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Offline Wendylady

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Title Changed: Agility Training?
« on: May 17, 2012, 12:14:09 AM »
Hi all!

I've been ramping up my physical activity. I do yoga a few times per week (flexibility & balance, some strength). Also I've been circuit training on weights and do a bit of cardio on the days I'm not lifting.

What I'm seeing that I've lost over time is... I'm not sure what you call it! It's happening with age. It has to do with being quick, I guess - or being able to jump on/off of things. I don't feel very AGILE is the best way to describe it, I guess.

I'm seeing lots of improvements with the other things I'm doing, but not in this area. Is it jumping specifically I need to do a bit of, is it something that will improve eventually with my activities - or is there a type of exercise (calisthenics?) that covers this?

If I'm not even making sense, just let me know & I'll try to explain it better.
« Last Edit: May 17, 2012, 12:24:22 AM by Wendylady »

Offline Wendylady

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Re: What Type of Exercise am I Looking For?
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2012, 12:23:09 AM »
Okay... DERP.

It took thinking about this for DAYS and finally posting to figure out that yes, it is AGILITY type training I'm looking for. To be quick on my feet.

There's not much in the forum on this - really nothing. So here goes. Do any of you do agility training? I'm busy researching but finding a lot of things that are specific to particular sports. I'm looking for the type of agility training that perhaps a cross-fitter might do - that I can tailor to my abilities, of course. Thanks!


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Re: Title Changed: Agility Training?
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2012, 04:16:53 PM »
Look up 'movenat'.  Gymnastics will also really help you if you can find an adult gymnastics classes.  Some types of dance might help, so long as you stay away from Zumba.

In the meantime, throw some burpees, frog jumps and sprawls into your circuits, that should help.   Some games like basketball, frisbee and even tag are good for this as they involve quick changes in direction, sprints and jumps.

I don't do specific agility training but as an ex-dancer I don't have massive issues with it, and my krav maga and kickboxing classes involve lots of conditioning exercises that help (plus boxing and kicks)

I think a lot of speed is to do with strength and endurance.  When doing some of the jumps in my class, I lack the strength and fitness to keep good form for the whole set

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Re: Title Changed: Agility Training?
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2012, 12:00:59 AM »
   Some games like basketball, frisbee and even tag are good for this as they involve quick changes in direction, sprints and jumps.



I'm thinking beach volleyball - get some sun at the same time
« Last Edit: June 24, 2012, 12:52:59 AM by el cogollero »

Offline Warren Dew

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Re: Title Changed: Agility Training?
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2012, 12:09:37 PM »
I think a big part of agility is leg and foot strength.  Regularly going up stairs 2 or 3 at a time can help a lot with leg strength.  If you want to get serious about foot strength, you could try this exercise:

http://cavemanforum.com/diet-and-nutrition/marathon-runner-and-new-to-paleo-help!-%28a-bit-long-sorry%29/msg65024/#msg65024


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Re: Title Changed: Agility Training?
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2012, 02:34:43 PM »
I think a big part of agility is leg and foot strength.  Regularly going up stairs 2 or 3 at a time can help a lot with leg strength.  If you want to get serious about foot strength, you could try this exercise:

http://cavemanforum.com/diet-and-nutrition/marathon-runner-and-new-to-paleo-help!-%28a-bit-long-sorry%29/msg65024/#msg65024

barefoot shoes really help with foot strength as well.  I feel much more agile and lighter on my feet in my vibrams

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Re: Title Changed: Agility Training?
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2012, 08:51:58 AM »
I've been thinking about trying Parkour.  There's a gym in my area that offers classes.  They use all kinds of obstacles to jump over, hang from, climb through, etc.  Seems like it would be good agility training.