Many elements go into a successful high-level athletic performance. Training, mental preparation and nutrition are key aspects of winning performance. But what about an athlete’s biological clock? Are certain physiological characteristics peaking at different times of day? If so, what would it mean for athletic performance?
Athletes, especially top-level athletes, know that competitive play carries a risk of injury. The risks can be mitigated with proper physical training. But what about the lasting damage from physical or sexual abuse? Can those scars increase the risk of injury, too?
Are you an endurance athlete? Cyclist, runner swimmer or maybe even a triathlete? Do you swear by your expensive, “scientifically designed” carbohydrate energy gel to give you a performance boost? Turns out, your fancy energy gel might be no better than the humble potato when it comes to fueling your performance. There are, however, other… Continue reading Expensive Energy Gels Vs. The Humble Potato For Endurance Athletes
Water is, quite literally, essential. Without it, life is over, done, kaput. Try going without it for even a day. Really tough to do. That’s probably why the word “drought” has such impact on people. People living in drought-stricken areas are already acutely aware of how essential water is and how hard life gets without… Continue reading 8 Reasons To Drink Water Like Your Life Depends On It!
What factors impact hip activation and knee stability? How are these altered in clients who are post-rehab for ACL tears? What should we look for as signs that an activity should be changed or adjusted to ensure that the desired training effect occurs? As it relates to glute/hip activation in relation to knee stability during… Continue reading DB Step-ups, Hip Activation and Knee Stability
Intuitive exercise. Reflexive exercise. As Strength & Fitness Coaches, we’ve all heard these terms before. Intuitive exercise allows the body to “load into dysfunction” in order to permit the neuro-muscular system a chance to discover functional pathways, or strategies, to complete the task, with correction of the postural or movement pattern dysfunction becoming part of… Continue reading What is Intuitive and Reflexive Exercise?
After 20 years in the Strength, Fitness & Performance Training field, there is still something that irks me beyond description. You’ve seen it. We all have. Hundreds, maybe thousands of times. It happens in big box, “McFitness” health clubs. It happens in “boxes.” It happens in boot camps and “transformation centers.” It even happens in… Continue reading Essential Law 1: Better is Better
Chronic stress can lead to increased inflammation in a variety of tissues in the body. Chronic stress includes relationship stress, money stress and work- or school-related stress. Working out too much, too long or without adequate rest or regeneration is also chronic stress. In the modern era of “more is better,” we often substitute a… Continue reading Stress, Exercise Fatigue & Your Suffering Brain
As Fitness Professionals, many of us relentlessly pursue education and learning in order to deliver better service to those we work with. Few things can improve your quality of service more than a deeper knowledge of key training issues. Better knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pattern development and movement pattern deviation can make you better… Continue reading 5 1/2 Phrases All Fitness Professionals Need to Learn AND Use…
Effective Metabolic Conditioning should meet 4 essential criteria. 1. It needs to be manageable for your clients, based on current fitness levels, movement skills and motivation levels. 2. It should be challenging enough to elicit a training response that increases work and cardio-respiratory capacity and contributes to improved metabolic efficiency (energy system enhancement and better… Continue reading Effective Metabolic Conditioning