By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor
Last month, the San Pasqual High (Calif.) football team received a shipment of five Frogs from Frog Fitness, Inc. The Fighting Eagles now feel that they have a leg up on the competition.
San Pasqual strength coach James Eidson spent the last 10 years trying to correct players’ hip issues by reinforcing squatting technique. Still, he always felt he needed to provide better visualize evidence to expose his players’ weaknesses.
He’s found that in The Frog.
“One thing I’ve definitely seen is that kids today have a large amount of hip issues,” Eidson said. “When you put them on a horizontal plane and ask them to push back with their legs, you can see which hip has the issue. In the old days, you’d make them squat and try to teach them form. Sometimes, they’d get it. Sometimes, they wouldn’t. This is a game-changer.”
Eidson can now show an athlete exactly where an imbalance lies by pointing to the way The Frog reacts to his movements.
“I’ll see kids get their legs back; one leg goes with no problem while the other is struggling,” Eidson said. “When a kid can actually feel it, he can make an adjustment. If the wheels go sideways, he can see it and have an immediate response. The reason they’ll struggle is they lack strength in their hips, quads, hip flexors and hamstrings.”
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.
Eidson has found many ways to use The Frog over the last month – both as a stationary device in the weight room as well as a mobile device used for inter-team races on the football field. Regardless of how The Frog is used, Eidson and San Pasqual coach Tony Corley swear by its efficiency.
“Our big thing is movement,” Corley said. “You have to be strong when you move in football, so we want to train that way, especially with our big guys. You can be strong and lie on a bench pushing weight. When you have to move, you activate the core and really expose the areas that need work. We want them to be coordinated, and all of those stabilizer muscles have to work together on The Frog.”
Eidson also trains college and aspiring professional athletes on The Frog. One particular player is dealing with a knee injury that makes it painful to run or do plyometric exercises. He’s found that he’s able to maintain his fitness and prepare for team workouts on The Frog.
“I can take an athlete with a knee problem that can’t run very well and put him on The Frog,” Eidson said. “He can be explosive and achieve triple-extension with maximum effort and no pain. That’s huge for a strength coach.”
Eidson has even started doing his own workouts on The Frog.
“I’m not just getting feedback from kids; I’m using it myself,” Eidson said. “I wish I could get a few more.”
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