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How to Train & Measure Agility
Agility is defined as the ability to stop, start, and change directions in a quick and controlled manner
In my opinion, agility is one of the most undervalued and under performed types of training for athletes that directly relates to most sports performances.
In this video (above), I quickly explain three of the field-based assessments for agility that are often used in training camps. These three tests can be used to measure an athletes agility or as a tool to training it. If training, do these tests as many times as possible or as required. If testing, use the time it takes to complete the test as an assessment score.
Tips when training agility:
- Train 2x/week or as required
- Focus on moving feet as FAST as possible
- Ensure adequate (48 hrs) recovery between sessions
- Periodization: MORE emphasis on agility as season approaches
The 3 Agility Tests Are:
1. The Box Test
2. The T-Test
3. The Hex Test
See video HERE for explanations on how to perform these agility tests
Kalan is a Human Performance Expert who aims to optimize YOUR performance for both sport and every day life. He is a Ph.D. candidate and is recognized as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), and has obtained his MSc. Kinesiology degree at the University of Victoria. Through his masters thesis research, Kalan has established and implemented the KFit Test Battery for Combat Sport Athletes which is used by both Karate BC & Karate Canada as their standard fitness test for athletes across the country. Additionally, Kalan is an exercise physiology lab instructor at the University of Victoria, and trains individuals (including athletes) every day to help meet their fitness needs and goals. He has many years of experience both as an elite athlete and high performance coach and is knowledgeable in the many fields surrounding fitness and training for sports performance.