant to support the glutes (like receivers and running backs).
But, if the glutes are weak, the other muscles are forced to do more than they can, which makes you slower and increases your risk of injury.
This is a huge reason why most people do NOT reach their athletic potential and suffer injuries that sideline or even end their athletic career far too early.
>> FIRE THE GLUTES
Okay, so the first things is to teach your glutes how to flex. We call this turning the muscle “on” (just like flexing your biceps).
But, when it comes to the glutes, most people cannot do it.
So, I am going to start with something very easy… Stand up and imagine you have a dollar bill between your butt cheeks.
Now, squeeze that imaginary bill so it does not fall.
Guess what? If you did that, you just fired your glutes!
There are some simple and great exercises that anyone can do to enhance this firing and get your glutes warmed up.
They are called bridges and you can watch a quick video of how to do them here >.
This is an important place to start, because you want to make sure you are able to fire the glutes when doing the strengthening exercises that come next or you will end up reinforcing bad habits (like using too much of the quads and hamstrings when doing leg exercises)…
So, do a few sets of bridges and make sure you get those glutes firing. What I usually recommend is that you rest your butt on the floor and totally relax. Then, fire the glutes and do the bridge. Then, relax again, etc…
This teaches you how to go from rest to firing these muscles and gets you ready for the next step… standing up and strengthening your glutes.
>> STRENGTHEN THE GLUTES
The best exercise for strengthening the glutes is the squat.
You do not need any weight and it should NOT hurt your low back.
Check out this quick video to learn the proper form for a squat >.
Actually, if you have access to a Swiss Ball, you can learn how to do a squat by watching this video as well: ball squat >
By learning how to do the squat (most people do this exercise wrong and do not get any benefit from it), you will strengthen your glutes significantly and this will allow your body to start functioning properly when you move.
As time goes on, you can start adding weight, but hold the weights at your side or use kettle bells to avoid straining your low back.
Next, you will be ready to do some stretching and strengthening.
The Calf StretchandCalf Raises are foundational, quick things you can do right now to start getting your calves and ankle stronger and more stable.
Like everything else, you have to learn how to do them the right way to get the most benefit, so please check out those links to make sure you do them correctly (don’t assume you know how to do them properly, since most people miss the vital details that make it effective).
As your ankles and calves become stronger and more stable, you can challenge them with more difficult exercises that will test their ability to generate power while still retaining their balance.
Obviously, this is a key factor for increasing speed, agility, quickness, etc that has a huge impact on overall athleticism.
There are obviously many other factors that go into increasing athleticism, but this is a great place to start.
If you want to learn more ways to improve athletic performance, please, take advantage of my FREE GIFT (the Dynamics of Motion System), because there are no strings attached and it will teach you all the things you need to know to achieve your fitness and athletic goals.
You can do everything from home, the park, or anywhere else without any equipment. This frees you up to dramatically improve your overall fitness, mobility, strength, etc… which will seriously take your athleticism to a whole new level.
It is all about helping your body work the way it was meant to work and fixing the issues that are getting in the way. That is how you unlock your true athletic potential!!
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