Swiss Ball Training

The Swiss ball is becoming extremely popular in personal training and group exercise. Swiss balls have been used by physical therapists for the past 40 years and due to its effectiveness it is becoming a common phenomenon in fitness facilities all over the world.
The main benefit of this amazing piece of equipment is its functionality in core stabilisation and postural training.
Learn how the Swiss ball can be used as a exercise platform, resistance tool or support mechanism in just about any type of workout. Discover all the basic principles and various innovative training techniques for the Swiss ball, including resistance and cardiovascular exercises.

Sport-specific Strength Training - How to Progress from Stability to Elite Power and Strength
(W - 150 min)
Naat Loubser
Ordinary athletes use ordinary methods, extraordinary athletes use extraordinary methods – this is the reason why elite athletes are at the level they are. Get an understanding of how the body functions as an integrated system and how muscles contract sequentially in order to produce desired movement patterns, each with different functions, i.e. balance, stability, strength and power. Find out what makes certain methods and programmes extraordinary. Discover the path it takes to progress any athlete straight to the top with effective individualised, periodised, and sport-specific strength conditioning.

Aspects covered include the following:

· Factors that causes no one person to respond the same to a given program
· Specific phases of progression from beginner to elite [stability – power]
· GAS (general adaptation syndrome)
· General adaptation theories
· Training variables
· Periodisation
· Olympic weightlifting exercises the ultimate sport specific moves

High Performance Strength Training for Young Athletes (W - 180 min)
Naat Loubser
With the rapid expansion of sport-specific training, it is important for fitness professionals and sport coaches to understand the fundamental principles of normal growth and development in children and how this can influence strength training for young athletes as young as 6 years of age. Find out how to effectively teach strength training for structural and anatomical adaptation in young athletes to ensure injury free sports participation and increased performance. This work seminar will show how the following factors influence strength training for young people:

· Age of the child
· Muscle and bone growth
· Development changes with pre adolescence and during adolescence
· Common myths regarding youth resistance training and trainability
· Benefits of youth strength training
· Risks involved and safety considerations
· Programme design considerations and guidelines

Explosive Weight Training for Increased Performance and Power (W - 180 min)
Naat Loubser
Discover how you can use Olympic weightlifting moves in a sport-specific programme to increase performance and create more powerful athletes. Gain an understanding of how your body functions as a unit and that muscles contract sequentially in order to produce desired movement patterns - each with different functions, i.e. balance, stability, strength and power. Learn how to utilise the clean, jerk, snatch and their variations, such as the Hang clean, Hang snatch, Romanian deadlift, Power clean and split jerk, to improve speed, strength, power, and injury resistance. Find out what are the safest most effective learning pathways to implement and teach these movements. Develop whole body power and core strength that is more sports-specific than any other type of training