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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Hanging Up Your Cleats Can Be Difficult – Remaining Athletic Doesn’t Have To Be

Retiring from sport can be extremely difficult – not only from a physical standpoint but from a mental standpoint as well. For many of us, our identities are wrapped up in the sport we play.  I know for me I got a real sense of fulfillment and purpose from soccer. And, I was scared to lose that once I hung up my boots. I know I’m not alone in this fear as I receive questions from former teammates frequently like “How am I going to remain athletic?”,  “How am I going to stay fit?” “What’s my training routine going to look like without the structure of a team?”... More

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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

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

Charge Me Up

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If you’re like me there are days when you feel tired, like a worn out pile of dog pooh. The last thing you want to do is head to the gym and train hard, right? I get it. Maybe it’s because you had a hard training the day before or maybe it’s because you’ve been consistent with your training for a number of weeks and you just need a bit of a re-charge. If you’re also like me, training is one of your daily 3s. Three daily things that keep you on track, meaning it is a must in your daily routine. Without it you feel a bit lost, unproductive, and off your game. In fact, each week you should have trainings that are a bit on the lighter side that enhance recovery from your training the day before or prepare you for the next days session or better yet – provide you with both.... More

The 4 C’s: Tried & True

index About a month ago I returned home to Indiana to visit my parents. My dad and step mom are both semi-retired and now living their lives as snow birds – splitting their time between Indianapolis and Florida. Besides spending quality time together and them questioning my decision on my most recent shade of hair color, their one request of me was to go through the last handful of boxes from my childhood, mainly my soccer career. Due to their new lifestyle they are downsizing from my childhood home and therefore are getting rid of all unneeded excess in the home. This was the first time I had sifted through any of my soccer career memorabilia since retiring. Even though my constant moving and travel schedule while playing forced me to occasionally go through most of the collection that I had gathered throughout the years, a few boxes remained.... More