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A couple of weeks ago, I attended a course to learn to coach soccer for kids under 8 years old. While most of the content in the course was specific for kids, one concept the instructor talked about made me immediately think that adults could benefit too.

The instructor said that at the most fundamental level, it was important for kids to develop the ABCs:


With a focus on these four fundamental skills, kids would be better able to learn more technical skills and perform better.

I think this applies to us adults who play sports too. Can you think of a sport that does not need those four areas? My primary sport is hockey, and it definitely requires all four!

So if we know that we need a solid base of agility, balance, coordination and speed to be successful at sports, why is it that most of us don’t work on any of those when we train? Have you ever seen anyone work on those at a gym? There may be the odd person standing on a Bosu doing bicep curls, but that’s about it! Most will focus on strength and cardio, which is great for general fitness, but won’t improve your game.

That’s one of the reasons I enjoy the workout programs from Beachbody. Several of them have the athlete in mind and work all of the ABCs. Some of the ones I recommend to people include:

  • P90X
  • P90X2
  • P90X3 (P90X3 is the program I recommend the most)
  • Focus T25
  • Insanity
  • Insanity: The Asylum (volume 1 and/or 2)
  • Insanity Max: 30

If you would like to work on the ABCs, and need help choosing and getting set up with a program, contact me and I would be happy to help and coach you to greater athletic performance!

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