While it is true that a true triple threat on the field of competition is an athlete that embodies foundational strength, explosive power, and crisp speed and agility. Agility – or the ability to change direction with control and quickness – requires a high level of muscular coordination and neuromuscular efficiency. Speed and agility are also enhanced by coordinating the movements of the upper and lower body for maximum locomotion output.
Training the upper and lower body to work together in speed and agility drills is crucial. While it is natural to swing the arms when propelling forward, some athletes will need practice coordinating their arms with lateral and transverse movements. Awareness and practice of these paired movement patterns will improve the athlete’s ability to move and change directions.
Check out this video of how to train upper and lower body coordination with the RMT Club.