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What are the 3 Keys to Athletic Success?-->, FF Insider#102
July 05, 2011
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Inside this Issue:

To bring you the very best information, this newsletter focuses on awareness of the training principles for young athletes, and how to use them to make sure your coach is on the right track. Enjoy!

1. Performance: 3 Keys to Athletic Success

2. Performance II: 5 Ways Physical Training can Improve your Golf Game

3. Special Announcements

4. Motivational/Inspirational Quote

5. Thank You


3 Keys to Athletic Success

By Jeremy S. Hoy,MS, CSCS, NASM, NASE, Performance Scientist

As a sports enthusiast, did you ever stop and wonder how successful athletes get to where they are today?

The answer is simple.

They each possessed a strong desire to succeed or to achieve a specific goal. As Napoleon Hill states “the starting point of all achievement is desire.” An athlete without the desire to succeed will never achieve success. World re-known sports psychologist Dr. Denis Waitley believes that for an athlete to become successful, they must possess the desire to do so within his/her own self.

Motivation is a product of desire, and no matter how much a coach tries to motivate an athlete, without desire nothing great will be accomplished, and more importantly, nothing great will ever be sustained. Dr. Waitley in his over 30 years in the sports psychology industry and experience with professional and Olympic athletes has determined that it is not a coach’s job to motivate, but rather to find the desire within each athlete and allow each to find his/her own motivation. The role of the coach is to provide the knowledge and plan to help each athlete achieve success.

The second key to becoming successful as an athlete is either obtaining the knowledge or finding someone who has the knowledge to help you on your journey. Take, for example, an athlete who wants to play in the NHL. Obviously he will need to learn a lot about hockey, including skating, stickhandling, and systems. Additionally, he will need to be strong, powerful, and conditioned for the game. As a young hockey player, it wouldn’t be possible to obtain all the knowledge by himself, so he must seek out coaches that can provide these for him. But, remember, without desire, the hard work and sacrifices will never happen.

And, lastly, the third key to becoming successful as an athlete is to plan, or lay out a road map for the journey. This is similar to what happened in the last paragraph. We took a generic look at what was needed to play in the NHL, and began to list some of these items. In order to achieve the NHL goal, a more specific list would need to be made, with a timeline, goals along the way, and coaches and contacts to make it all happen. If, at any point, it seems like progress is stopped, then the plan, the knowledge, or the desire would need to be re-analyzed, and any of those three items may need to be tweaked to get back on the right track towards the goal.

So, there you have it. The three keys to athletic success (or success in any endeavor) are:

1. Desire

2. Knowledge

3. Plan (RoadMap)

Dr. John Berardi, sports dietitian, uses these three keys in helping athletes optimize their diet for performance enhancement. Dr. Berardi believes that many athletes are capable of getting the knowledge and road map needed to eat correctly to maximize their training and achieve athletic success.

As a side note, however, it must be mentioned that ACTION is the key to making any plan work. Even the best laid plans are worthless without dedicated action. So, just don’t plan, but ACT!

In the world of strength and conditioning (performance enhancement training), we use these three keys to produce great results. We help athlete’s find the desire within (if they have the desire), we stay educated by reading the latest peer-reviewed scientific research in the sports performance industry, and we design programs and work with sports coaches to lay out a road map for athletic success.

For more information or comments about this article, or Dr. Berardi’s programs, please complete the form on the ‘Contact Us’ page of our website,

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Performance II:

5 Ways Physical Training can Improve your Golf Game

By Brandon Monin, MS, CSCS, TPI CGFI, Performance Scientist

For years it was believed by golfers at all levels that weight training and physically preparing for golf wasn’t effective. There are many misconceptions that are associated with weight training or physical preparation such as it will “bulk you up” or you make you less flexible and negatively impact your technique. Despite what many believe or what you have heard, there have been many research studies done in the last few years on elite level golfers that show that these misconceptions are all wrong.

Golf is a very physically demanding sport that requires consistent precision within the complexity of the swing, as well as the ability to generate explosive power through a wide range of motion. The golf swing uses the entire body to transfer power to the ball to propel the ball far and accurate. Many of the top players in the world such as Tiger Woods credit their commitment to physical preparation as one of the major reasons for their success. Golf is now a sport where physical training is an integral component to play at a high level consistently and without injury.

Specific Physical Training

There are several physical functions that need to be addressed in a training program. These include balance, posture, flexibility, core strength, peripheral strength, power, and cardiovascular function. Improving these physical functions can help improve several aspects of your golf game such as club head speed, drive distance, putting distance, stamina, and longevity.

5 Benefits of Specific Physical Training for Golf:

1. Increase Club Head Speed

Three main factors affect club head speed: Muscular force, the range of motion of the swing or flexibility, and the coordination of all the movements in a swing required to hit the ball. A proper training program will increase these factors therefore increasing the club head speed and allowing for more distance on your shots.

2. Increase Drive Distance

An increase in club head speed will ultimately increase your distance off the tee while keeping accuracy. Several studies have proven this showing an increase of as much as 9 meters in just six weeks of training.

3. Increase Putting Distance and Accuracy

With an increase of power, core stability, and balance putting distance and accuracy can be improved.

4. Increase Stamina (endurance, power endurance)

This is vital to a golfer’s performance over the entire 18 holes. The golf swing requires a very high power output that occurs 30-40 times during 18 holes of golf. An untrained golfer will fatigue decreasing one’s performance. For those who choose to walk the course improving endurance could lead to a significant decrease in handicap. Physical training can improve the golfer’s stamina (endurance) or more specifically power endurance which makes it possible to hit the last drive of the day, or the last chip of the day with the same amount of force and power, and accuracy (control) as the first one of the day.

5. Increase Longevity

A proper physical training (exercise) program will decrease the risk of injury in both junior and senior golfers, and consequently decrease the amount of time away from the sport. Injuries occur more often in senior golfers due to the natural decrease in the physical functions such as flexibility and mobility. A proper exercise program will delay these decreases in senior golfers and allow them to play well into their later decades.

As you can see a proper exercise program can improve your golf game and lower your handicap. So forget about the negative stories you’ve heard and remember the facts. Physical preparation for golfers is proven to be effective by not only solid scientific research but also thousands of golfers who chose not to believe the common misconceptions. So whether you’re young or old, a recreational or serious golfer, starting a proper exercise program could get you over the hump and lower your handicap. Besides the benefits on the course the health benefits from exercising are an added bonus.

Finish First Sports Performance offers a specific TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Golf Fitness Evaluation and Training Program by Brandon Monin, who is TPI Golf Fitness Certified. For more information, please call 866-468-2231 x820.

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  • Thank you to all the coaches and trainers who attended Coach Hoy's presentation "Physical Preparation for Ice Hockey" at the Pennsylvania State Strength and Conditioning Clinic last weekend (June 17th) at Juniata College. For those of you who missed the clinic but would be interested in learning more about the information presented, please send Coach Hoy an email requesting more info at
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Motivational Quote

"You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind."
-- Author Unknown

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Yours In Training,

Coach Jeremy S. Hoy, MS, CSCS, PES, USAW, Jump Stretch, Inc. Certified,
Elite Performance Scientist

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