If you were tasked with outfitting the best track and field training facility possible, do you know where to start? Luckily, we’re here to give you a headstart with expert advice from legendary sports performance trainer Dr. Michael Yessis. With over 50 years of work with professional athletes, including ‘The Real Deal’ Evander Holyfield, the Los Angeles Raiders and Brazilian runner Jose Luiz Barbosa, Yessis knows a thing or two about biomechanics and kinesiology. He made a list of must-have machines for track and field athletes and we’ve outlined them below.
Don’t let it fool you—this machine is far more versatile than it might appear. Track and field athletes can perform squats on the horizontal or angled platform; reduce the weight and do leaps to build power; or pull up a bench and execute shoulder presses. Shoulder pads allow for explosive execution and a full range of motion, perfect for producing the force required for push off in running, jumping and throwing events.
Target all areas of the upper leg, including the glutes, with the total hip combo. The oft-neglected hip muscles will come alive with this machines that aims to strengthen the hip joint muscles for flexion, extension, abduction and adduction. Adjust the revolving rolls, pick from nine settings and enjoy over 240 degrees of motion.
Don’t underestimate the durability and versatility of the flat bench, a quintessential piece of equipment in weight rooms across the country. With over 101 use cases, the Utility Flat allows for specialized exercises among runners, jumpers and throwers alike. Seize every 45 and one-half inches of the bench during workouts, unlike the upright bench press benches.
Designed by the sports-specific training expert himself, this machine is the most complete posterior chain developer on the market. It doesn’t stop at the glutes and hamstrings—it strengthens the lower back muscles through a full range of motion. An adjustable chassis creates the perfect fit for youth to towering basketball players, making the hard-to-execute glute-ham-gastroc raise a training staple. If you’re looking to prevent hamstring injuries, this machine is your best friend.
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