What type of athlete are you?
When training for sport, there should be a clear plan to improve the skills that your position within your sport demands for you. For example, if you're a Quarterback, you shouldn't be doing the same workout as a Defensive Lineman. A Quarterback should focus on exercises that improve their range of motion, support the throwing motion and the muscles involved, while a Defensive Lineman should focus primarily on exercises to improve their raw strength and power generation.
We have broken down and categorized the positions across all sports into 3 main categories. The positions in each category share similar requirements. Chances are, if you play multiple sports, you'll find that a few of your positions fall under the same category. For example, a Wide Receiver and a Center Fielder need to have elite quickness, crazy reaction time, and the speed to capitalize when it's their chance to make a big play.
Type I- The Maverick
The Maverick Athlete is characterized by its independent requirements within sport. Positions in this category require an ability to create their own opportunities, and typically lean on their natural athletic ability and finesse. Positions under this category need to demonstrate their athletic ability, paired with a highly functional skill set in order to thrive.
Workouts for this athlete type should focus around improvement of their straight & lateral speed, agility, footwork, and developing a foundation that complements their requirement to be creative with their natural athletic ability.
Type II- The Lion
The Lion Athlete is characterized by its ability to do it all. Speed, Quickness, Strength, Endurance, Power, and the ability to hang with anyone. Athletes in this category have to be elite at a few things, and good at everything else. These positions require a lot of skill work, which must be carried throughout the game. These positions are typically the most active in their sport, and thus need training to help them execute from first play to the last one.
Workouts for this athlete type should focus on improving their ability to do everything their sport demands, accentuating their strengths, and minimizing their weaknesses.
Type III- The Ox
Enduro-Strength (the ability to carry a heavy load for an extended period of time), Stability, and Determination are the characteristics that define the Ox athlete type. Athletes in this category should be the strongest athletes on the field. So often programs for this athlete type focus on the improvement of strength, but what separates athletes in this category is their ability to quickly generate and functionally use their strength.
Workouts for this athlete type should focus around body control, strength improvement, and power. Power isn’t just how much you can bench press or squat. Power in an athletic setting is defined as the ability to quickly, concisely, and powerfully deliver.