5 results for tag: Strength

Inclusion: A Reflection Of My Week With Johnson & Johnson

With Pride Month coming to an end this post couldn’t be more timely. The majority of my posts consist of me talking about my passion for soccer and how strength and conditioning played an important role in my development as a player and reaching the highest levels of the game. 15-Johnson-Johnson-Logo2 Although these are topics I’m passionate about there’s another piece of me/my career that has also been critical to my success. As a member of the LGBT community I’ve faced my own personal challenges and triumphs as an out athlete and my aim to inspire others through sharing my story.... More

Use Strength Training As Your Second Sport

It’s a wonderful time to be a young female athlete – especially a female soccer player. There are so many more opportunities to participate in soccer today compared to when I was growing up. No matter your age, where you live - there is a league, team, or school program to play on. Not to mention, there is unlimited access to watch professional players train and play live and via television. Plus, there are amazing role models from the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) our U.S. based professional league and U.S. Women’s National Team to be inspired by - like myself. ;) Subscribe to my newsletter here. 479686472-teammates-hold-the-trophy-following-the-teams-win-in.jpg.CROP.promo-xlarge2

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Is Your Bucket Full? 3 Tips for Better Recovery

Recovery is arguably the most important piece of the puzzle when it comes to performance. Yet, it is often the most overlooked component of training. We live in a world where there are so many demands on us to be more, do more and we give so much of ourselves to others that we forget to take care of ourselves. There is a saying "You're only as good as you are recovered." Meaning if you’re only 60% recovered from your previous training session then you will only be 60% ready to perform in your next training session. Therefore, if you are constantly worn down, fatigued, injured then you clearly aren’t able reap the benefits of your training. 640692_orig Many of us mistakenly believe that it’s the actual training that makes us better. In reality though, our training is breaking down our muscles. It’s the quality of our recovery where we reap the benefits of all our hard work in the gym.... More

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

Two Front Squat Variations to Improve Your Athleticalism*

IMG_4305 Squatting is one of our first movements we learn as a child, and it was one of the first exercises I performed when I stepped into the weight room years ago. I think it is fair to say that the squat gives you the most bang for your buck when becoming more *athletical on the field and in life. There are many different variations of squats, but today I’m focusing on the barbell front squat. It is my all time favorite exercise and one that I instantly saw a correlation between the weight room and the soccer field. The barbell front squat isn’t the easiest exercise to perform since it requires a significant amount of mobility in your thoracic spine (upper back) and ankles and flexibility in your wrists. And, at the same time it challenges your anterior core (front of your body) to maintain an up-right posture at the bottom of the squat. Making it a challenging exercise to perform properly and efficiently.... More