The power of moving quickly and easily is what defines agility training.

This is am important component of many sports training programs. Improved agility can mean better performance, faster response and give athletes an edge over their competition.

When training for agility, it is important to carefully understand the movement patterns associated with each sport. Then design exercises that enhance that sport skills. This includes the actually movements done in the sport, the same movement broken down into its component part and finally the basic movement that underlie that skill.

Key points to consider in nimbleness training are body awareness and control, starting the exercise action, reaction, change of direction and footwork. An example of training for this type of skill would include the use of an agility ladder that is used to develop great foot speed with change of direction exercises.

This type of training is also important for everyday life. If you have ever had to run down a crowded street or jumped to avoid a pot hole in the road, you are using this skill. Mastering agility requires a combination of balance, speed, coordination and strength. Some exercises to practice this technique include running an obstacle course or dodging punches in a shadow boxing class. The balancing poses in yoga are also a great way to improve this talent.

All of exercises require good basic strength. Without adequate leg strength, there is a limit to the quality of any of the movements. Strength training 2-3 times a week is recommended to help build and maintain muscles. Use all of these drills a compliment to your regular fitness program.



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