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
Whether it be a brisk walk around the park or high intensity training at the gym, exercise does a body good. But what if you could harness the benefits of a good workout without ever moving a muscle? Michigan Medicine researchers studying a class of naturally occurring protein called Sestrin have found that it can… Continue reading A Prescription to Replace Exercise?
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
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!
Strength and conditioning coaches and fitness trainers love to talk about progressions. Let’s face it, there are numerous progressions for just about any exercise or activity you can think of. What’s the next progression for the exercises you’re currently using or doing? Are your progressions practical and context-specific or are they progressions for the sake… Continue reading Exercise Progression and Athlete Mastery
Don’t look now, but they’re baaack! No, not the terminators, the holidays! That’s right!! It’s that (most wonderful) time of the year! The time of year when we should take time to reflect, be grateful and even joyful! Of course, just about all of us are rushing to get in the attic, the garage and… Continue reading How To Enjoy The Holidays Without Looking Like Santa's Stunt Double
Ice baths are one of the hot trends in the fitness world right now, especially among athletes. Heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and tennis player Andy Murray are among a growing number of pro athletes who use ice baths, mostly for recovery purposes. There’s even one “fitness pro” who’s built an entire empire on ice baths. Some… Continue reading Ice Baths Not So Hot For Building or Repairing Muscle
Improving rotational power for softball with the girls from Ruthless Softball New Jersey this morning at All-Star Sports Academy! This drill is fun, incredibly effective and provides intuitive reinforcement of an essential movement skill for hitting and even for throwing. Simple cuing improves the likelihood that the execution of the movement will translate to the… Continue reading Build Rotational Power for Softball and Baseball!
Granny and gramps get smarter when they go hardcore at the gym. Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration. What’s true, though, is that McMaster University researchers have found that high-intensity workouts give older adults a measurable memory boost. But if they want the benefits, they’ll need to go hard. Intensity is critical, according to… Continue reading Senior Memory Improves With High-Intensity Exercise
Many people might not realize that they have different types of body fat. Most of it is white fat that sits on your stomach, hips and thighs, for example. White fat is an energy storage that our body can use when food is scarce. White fat also produces and receives signals from a variety of… Continue reading Brown and White Fat Communicate Differently In The Body