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?
As we head into the next week of social distancing, you might be getting tired of bodyweight-only training. That being said, you do not have access to a sweet garage gym to use. Options seem limited, but I'm here to tell you that you have more resources available than you think.
Goals for today...
Yes, you have an athletic goal but you also want the athletic body that comes with the process! It is no surprise that the ESPN Body Issue captivates millions of viewers each year. The bodies of athletes are mesmerizing for what they can do and how they look.
As a coach, I am worried about helping your body move more freely, minimizing pain, and managing injury risks. From there, I aim to help you achieve a new level of performance measures (ex. strength, hydrogen ion buffering, power, etc.). With these newly developed levels of performance, you can go out and accomplish new feats or better performances in your goal endeavors.
I feel like the announcer in the middle of the boxing ring with the microphone in my hand. All that is left to do is say...
"ARE YOU READY TO RUMBLE?"
While this is not going to feel like a 12 round heavyweight fight for your body, this will be a fun way for you to challenge yourself over the next few weeks.
You have worked extremely hard on your conditioning. Whether it manifests in your ability to hold a lower base interval, complete a difficult hike, or play with your grandkids for an hour without being gassed, conditioning is important.
Right now, you might be experiencing a bit of panic, as your normal means of conditioning has gone out the window. Pools have closed. Parks are off-limits. Beaches are (supposed to be) ghost towns. You might think all is lost when it comes to maintaining your conditioning.
I'll be honest, I was all excited to use this month's focus to give you ideas on how to make effective adjustments to your training when you are on the road or out of your normal environment. In the online training realm, I work with many business people that travel often and still want to achieve performance-based goals. I work with moms that know that no schedule is safe with kids. These things seem so trivial now, as we are experiencing the closest thing to the world stopping on a dime as possible.
While there is a lot of uncertainty at the moment, sitting completely still for the next few months is not the best plan of action.
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