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  • Avoiding IT Band Injuries

    Explosive punching, kicking and footwork drills are staples for mixed martial artists and combat sports athletes. The nature of this type of training combined with boxing, performance and plyometrics training, places tremendous strain on the hamstrings, adductors (inner thighs), gluts (outer hip) and the IT band. To avoid tightness and stiffness in these areas most fighters part-take in the conventional stretches like straight leg hamstring stretch on the back, figure four stretch on their back center and center splits. However, these stretches do not address the tightening that occurs in the IT Band. What is the IT Band? The iliotibial band (IT) runs on the lateral portion ....

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  • Owner, Katalin Rodriguez Ogren of POW! Gym Chicago - Her Story

    Owner of POW! GYM Chicago credits her mother for supporting her unusual interest in the martial arts as a kid. A native Chicagoan who grew up on Chicago and Wells Ave. in her father’s photo/art studio. She was raised in a creative environment provided by an artistic father and brilliant mother, a Cuban exile. For over the 22+ POW! has grown and influenced both the adult and youth fitness industry. Currently, POW! offers 3 division of training: 1.) adult combat sports, strength and performance training, 2.) youth boxing, muay thai and fitness & 3.) the Parisi Speed School of Chicago. Katalin has developed a unique pedigree that represents accomplishments in the martial arts ....

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  • Amazing Camps for 1st through 3rd Graders

    Amazing Camps for 1st through 3rd Graders

    POW! camps are active, structured, and fun! Many of them are theme-based and age/grade specific. Weather permitting, camps will also include plenty of outdoor time. We visit the SKinner Park, Whitney Young campus and Sheridan Park. Our rising 1st through 3rd grade campers get a variety of programming that reflects POW!'s signature values. They will receive 2 workout classes a day. In addition to our structured classes, they participate in active games like kickboxing, tag and gaga ball. Our camp does not allow the kids to use their technology between 9:00am and 3:30pm. However, we often incorporate fun dance interactive games using technology. Our energetic campers also enjoy art class and ....

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  • Becoming More Coachable, Means you are More Recruitable- 5 Tips for Athletes

    Becoming More Coachable, Means you are More Recruitable- 5 Tips for Athletes

    The 2019 NCSA State of Recruiting Report , reveals that college coaches want more than the best high school athletes. They surveyed college athletic coaches about recruiting and identified key trends in the recruitment process. These coaches were asked to rank the following qualities: -character -athletic ability -academics -location Check out their results. Click here to read NSCA entire article. Athletes should be paying attention to the fact that 35% percent of college coaches ranked character first. This means an athlete’s coachability is a key variable in recruitability. The Parisi Speed School is different from other speed programs for many ....

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  • What does it take to get faster? High Level Speed Training

    What does it take to get faster? High Level Speed Training

    If you want to become a better athlete you need to balance out your sport skill development with improving your speed, strength and mobility. The skill of balance is an ongoing discussion in the sports performance industry. Chicago Parisi coaches are committed to helping an athlete understand the value of balance within their live. The first goal we have is building confidence in an athlete. Once we build self-esteem and an athlete is comfortable in our classes or training sessions they are then ready to learn. Speed training is more complicated than running ladder drills. Our coaches are implementing the Parisi Speed School curriculum. It is a result driven speed and ....

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  • Performance Training for Adults

    Performance Training for Adults

    Performance training is not just for youth athletes. Performance training modules offer an amazing opportunity for adult to improve their overall athleticism. Adults will benefit from improving their sprinting mechanics, jumping, landing, omniplanar movements and joint mobility. Our classes provide a wide range of regressions and progressions. We offer support to our clients and members ot make adjustments to our program. Take a look one of our early morning sessions. ....

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  • Chicago Muay Thai Training - A West Loop Gem

    Chicago Muay Thai Training - A West Loop Gem

    Muay Thai, translates to “Thai Boxing” and is the national sport of Thailand. The roots of this martial art originates from the military dating back to about the 13th century during the time of the Sukhothai Kingdom. Muay Thai is known as the “Art of 8 limbs.” Training in muay thai uses 8 points of contact namely, punches, elbows, knees and kicks. This differs it from other stand-up combat sports such as boxing (2 points - fists) and karate (4 points - fists and feet). Today, Muay Thai is practised and competed not only in Thailand, but also all around the world. The program at POW! welcomes all levels. Almost all our muay thai students participate in our ....

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  • Chicago Parisi  - Designing Team Training Strength Programs

    Chicago Parisi - Designing Team Training Strength Programs

    Parisi Speed School has been training teams with great success for over 25 years. Our methodology has helped coaches and teams from all sports improve their game, increase their record, and win the big one! Using many of the same techniques our founder used to train professional teams, as well as prepare aspiring athletes for the combine, we can help your team benefit from his proven success. ....

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  • Great Med Ball Drill for Athletic Performance

    Great Med Ball Drill for Athletic Performance

    Even if you have access to every training tool made to man, med ball work offers tremendous versatility for all athletes and fitness clients. If you are a creative coach you should be able to build med ball work into any athlete's routine. Medicine balls are timeless and have been around for over 100 years. In the video attached, the goal is to change the speed at which the ball is thrown. I find that people tend to use med balls that are too heavy for the movement pattern. I prefer to see an athlete move a lighter ball faster with a highly technical movement pattern. ....

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