performance enhancement

Spinning Your Way to the Super Bowl

When you think of an NFL player training, the mental image of a lightweight, carbon fiber road bike does not come to mind. Can you imagine sitting next to one of these monstrosities in a spinning class? Bring a drip pan and extra towels. However, according to an article in…

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Be More “Athletic”

There was a period of time when I was enamored with the concept of “functional” training. A very brief time. Functional training as defined in most fitness magazines is when you take a standard exercise and do it on top of some crazy unstable surface (Swiss ball, BOZU, etc.) or…

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Bigger = Stronger: Time Under Tension

For many athletes and fitness enthusiasts, getting “bigger” may not be the goal. It might inhibit your performance in certain sports (e.g., marathoners, gymnasts, etc.) as well as make your body look more like a DC Comics villain. However, some moderation is always useful. To be stronger, you have to get at…

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Are you doing the RIGHT kind of cardio?

  Basketball players should not train like marathoners. Volleyball players do not need to worry about 5000m rowing workouts. Rugby players should not depend on Zumba classes to perform better on the pitch. These all seem like reasonable concepts, so why does every type of athlete tend to do the…

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13 year old, female weightlifting champ

I love this story for a bunch of reasons (please forgive any opening ads). It kills the common female excuse against weightlifting, “but, I do not want to get big, disgusting muscles.” This teenager looks very fit to me. She is on a Paleo diet. She keeps trying to best…

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Poison fat

Why does training with a weight vest, ankle weights or doing exercises like a farmer’s walk make your body build more muscle while being fatter does not? In all these examples, your body is carrying around extra weight all day. However, overweight and obese people do not seem to gain…

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