If you’re ever played a sport that required you jump, then you know the higher your jump the better. I remember watching basketball when I was younger and dreamed of being able to dunk like Michael Jordan. However, I was on the shorter side: 5 feet 5 inches with a standing reach of 7 feet 1 inch. This didn’t stop me from figuring out how to reach the heights that(taller) professional athletes achieved. It took a lot of work and experimentation, but I figured out a way to increase my jump from 15 inches to a massive 36 inches! I still can’t dunk, but I’m getting closer. And I’m going to show you how I doubled my vertical jump. Continue reading Increase your Vertical Jump
By: Nathan Thomas Hoang
The World Cup is months away and soccer fever is in full swing. The weather this time of the year is ideal for playing soccer, so let’s talk about simple exercises to improve strength and flexibility in order to get an edge above the competition.
- First and foremost, make sure you do these exercises with attentiveness and caution.
- Also, I cannot stress the importance of stretching before doing any sort of physical activity. It may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many athletes underestimate the importance of stretching. Continue reading Getting better at the “beautiful game”
Written by: Nam (Nathan) Hoang
Football is a changing sport and it shows throughout all levels of the game from Pop Warner to the NFL. Finding success in a sport that is rapidly changing is not an easy task, but it can be done.
Coaching at all levels now include instructing players to play the game differently to adapt to changes the sport is going through due to the trickle-down effect of the NFL. As the NFL makes significant changes to how the game is played at the highest level, all levels of football must follow suit to instruct players differently to make sure what they are being taught will translate to NFL success. Simply, a player cannot be successful in the highest level of the sport if making the jump from college to the NFL means playing almost a completely different game. One of the most significant and controversial changes made is the NFL’s always changing guidelines for tackling. Players at all levels are now instructed to tackle a completely different way, which makes it extremely difficult for players who have been tackling a different way for many. A quick example would be that before recent years, defensive players were able to tackle the quarterback in almost any way they could, but now there is a “strike zone” where the players are allowed to make a legal hit. Rule changes will constantly change the game and they are out of the control of all players, but players can still excel under these circumstances by perfecting and refining what they can control
The Power Snatch is a variation of a full snatch (a.k.a. squat snatch) that limits lower body movement. This exercise is commonly used by weightlifters to help develop power and strengthen a portion of the pull during the snatch. Not only does it build upper back strength, but also an athletes external rotators. It proves to be vital for many athletes to learn this movement as it also helps develop vertical jump.
Much like the snatch, the power snatch can be executed in various positions: floor, below knee, above knee, or hip.
Here is a video of a power snatch from the floor coupled with a snatch from above knee. You will see the difference in catch heights. The power snatch is caught higher and a snatch is caught in the squat position.