Closed gyms. Limited home gym equipment. Canceled meets and competitions across the world. For avid fitness peeps, we live in a challenging time (to say the least). For the last couple weeks I've been flooded with questions and concerns about the "damage" being done from scaling back workouts. If you have concerns about losing muscle and/or … Continue reading Time Off From the Gym: How Much Time is Too Much?
"How can I get more _______ (insert micronutrient) in my diet?" If you track micros (which you should) chances are you’ve asked this question to your coach before. Minerals contribute to bone, teeth and nail structures. They also perform a variety of metabolic functions. Vitamins act as coenzymes and facilitate a variety of … Continue reading Your Very Own Micronutrient Cheat Sheet
Q: Do you recommend using caffeine to improve training and performance? A: Yes, and no. First off, I think it is reasonable to recommend caffeine products to improve physical performance under certain conditions. Studies have shown caffeine can be very effective among athletes to improve performance when taken ~60 minutes prior (always give … Continue reading Caffeine Products to Improve Training? Keep These Things in Mind First.
*Warning, potential eating disorder trigger* Eating disorders (including binge-eating disorder) are a sensitive, yet important, subject to discuss with all my athletes. It’s no surprise that studies show an increased prevalence of disordered eating in athletes (especially when weight classes and competitive leanness is involved) when compared to the general population. Such disorders will … Continue reading Binge Eating Disorders: Yeah, Let’s Talk About Them.
Depression. Anxiety. Irritability. Lack of motivation. Did you know that could be signs that you are overtraining? It’s true. During our athlete’s check ins, one of the things we ask about is daily mood. Believe it or not, this is more than just a conversation piece (although we do like hearing your feels), your … Continue reading Feeling Moody? Maybe Take a Look at Your Training.
Although boring, a deload (aka a recovery phase) if done properly, can be pretty beneficial for athletes. And I’ll tell you why. What’s a deload? A deload is a period of time where training intensities and volume are reduced, giving the athlete not complete cessation of training, but an adequate rest period. Thus, we … Continue reading Think You Don’t Need to Deload? Ehh, Think Again.
As 2018 comes to an end, inevitably a new year begins. And with it, comes the opportunity to achieve great things. I want to preface this by saying that I’m not big on setting extravagant new year’s resolutions. Why? Well, by stating some crazy declaration (that is virtually unattainable) we basically set ourselves up … Continue reading 2019: “This is the Beginning of Anything You Want.”