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January 2010 Blog Posts (9)

On Mental Toughness

It's been called the holy grail of an athlete’s mindset….mental toughness.

This attribute is known to cause serious headaches among the sports performance coaching world! Why? Because time and again we all have worked with athletes who have better than average physical talent but because they lack mental toughness, they rarely amount to much in the athletic arena.

So what’s our natural tendency when this occurs during… Continue

Added by Jeremy Boone on January 28, 2010 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Want to Win the Batlle Against Aging?

Every day, it seems, there’s a new study espousing the benefits of exercise. Exercise helps you lose weight. Exercise makes you smarter. Exercise cures cancer. What’s next? Exercise makes you immortal?

Well, not quite. But a new study has found that exercise actually reverses the aging process at the cellular level.

The study, published in an online journal called PLoS One, studied 25 people over 65 for six months. A research team led by Dr Simon Melov from McMaster… Continue

Added by Michael on January 28, 2010 at 8:34am — No Comments

Coming Full Circle

This time of year always reminds me of why I enjoy being a strength & conditioning coach so much. Of course it’s exciting to help athletes improve, compete and reach their potential, but the past week has really brought out the real reason I’ve been able to stay passionate about this for so long.

Most of us don’t get into this field to build relationships or to make an impact on people’s lives. More often, we become enthralled with the world of athletics and the excitement that… Continue

Added by Jim Kielbaso on January 22, 2010 at 12:23am — 1 Comment

It All Comes Down to Anatomy and Physics

I often talk to young coaches and trainers who are frustrated by there inability to understand complex topics. Often the frustration is because they did not pay attention in college. I tell everyone I talk to that our field comes down to two things, anatomy and physics. If you didn’t pay attention in anatomy and physics you will struggle with the human body. My advice, pay attention. Don’t memorize anatomy , learn it. Immerse yourself in it.

Kendall’s Muscles-Testing and Function is… Continue

Added by Michael on January 21, 2010 at 7:38am — 3 Comments

New Books to Check Out

Just wanted to give you guys a heads up on a few new books that have come out. I get sent a lot of books to review and want to share some with my readers:

First up is the next installment in the Core Performance series Core Performance for… Continue

Added by Michael on January 19, 2010 at 5:11am — No Comments

Most People are Dead at 35

A few years ago I listened to a Paul Chek nutrition CD and Chek used the following quote from a nutritionist. “Most people are dead at thirty-five, they just walk around for another thirty to forty more years.” The quote was intended to apply to most adults from a nutritional standpoint. I find the point both amusing and accurate from a physical standpoint also. By thirty-five most of the damage is done and without an intensive program of exercise, the damage is difficult to… Continue

Added by Michael on January 15, 2010 at 1:53pm — No Comments

News from Shuttle Systems

Shuttle Systems just named me one of the “fascinating five for 2009″. This was a list of five people that Shuttle Systems ( maker of the MVP Shuttle) feel impacted the fitness field in 2009. I have to say I was flattered. Take a look.

Added by Michael on January 14, 2010 at 6:35am — No Comments

Myotest Performance Review - January 2010 Newsletter

This article is not about the bench press per se, but more a commentary on how the bench press has been used, trained, and interpreted in the past, and how the new Myotest technology will change the way look at the bench press and train it.

Read the rest of the newsletter here.

Added by David Harris on January 12, 2010 at 10:21pm — No Comments

Excuses, Rationalization, or Sound Principles?

This is my first blog on here, and I should be doing other things. There is always something to do in preparation. I would like to see more activity here, though. We have some great people on here. Some I know, and some I know by reputation. Lets get this rolling... it could be an incredible resource!

How many have said, or heard, "We are not making powerlifters/weightlifters, we are developing (insert sport name here) players." My question, and maybe challenge, to you is this:… Continue

Added by Jesse Webber on January 7, 2010 at 11:51am — 1 Comment

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