Work, Play, Play, Work

“As educator and minister Lawrence Pearsall Jacks wrote: A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever… Continue reading Work, Play, Play, Work

Skill-based Conditioning for Athletes

Last day of training for Jose Lopez before heading out to Arizona for Spring Training with the Cincinnati Reds organization. This is the first year he’s made the 40-man roster, and I couldn’t be more excited for – or confident in – him! After a solid lower-body dominant session, a little grind for conditioning. But,… Continue reading Skill-based Conditioning for Athletes

Lessons on Shoulder Stability & Strength

This hand has a quick lesson to teach about shoulder strength and stability. Gray Cook and others have researched and written about the relationship between gripping, grip strength and activation of important neuro-muscular activation pathways to and through the gleno-humeral complex. A few weeks ago, I injured my left ring finger tossing a KB around.… Continue reading Lessons on Shoulder Stability & Strength

Another Fitness Foolishness

One of my least favorite training & fitness phtases. Pain is your brain signalling you that SOMETHING IS WRONG! It takes real strength, courage and a commitment to excellence in movement and fitness to step back, listen to the message and change what must.be changed. It’s also this common sense that has been beaten out… Continue reading Another Fitness Foolishness

Bucketball Family Fitness Challenge

Bucketball Challenge! Simple rules: do an exercise, get one shot. First one to 6 pts. wins. Except, as you can see, making those shots was the real challenge! In the end, mom missed the game-tying shot to send us into OT, so Morghan got the W! Great job Mo! (and Mom!) Is YOUR fitness this… Continue reading Bucketball Family Fitness Challenge

The Curse of Perfectionism…

“Our findings suggest that self-oriented perfectionism, socially prescribed perfectionism, and other-oriented perfectionism have increased over the last 27 years. We speculate that this may be because, generally, American, Canadian, and British cultures have become more individualistic, materialistic, and socially antagonistic over this period, with young people now facing more competitive environments, more unrealistic expectations, and… Continue reading The Curse of Perfectionism…

Squat Lunge Complexes

Barbell Squat-Lunge Complexes are a great way to increase lower-body strength and stability. They also provide a high degree of athletic crossover. They impact vertical leap, both bilateral and unilateral, and improve sprint power, coordination under load, overall strength and athletic durability. Whether you use a Squat to Reverse Lunge, like Jose is doing here… Continue reading Squat Lunge Complexes