Launching into Agility

Hello everyone and welcome to the Zigyt Blog – A Voice for Agility Training.

If you are reading this first blog entry, then you’re probably wondering a number of things. So, this first post will be about answering some imagined questions.

What is Zigyt?

Zigyt is an iPhone app for training a person to improve their athletic agility. If you click on ‘Home‘ you can learn more about the app.

OK, so what is ‘agility’ exactly?

Well, that’s a loaded question, and a good one. There isn’t a standard scientific definition of agility, but here is what the experts generally say:

“the ability to change direction and start and stop quickly”. (1)

“the ability to change direction rapidly and accurately”. (2)

“total body movement in response to the motion of a ball, opposition players, or teammates.” (3)

I think if you play, or have ever played, a dynamic sport you get the idea. You have to react to what’s happening all around you and before you react, all you can do is be ready to act because you don’t know in advance what’s going to happen. IMO (in my opinion), agility is that ability to react quickly and efficiently.

Why should I read your blog?

If you have an interest in agility specifically or in improving your athletic performance or your overall fitness through agility training, then you may want to follow this blog. Here’s what I hope to cover in subsequent posts:

  • Tell you what I’ve learned from what experts have written on the subject of agility and related subjects.
  • Tell you what I learn from talking to trainers, coaches, scientists on the subject. Maybe even some interviews.
  • Tips and suggestions for using the Zigyt app. Maybe we can even have a dialog on what improvements to make.
  • My own tales pertaining to agility training (if they seem useful).

Are you some kind of fitness expert?

No, absolutely not. I became interested in how agility training could help me when I was rehabilitating from back trouble (but that will be the subject of a different post). So, I will generally act as a reporter telling you what the specialists are saying. But of course I have my own opinions and experiences. I will try to make sure these are clearly called out in the posts with statements like “I believe…”, “I think…”, “In my opinion (IMO)”, etc…, so that you can tell the difference.

At the bottom of posts, I will indicate the articles or books, etc… that I have used in writing the post. Don’t let these scare you off. This blog is not meant to be some scientific journal type thing. But not being the expert, I feel I need to let you know where ideas are coming from.

References for this Post:

  1. Little, Thomas. and Williams, Alun. The Specificity of Acceleration, Maximum Speed, and Agility in Professional Soccer Players, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2005, 19(1), 76–78.
  2. Sheppard, J.M. and Young, W.B. Agility literature review: Classifications, training and testing, Journal of Sports Sciences, September 2006; 24(9): 919 – 932.
  3. Young, Warren and Farrow, Damian. A Review of Agility: Practical Applications for Strength and Conditioning, Strength and Conditioning Journal, October 2006, 28(5), 24-29.

About Paul Kaufmann

Here's the thing: I'm not a fitness professional. Actually, by education I'm an engineer and have spent most of my career involved in software and computer systems in one way or another. Also, I have a passion of acting and writing which I do on the side. Not so long ago I bought an iPhone and decided to make a business around it. My first app is Zigyt, an app for agility training. "Why on earth?", someone asked me. Answer: Because I wanted it for myself and there was nothing like it. I once had a long history of back trouble (I'm much better now, thank-you) and wanted something to help me improve my response to unpredictable, dynamic events. Enter Zigyt.
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