AYB has been offering this class to our members for some months now, although previously under the name of Athletic Development. Beginning with the new September changes we will now offer it 4 times a week, at 6:30 p.m. every Mon-Thurs. We wanted to take a moment to explain this class and it’s purpose/goals for our clients, so everyone can take advantage of what it has to offer!
Our Focused Development classes have two primary goals; to either focus on teaching and developing a particular skill, or focus on a specific strength development. These 45 minute specialized classes allow us to take the time to properly hone in on techniques and periodization that our larger group class structure and system doesn’t allow. It also provides the opportunity to work on specific muscle weaknesses within lifting or movement patterns in general. The goal for these times is not to necessarily be *workout* focused like our main
group class system, but rather to be developmentally focused to better round-out and balance the system.
Below is a bit more detail on how you might see this play out.
Focused skill development:
For some of these classes the trainer may choose to pick a skill to work on developing over a series or period of time, utilizing the time that isn’t available in a quicker-paced group class to truly break down, explain, and correct the movements. (Often these movements or skills will also be found in the larger group classes. This carries over well for those who have better learned the skills, as it allows them to properly utilize and perform them within our larger system.) Some of our past classes have included teaching/developing technique for the overhead squat, snatch (KB, DB, and barbell), clean & jerk, and vertical jump height. The possibilities are endless for skill development!
Specific strength development:
If the class is not focused on a skill, it will likely be based around working on and developing a specific strength, or turning a weakness into less of one 😉 This often looks like periodized and progressive programming based upon improving or developing strength in one or two particular movements or muscle groups. Some of our past classes have been working on developing more strength for compound movements such as deadlifting, bench press, pull-ups, dips, etc. These classes vary from our regular Strength program in that it allows time for not only developing form and technique for the primary lift, but also allows for performing accessorizing movements to further develop secondary and stabilizing muscles. We’ve also focused on specific growth for areas such as the glutes and arms/”show” muscles.
If you haven’t been coming to one of these classes, maybe consider adding a couple into your weekly routine!
They’re beneficial, a lot of fun, and we’d love to see everyone utilizing them 🙂
Jess Tull, NASM-CPT & CES, USAW Lvl. 1