Agility, that quality that we sometimes forget and so much benefit can provide us not only to the anatomical system in dynamism but also to our brain since there is no way to delimit one part from another. One orders and the other executes. For example, force gives us the ability to move heavy objects or speed, which allows us to move in less time. But agility. If we add this vital resource to our training, we will have a resource that will make us free for any situation in life in which we need to be decisive and dynamic in the shortest possible time.
What is agility and why is it important to exercise it?
We can define agility as one of the physical qualities that not only turns out to be physical, but also intellectual. Regarding physics, it is based on the most adaptive and dexterous way with which to perform a surprising action.
Agility is closely linked to speed and flexibility or capabilities in ranges of motion with responses derived from optimal nerve impulses.
That said, we can define agility as the ability to adapt to a more complex environment than normal in the most efficient way possible. It is not only based on the speed of execution of a motor action, as we have explained, also on balance, global coordination and by body segments or reflexes within the field of mental agility when solving problems.
Imagine the chimpanzee adapting to the branches of the trees in a matter of milliseconds, processing information faster than the best of computers, thus performing jumps and manual grabs and pedals at a dizzying rate. Here’s one of the best examples of agility in nature.
How to improve agility while training?
Very easy. There is no greater definition to call agility training a ‘Hostile environment’ (within the common sense of a training process). That is, surprise variables, support of auditory stimuli, rhythm changes, instability, etc. We will explain different ways to train this quality that, once a learning process has been overcome. You will love it and it will make you enjoy without limitations, with a very high psycho-physical transfer to real life:
1. Instability training
Much has been said lately in sports science about the qualities or lack thereof of unstable platforms; However, for leisure and health and playful physical activity, they are undoubtedly an indispensable resource, accessories such as:
- Bosu, hemisphere of instability.
- Fitball, full sphere.
- Proprioception on the treadmill, pedal changes with static sides and dynamic treadmill.
- Taut rope, through full body balance.
2. Obstacle course
- Stairs training: pedal agility and rhythm changes.
- Cones: changes of direction.
- Steps or T-bow: space-time changes in ascents or descents.
- Posts: translations with ‘driblings’ in a specified time.
3. Sports whose quality is one of the main
The training of a sport modality not only involves exercises that prepare you for it, but also the practice of the total modality itself, a type of training, be it football, basketball, handball, etc.
Any sport where there are obstacles to overcome to reach a victorious end, and are rivals of modern and innovative modalities.
4. Calisthenics or Crossfit arches
In both calisthenics and Crossfit, agility is closely linked to the strength you want to develop. The ability to move on barbell grips or swing through obstacle courses and different grips whose precursor was basic climbing.
Develop your creativity: the key to being more agile
There are numerous agility circuits that can be done with all the named accessories, many of them will help you to start working on this important quality. But, once you get over them, believe! Create new circuits of personal improvement, increasingly complex and playful.
After all, staying motivated depends on our ability to develop new events and not get bored. Well, agility is many things, but if something is foreign to it, it is linear and analytical movements, agility is pure ‘magic’.