Category: Training and Rehabilitation

Big Rocks in Training, Nutrition, and Weight Loss

I recently reflected on some major lessons in health and fitness. These are big rocks in training, nutrition, and weight loss that I have written about in my Science Project series books. These principles have been reaffirmed by current research as well as my experience in working with clients. I talked about these items in this week’s podcast if you’d…

Have We Become Device Dependent?

We live in amazing times. The number of devices that provide self-quantification data are myriad. Maybe you work out with a watch or some apps that track your heart rate, speed, power, pace, rpm’s, steps, or METS. Perhaps you have a ring or bracelet that tracks your heart rate variability, sleep patterns, or caloric expenditure. You could analyze your dietary…

Get Fit for the Field!

Let’s say you like to get outdoors and do your thing, whatever that may be. Perhaps you consider yourself a mountain athlete…who runs, bikes, climbs and skis in the backcountry. Or maybe you are an avid hunter who pursues game in the hinterlands. You’re a backpacker, a fisherman, or someone who likes to hike to the top of the local…

Make This Your Greatest Summer of Fitness Ever!

Greetings everyone, and happy summer to you! Yes, finally…it’s now official — summer is here! And with this warm and sunny season (hopefully), we usually feel inspired to get outside and move more, doing all sorts of activities and exercises that are supported by the pleasant weather. This short post is just a bit of a “Rah Rah!” I’m going…

Train Smart

Get WISE About Training and Recovery!

Training is indeed an art form. Effective training for any athletic or fitness goal depends upon optimal programming and coaching. We design programs and routines, establish schedules, and then apply them to ourselves or the individuals we coach in pursuit of the greatest results. Once we feel we have an ideal program that fits a person’s unique physical characteristics, current…

Sports Performance for Everyone…a Conversation with Joel Smith

The athletic preparation field is an immense one, and it covers myriad related disciplines. Many of the practices or characteristics of elite athletes can be viewed as lessons from high-level practitioners of physical art. And we can often use those examples to get more out of our own fitness and competitive endeavors. I recently had the absolute honor and privilege…

The Optimal Time for Training

Is there an optimal time for training? The answer is “yes, no, and actually…it depends.” Yes, there is substantial research-based evidence to suggest that certain types of exercise or training, for specific or unique individuals, is indeed best performed at a particular time of day. No, there isn’t really one perfect time for training and in fact the time you…

PT Basics…Foundations

Clients often ask me about some of the applications we utilize with training and rehabilitation. They will query if an intervention is a fundamental principle in physical therapy, or perhaps even one of my unique twists on those tenets. This short post is an introduction to PT Basics — and I’ll present a few foundations in PT, along with a…

Usain Bolt and Eliud Kipchoge…Lessons from the Greats!

Usain Bolt and Eliud Kipchoge are the fastest runners in history. They are among the greatest athletes of all time, with Bolt recently retiring from well over a decade of domination in the sprints and Kipchoge continuing to reign supreme in the marathon. These athletes provide outstanding examples of the alignment of training and competing to a body type for…

Body Types of Elite Athletes

There are many things we can learn from elite athletes. Among these are how to maximally appreciate and optimally utilize our unique bodies in our sporting pursuits. I’m going to provide several examples of athletic bodies. I’m also going to describe these athletes in relation to AnimalFit, the proprietary body type training system I developed and that I use extensively…