7 results for tag: Training

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

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

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

Exercises I Used During My Playing Days, Wished I Had Incorporated While Playing, & Will Continue to Use: Bear Crawl

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This past year and a half my training in the gym has been somewhat of an experiment. After years of intense conditioning and focusing on one goal, I was eager to switch gears and experiment with some different training methods. I dabbled in everything from powerbuilding (a combination of powerlifting and bodybuilding) to bodyweight-only training to physique based training. And, while I enjoyed the exposure to these various methods I was always left feeling somewhat unfulfilled as none of them felt like a balanced combination of strength training and conditioning.... More

Exercises I Used During My Playing Days, Wished I Had Incorporated While Playing, & Will Continue to Use: Sled Training

Sled training is where it's at. The sled is a fantastic tool that can be used to improve conditioning, build strength, and test your will power. It's fair to say that everybody has a major love/hate relationship with the sled. But in all honesty, I wish I had found this amazing performance tool earlier in my career. My first sled experience was definitely one of the most humbling experiences I've encountered in my athletic journey. If you have ever used or heard stories about the sled then you understand what I'm talking about. There is a term called Prowler Flu (prowler is a specific type of sled) and the name speaks for itself - I've been hit with this bug on multiple occasions - bent over in exhaustion and heaving into a trash can. Yeah not fun. images... More

Your Approach Matters

When I was ten years old I remember my dad making my brother and I polish our boots (the term that most soccer players use for cleats) the night before our games. Back then boots were actually made of real leather and more likely to fall apart if not taken care of appropriately. images We had a shoe brush, black polish, and mink oil to protect them from rainy weather. We were expected to spend at least 30 minutes on this task every night prior to our match the next day. I was pretty sure positive no other 10-year-old kid was polishing her boots on a Friday night. However, in the Lindsey household this was the norm. My dad wasn’t the type who was going to sit us down and help us with our math homework – he was the type who was going to teach us life skills his way, through the game of soccer.... More