A few years back, I was asked to be part of a project with a huge task. Our goal was to produce a book that provided a “definitive guide” to what it meant to help young athletes develop successfully and safely. I got to co-author with some amazing youth fitness professionals. It was an honor… Continue reading Steal This Book! (Sort of)
Yesterday was this guy’s last day at All-Star Sports Academy for this off-season. When Jaizon started with me, his football future was uncertain, to say the least. My advice was simple. Trust the process. Give it your best, always. Do the work. Today, he begins a new college football journey at the University of Rhode… Continue reading Last Day in the Gym For This Guy…
I’ve been around the Youth Fitness and Training arena for over 2 decades. I’ve learned a lot in that time, especially from my mistakes. That’s why it pains me to see the same mistakes being made over and over in the training of young athletes and children in general. In many ways, parents can be… Continue reading 5 Deadly Sins Parents and Coaches Commit in Training Young Athletes
Speed testing is a huge part of sports. Whether you agree with it or not, athletes get tested on how fast they can run. The 40-yard dash is the centerpiece of the NFL Combine and the 60-yard dash has become the gold-standard in baseball. Even Major League Soccer now tests the 30 meter sprint, and… Continue reading Speed Testing Mastery: New Course From the IYCA!
At the start of fall sports season, many athletes develop “unusual” injuries. Coaches, parents and the athletes themselves usually seem surprised at these injuries. But they really shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering the number of drastic changes that occur during the transition from the activities of summer to the rigors of fall sports seasons… Continue reading Why Your Fall Athlete Gets Injured
“He’s slow. Other kids are running by him.” “Her coach says she’d play more, but she’s not fast enough.” “He used to be faster than all the other kids. I’ve done everything I can do, now I need help.” “She needs to be faster. We have the hurdles and ladders, but I can’t get her… Continue reading 6 Reasons Your Pre-teen Athlete is Slow
Can I be honest here? I think if one more parent says “my doctor said my kid shouldn’t lift weights until he/she is 14,” I’m going to be sick. Physically, violently ill. Your doctor is wrong. Well intentioned, but wrong. The good doctor is expressing a thought that, once upon a time, made sense. When… Continue reading 7 Reasons Your Pre-Teen Should Strength Train
So grateful, blessed and honored to have been a part of the best Elite Fitness & Performance Summit yet! Thank you to Nick, Ryan and the team at FR Nation for having me as a presenter. It was great to see so many people I love, honor & respect. This really was like a big… Continue reading Thank You EFPS 2018!
Laundry Tag is a great way to enhance athletic skills while your athletes have a great time! This activity improves: Speed – General speed improvements occur in relation to and via improvements in specific elements of speed. Acceleration, deceleration, hip turns, weight shifts, core and body control and rapid realignment of the body in space… Continue reading Laundry Tag Speed and Agility Game for Athletes
Today’s Happy Hour guest is Laura Honzu, Owner and Head Coach at Ubuntu Athletics in Hinckley, Ohio. Laura is entering her 4th year in her 2,000 SF training facility. Her clients include adults, youth athletes and teams, including one local high school boys ice hockey team which competes nationally year in and year out. Laura… Continue reading Love is a Superpower – Laura Honzu