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“Better people create better athletes.” James Kerr on former NZ All Blacks Head Coach Graham Henry.   The All Blacks success speaks for itself, and in our opinion, the reason they have reached such success comes down to the culture they have created, where each athlete takes responsibility and plays their role with humility and […]

March 16, 2020

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The sled push is a lower body exercise that develops the posterior chain [glutes, hamstrings, calves], and acceleration technique. The sled is a versatile piece of equipment that can be used to improve athleticism in a number of ways. In this post, we'll stick to discussing the sled push in specific, which in and of [...]

February 27, 2020

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The Youth Athletic Development Academy is a sport performance, physical literacy and fitness institute for youth throughout the specific stages of their growth and development. We work with ages 5 through 18, and our programs predominantly service Sunshine Coast based students.   The three pillars of our program are: 1. Youth athletes looking to optimise […]

We’ve written about the importance of performance testing for youth athletes before.   The TL;DR version of that post is this: Performance testing involves running athletes through a series of movements and assessing their performance. Periodical performance testing plays an important role in the development of any athlete. The tests that are undertaken as part […]

January 13, 2020

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It's that time of year again. The new year is a great time to reflect on the year that has just gone, while looking forward to making the year ahead bigger, better and even more successful than ever. In theory, this sounds great, but how many times have you set goals this time of year, [...]
Typically, when I ask a youth athlete about their previous gym training, I get one of the following responses: • I do HIIT (high intensity interval training) a couple of times per week, or • Monday is chest and arms, Wednesday is abs and cardio, etc Now, I am not here to bash either of [...]

December 14, 2019

Harry Weatherstone

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Speed is such a crucial component to your athletic development. Aside from the skill of your sport, it is probably the biggest indicator of your performance and success for 90% of sports, especially those that are field and court based. Alongside from the obvious benefits that come along with being faster than your opponents, speed is [...]

December 14, 2019

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