Athletes use their toolboxes

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Athletes use their toolboxes

Senior Bizzy Baumier does a wall sit with one of her favorite training tools; the weight ball. She uses tools everyday to improve her athleticism.

Senior Bizzy Baumier does a wall sit with one of her favorite training tools; the weight ball. She uses tools everyday to improve her athleticism.

Senior Bizzy Baumier does a wall sit with one of her favorite training tools; the weight ball. She uses tools everyday to improve her athleticism.

Senior Bizzy Baumier does a wall sit with one of her favorite training tools; the weight ball. She uses tools everyday to improve her athleticism.

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Athletes can’t improve their game alone, so in order to help themselves, they use training tools that range from simple ankle weights to the bench press. Using training tools wisely gives great results to all athletes.

Weighted tools are useful because they can be used in the gym or at home. Weights are used by athletes to improve and strengthen every muscle.

“We use dumbbells, weight balls, the bench press, and weight machines to improve strength and stamina,” Varsity boys basketball assistant coach Rodriquez Brown said.

Other common tools that aren’t weighted work on other aspects of the body.

“I use cones during drills and boxes to jump on to help my endurance,” Baumier said.

Sophomore Stephen Vega uses a lot of weights on a daily basis, but other tools help him too.

“Ladders are useful for agility in football, and boxes help with explosive jumps,” Vega said.

Some tools are specialized for certain sports, for example the shooting gun. Basketball teams use this because it rebounds and passes the ball back to the player after they shoot.

“I would like to get some softball tees or cages to practice and improve in softball,” Senior athlete Bizzy Baumier said.

Other tools can help with running and speed.

“I remember in high school I would use ankle weights for leg strength to jump higher and run faster,” Brown said.

Tools aren’t only used during a workout, but before and after to stretch out muscles. For example, resistance bands and foam rollers are specialized for stretching.

“I use bands to stretch my arms and rollers on my thighs or shins to get out any knots or tightness.” Baumier said.

Stretching can be looked at as a chore for some athletes because there’s so many muscles to stretch.

“Without stretching before a work out, you could pull or injure something,” Vega said.

With tools like Baumier mentioned, one can alleviate tightness with ease.

Simply using these tools once a week isn’t going to give you an immediate result. To get the wanted endurance, strength or flexibility that an athlete is working for, one must use their tools everyday.

“As long as you’re consistent and committed, you’ll get something out of it,” Brown said.

Tools can hurt an athlete too; it’s important to know what size weight or amount of workout time is enough.

“Too heavy of a weight, overworking with a tool or not working on the basics causes the scariest thing; injury.” Baumier said.

Not using a tool correctly can be just as dangerous to athletes.

“It’s important to use these tools properly because if you don’t then you’re not getting any results from it,” Brown said.

Alternating tools and different weights can maximize results by working on different aspects of the body.

“We do different workouts each day to work different muscles, like on Monday, we do bench press and on Tuesday, we do squats,” Vega said.

Tools are used everyday so that athletes have a better chance of improving their game.

“Tools and weights give me a harder workout and make me stronger,” Baumier said.

 

 

 

 

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