By Dan Guttenplan
Frog Fitness, Inc. delivered The Frog to various schools across the country over the last two seasons. Many of the schools that used the training device went on to have unprecedented success.
Frog Fitness Product Developer Joel Metzger doesn’t see an equal to The Frog on the strength training market, and he can easily explain why.
“It’s literally the only training device out there that takes an athlete on a horizontal plane while maintaining an athletic stance and forces the core to be engaged 100 percent of the time,” Metzger said.
The Frog is the result of years of relentless hard work, research and development, and scientific testing. The Frog is already being widely accepted throughout the NFL, the NBA, Pro Motocross, and MMA. Even America’s most respected warriors throughout the U.S. Military are training with The Frog, and most recently Olympic athletes began adding The Frog to their training regimens.
The Frog can be used to create inter-team competition with athletes racing up and down the field or simply seeing how long they can stay on the device with their core engaged.
“It’s a concept of less is more,” Metzger said. “It engages the core and small muscles in the joints. You can add resistance to work all platforms of strength training. Nothing will replace iron, but this is a problem-solver. I show a strength and conditioning coach how to use it, and I can see his eyes light up.”
Metzger often picks the brains of strength and conditioning coaches to determine the biggest problems they have in their programs. He finds that 100 percent of the time, The Frog is able to solve the problem.
“Whatever the problem is, I can find a solution with The Frog,” Metzger said. “It’s taking the athlete off his joints. When it comes to recovery, it takes out a lot of high-impact activity on the joints that causes soreness. Athletes can take it to almost complete fatigue, but it’s not like the squat rack where it’s too much on the knees.”
Q&A with Katy (Texas) Strength and Conditioning Coach Justin Landers
What has your experience with The Frog been like?
“We love it. We use it as a racing tool sometimes. It makes them work hard. Their abs are getting huge, and we appreciate having it.”
How have you incorporated it into your strength program?
“We use it the most during our summer camp and offseason programs. When we get the space and it’s not raining, we get after it and race them on the field. We have five of them, so instead of two or three people standing around, we get five going at once.”
Has it helped in terms of injury prevention?
“Absolutely, if they’re weak, it identifies it pretty quickly. Sometimes, they have to get off of it and build up strength to do The Frog. The old way, they would cheat and not be as strong.”
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