When it comes to your long-term development as a human athlete, strength is a major factor in your ability to move through life and sport effectively.
While resistance training is a valuable tool in the athlete toolkit, many athletes have a troubled past with resistance training. There might be a history of injury, pain, or a negative impact on a sport practice.
One of my favorite fitness training visuals is that of wringing out a wet towel. In my eye, this is the perfect approach to training. When you try to get the most out of it, it will gift you the most moving forward.
A performance peak is one of the most exhilarating moments in your athletic career. Having everything come together and feel like you are on top of your game is an epic feeling. Even watching it on TV or in-person at a sporting event can leave you with goosebumps.
What we often forget is the training foundation that is needed to achieve a performance peak. We want to jump straight to the peak without laying the groundwork to get there.
This leaves us with a cracked foundation and results in frustrations, letdown, and, in severe cases, pain and injury.
Building a training foundation is not the most flashy thing you can do, but it is a critical step to achieving a new level of athletic performance or sustaining athletic performance as you age.
I love rolling out of bed and sliding into my training clothes. I love the first flicker of light that illuminates my garage gym and the stillness of the early morning. I love the process of training, finding my weaknesses, and trying to improve as an athlete.
I also understand that many of my clients do not see things the same way and that is OK!
When working with a client, we strive to improve performance, but I also place a heavy focus on how training helps make life easier. By doing this, the value of training increases, and this helps moments of doubt or "giving up" to lose strength.
Implement these three tips to make life easier and supercharge your performance.
The TRX is one versatile piece of equipment. There are countless variations you can utilize to squat, hinge, push, pull, and rotate. Here are a few that you might not be as familiar with. Give them a go!
A tight ankle leads to knee pain. Tight hips lead to screaming back pain. We quickly blame squats, running, deadlift variations, swimming, and other movements for the pain. Then we layer up in anti-inflammatories, braces, and any quick fix contraption we can get our hands on.
What if there was another way?
There comes a point in your athletic career where you either accept that you are "past your prime" or you adapt and find a way forward.
We have been fed countless headlines of how aging means slowing down, losing pace, and creaky bodies. Instead of figuring out a better route forward, many of us just fall in line and accept that our peak has passed. Have you made this decision? Why?
Whether you’re a swimmer, triathlete, football player, or someone who moves daily, you are susceptible to shoulder pain. Shoulder pain is not fun, and the cause of the pain can also be a challenge to uncover. This leads to the frustrating feeling of a lack of progress and stagnant success. Today, we are going to break down how you can take control of your shoulder health and keep this joint active for years to come.
Power development is critical to sport and also your ability to get out of the chair you sit in. While the Olympic lifts of snatch and clean & jerk are awesome tools for power development, they take a major time investment to master.
I have an awesome opportunity for you today! As educational institutions adapt to the current reality, one college is taking a whole new approach with a swimming class. The class is focused on how you can become the best swimmer you can be, from technique practices to being a good teammate. As part of this class, I will be giving talks on how to include effective dryland practices as part of a swimmer's training. The topics for discussion were submitted by class participants (all college swimmers).
Ready for the best part?
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