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In no specific order, their answers are as follows:

“Today’s athlete needs more than just a base program of strength training to get the job done. Unfortunately, the general mindset in today’s typical athlete is that “More muscle equals better performance, therefore I must gain muscle because Coach X says I need some on me.” Hence, their own training research usually digs up the bodybuilding books or magazines for their guidance. And the ads in there for Super Whey Protein Mass Gain 1000 Turbo Drink don’t help matters any. What they get caught up in is more time spent in the weight room on the weights will equal better performance, and that is not the case. I once had an athlete I was training for a combine tryout. He lifted 2x a day for 4 5 days a week, sometimes 6. He was on a high calorie diet, and the end result was in just after 3 weeks of this ‘gain weight now’ approach, his vertical height dropped by 10% and his 40 yard dash time increased by .3 seconds. Not the types of performance numbers you want to see when you’re trying to increase vertical height, and decrease the 40 yard time. He was so caught up in the ‘gain weight’ mindset with the lifting he failed to spend the quality time on his performance needs. Today’s athlete needs more than just weight lifting, in any single or multiple planes of motion, to get the job done for overall conditioning. You can’t mimic a sprint without doing a sprint, for instance. So, regardless of what type of program you are doing for strength training, you still need ‘basic skill work done on conditioning your body for your sport’s demands. Weights won’t do it alone. I don’t think we will ever have athletes fully stay away from the bodybuilding genre, but with professional guidance and assistance, trainers and strength coaches can help them out to develop them into fully functional all around athletes.”

Rob Pilger, CPT:

“If you look at the injuries sustained in sports, or daily activities, they happen mostly in the frontal and transverse plane. Why not the sagital? People train the most in this plane. So training should include frontal and transverse exercises. Or exercises that include all planes in one exercise, ex. supine lateral ball roll. One needs only to look at the requirements of the task, or sport, to see what planes predominate.

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Maybe some trainers have overkill with the sagital plane, exercise, and tend to neglect the frontal and transverse plane exercises, or vise versa. If a person has trouble with a sagital plane exercise, descend it, teach it right, can’t do a push up, do a wall push up.

Sagital plane exercise should not be neglected, or down played, depending on the persons training age, background, preparedness, they will perform these exercises differently. They obviously should be able to perform sagital plane movements. People think they know how to lift, make sure their motor control is solid.

I think some trainers like to get ahead of themselves, just to seem cool, or innovative. Trainers need to do a movement pattern assessment to see what the client can or can’t do. I like Paul Chek’s method of looking at the Squat, Lunge, Bend, Twist, Pull, and Push. See how the client performs these, and ascend, or descend, accordingly.

Programs just need to be balanced, to keep clients strong, and stable. Neglecting planes to be trained can cause imbalance. Frontal, and transverse plain exercises need to be trained in for balance, and for avoidance of injury.

It makes no sense, to discard sagital plane exercise, or limit them, just make sure they do not make up the entire program,

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I think this is the real issue to be wholesale falcons jerseys dealt with. So, this is simple, look at the task the client uses, and look at what planes of motion the task is performed in. This will make up your program design. Just make sure there is balance, and the needs are addressed.”

Dr. Kwame Brown, CSCS:

“Bottom line: If an athlete has success because of his or her size, then that athlete will have greater success still if they actually know how to move!!! So, yes the athlete needs to be challenged in all planes. Sagittal plane work such as lunges is essential, because much of the time athletes must, at least briefly, support on one leg. Movements like lunges also assist in developing an athlete’s ability to use different muscle groups together to make a movement stronger, or more robust (known as synergy). Rotational work should be done as well, but this does not mean rotating the trunk through large ranges of motion. Most of what the trunk does during athletic movements is act as a resistive conductor of energy between the arms and legs. What I mean by this is that the trunk stores and transfers energy. Take the tennis serve for example. The power comes from the legs a