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Run faster, jump higher, and raise your game in any sport with the tips and strategies in this blog.

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Warm Up Like the German National Team

This past Sunday, the German national team clinched the World Cup title in an exciting 1-0 victory over Argentina. On the sidelines, EXOS founder Mark Verstegen watched on as the team he's worked with for the past 10 years and in preparation for the World Cup showed off their skills. Following the game, he spoke with The New York Times about the team's training and preparation (read the full article here). Verstegen also shared a key part of the team's training — their warm-up. Perform the eight movements below to decrease your risk of injury and improve your performance just like your favorite soccer stars do.

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Tags: Soccer, Movement Preparation

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World Cup-Inspired Strength-Building Workout

Still reeling from the excitement of the World Cup? Channel that energy into improving your own game with this World Cup-inspired workout from the Huffington Post. Designed by EXOS performance specialist Jonathan Barlow, whose worked with professional soccer players, including many who played in the World Cup, this workout will help you build the strength you need to shine on the field. 

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Tags: Training, Strength, Soccer

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3 Drills to Improve Your Running Mechanics and Speed

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It's a common misconception that reaching out in front with your foot and "grabbing" the ground in front of you when you run makes you faster. When you reach in front of yourself, it forces your foot to contact the ground ahead of your body and applies force in the wrong direction. The result: You're slowing yourself down with every step. This also puts a tremendous eccentric load through your hamstrings, leaving you more prone to muscle injury.

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Tags: Soccer, Speed

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Hydration Tips for Soliders

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Staying hydrated can be a challenge for military personnel who often deal with hot, dry conditions over long periods. Factor in long-sleeved, layered uniforms and heavy rucksacks, and it’s tough to fend off dehydration. But with proper planning, it’s possible not only to avoid dehydration but also to improve performance by staying adequately hydrated, says Bob Calvin, a performance nutritionist at EXOS, who has worked extensively with the military. Here are four key strategies to do just that.

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Tags: Hydration, Beverages, Military

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3 Drills to Improve Your Reaction Time

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An athlete’s reaction to a stimulus—like a sprinter’s response to the starting gun—is an inherent ability to ignite dynamic action. But that organic movement involves a variety of outside influences, including practice, experience, anticipation, strength, and coordination. Each athlete has a built-in, limited time range to react, but there is plenty of room for improvement. To do just that, try incorporating the agility and speed exercises below into your training regimen.

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Tags: Sports Performance, Reaction

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The Combine Workout

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For more than a decade, EXOS has trained top NFL hopefuls prior to the scouting Combine in February. Hundreds of players have improved their speed, power, and strength to excel at the Combine and boost their draft stock, landing in the top three rounds of the NFL Draft in April.

Chances are, you’ll never be tested on how many times you can bench press 225 pounds or how fast you can run 40 yards or complete a shuttle run. But you can employ the same techniques NFL prospects learn at EXOS to improve your strength, power, and speed, which will help in any endeavor. Here’s how.

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Tags: Football

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Strategies to Prepare Your Body for a PT Test

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For military personnel, the physical fitness (PT) test measures strength, physical capabilities, and endurance. The most common one is a three-pronged version where personnel must complete a certain number of push-ups and sit-ups in a one-minute period, along with a two-mile run in a prescribed amount of time. The number of push-ups/sit-ups and the two-mile cutoff times are determined by gender and age. Regardless of where you fall on the age/gender spectrum, here are four ways to prepare for your body for a PT test.

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Tags: Mindset, Military, Running, Focus

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5 Habits Holding You Back in the Gym

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Getting yourself to the gym is a great start, but what you do while you're there can help (or hurt) your progress. Avoid these unhealthy gym habits and use the tips below to make the most of your time in the gym and reach your goals faster.

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Injury Prevention Tips for an Extended Season

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In-season training and conditioning can be a challenge for football players. After all, they’ve already endured rigorous offseason programs followed by preseason training camps in the August heat. Now they face the weekly pounding of games that can continue into December, January, or even February, depending on the level of play. The key is to walk the line between preseason conditioning and shutting down completely. 

It’s unrealistic for players to think they can maintain an ambitious program. At the same time, focusing solely on football and ignoring recovery strategies is a recipe for injury.

“As players go further into the season, they can start forgetting about the little things they did at the beginning of the year,” says Nick Winkelman, director of education and performance systems for Athletes’ Performance. “Remember that what got you there will keep you there.” Here are three ways to stay on top of your game, minimize your exposure to injury, and prepare for a long schedule that could end with a run deep into the postseason.

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Tags: Football, Injury Prevention, Injury, Reduce Pain

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6 Tips for Recovering After a Ruck March

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There’s perhaps nothing more grueling than marching long distances with 50 or 60 pounds of gear strapped to your body. Ruck marches are routine in the military, and increasingly common in the endurance sports world, where several one-day events give athletes a small taste of what soldiers encounter throughout their careers.

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Tags: Tightness, Stretching, Soreness, Trigger Points, Mini Band, Military

Blogs

Movement

Mark Verstegen’s Hip-Strengthening Workout for Women

Train an often overlooked area with this mini-workout from Core Performance’s founder.

Live Better

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When you feel your creativity lacking, taking a walk can help you find inspiration, according to a small study from Stanford University researchers.

Nutrition

3 Steps to World Cup-Worthy Pregame Nutrition

Follow this three-step nutrition plan to improve your focus, boost energy, and power your performance

Well at Work

Survey: American Employees Skipping Vacation Days for Work

A new survey found that only 25 percent of employees with paid time off took advantage of it in 2013.

The Performance Life

5 Tips to Build Teamwork and Fun Through Obstacle Racing

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