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

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

Lessons Learned

IMG_2856 On December 21, 2014 I was carried off the field after helping my Australian team win the championship game. This was my final professional soccer game before hanging up my boots for good. Fast-forward 453 days and my alarm goes off at 4:45am – time to train. Not myself, but our first group of clients at Ambitious Athletics. It has been a whirlwind of a year, one filled with a ton of new experiences and lessons. The biggest lesson has been the transition from an athlete’s mindset to a coach’s mindset. Now after a year under my belt as a full time coach I thought there was no better time to reflect on some of the lessons I’ve come to understand. I realized that many of the life lessons I learned from soccer are the same lessons that I’ve applied in my first year as a coach.... More

The Power of Play

IMG_4172Talking to young Samoan soccer players. Photo credit: Ola Thorsen

 

I just returned from 2+ weeks of travel to New Zealand and Samoa. I was traveling in conjunction with the U.S. State Department and U.S. Soccer. We packed a ton of work into a short amount of time and besides the fifteen-hour flight to and from Auckland there was quite a bit of travel within the travel.

Needless to say, I was busy, but overall the trip was fantastic. I trained young athletes, met with educators on how to grow the sport of soccer, and spoke to LGBTQ advocates about my experience as an out athlete. I love this work. As I’ve been afforded so many incredible experiences through my playing career it’s wonderful to be able to share my stories and help those who haven’t been as fortunate or need a bit of guidance in their journey.... More

A Look Back – Women’s World Cup 2015: The Foundation of Success

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Photo: Michael Chow - USA Today Sports

  Originally written July 2015

Wow! I can’t believe it!

It has already been a month since the Women’s World Cup final, and yet I’m definitely still experiencing a high from all the emotions of that momentous final match. Can you imagine the elation the women felt when the final whistle blew? Can you imagine the relief they felt after beating Japan in the final when just four years earlier they had fallen short? Can you imagine how many games, training sessions, gym sessions it took to get there? I was fortunate to be able to travel to Canada, not only for the final but also for a number of the U.S. Women’s games. The enthusiasm surrounding each game was contagious and you could feel the excitement grow with each U.S. win.... More

#RepsForRapinoe – Side Plank

Building a strong and stable core is a crucial component to improving athletic performance and staying healthy. Did you try the Pallof Press yet?! Sneaky, hard exercise, right?! What about the:
  • Goblet Bulgarian Split Squat
  • Band Pull-Aparts
  • KB Goblet Lateral Lunge
  • 1-Arm Standing Band Row
These are great exercises to add to your repertoire.... More

#RepsForRapinoe – 1-Arm Standing Band Row

Posture affects all aspects of life. Due to hours of being slouched over at computers and cell phones, we have created a society of rounded shoulders and forward head posture. Posture has a direct effect on our performance and is the key to keeping us healthy and injury free. A great way to negate said poor posture is by performing more pulling exercises (i.e. rowing) than pushing exercises (i.e. push-ups).... More

#RepsForRapinoe

IMG_1263 Everything is better stronger. Having a foundation of strength allows you to bounce back quickly whether that is bouncing back from a serious injury or another hard day of training. It’s the foundation of strength that helps in making one better able to handle the stress that occurs on the body.... More

Permission To Be Strong

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

As I set out for my trip to Egypt and Jordan, I was ready to inspire, empower and spread some joy. The purpose of the trip was to follow up with some of the emerging women leaders who had participated in the Global Sports Mentoring Program (GSMP) and observe how they are using sport as a vehicle for positive change in their communities. GSMP is the flagship component of the Empowering Women & Girls through Sports Initiative, which pairs emerging women leaders from around the world with top American female executives in the sports industry. My role as a sports envoy was to perform soccer and strength clinics to women and young girls in the underprivileged communities and at Syrian refugee camps in Jordan.... More

Who Holds You Accountable?

images Ambitious Athletics members are made up of people just like you: tired of their lack of progress, direction, or both when it comes to their fitness. Whether they have been a member of a commercial gym or have been working out on their own for months, the lack of progress and direction often stems from the absence of accountability.... More