I don’t know how to ride a bike. Not on the street, at least. So I do quite a bit of conditioning in my basement, on an old road bike hooked up to a trainer. To get myself through 20, 30 or 40 minutes of sheer boredom, I listen to a podcast called The Moth Radio Hour. The series is comprised of recordings of people telling their real-life stories, live and on-stage. I recently a listened to a story by Sharon Salzburg, a meditation teacher who brought the discipline to the United
I always look forward getting my beauty sleep at the end of each day and I love naps. I’ve taken plenty of them, especially after a game or a tough training session. And although sometimes I plan to sleep for 30 minutes and end up sleeping for more than an hour and half, I always feel better. The power of sleeping and recovery is under appreciated and most athletes don’t even know what they’re missing out on. Like many of us, athletes face problems with sleep, ranging from having trouble falling asleep
There is a lot more to training a young athlete than just making them stronger. Making them stronger is certainly a large piece of the pie, but there are other factors in building an athletic base that are just as important. While hurdles aren’t the only way that these concepts can be trained, they’re definitely one of the most effective and efficient ways. Not only will training with hurdles make you a better athlete, but they’ll also make you less likely to get injured. 1- Landing mechanics – First and foremost.
“On a scale ranging from 1 to 10, how difficult was that exercise?” That’s the most common question I ask throughout the day. From youth athletes looking to get stronger, to the athlete making the transition from high school to college, to the everyday man or woman just trying to improve their health in our fitness classes, that question will be always asked to help the person grow. Like everything else in life, we have to want to challenge ourselves and step out of our comfort bubble in order to truly improve.
"What could I have done to prevent this?" I asked myself that question everyday for five months while struggling to walk up the front steps of my middle school in crutches. When I was fourteen I suffered an awful ankle injury playing basketball. I was in a cast for what felt like a lifetime. I was miserable and extremely upset that I couldn’t play basketball. When the cast was finally removed, I went through physical therapy and that's when my passion for exercise science blossomed. After about two sessions it dawned
“Everything that occurs is not only usable and workable, but is actually the path itself.” —Pema Chodron At Olympia Fitness + Performance, we train athletes who have ambitious goals relative to competing in high school, college and beyond. We support them in their athletic development, and also help them to develop emotional competency for the long haul. What does that mean? Often the ability to manage the disappointment, frustration, and deep sense of loss that comes with perceived failure and making mistakes. Stop and think about this fact for a moment: The
Food. Food is delicious. Food is comforting. Food is fuel. Food is needed. Food connects us to others. It helps us stay connected with people, whether it’s family dinners, holiday celebrations or even a good night out with friends. Just as these relationships have an impact on our health, our relationship with food also plays a major role in our overall wellness. How often do you stop and really think about your relationship with what you’re consuming? Are you eating to live? Or do you live to eat? It can be hard to face and may be ignored by
Yes it’s true, if you don’t use it, you lose it. And considering the way that we go through our day to day lives most of us aren’t using it, our mobility that is. Unfortunately, the amount of time that we’re required to be at a desk or in a car beginning in our teens starts to add up over time. As the responsibilities mount, the time allotted for fitness tends to decrease. You went from being active for two to three hours each day as a teenager, to trying
Strength and conditioning coaches occasionally direct the majority of their focus on their athlete’s movement quality and strength development while mistakenly letting their conditioning take a back seat. I’ve also noticed that within the industry we’ve developed a habit of referring to ourselves as just “strength coaches”. Perhaps because it’s simply easier to say, but we need to remind ourselves that we are strength and conditioning coaches. We cannot view the conditioning aspect of training as supplemental because then we’d be doing our athletes a huge disservice. It’s no secret
Good form is always the most important thing in exercise. It’s more important than your range of motion, it’s more important than how much resistance you can use, and it’s more important than whether or not you finish all of your reps. If you can’t maintain proper form then an exercise becomes useless in the sense that it simply reinforces bad movement patterns. When someone doesn’t understand what an exercise should feel like and you tell them to move a body part from point A to point B, their body