Expensive Energy Gels Vs. The Humble Potato For Endurance Athletes

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

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Podcast: 5 Deadly Sins Parents and Coaches Commit in Training Youth Athletes

I’ve been around the Youth Training and Fitness field for 20 years and I’ve made enough mistakes to know I don’t know everything.However, I DO know that parents and coaches are still committing some “deadly sins” when it comes to training youth athletes!Listen in as I share 5 of those “deadly sins.” Find out: Why… Continue reading Podcast: 5 Deadly Sins Parents and Coaches Commit in Training Youth Athletes

Podcast: Research Round-Up, Vol. 3

Welcome to Volume 3 of Research Round-Up! The connecting theme of today’s research is heart health. More specifically, we’re talking about aspects of heart health for men. Men who do extreme things. Men who used to block, tackle, hit other men for a living. (Or avoid being blocked, tackled or hit!) Men who fight fires… Continue reading Podcast: Research Round-Up, Vol. 3

The Fools on the Treadmills…

A word or two on cardio For what seems like a million years, we’ve been told that “cardio” will make us lean and healthy. Doctors told us our cardiovascular health depended on it. Pop-culture magazines touted “walk the weight off” programs that were easy-peasy. Steady state, low-impact, low-intensity cardio was what we all needed to… Continue reading The Fools on the Treadmills…

Core Training for Anti-Rotation, Part 1

  I train a lot of athletes. I also get to see a lot of other people train athletes. One aspect of training that is clearly over-marketed and not well understood is core training. I think the most critical aspect of core training is anti-rotation training. If an athlete, or anyone for that matter, can’t… Continue reading Core Training for Anti-Rotation, Part 1

Join me at the IYCA Summit

Got a call from Jim Kielbaso of the IYCA. Jim asked me to present a “hands-on” seminar at the 2017 IYCA Summit in Michigan April 27-29. My topic? “Metabolic Conditioning for Athletes – A Fresh Look.” Yes, your athletes need metabolic conditioning, too. It’s just one more advantage my athletes have over the “average bear.”… Continue reading Join me at the IYCA Summit

Early Sport-Specialization Leads to Higher Injury Risk

Not long ago, the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) undertook a study to determine the impact of early-sport specialization on injury rates among high school athletes. While there are a few minor flaws in the study, which I’ll address momentarily, the study sheds a fairly strong negative light on early sport-specialization as it… Continue reading Early Sport-Specialization Leads to Higher Injury Risk

Strongman Spatial Tire Flip Challenge

An “upgrade” to what we’re calling the “Strongman Spatial Challenge.” An 8 yard square, 3 foam rollers and 3 cones as obstacles. The rules: 1. Hit an obstacle, do 10 Rope Slams. 2. Flip the tire outside the square, do 10 Rope Slams. 3. On the last flip, the tire has to be back on… Continue reading Strongman Spatial Tire Flip Challenge

“Bulletproof” your knees, part 1

Want “bullet-proof” knees? Learn to manage frontal plane forces (yes, transverse plane, too, but I’m talking frontal plane here.) Here, Cam is working on Band-resisted Shuffles with controlled return steps, which allow her to develop frontal plane stabilization strength by managing a frontal plane load on a single leg. It works well for her because… Continue reading “Bulletproof” your knees, part 1

Sensory Issues for ASD and Neurotypical Athletes

It’s remarkable what I learn from my athletes. With my ASD (Autism Spectrum) athletes, there is so much to learn about movement ability and deficiencies, specific programming needs and variables and the unique communication styles each one thrives on. In other words, they have the same overall programming and training needs as neurotypical athletes. Only… Continue reading Sensory Issues for ASD and Neurotypical Athletes