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good acceleration, changing direction, and speed on repeat short recovery is our sport’s demand? The sample program for conditioning serves as a strong template to re-inform this archaic view of condition- ing. Finally, The agility drills are all well-suited to developing the movement skills and foot speed necessary for the Ultimate field without being overly com- plicated – these are easy to implement on an individual or team basis with little more than a few cones. Overall, I’d say that, true to Melissa’s intro to the book, this can serve as a great resource for Ultimate players who are burgeoning athletes who are not well-versed in training methods (at least with regards to Ultimate) and are looking to get a solid grounding in the fundamentals. My main res- ervations are the lack of more detailed programming examples (though of course Melissa has her subscription service filling this need), and a desire for more theory behind what to do when and why. Of course, it’s tough to program for the masses; it may be for the best that bur- geoning athletes use this less as a be-all/end-all and more as a launchpad for further exploration to discover how to individualize their training and really reap the full benefits of their work. At $15 I’d definitely consider

this a solid investment to make in one’s fitness – most gym memberships cost more on a monthly basis. I know I’ll be stealing several ideas from the book for my own training and for the players and teams I advise, which is probably the highest praise I can give! Check it out on Skyd, feel free to com- ment on my review or the book below

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