training for ultimate frisbee

Review: The Foundation & F.U.T.U.R.E.

If you haven’t heard of Tim Morrill, you should take a few minutes and familiarize yourself with who he is and what he does. He’s an innovator and has been influencing and changing the way players train for ultimate.

I have been lucky enough to have a look at both of his products  – The Foundation and Future 1.0 and what follows is my review of both products.

The Foundation

Tim is a student of his craft. He doesn’t just teach it but he also learns it. The Foundation is based on the 4 athletic qualities of: Strength, Power, Speed and Agility. He’s taken all of his learning and has outlined how each quality is defined, measured, conventionally trained and how each quality can be trained without implements.

In Perfect Shape

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.

Ultimate specific training tips

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:

  1. Run fast
  2. Jump high
  3. Throw consistently/far
  4. Be a good catcher
  5. Good recovery
  6. Quick feet
  7. Good endurance
  8. Good field sense
  9. 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: