PHASE 3: INCREASED TOTAL BODY STRENGTH
The emphasis of this phase is to increase strength of muscle groups throughout the entire body and those used for the 7 primary movement patterns. Although running is thought of as primarily a lower body exercise, there are many residual benefits to increased total body strength. Strong muscles and tendons are more resilient and less prone to injury, allowing athletes to train more frequently and consistently. Strong athletes may also see an increase in efficiency of mechanics, such as longer stride length or better posture.
Instructions: Perform all 6 sets of each exercise, following prescribed repetitions of each. For lateral and unilateral exercises, perform prescribed repetitions on each side. Exercises will be performed in order with their superset. Exercise 1a* is always a jumping movement for power, and is the only exercise that has a different repetition scheme noted below.
*Jumping movement repetition scheme:
Week 1: 6×3 (Jump 6×1)
Week 2: 6×4 (Jump 6×2)
Week 3: 6×5 (Jump 6×3)
Week 4: 6×6 (Jump 6×4)
SESSION 3: UNILATERAL MOVEMENTS
The emphasis of this day is to incorporate exercises that are done with one leg or arm. These exercises cover all planes of motion and are the basis for rotational exercises in later phases.
Primer: Tibialis Raise x50, KOT Calf Raise x25 (or x25 each), KOT Split Squat 5×5 each
Break these up however necessary
1a. Vertical Jump (1to2)
1b. Front Foot Elevated Split Squat
2a. Single Leg Straight Leg Glute Bridge
2b. Side Plank w/ Adduction
3a. Hi/Lo Plank March
3b. Alternating Superman