Speed Agility and Quickness Training Builds All Around Performance
SAQ training (speed agility and quickness training for short) is intense. In essence SAQ training enhances your stability, acceleration and deceleration.
Equally as important SAQ training allows you to dynamically stabilise movement during higher levels of training.
By the same token SAQ training conditions all planes of movement. Altogether SAQ teaches the nervous system how to respond to stimuli in the fastest manner possible.
Programming for SAQ is similar to Plyometric or Reactive Training
Speed – is the velocity or distance you travel in a given amount of time
Agility – how fast you can change motioning from one direction to another
Quickness – the ability to react to external stimuli, or reaction time
In brief, SAQ trainings main goal is to enhance the athletic traits mentioned above.
Speed training is intended to increase stride rate and stride length of any exercise
Speed is the ability to move your body in one direction as fast as possible (running, cycling, rowing etc.)
Stride rate is the number of repetition or strides you can perform in a given amount of time.
Stride length is the distance that each stride or repetition can propel you forward.
Agility is the ability to start or stop movement in any given direction
In any event agility training requires high levels of neuromuscular efficiency.
SAQ training is not recommended until a comprehensive balance training program has been completed. Maintaining the center of gravity is essential during the rapid movements.
Again, agility training has many benefits
- enhanced eccentric neuromuscular efficiency and coordination
- dynamic postural control
- functional core strength
In brief, agility training makes soft tissue more extensible, which helps to prevent injury during rigorous training.
Quickness means reaction time. Essentially how long it takes the body to produce force according to stimuli
Moreover, quickness is the body’s ability to react to stimuli is critical for athletic performance.
An example of reaction time is this example. Let’s say you are driving a car, imagine if an animal jumps into your path. You want to be able to safely swerve out of the way as fast as possible to avoid collision.
Quickness trains the body to react to mental or physical stimulus, including auditory, visual, and smell.
SAQ training drills are not only for athletes. Exercises can be modified for people in all age groups
Not to mention SAQ training builds an efficient body quickly and is effective for many applications.
Uniquely, modified drills can be created for a variety of applications
In short, some of the more popular applications are
- weight loss
- elderly populations
- youth training programs
- performance enhancement for athletes
All things considered, SAQ drills build tons of lean muscle in a short amount of time.
One of the main benefits is the amount of stabilization built in such a short amount of time. In essence this style of training creates functional strength for day to day activities, as well as athletic performance.
An intelligent program makes the body stronger and able to handle the excessive forces at play during the rigorous training.
In conclusion the main point in SAQ training is to develop and enhance athletic performance.
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