Honing Your Craft
It is a phrase we have all said or heard before.
Have you ever thought to apply the phrase to athletic performance? Top athletes do.
At the heart of it, honing, is what agility ladders are all about.
We plan to cover why peak performers use agility ladders, and how they can help you. We will cover some agility ladder drills and review 8 of the best agility and speed ladders.
- Difference between an Agility ladder and Speed Ladder
- Why use an agility ladder?
- Agility Ladder Drills-Speed Ladder Routines
- What to look for in your search for the best speed ladder?
- TOP 8 Best Agility Ladder Reviews 2017
Difference between an Agility ladder and Speed Ladder
We get this question from time to time so we thought we would like to clarify:
With that out of the way, let’s move on.
Why use an agility ladder?
Because increasing agility, speed and precision take your game to the next level.
From football to lacrosse and between CrossFit all the way over to soccer, agility and speed are what separate the best from the rest.
You must be faster and able to turn on a dime constantly, in a controlled manner.
What’s the Bottom line?
You need to improve your footwork, and a great way to do it is with Agility Ladder Training.
How can a speed ladder help me?
It is in these fine tuned moments that an agility ladder can mean the difference between “too slow”, to “lightning on his feet”.
This is the agility and speed you should seek, and a speed ladder is one tool that can help you up YOUR game.
Let’s break it down:
Benefits of training and consistently practicing with a speed ladder
- Increase the speed at which you change direction
- Increase sprinting stamina
- Increase acceleration to power past your opponents
- Improve balance, coordination and body/limb awareness
- Trains your nervous system to move your legs in various ways
Now on to the drills.
Agility Ladder Drills-Speed Ladder Routines
30 Agility Ladder Drills – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Variations
This video progresses from the easiest drill to more challenging drills. Each move is briefly demonstrated, but there is no speaking in the video.
The names of each more are given in text on the screen. It is a useful resource for those looking for creative ways to use their agility ladder because 30 moves are covered.
13 Speed Ladder Drills For Faster Footwork & Quickness
Coach King demonstrates 13 agility ladder exercises using our favorite ladder, the GOALME PRO ! Coach King is a football coach and his drills give that away.
Don’t miss these 13 great speed ladder drills.
5 Agility Ladder Drills For Muay Thai
You may not think agility ladders and martial arts are a match, but they are!
Muay Thai champion Tiffany Van Soest reviews 5 agility ladder moves to improve your performance.
Thankfully, she demonstrates the move slowly first, for us mere mortals, and then demonstrates the exercise at her speed. It is pretty fun to watch, and her explanation is thorough.
It is easy to see that agility is a cornerstone trait for a huge number of sports.
Just about every athlete can benefit from improving agility. That’s why Functional Fitness practitioners and CrossFitter’s are so big on the agility and speed ladders, because those sports try to focus on all aspects of fitness.
What to look for in your search for the best speed ladder?
Agility ladders come in lengths of 6 feet to 32 feet. Most are either 15’ or 30’. Longer is not necessarily better, however, because the focus is on.
Agility ladders can vary in how wider they are. The dual ladder is 12” wide for each square. The dual ladder is two ladders side by side, so the smaller width makes sense.
Most ladders are between 16 and 20” in width. Consider your foot size, and how much space you like/need.
Snaps and extensions allow you to snap two ladders together to make one long ladder. This is useful for team sports, but probably overkill for a home gym.
Many ladders have adjustable rungs, but there are a few that do not. The space between rungs can vary quite a bit. Each has their merits.
Rungs close together allow for shorter more energetic moves, and longer rung to rung distances allow for moves with long strides.
Are you ready to choose your agility ladder?
TOP 8 Best Agility Ladder Reviews 2017
So, what are you waiting for?
Jump to it!
Let us know what you most want to improve in your athletic endeavors, Agility, speed or stamina?
We look forward to hearing from you!