Now I know I don’t need to be the one to tell you that an effective training program is critical for success and making performance improvements (no brainer, right?) -- but you may be wondering where to start. Well first, it’s important to understand that each program will vary by sport and an individual’s training status, … Continue reading Designing Your Own Training Program? Read this First.
Imagery is a cognitive skill where you create an experience in your mind. For competitive lifters specifically, you can stimulate reality by mentally rehearsing a meet. Rehearsing successful execution of a meet, skill by skill, can increase an athlete’s confidence by providing the subconscious mind with powerful, positive memories. Here, athletes can experience meet preparedness … Continue reading Using Mental Imagery for Improved Performance
For years, resistance training has gotten a bad rep in the youth population. And for the most part, these misconceptions are irrational. Put your daughter in (the highly dynamic an explosive sport of) gymnastics and no one bats an eye, but give her a tiny dumbbell and everyone flips out [Oh, and just for fun, … Continue reading Myths Debunked: Should Kids Lift Weights? Is it safe? Does it Stunt Growth?
Golgi Tendon Organs (GTOs) are proprioceptors that are located within the tendons of muscle. Specifically, they are the point where the skeletal muscle fibers insert into the tendons of a skeletal muscle. Cool, so what do they do? GTOs monitor the tension or force within a tendon. If the tension or force becomes excessive, it … Continue reading Golgi Tendon Organs and What You Should Know About Them (Especially for Max Lifts)
I wanted to take a minute to revisit some basics for the basic muscle actions (concentric, eccentric and isometric). Whether you are a coach, gym enthusiast or athlete, it’s important to be able to understand and differentiate between each one. So let’s get started. In order to visualize the types of muscle actions, take … Continue reading Brush Up On Muscle Action Basics
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.”
After world’s a few weeks ago, I’ve been getting flooded with questions lately on powerlifting in general. How to start? How to train? How to pick a meet? What equipment to buy? Why I switched to power from bikini? I thought it would be helpful to share a few tips on getting started here. … Continue reading So You Wanna Start Powerlifting? 10 Tips to Begin.