As you go through the athlete aging process, one thing seems for certain, pain levels rise. Whether acute or chronic, there will be a point in your life where you experience some level of pain. In your youth, a three-hour pickup basketball session is met with minimal soreness. In your adult years, this might leave you looking like the tin man the next day.
Two Types Of Pain
Chances are you have wanted to complete an unassisted pull-up or improve your pull-up performance. It is a valuable movement with tremendous upside for health and performance. It can also be an extremely frustrating movement when you struggle to complete it.
When I was younger, I struggled with pull-ups. I remember taking the Presidential Fitness Test and scoring in the top percentile of each physical test except pull-ups. It was not until I reached my 20s that I could complete unassisted pull-ups. It took plenty of training sessions filled with modifications to get me over the top.
The key to pull-ups is to treat them like a strength exercise.
Close your eyes and think about your favorite athlete. Think about your favorite athlete completing one of the signature plays or moments of their career. What do you see?
Some of the first things you might gravitate towards are traits of physical accomplishment. Did they change direction with ease, leaving a defender paralyzed? Did they move so fast or so consistent that it looked like they could go on forever?
Athletic feats are mesmerizing and, in one way or another, include traits we wish we could emulate. It might be the traits of power and strength. It might be a trait of discipline. It might be the body composition we associate with athletes.
You might feel like you are unable to be like an athlete due to being "too old" or "too creaky."
Traveling is such a fun thing; however, it also might take you away from your daily health and fitness routine. Whether you are on the road for work or visiting family for the holidays, scheduling in some exercise breaks is critical to your overall health and well being. If you have big performance goals for 2021, your end of year travel can either catapult you forward towards those goals or make you take a colossal step backward.
When traveling a few things occur.
When you hear the word "core" you probably think of a picture of washboard abs. While this is one picture you can think of, your core is so much more and requires a robust training approach to prepare you for all of the demands of life and sport. While your brain is the overarching central command, your core is the central command of movement quality.
Your core must be able to handle load, rotate, stabilize against rotation, and provide your limbs with a strong base to work. Let's take a look at how you can progress your core training to prepare you for the demands of life and sport.
While the pandemic is a good enough reason for your fitness training coming to a halt, it often takes significantly lesser reasons for health and fitness to be placed on the backburner. When this halt happens, it can carry on for days, weeks, or years.
When you finally get the urge to start a regimented training plan, the first step is often the hardest.
Let's look at some tips to help you navigate a return to your fitness training or properly starting your fitness journey.
Push-ups fall in the category of "love" or "loathe" for many of my clients. The exercise itself is an effective combination of core control and horizontal pressing and has plenty of variations to drive progress.
Let's look at how to take your push-up from the basics to advanced variations will all of the challenge you need.
Nutrition is the gas to your body's engine and it can be your friend or foe when it is time to go after your goal performance. The right nutritional approach can set you up for big-time improvement. The wrong approach can leave you feeling achy, lacking recovery, and questioning if your goals are really attainable.
Let's look at three critical pieces to eating like an athlete.
As you continue to progress in your fitness training, you might start exploring single-arm or single-leg variations of movements. Using these movement types provides some excellent benefits when it comes to your movement capabilities and also expanding the effect of your equipment resources. For a time, unilateral movements got muddied by unstable surfaces and other aspects that affected their credibility. With that in mind, let's look at some key benefits of unilateral movements and how you can maximize your training.
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.
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