Language is a beautiful thing. In strength and conditioning, carefully-chosen words can succinctly and efficiently describe exercises, movements, training modalities, etc. I frequently mention terms and phrases that get thrown around these days with little-to-no regard for the intent of the original meaning. “Functional training” is just the latest in a series of well-meaning catch-all … More The Functional Training Paradox
Plyometric training has been around for awhile. For the last few decades, explosive lower body efforts have been used to elicit improvements in maximal sprinting velocity in amateur and professional athletes. While this type of training is imperative for high velocity sprinting and long term athletic development in youth sports, there are some very important … More Jump Training for Youth Athletes: Performance & Safety Considerations
Have you been stuck in a rut for awhile? Maxes not going up? Body fat loss remaining stagnant? Chances are your endurance sucks. Try this total body complex that crushes plateaus, builds muscle, and torches body fat. Here’s how to break the cycle:
There are a lot of sayings and phrases in this world that are meant to be positive and motivational. In the fitness world, they exist solely to lift your spirits when you’re down and keep you pressing forward when you feel like quitting. However, there’s a few that just aren’t worth the time and breath … More 10 Fitness Sayings That Need to Go Away
Instagram coaches and fitness marketers have taken to all platforms of social media to tout how easy it is to “get ripped in 21 days” or to be “built like an athlete in time for summer.” It all sounds so easy. Too easy, in fact. So, what’s the actual cost of looking that good?
Decades ago, fat was the enemy. “Excess dietary fat makes you fat,” they’d say. Taken at face value this seems like pretty sound logic. These days, obesity is blamed on carbohydrates. Red meat has always been a scapegoat for heart disease. Throw sodium in the mix for heart problems. The U.S. Departments of Heath & … More Take Your Nutrition Guidelines with a Grain of Salt
While the primary definition of diet refers to how you eat and the foods you put into your body, it has taken on a new meaning. The word “diet” now denotes a temporary alteration in eating habits. It is a specific change (or changes), for better or worse, that has a definitive beginning and end. Therein lies the problem … More Stop Dieting and Work on Your Nutrition
When you think about fitness TV, one show immediately comes to mind: The Biggest Loser. For those not in the know, it is a reality show competition that allows dangerously obese competitors the chance to turn their life around by gaining a better quality of life through weight loss. Sounds great, right? While there is … More The Good & Bad of Fitness TV
Due to the prevalence of the CrossFit games and the increase in accessibility facilities where platforms and bumper plates are kosher, Olympic lifting has surged in popularity in virtually all demographics. People from all walks of life are getting over the bar and learning how to snatch, clean, and jerk. At the end of the day, … More Is Olympic Lifting Right for You?
Overtraining is one of the new hot topics in youth sports. Like concussions, the majority of the panic stems from two issues: the danger it presents to the athlete and the lack of understanding of the subject matter. Unlike concussions, the sports performance professionals have pretty good handle on overtraining and the symptoms aren’t quite as severe … More Player Burnout: Overreaching and Overtraining in Youth Athletics