May 3 "Nature does nothing uselessly." - Aristotle
A reader from South Africa writes to us about our Swiss Ball article,
"I am busy going my course in the Swiss Ball please could you help me? I would like to know what a non-postural muscle is?
Your help would be appreciated. Kind regards."
What Chen was referring to was training postural muscles in a non-postural fashion. Some of the postural muscles are referred to as stabilizer muscles to most. They are some of the muscles that balance the body and enables you to stand upright. This can be done with a swiss ball but will do little to enhance athletic ability in an athlete's specific sport because they are not task specific.
A high school student writes,
"I am a junior right now in high school and I was wondering if you could give me some things to do to increase my speed (40 time) and stamina. Currently, I weigh about 246 and am 6 feet tall. I'm trying to get down to 235 to play linebacker next year. Also my current 40 time is 4.9. so if you could please give me some help and pointers I would really appriciate that. Thank you!
First, it is important that you visit with your coach and do what he wants you to do. Outside of that we suggest that you keep increasing your strength with slow controlled movements. Keep in mind Olympic lifting and plyometrics (this includes box jumping and those platform shoes or whatever they're called) are not a necessary part of training for speed or strength. One area that you can work on would be to reduce your reaction time. In a timed 40, practice your starts on a cadence that someone is giving and react to the "go" as quickly as possible. Run 40 yards if that is the distance you are trying to improve. We suggest practicing your 40 twice a week and strength train 2-3 times per week.
Keep up the great work. Your site has quickly become one of my favorites.
We have this e-mail taped to our office door! That means a lot coach, thanks. We hope others are as happy with the progress we're making as we are.
Mystery Guest: Junior Seau
[Correctly guessing Junior were Coach Bryzcki, Princeton; Aaron Vitt, Moberly, MO; Coach Bryan, Winter Haven FL. ]
"This week's mystery guest is not a strength coach. He "played linebacker and tight end as a senior for Oceanside High School. He earned CIF San Diego Section defensive player of the year, all-state and USA Today All-USA honorable mention as well as North County and Avocado League offensive player of the year. He was named to California's All-Academic team with a 3.6 GPA. "
"After nine NFL seasons, many experts consider our mystery guest to be the best linebacker in football today. He has started 140 of 141 regular season games during his career, and is averaging 119.8 tackles per season. He can bench press 500 lbs. (No that is not a typo, 500.) He has been named to nine consecutive Pro Bowls.As a pro player, he established a charitable organization designed to benefit local San Diego youth programs. In 1994 he was named the True Value Hardware NFL Man of the Year. "
"In 1997 his bar & grill was voted "Best Sports Bar" by the San Diego Restaurant Association. And he trains in a Non-Olympic training program."
**Note** Much of this bio was taken from www.nfl.com and Junior Seau Appreciation page.