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SAQ for SOCCER!

Soccer is one of the top sports world wide, both in popularity and in physical demands. Each soccer position and athlete needs high levels of conditioning and strength training to perform at competitive levels. Over the past 20+ years Performance Training, Inc. (PTI) has been refining its approach to Soccer Specific Training both in the weight room and on the field with SAQ training.

SAQ stands for Speed, Agility, and Quickness it is a cornerstone of the PTI training method and brand, especially when it comes to Soccer Training. PTI’s soccer training SAQ programs are based off the highest level instruction and physical knowledge. SAQ Training is proven to improve athletic performance in a variety of ways: from sprint speed, to change of direction, and even reaction speed! Imagine being able to react faster than your opponent, make a cut and break away from the pack! That is what you can get from training with PTI’s SAQ instructors.

Not all SAQ training is equal. As with any professional service, dedication, time, and effort are prerequisites to providing the highest possible standards. PTI’s trainers all have had hundreds of hours of education specifically with SAQ and sport specific training. We ask our staff and our clients, how will you be defined?

With PTI you can be sure that we will help you to define success!

Stretching tips for athletes!

We all know the saying “If you don’t use it, you lose it” but what about all the information wrapped in between the lines? You know, the things that you become interested in knowing only when it applies to you! For example, when you decide to do that 5K with a friend and you’ve heard that it can be beneficial to stretch but you have no idea as to exactly how or why? Here is some information that you may find beneficial when it comes to understanding the full benefits of stretching!

-Warming-up (ex. light jog) BEFORE stretching can help improve joint flexibility and achieve a higher range of motion! Just think about it, lets relate your body to an oven!  When you want your best results do you just throw all the ingredients in and then turn the oven on, or do you warm the oven up first?  By warming that core temperature of your body before stretching you can improve the elasticity of your muscles and better prepare you for your competition or sudden external forces (minimize injury)! Just remember to not over stretch before activity. Keep it simple and only hold your stretches for a maximum of 20 seconds

Stretching after activity can improve the longevity of your flexibility! While your muscles are warm and elongated you can stretch to preserve the increased lengthening from activity! And remember stretching is a skill and with time it can have a huge positive impact on performance and  your normal activity/routine.