Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/12/08
A new sponsor for Phillylacrosse.com offers a product than provides a unique way to improve coordination, speed, agility and quickness on the lacrosse field.
The Agility Ladder Deck, developed by fitness instructor and trainer Sterling Joseph, is a collection of 59 cards that show patterns using the agility ladder, widely used for improving foot, body control and coordination.
Each of the 59 cards – the size of flashcards – details drills that are color coded and provide instruction with the exact movement sequence to complete the task. The drills teach ladder walking, speed work, agility, strength, and core training in the following agility pattern movements: backward, lateral, forward as well as hopping. The 59th card, the “wild card,” also features jumping jacks.
The product, released in July, was developed by Sterling Joseph, a former college football player who is certified by the American Aerobic Association International/International Sports Medicine Association (AAAI/ISMA). Sterling has worked for over 20 years in various health club and recreational centers as well as in corporate health and fitness facilities as a Personal Trainer and Program Manager. He is CPR and First Aid certified by the American Red Cross.
Joseph also has 10 years of experience training youth and believes the cards help clarify and solidify the training methods for all athletes, especially those with more need for step-by-step instruction and visual aids.
“I have used the agility ladder to train athletes and the pro, college and high school levels, and all the way down to 8 years old,” said Joseph, who played four years of football at Southeastern Louisiana University. “Sometimes, it’s hard for them to grasp the patterns, so I tried to come up with something to help them learn the patterns better. What I came up with is something like a flashcard mentality.
“Kids can relate to cards a little bit better and take them onto the field to help them train.”
The Agility Ladder Deck is designed to help athletes in nearly any sport, and especially those who play lacrosse, soccer, basketball, hockey, football, tennis and baseball. They can be used in individual, group or team training.