Loving Highlights or the Game?

I was to the Elite Baseball Development Podcast by Eric Cressey. On episode 15 his guest on the show was hitting coach Bobby Tewksbary. One thing that I heard that stuck with me as a coach is that how the younger athletes of today are bombarded with some much media and technology. Most youth leagues emphasize games over practice. Did you lose the game? No big deal because we will just play again and there will be a ribbon for you at the end.

Kids don’t sit down to watch full games of a sport since they can get on their phones and watch You Tube highlights all day. Then they go out and try to replicate the “me” moments like a big bat flip after a home run or a goal dance celebration when they score. What they don’t do is practice and work to get better at the skills needed to play their sport. They don’t watch the game for all the small things the pro athletes do to be there and or they imagine how hard they work to stay there.

Get to the gym with a coach like me to start building basic strength and movement patterns. Sessions should start at twice a week if possible. Sport skills can be included to make the sessions more fun, which it should always be fun. Active warm ups learned in the gym should be carried over to practice. This can lower your chance of injury. Preparing yourself at practice will then give you your best chance to be successful in games.

Love the game not the highlights.

Happy 4th of July!!

Movement Preparation and Sequencing

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Long gone are the days of when I could just jump right into my sport of choice and just start playing without warming up. Professional athletes can’t use training camp to get into playing shape anymore. Sports have become a full year round activity with the off season getting shorter and shorter. How do you keep yourself as healthy as possible to prevent injury? Movement preparation and the proper sequencing of warm-up and cool down activities.

I have learned from working with professional athletes for many years just how hard it is for them to maintain their excellent health, strength, and energy. Movement preparation allows the body to wake up for the increased activity you are about to put it through. The sequence of these movements is also very important. You body will feel better and performance will increase over time while reducing your chance of injury. Myofascial release, dynamic stretching, and core activation are just a couple of components that are used. Just as important as the warm up is the cool down. Foam rolling and stretching are essential for recovery following any workout, practice, or game.

Contact me to discuss a program personalized for you related to your particular sports or activities.

You need some motivation?

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I find myself sitting in my office sometimes wondering if I have the motivation to get out and get a workout done. You know those days where maybe I have a light schedule and can go home early or stick around and get something done. Maybe I should consider how lucky I am to this problem. There are those out there much worse off than me and doing so much more. Click on the link below to see what I mean:

https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/waddling-duck

I just signed up for a charity hike. It’s outside my comfort zone and I have never done anything like it. But I know this is a goal I can achieve and help others while doing it. If you need motivation or just something to change up your routine, find a good cause like the Heroes Project. Feel great about doing something great for other people. Who knows? Feeling good and doing good for others might just become a good habit.

It's Finally the Hockey Off Season!

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It’s finally time to sit back and relax for all you hockey players. Maybe spend some time on the couch watching the NHL playoffs on TV? I know I will be!! Although I recommend taking your skates off for a while it doesn’t mean we can’t keep getting better for next season. For those of you in the Orange County area and looking to start getting ready for next season, here is a class we are offering starting next week. I will be running the Tuesday night sessions.

It’s not always going to be just about hockey. It’s about staying healthy and forming good habits. We can have fun in the gym as we prepare for the upcoming season.