As some of you may know, I am very big fan of acronyms. Today’s; ABM, always be moving, both on D and on O. This serves three purposes.
Ultimate Rob and ATP Personal Training & Bootcamps are excited to announce that they are going to be joining forces for a series of Ultimate Frisbee Bootcamps beginning in May in Calgary, Alberta.
Beginning May 1, we will be running a bootcamp for 10 weeks from 6-8p. The bootcamps will be held at Riley Park in Kensington.
The bootcamps will have 2 goals over the course of 10 weeks:
1. Improve your fitness (cardio, endurance, speed, power, recovery, flexibility)
2. Improve your ultimate skills (throwing, catching, cutting, handling, defending, reading the disc, field awareness, rules)
How often do we head to a competition in perfect shape? Cardio is up, no injuries whatsover, well rested in terms of sleep and muscles, mentally fit as we can be, and no leftover twinge in that sprained ankle, pulled hamstring, or that torn ACL.
I wish I could say that I was in perfect shape for the upcoming Canadian Ultimate Championships in Sherbrooke but the reality is that I am not. At fitness practice last week I felt like my quads wouldn’t kick in during sprints, likely because my hamstring was pulled and my SI joint was locked because I hadn’t seen my chiropractor recently.
Ever since I started playing sports, one thing I’ve loved has been the pre game warmup. When I played hockey, we’d come onto the ice to ACDC, Metallica and Guns ‘n Roses and go through our warmup drills. I remember how pumped I’d get from doing the same drills before every game. It helped calm the nerves, helped me warm up and helped me get into the right mindset to focus on the game.
The same is true for any sport.
Basketball, volleyball, soccer can all have similar warmups to hockey with loud music and the usual warmup drills.
I get asked by lots of people about training for ultimate, and what sort of things I do for fitness.
You can break this down into several parts which contribute to being a good player. In order to be successful, I believe you need to have the following:
- Run fast
- Jump high
- Throw consistently/far
- Be a good catcher
- Good recovery
- Quick feet
- Good endurance
- Good field sense
- Understanding of plays
These are important elements which make up a good player. In order to ensure that you’re good at all of these, here is what I suggest: