Strength and Conditioning: Extends Beyond the Field of Play

Most of us know that strength and conditioning can be extremely beneficial when it comes to reaching our fullest potential on the field such as helping us run faster, jump higher, and reducing the likelihood of injury. What isn't talked about as much, though, is the impact that strength and conditioning has beyond the field.... More

Soccer and Fitness Must Reads: 2/14/17

  I'm heading back to DC this afternoon after five, awesome days in Seattle. I gave a speech on Saturday at the first annual, Seattle Ignited Women Project and then spent a few days hanging with my sister and brother in law. I just finished making my way through some great reads from the past week - here are a few that I want to share with you.... More

The Real Way To “Train Like A Soccer Pro”

Every time I here the slogan, “Train Like A Pro,” I cringe - as it usually involves an athlete trying to attempt some advanced jump when they can barely land correctly, or a soccer player attempting a very complex “trick,” or skills, when they have a hard time skipping with proper form. I think to myself –

“Am I missing something? This is is not at all how I trained as a pro.”

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Are You Prepared to Perform the KB Swing? Part 2

In today's society that's filled with excess sitting and "social media gone wild" approach to life, many athletes have poor posture and an incredibly weak posterior chain - which is leading to the increase in injuries and the lack of confidence in athletic performance. One exercise that can help combat these issues is the KB Swing. However, there are a lot of working parts that need to be mastered in order to perform and experience all the benefits the KB Swing has to offer. In Part 1 I go over three exercises that will help build a foundation and get you started down the path of mastery with this "biggest bang for your buck" exercise.... More

Are You Prepared to Perform the Kettlebell Swing? Part 1

Lets face it. The Kettlebell Swing is a killer exercise. And, when I say killer I mean the benefits of the swing are endless. I can't think of another "all in one" exercise that helps:
  • Builds overall athleticism and strength
  • Improves conditioning
  • Targets your posterior chain (backside of your body) - I mean who doesn't need/want a bigger, stronger booty?
  • Is a viable alternative for the Olympic lifts
All of this awesomeness in one exercise has athletes wanting to jump right in and get to swinging. The reality is though, that many aren't prepared to perform the swing right off the bat.... More

Building to the Ab Wheel Rollout: 2 Variations to Master the Ab Wheel

I have always been a fan of core training – during my playing days and now as a coach. And, no, I'm not talking about sit-ups and crunches. (Alright, I'm sure there was a time when I would get down with some crunches, but my knowledge/approach has evolved.) I think we can all agree there's a ton of core exercises that give you way more bang for your buck than the traditional sit-ups and crunches. Reason being, everything in sport comes from the core. In soccer specifically, striking the ball, holding off defenders, sprinting/running – every movement that generates power starts with the core.... More

How’s Your Athletic Position?

If you look at the word BASICSKILL what do you do see? BASIC-SKILL? or maybe.... BASICS-KILL? I stole this from Beyond Strength Performance owner and coach, Chris Merritt. Clearly he's a genius. And, this play on words is genius too. We often mistake the basics for "simple" and "easy" and this couldn't be further from the truth.... More

Layering the Turkish Get-Up with 1/4 and 1/2 Repetitions

When I first attempted the Turkish Get-up (TGU) I was not a fan. It can be a complicated exercise and has a ton of working parts. And, when I heard a famed strength and conditioning coach say, "If I have to teach someone to get up off the ground....then we really have problems." I laughed and kind of agreed at the time. However, when I took the RKC Level 1 Certification last month, my opinion changed completely and I have since learned to love the TGU.... More

2 Drills To Learn and Improve Your Single-Leg RDL

I am a big of fan of single leg training and believe it should be a staple in all programs. One of my favorite single leg exercises is the single leg RDL. It offers a host of benefits such as single leg strength and stability and most importantly it targets the posterior chain or in other words the hamstrings and glutes. However, mastering this exercise can be difficult and takes time and practice. Here are two drills that will help you clean up you technique. ... More

RKC Level 1: A Look Back

14657504_10154577294828006_6011222883449277431_n Caffeinate, learn, train, laugh, caffeinate, teach, learn, train, laugh, caffeinate, caffeinate, caffeinate basically summed up three days of my life this past weekend. I was in New York City participating in the RKC (Russian Kettlebell Certification) Level 1 Certification. To give those who have no clue about this certification a little background the RKC is considered an extremely mental and physically active course. The course demands that not only are you competent in performing the specific kettlebell movements but competent at teaching them as well. What sets this course apart is it goes much deeper than the basics of kettlebells and requires preparation in order to successfully complete the course.... More