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  • In-Season Training, an evidence-based breakdown

    In-Season Training, an evidence-based breakdown

    In-season training. I just lost the attention of the majority of high school coaches (and unfortunately some college ones). But why ? It's simple really, most people don’t trust things they don’t understand fully and most coaches are knowledgeable in their respective sports, but lack some strength and conditioning knowledge. So let’s break it down. Before you (and rightfully so at this point) disregard this with a “who is this guy”, I figure I should introduce myself. I spent two years as a collegiate strength and conditioning coach as well as an additional 5 years coaching privately. In that time frame, teams I have coached have won 19 conference ....

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  • The Value of Sparta Science Force Plate Scan

    The Value of Sparta Science Force Plate Scan

    What is a force plate? A force plate is a device used to measure the forces exerted on the ground by human body. Sparta’s force plate software is used to quickly predict, diagnose and prescribe personalized plans that reduce physical limitations and improve injury resilience. How do we use this information? Gives a holistic view of performance. We transform the data into actionable insights to improve how an athlete should adjust training to maximize performance and address vulnerabilities. Utilize the force plate data along with an athlete’s play history to guide a train smarter for an honest injury mitigation strategy. Call us to book your ....

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  • The Importance of Skipping for Speed

    The Importance of Skipping for Speed

    Skipping is a speed training basic. There are several different types of skips. While many children have the benefit of enjoying a relaxed, social skip across the playground, there are many performance based skips we use for speed development. When learning performance based skips Parisi Speed School coaches are focused on proper ground contact, contralateral movements and core stiffness. Here is a look at skipping progressions. ....

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  • Speed Basics All Athletes Should Train

    Speed Basics All Athletes Should Train

    Speed development is grounded in training speed mechanics. The Parisi Speed School emphasizes speed mechanics and the appropriate applications for all athletes regardless of level. While we do not teach an 8 year old athlete the exact same as a 16 year old, they given the same foundation. and quickness, it is imperative that athletes have the proper mechanics. Without the proper mechanics, athletes will not be able to maximize their athletic potential and could have a greater risk for injury. The “A March ”, “A Skip,” and “A Run" are great examples of mechanics that remain relevant for an athlete's career. ....

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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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