Athletic exercises to develop many physical attributes such as mobility, stability, balance, coordination and speed!
thleticism is greatly sport / art specific but many general athletic attributes can easily be developed with proper training. These physical attributes transfer to almost all physical movement.
Pure strength plays a relatively small part in being athletic - mobility and stability are far more important. Moreover, your strength is quite useless if you don't have the stability and mobility to support it.
Many lifters preach how the best exercises anyone can do are the bench press, deadlift and back squat, and how everyone who wants to become more athletic should be doing them.
It's absolutely true that these are excellent compound movements, but they won't give you the functionality, athleticism and ability to move you are looking for.
When it comes to athleticism, you want to be strong and mobile EVERYWHERE. This quality of "limberness" makes you significantly more competitive in most athletic fields than pure strength ever will.
When you want to build speed, agility and have control over your movements, stability is the second half of the equation (explosiveness matters as well). Stability training gives you control and support.
To become mobile, your training style needs to be very different (less weight, more control and a slower tempo) and your selection of exercises and movements need to be comprehensive.
If you are interested in building mobility, ensuring the structural balance of the entire body and developing many physical attributes, Movement 20XX program was designed for this exact purpose.
Here are several excellent athletic exercises you can do to develop stability, mobility and explosiveness.
Balancing and stabilizing will be VERY difficult in the beginning but you will make significant improvements over time. The forms demonstrated here are very "polished" and no one starts this way.
You can do 3-5 sets per exercise until your muscles get tired and the form starts to suffer.