Worried about what your kids might be eating in school? Concerned about the nutritional value of school cafeteria food? As it turns out, you might not be doing any better by packing your kids lunches. Survey research out of the UK’s University of Leeds, published in the online journal BMJ Open, says that less than… Continue reading Kids Bag Lunches Lack Nutritional Punch
A lot of fitness and training concepts can be complex. They have a lot of moving parts and a lot of things that can go wrong or be performed inefficiently, ineffectively or incorrectly. This is very true of strength and conditioning and speed and agility as it relates to sports fitness. As a coach, your… Continue reading Coaching Athletes For Sports Fitness Mastery
You’ll only pass this way once. That’s the iconic phrase about life that virtually every human being over the age of 6 has heard at least once. For some people, it’s a mantra. Part inspiration, part cautionary phrase, part last-thing-I’m-going-to-say, semi-dismissive, passive-aggressive encouragement to close out a conversation or part of one. But what the… Continue reading Find Joy In The Journey
Youth sports, especially in the US, has taken a lot of criticism lately. Not so much for the actual playing of the sports themselves. The criticism usually involves the behaviors, attitudes and actions of the adults involved. Generally, it’s always been thought that playing sports is good for kids. Most people who’ve played youth sports… Continue reading Podcast: Youth Sports and Kids Emotional Health: Study Review
One full week into changing my habit base, there haven’t been any miraculous changes. My weight hasn’t changed. I haven’t magically sprouted new muscles (I don’t think.) No new personal records or amazing changes in how I feel, how my brain works or anything else to report. But this change is about long-term, sustainable habits… Continue reading Longevity, Health, Happiness and Consistency
The statistics are staggering. There’s nearly 3.2 million children age five to 14 who received medical treatment for a sports-related injury in 2017. More than a million of those needed emergency room treatment. Yet we continue to hold up youth sports in America as a solution. To what exactly? I’m trying to figure that out.… Continue reading Why Your Pre-Teen Is Weak And What To Do About It
This game is called the “Escape Game” or “Gate Game.” It’s been part of my training repertoire since before All-Star opened our doors in March, 2008. This is an absolute favorite among athletes and across all age groups. Athletes from every sport and even a lot of “non-athletes” love to play. So simple to set… Continue reading The Escape Game For Speed, Agility and Quickness For Athletes
If you sampled most adults, at least those over about 35 years old, they’ll tell you that playing organized sports is a good thing for kids. Elementary school-aged kids can get plenty of exercise, learn to get along with others, learn the value of competition and how to win and lose with dignity. While youth… Continue reading Youth Sports Participation Linked to Reduced Risk of Emotional Difficulties
Ah, the holiday season. The food, the drink, the cheer. And then the sudden realization that the new year is about to begin and you don’t have any awesome plans or resolutions for next year! Can I share a little reality with you? Resolutions suck! So few people actually stick to them that they should… Continue reading Podcast: 11 Fitness and Health Game Changers For the New Year!
Well, we’ve reached the end of another year. Heck, it’s the end of a decade! Think back over the last year, two or even five years. Of all the “resolutions” you made, how many have you really kept? If the answer makes you a little depressed, that’s okay. Virtually every human on the planet who… Continue reading Make Resolutions That Don't Suck And Won't Fail!