3 results for month: 04/2016

A Balanced Blend Of Blah Blah Blah: Volume I

1. It has been a crazy few weeks on my end as I've been traveling plus attending a few strength and conditioning workshops on the weekends. So to say I haven't had much down time would be an understatement. Speaking of workshops, though, I was in Philly this past weekend for the one and only, Tony Gentilcore's Shoulder seminar: From Assessment to Badass.

IMG_4540Tony G talking everything shoulders.

I met Tony a number of years ago at Cressey Sports Performance and have remained a huge fan of his work and a coach I continue to look up to. The seminar was fantastic and I learned a ton obviously about shoulders, but also about the common issues we see in our clients and athletes today and how it affects their performance. (thank g*d since that's the name of the workshop).... More

Exercises I Used During My Playing Days, Wished I Had Incorporated While Playing, & Will Continue to Use: Loaded Carries

My hope is that by now you have a clear understanding about the purpose behind my website – this is the channel I want to use on a regular basis in order to help young athletes and women become a stronger and better version of themselves.  I know that some of you have no intention of making a division 1 or national team roster, but I do know that most of you that read my material want to move, feel, and perform better than you currently do. Since hanging up my boots, it’s become my sole purpose to help as many young athletes and women fearlessly step up to the barbell, kettlebell, and dumbbell in order to find their inner athlete and gain an understanding of their own body and it’s capacity to perform. So, Going forward one to two times per month I’m going to provide you with an exercise that I used during my playing days, wish I incorporated while I was playing, and exercises that I will continue to use forever. Let’s get started.  

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Photo Credit: QuickMeme

  I’ve had the fortune of being exposed to some top-notch strength and conditioning coaches throughout my career. In turn, this has exposed me to some great programming and exercises that improved my athleticism and kept me injury free. One exercise I wish had been incorporated during my playing days are loaded carries. Loaded carries have been a staple in the Strong Man competitions and were popularized a handful of years ago by renowned strength coach, Dan John.... More

Out With The New, In With The Old – Some Things Never Change

index   A lot has changed since my childhood in the 80’s. Some obvious examples are, there were no cell phones, people actually used payphones or home phones, pen to paper was a thing - computers were just being introduced into schools, my mullet was in fashion, and Fuller House was on television, Oh wait. Full House. But I’m here to talk about sports, soccer specifically. The opportunities for young female soccer players today are remarkable. There has been considerable growth in the participation of female soccer players. According to U.S. Youth Soccer there were roughly 400,000 active youth female soccer players in the mid 1980’s compared to the 1.6 million currently. It’s an exciting time to be a female athlete and simultaneously a difficult time as well. Due to all the opportunities and options at every level of play it seems we have created a fear based model for our athletes. We have them specializing in one sport at a much earlier age and feed them with nonsense such as “If you don’t play on this team you won’t stand out. If you don’t go to this tournament you won’t be seen by college or youth national team coaches.”... More