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Some of NAKOA’s top action sports athletes just wrapped up a bountiful trip to Minnesota, bringing back some serious hardware from another successful run at the Summer X Games.  We wanted to give you a little glimpse into how our team prepares these athletes for one of the biggest events of the year. Our BMX SPARTANS  @chadkerley Both Dennis Enarson and Chad Kerley are home-grown San Diego products and absolute LEGENDS in the BMX world.  That status has only grown since they began training at NAKOA with Coach John Welch. Based on their

Depth Jump: Start by standing on a box with one foot forward and arms up in preparation to snap them back with the hips. Allow yourself to fall toward the ground, and on impact, immediately force the ground away with minimal ground contact. Land on the box in front if you. Your landing position may vary based on goals. Tall, power, or deceleration landings can all be used. Rotation may be used also as a variable as you see @shecks demonstrating below. Speed squats with accommodating resistance: Speed squats with chains or bands

Medicine Balls, the go-to tool for developing power for centuries!!  If it was good enough for gladiators, why aren’t you using it; they are simple to use, great for getting out that stress and aggression, and your power development will be greatly improved!  Safe for all ages and ability levels, this tool is a must-have in your training arsenal! At NAKOA we love to utilize numerous medicine ball exercises in our programs, whether it is for our youth camps, regular group classes, personal training clients or for our elite athletes.  As

Would we be allowed to jump in a car and drive along the freeway at 80 miles an hour without having obtained a driver’s license and/or understand the rules of the road? How about deciding to just start your Ph.D. with no Masters or bachelor’s degree? Dream on… So, how about loading a new client with a 200 lbs barbell compound exercise with no understanding of their current movement literacy? This type of coaching is not only unrealistic, it is dangerous. Insert -> NAKOA Experience <- here! Our NAKOA Experience is an hour-long introductory session

So, what’s the big deal with this heart rate tracking and why is it a tool that NAKOA has so strongly backed for 2018? If you’ve been around NAKOA within the last month and a half, you have no doubt seen the new TV on the wall with the fancy color changing tiles and leaderboard. You have also probably heard us coaches mention MyZone and heart rate straps numerous times, but do you really know why? Whether you have already purchased your MyZone belt or are still on the fence, keeping

“The specific training aims of a preseason in team sports include injury prevention, strength and power development, conditioning development and tactical training.” (Burgess, 2014) It is important to establish a general preparatory phase at the beginning of the preseason in order to ensure athletes have the requisite movement patterns, proper techniques, and strength to begin an intensive preseason strength and hypertrophy program. The goal in the preseason is to build “body armor.” This body armor enables the body to better withstand the loads and demands about to be placed on the muscles

In part 1 of my article, I talked about my first four tips to incorporating successful and effective MetCon within your workouts. Here are my four remaining points to supporting metabolic conditioning and getting the most bang for your buck. Check out Jason's first 4 tips for effective MetCon training. Rule #5: Benchmark Yourself It is important for coaches and athletes to understand the importance of benchmarking. Your benchmark is a standard point of reference against which things may be compared or assessed. Establishing effective programs for athletes requires testing and establishing benchmarks

As the New Year begins, many people are in a mindset that there is no better time to get in shape and be healthy than right now.  That’s awesome! Unfortunately, we also see how many of these people fall off the train within a month or two. How do you avoid that pitfall? Here at NAKOA Fitness & Physical Therapy, we believe in the importance of properly assessing individuals, safely programming to their needs and wants, as well as safely progressing them on a continuum in order for them to

Whether you’re a performance coach or even just a fitness enthusiast, you’ve probably heard of and played around with “MetCon” (Metabolic Conditioning) and "HIIT" (High-Intensity Interval Training). Many well know names in fitness such as CrossFit, Insanity, and Orange Theory base their workouts around this. Here I dive into how to make these techniques more effective. People love instant gratification. That’s why the workout programs listed above are so popular. Most people want to feel like they crushed it in their workout, they want to feel validated for their hard work,

With the winter season fast approaching, we turn our sights on a sport with physical grueling demands: ice hockey. Ice hockey demands a strong conditioning program to help you perform better on the ice and we’ll outline some tactics that will keep hockey athletes prepared all year, especially here in Southern California. When developing a sports conditioning program, the first step you must take is analyzing the physiological demands of the sport. Once you understand what the sport is asking the athlete to do, we can develop a plan to

A diminutive professional surfer from Hawaii, Keanu Asing, sent shockwaves through the entire surfing world. With his chances of re-qualification for the World Surf League’s Championship Tour slipping away, Keanu showed incredible heart and determination (along with an absolutely lethal backhand attack) and took down some of the world’s best surfers, including world champions John John Florence and Gabriel Medina, to win the Quiksilver Pro. Social Media went ablaze congratulating “Anu” on his amazing win, with nearly every surfer and company in the industry laying praise on his gutsy performance,