Cricket fitness involves considering all the aspects of physical performance that fine tune the cricketer.
• Nutritional and lifestyle considerations
And the key is to be clinical and bespoke to your fitness requirements as an individual within these areas.
In addition cricket fitness considers the following as key aspects of the physical game that must be considered
• Muscle balance
• Movement and timing
This book is written in an easy to use format that breaks the year down into manageable cycles which focus on the particular areas of fitness that are important at that time.
Consideration of player specific requirements for bowlers, batsmen, keepers and fielders is all taken into account throughout the training phases.
It is written with tremendous versatility to enable consistent and specific training regimes to be followed and monitored. There are ready to use templates and programs for each section.
Every reader will have a different program to another reader depending on stretches they need to do, postural differences, their level of fitness ability and their cricketing role.
Introduces the principles of the various aspects of the cricket fit system.
Strength Fit - Stamina Fit - SAQ Fit
Flexibility Fit - Cricket Fit - Nutrition Fit - Lifestyle Fit
It then discusses the Cricket Fit System template which summarises everything that is encompassed in the book; it reviews the demands of the same and the type of injuries that players are sustaining.
Finally, it introduces an understanding of the most important aspects of the game from a physical perspective
Specificity, Muscle Balance, Rotation, Movement and Timing, Power & Vision
The chapter finally looks at faulty recruitment patterns and muscle imbalance and relates them to the cricketer.
This chapter provides the reader with a comprehensive method of functional and flexibility self assessment specific to the game of cricket.
There are 29 assessments that will allow you to determine the most appropriate stretches to do to optimise your posture and performance.in addition there is a section on spinal assessment and exercises to decompression the stiff spinal areas are provided depending on your personal findings
Now you have an idea of your posture, flexibility, muscle recruitment patterns and joint alignment it's time to get an indicator of your fitness.
The cricket fit system has provided tests for each area of fitness within the 'Cricket Fit System Template'
There are a number of simple tests provided which require minimal equipment for each area of fitness power/strength tests stamina endurance tests speed testsspeed, agility and quickness testsvisual tests
The Cricket Fit System Template
Provides a summary of the components of fitness that must be considered when training cricketers in the off-season, pre-season and in-season.It also provides the variables and cricket specific benefits of working on these areas of fitness.Information is provided regarding areas of importance at different stages of the year
Off Season Training Weeks 1 to 6
This provides the reader with specific off-season training programs for batsmen and bowlers. The focus here is on developing a foundation and a base of stability from which to develop strength and power. Early stage speed, agility and quickness drills are also provided specific to the bowler or batsman.
Off Season Training Weeks 7 to 12
This provides the reader with a further progression of specific off-season training programs for batsmen and bowlers. The focus here is on developing strength specific to the game of cricket . Development of speed, agility and quickness drills are also provided specific to the bowler or batsman.
Pre Season Training Weeks 1 to 10
This provides the reader with specific pre-season training programs for batsmen and bowlers. Advanced speed, agility and quickness drills are also provided specific to the bowler or batsman. The importance of pre-season is discussed.
In Season Training - Weeks 1 to 24
This provides the reader with specific in-season training programs for batsmen and fast bowlers and spin bowlers. The focus here is on maintaining flexibility, strength, power and speed but very importantly on reducing risk of injury and imbalance, and reducing load on used joints. The most important speed, agility and quickness drills are also provided to maintain levels specific to the bowler or batsman, rather than to improve.
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