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!
If you were staring death in the face, what would really matter to you? If the end of your life was imminent, would you regret your mistakes and failures? Or would your bigger regrets be about the things you didn’t do because of fear – of failure or anything else? Take a moment and imagine… Continue reading What Truly Matters
Dream big dreams! Make plans as if you know God is already on your side (He is!) Big dreams, big goals “stir the blood.” Big dreams lead to large-scale action. Big dreams and big actions are why you were put here by the Creator! Step into His vision for you! Dream big, act big and… Continue reading Dream Big, Stir the Soul
If you know me well, you know this has been the most challenging year of my entire life. Physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. All 4 pillars of my fitness and health have been under fire. To be honest, it’s nearly broken me more than once. But each time I get frozen by fear, paralyzed by… Continue reading Another Reason To Start!
Today, I’m going to share my thoughts on whether parents should hire a youth fitness coach for their kids. Of course, since I am a Youth Fitness Professional, you might imagine that I’m biased toward a “yes” answer. You might be surprised! While I do believe that every kid would benefit from working with a… Continue reading Podcast: Should You Hire A Youth Fitness Coach For Your Child?
Accountability. It’s used so often and in so many arenas that it’s practically a cliche. In business, in school and in sports and training, everyone likes to talk about accountability. For coaches, whether in youth sports or fitness and strength and conditioning, it seems universally accepted that accountability is key. In these arenas, “holding athletes… Continue reading Podcast: Accountability or Unnecessary Confrontation for Youth Athletes?
Accountability. The word, and the concept, get thrown around so much, it’s become a cliche. But are we using accountability with youth athletes more like a blunt object than a sharpened tool to sculpt success? Much has been said and written about the value of accountability in training and sports. So much, in fact, that… Continue reading Accountability or Unnecessary Confrontation for Youth Athletes?
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)
Today, I’m sharing the first of my “Essential Laws of Strength, Fitness and Performance.” These didn’t happen by accident. These Essential Laws were developed through observation and analysis, careful review of my work and that of others and trial and error. Law #1 may be the most important one to remember. Join me as I… Continue reading Podcast: Essential Laws of Strength, Fitness and Performance #1 – More is Not Better, Better is Better!
As an observer of the fitness profession, as well as fitness professionals, it looks to me like there are plenty of fitness coaches – strength coaches, youth fitness coaches, personal trainers and coaches all over our field – who are trying to be terrible. Maybe they’re really not, but it sure as heck looks that… Continue reading 5 Surefire Ways To Be a Crappy Coach Or Trainer