Coaching philosophies

Earlier this week I had a couple of excellent questions offered up. After a bit of a whirlwind past couple of weeks of travel, I’ve had a bit of a chance to catch up and here is my take on this. Since my response is based purely on my experiences and observations, I’m open to…

Taper and Supercompensation

The most important goal for coaches and athletes is to increase the physical, technical and psychological abilities [of the athletes] to the highest possible levels. The objective is to develop a precisely controlled training program to ensure the maximal performance is attained at the right moment of the season (i.e., at each point of a…

What’s in the fridge?!

It doesn’t matter if you are training for performance or good health, what you eat will play a big role in the outcome. Setting aside some time to either meal prep or food prep is an excellent way to eat nutritious, performance enhancing, health-giving food. Using the method I prefer, (which is food prep), there…

Identifying & eliminating stress

Stress: unless you live a truly blessed life, everyone suffers from it. While stress is a different experience for everyone, sports psychologists have had a long interest in how athletes encounter, feel, avoid, and cope with stress. Although stress most definitely isn’t limited to athletes, much of the research done in these studies can be…

Still trying to get your first muscle up?!

Photo Credit: Matthew Townsend Photo With the Open at close to a month away check out this great article with a few tips and tricks!! “The muscle-up can be an elusive and frustrating movement for many people. Quite often someone who can knock out several consecutive reps of pull-ups and dips will get up on…

Nailing the warm up

Warming up is an essential ingredient before commencing any training or a competition Unfortunately, many people are unaware of how best to prepare their bodies and when it comes time to hit the competition floor, in the hours and even moments leading up to the start of the timer, months of hard training and weeks…

Top 5 tips for surviving the silly season

With the silly season almost upon us, I thought it would be a good time to talk about eating mindfully and remembering your goals. As you are training for performance, body composition and importantly body fat, needs to be considered. To compete at your best, keeping a lower body fat percentage will be of great…

Do you eat to train, or train to eat?

I so often hear people saying that they’ll work off the (insert indulgence) when they train later that day. These people are in the mindset of training to eat. They work out like mad so that they can indulge in the food. Now, I’m not telling you that you should never indulge, as enjoying delicious food…

How does hydration affect performance?

It may surprise you to learn that dehydration at only 1-2% body weight begins to compromise physiologic function and can negatively affect exercise performance, including bringing on early fatigue. Water helps to regulate body temperature, blood pressure, and assists in the movement and transport of essential energy nutrients. You may have noticed your performance decrease…

Do glycogen stores affect weightlifting?

  This is a really informative presentation by Greg Haff, the president of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The content is mainly about various training techniques, however, the part that interests me is from a nutrition perspective. At about the 3-minute 30-second mark in the clip, he makes some interesting comments regarding the physiologic…