Be better: Training tips from C.J. Ham and Sanford POWER
Pro fullback C.J. Ham and Sanford POWER are teaming up to offer ongoing insight and education into athletic performance over a variety of topics:
What’s your stretching regimen?
“Stretching is very, very important. It’s good to warm up those muscles – and right after a workout. I even stretch before I go to bed, almost every night. I try to make sure I’m taking care of my muscles as often as I can.”
A proper dynamic warmup before a practice or training session is essential in preparing your body for success. Movements that help to raise your core body temperature and that mimic the exercises you are about to perform are the most effective. After you complete your training, it’s beneficial to do some active recovery techniques such as foam rolling and static stretching to help increase overall mobility and flexibility.
What are your least favorite lifts?
“I love most lifts. Like anything, there are things I don’t like doing, but they need to get done. There are workouts that you think, ‘I’m going to be sore, but I have to do them,’ and there are lifts that don’t bother me at all.
Back – lower back – is probably my least favorite lift. (Romanian Dead lifts) and working your hamstrings – and I’ve had hamstring problems in the past. But it’s important for me to do it.
It’s beneficial for athletes to identify their weaknesses in mobility, strength and power, and to design exercises into their training program to address these. In order to improve overall performance, it’s important to attack these areas of need and turn them into strengths – even if they aren’t your favorite exercises to do. Making this a priority will reduce strength imbalances in your body to improve performance and help reduce the risk of injury.