An agility ladder, also known as a speed ladder, is a piece of sports training equipment that can be used to perform a variety of speed and agility drills. Typical agility ladder drills need quick footwork and athletic mobility, which raise your heart rate, improve balance and coordination, and improve speed and agility. Anyone can use agility ladders, from fitness enthusiasts to expert athletes; they are equally beneficial for all.
As good as they are, agility ladders do not offer a complete training package. If you are training for agility, you’d inevitably need to have great reaction time and the ability to stay composed and make the right decision under pressure. In the simplest words, agility ladders train you with the physical aspect of agility and speed and do not focus on the cognitive aspect, which is as important to be a good athlete as the physical one.
Other than that, you cannot measure your exact performance stats with agility ladders. The best you can do is time the duration to complete the workout but nothing more than that. If you are training for competitive sports, you need to know every possible performance stat to improve in the areas you are not doing well in.
Based on the above points, an agility ladder can be made into a perfect sports and fitness training accessory if we can do three things:
There is a single way to accomplish all three of these, and that is the use of Blazepod Light pods.
Blazepod light pods are illuminated pods that have a tactile surface that lights up in eight different colors and responds to your touch. They can aid and track your workout and generate and record insightful data about it in their smartphone app.
You can use Blazepod light pods with your speed ladder drills, utilize one of the many built-in drills, or define your own ones. The concept here is to introduce an element of surprise in the training process so that you have to decide and take immediate reaction in response to the actions of the pods, which is a light coming up. The time you take between the light coming up and you touching the pod is recorded and will give you an accurate measure of your performance.
Here are some workout examples to elaborate on that.
Traditionally, speed drills for agility ladders are formulated to build muscle strength and endurance. Here are two examples of introducing the element of cognitive training to that.
This is an awesome agility ladder workout for beginners but can be used by experts too. The goal is to help the athlete get used to quickly deciding while under full physical exertion and fast muscle activity.
This drill does need a lot of physical effort, but the added benefit is that at the end of the drill, you can go to the Blazepod app and see how good your reaction time is under physical pressure. This turns the simple sports ladder into something that trains your muscles and mind at the same time.
This drill is meant for improving balance and balance and coordination, but the use of Blazepods will introduce decision-making to this training ladder drill.
What this drill does is help you practice decision-making when things are happening fast, and you are under stress. At the end of the drill, you can see how many times you tapped the right color in the app and how long you took to make the decision and execute it.
Training ladders are also used for footwork drills which are especially helpful for players competing in basketball and soccer where proper footwork is necessary for players. What’s often overlooked in footwork ladder drills is that soccer and basketball players have to maintain excellent reaction times and make quick decisions while maintaining proper footwork. That’s where Blazepod Light Pods can help. Here are a couple of drills as an example. You can devise your own ones too.
This is a drill for improved footwork, enhanced balance and coordination that can be done with just a workout ladder and cones. Adding Blazepod Light Pods will make it a great way to improve reaction time along with balance, coordination, and footwork.
At the end of the workout, see the data in the Blazepod app to monitor your performance and improvement over time.
This is a ladder workout drill that focuses on footwork and staying low and is great for basketball players in particular. It needs the player to maintain proper footwork while making quick decisions.
After the workout, check the app to see how many of the taps you got right.