Changing the Way You Think About Your Warm Ups

The purpose of a warm-up is to prepare for a training session or competition mentally and physically. Therefore, a warm should enhance performance, improve a level of fitness and provide reduction of injury risk. While you are designing a warm-up, consider how well it mimics the sport, competition or activity that is about to be … Continue reading Changing the Way You Think About Your Warm Ups

Recovery Techniques for Athletes: What Does the Evidence Say?

A successful athlete HAS to find that perfect balance between training and recovery. Read that again.   The goal of training is to overload in an effective manner so that adaptations will lead to improved performance, not excessive overload with inadequate recovery. So, it’s not a surprise that every athlete is constantly looking for ways … Continue reading Recovery Techniques for Athletes: What Does the Evidence Say?

Using Mental Imagery for Improved Performance

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

Myths Debunked: Should Kids Lift Weights? Is it safe? Does it Stunt Growth?

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?