How to Train Like an Athlete with SAQ

Why SAQ?
Remember how quick and agile you were as a child? You ran flat out on the playground, darting and dodging the other kids in games of tag. You were having fun, but you were also building valuable sport and fitness skills.
Speed, Agility and Quickness (SAQ) are fundamental to athletic performance and the hallmarks of every top-notch athlete. It’s true, some people are born with a natural ability to move swiftly and weave with precision and grace. Everyone, though, has the potential to increase their power and sharpen their response time through training. That’s because the body learns by doing. Including your body!
What is SAQ?
SAQ workouts consist of short, intense drills that require you to accelerate or decelerate quickly, while moving backward, forward or side-to-side. SAQ improves balance, power and neuromuscular firing patterns so that your movements become fast, dynamic and precise. You’ll notice improvements in your response time and your ability to change direction lightning fast—as in basketball, tennis, skiing and soccer.
Do I need SAQ?
If you like to play sports like golf, tennis, skiing or even table tennis, you’ll want to listen up. These and many other sports are explosive—and explosive sports must be trained explosively. Whether you are sprinting, rock climbing, or hitting a golf ball, there is always a critical moment where you need extra power between the waist and the knees.
This training helps protect you from injury when you are trying new sports or adding new challenges to your workouts. If you teach your muscles to fire contrary to what they are used to, you will prepare your tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints for the unexpected, and this will help prevent injury.
Oh, and SAQ is a whole lot of fun, too!
Tips:  SAQ Training
•    Before you start a SAQ program, it’s important to have a solid athletic base of strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility.
•    Proper warm-up is a must. It takes a minimum of 10 minutes to properly warm up muscles, ligaments, and joints. Try light jogging and other rhythmic-type movements like step ups and jumping jacks.
•    Quality of shoes cannot be overemphasized. Be sure that your footwear fits well, is supportive, and is made for multi-directional movement.
•    Quality of movement is paramount. Maintain proper execution and muscle control at all times.
•    Less is more. Shorten the duration of your workouts to 20-30 minutes, with full recovery between sets.
•    Remember: The emphasis is on going fast!

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