Sauna Bathing for Health and Performance: Benefits and Guidelines

Believe it or not, using a sauna can and SHOULD be more than just a boujee day at the spa, because sauna usage is tied to many health benefits (some which you may find surprising). The concept of sweating in high heat (or sweat houses) has been around for thousands of years, and for good … Continue reading Sauna Bathing for Health and Performance: Benefits and Guidelines

Increasing Awareness Among Athletes

Awareness is an important skill for athletes to help them achieve optimal performance levels. With greater awareness, they can better understand themselves and also have improved concentration and self-control.  . Self-awareness involves refined knowledge of oneself (independent of others). Consequently, self-awareness is central to one’s personal and social meaning of self. How others perceive us is known … Continue reading Increasing Awareness Among Athletes

Practicing Mindfulness for Sport Performance

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 33.7% of Americans are affected by anxiety with moderate impairment, including myself (National Institute of Mental Health, 2017). With so many individuals affected by behavioral disturbances, rather than trying to suppress or change these feelings, evidence tells us we may be better off accepting them and learning … Continue reading Practicing Mindfulness for Sport Performance

Truth Time: Do Lifting Belts Keep You Safe?

If you aren’t using a lifting belt properly, it will not keep you safe from injury. In fact, the false sense of security a belt provides can increase your risk of injury (Siewe et al. 2011). This belief that one can push past their ability has actually shown an increase in the number of lumbar … Continue reading Truth Time: Do Lifting Belts Keep You Safe?

Q&A: Fixing Grip Strength, When Prowler Pushes are Useful, Medicine Ball Training Benefits.

As promised, I’ll begin responding to some saved questions from my last Q&A. Thanks for all the submissions -- so let's get to it.   Q: I’m just starting to lift and feel like my grip strength is terrible. How can I improve it for something like deadlifts? A: One of the most important things … Continue reading Q&A: Fixing Grip Strength, When Prowler Pushes are Useful, Medicine Ball Training Benefits.