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.”...
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....
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)....
Most of us live our lives in the sagittal plane, meaning that we primarily move in a forward and backward motion, neglecting any other direction.
Sports are played in all three functional planes, therefore it’s beneficial to train in these different planes to maximize performance and prevent injury. The same goes for everyday life....
Strength training doesn’t only include lifting heavy weights. In fact, some of the most effective and important exercises use only your bodyweight or resistance bands.
The band pull-apart isn’t only a strength exercise but also a corrective exercise, it will help improve our posture and keep our shoulders healthy.
With the majority of us sitting all day, playing on our phones and typing on computers, we have created a society of rounded shoulders and forward head lean....
One of my all time favorite single-leg exercises is the Bulgarian Split Squat or the Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat. It has been a staple in my programs for as long as I can remember - mainly because you feel like a badass when performing them but also you get the most bang for your buck with single leg training....
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....