Category: Training and Rehabilitation

CrossFit vs. Spartan vs. Hyrox…Who is the Fittest?

Fitness as a sport. The quest to define ultimate athleticism. Consider the decathlon. Ironman. Strongman. Highland Games…all legit. Performance limits are being challenged everywhere.  But is there such a thing as ultimate fitness or all-around fitness? Which athletes really are the fittest on earth? Elite athletes inspire. That’s the first thought that comes to my mind. This is true across…

Train Smarter in 2021

Doing anything smarter, not just harder, is the key to success. And training more intelligently, with a few tips and lessons from our friends, clients, and Tribe members, can lead to better results in the coming year. This rings true whether your goals are health improvement, fat loss, fitness enhancement, or goal-crushing in athletics. Here are some things you might…

What’s In Your Home Gym?

What’s in your home gym? Instead of asking you which credit card is in your wallet, let’s discuss home gyms. As more and more people are training at home these days, there are practically innumerable options available for home exercise and conditioning. Virtually any budget or space constraint can be served, and I’ve been impressed with the creativity with which…

The Relationship Between Force and Velocity in Training

Force and velocity exist in a curvilinear relationship. Maximum force is your ultimate strength, and this is represented best by a 1RM. Max velocity is your absolute highest speed, and that’s your sprinting ability expressed in meters per second. That’s the simple part. What makes these things interesting, and perhaps more complicated, is that while they are separate entities in…

Knee-dominant Versus Hip-dominant Athletes

Are you a knee-dominant or a hip-dominant athlete? What’s the difference and what does that really mean for your performance capacities? These are the things we are going to discuss today. The world of sport science keeps evolving and we get so much great and useful information from researchers and thought leaders alike. One popular area of interest is in…

Periodized Training

The concept of periodization in training has many applications. Dividing training into definitive periods allows for concentration of effort and potentially greater adaptations. This type of purpose-driven training is usually influenced by the sport seasons and athletic goals of the participants. Like I always say, movement is an umbrella under which activity and exercise training reside. General daily activity is…

Things to Know About Online Training

The title is self-explanatory. Finding ways to keep your training effective, and stay connected with your peers, is what this post is all about. I love gyms and athletic facilities. I love face-to-face coaching. I love team and group workouts and competitions. But those situations aren’t as easy to facilitate these days. The most obvious reason is the ongoing coronavirus…

Questions About Cardio

Greetings Readers! I hope you are having a great Autumn and a safe Halloween. This is a short post to share with you some information about cardio training, or aerobic exercise.  In Episode 154 of The Lifetime Athlete Podcast, PK & I recently had the opportunity to address some audience questions about cardio training. These occur frequently and it’s really…

Athlete-Coach Communication

How an athlete and a coach communicate is paramount to the success of their relationship. And this is true even if you are a self-coached athlete, in that the framing and self-talk you employ can have profound impacts on both your outcomes and your perspectives. I’m going to highlight a couple of key areas and offer the viewpoint of both…

Understanding Muscle Contractions for Better Performance

Today’s article addresses the following questions: Should we just go through the motions with exercise and training or can we be more purposeful in how we contract our muscles in the pursuit of results? In certain sports or movement patterns, do our bodies have a tendency to utilize one type of contraction over another? As I consider that first question…