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.

 

Get Outside and Get Healthy!

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Get Back to Nature

Who needs a gym and weights?

 

Living in California can have some benefits. Although we have had a unusual amount of rain recently, the weather tends to let us be active outside more if we choose. You can get a good workout and enjoy to beautiful resources all at the same time. Give your brain and body a boost by using the great outdoors!!

The above photo was taken during a family hike along the coast last week. The sun, the ocean, and the green fields made for an outstanding backdrop. Sure beats another day on the treadmill. All we did was maintain a good walking pace along the undulating hills to get our heart rates up. My son who didn’t want to go in the first place ended up having a blast as we found animal tracks and fossils along the way.

To kick it up a notch, body weight exercises like squats, planks, lunges, and push-ups can be added into the hike at certain distance points reached on the hike. Also, trail running and mountain biking are options as well. Just remember to practice safety first. Know your terrain and take a work out partner. And most importantly - take enough water or sports drink to stay hydrated.

If this sounds like something you would enjoy contact me this summer and we can design an outdoor training session or program just for you

Whether it’s on the sand or trail, get outside and get healthy!!

The World of Youth Sports

The world of youth sports has gotten crazy. Check out the below link to “The Price of Youth Sports” from Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO.

My kid kissing his first inline hockey trophy. Might have missed the point of this posting….

My kid kissing his first inline hockey trophy. Might have missed the point of this posting….

https://youtu.be/AGxxBER5xJU

This topic reminds me of another article by Mike Boyle called “Prepare the Child for the Path.” This article was derived from a quote he uses: “Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child.”

We as parents won’t always be there to pave the way for our children. Constantly insulating kids from difficult situations and consistently cleaning up the mess they create defeats the purpose of sport. We need youth sports to help teach kids about success and about failure. The failure lessons may be more important than the successes. We can’t let youth sports be all about success and scholarships instead of learning and sportsmanship. Children will learn what they live. Teach hard work, commitment, loyalty, and dedication. The key is to value education.

What is Physical Literacy for Kids?

In the description of myself and some of my training methods I use the terms “Physical Literacy” and “Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD).” I’ve got a couple images to help explain these terms as taken from the National Strength Coach’s Association LTAD Special Interest Group of which I am a member.

So basically this boils down to get some good exercise and try new things. This will help you learn how your body moves. Even though the focus is on them, it’s not just for kids either.

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