Throughout the championship series, we will highlight some key training elements that can help you perform at your best. In this episode, I have chosen to highlight three exercises. The first is the Superman Level 2 – a great scapula, shoulder and back maintenance exercise and one that also prepares you for explosive movements such as today’s Incline 3-Way Clap Pushup. This is a great unloaded plyometric exercise to add during your championship phase. The Seated Hamstring on Hamstring is the final exercise. It is a very useful recovery exercise to use post-travel and post-competition. See you back here next week, Bridge fans. READ MORE
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As elite athletes, we take pride in doing everything we can to ensure personal and team success. Whether it’s lifting 5 more pounds than last week or opting out of a weeknight social event to study or sleep- the time we commit to our sport is no small feat. Most collegiate teams train 20 hours a week (the maximum amount regulated by the NCAA). That number grows to well over 1000 hours per year of high intensity training. However, one common aspect that many young athletes do not consider with regard to their training is alcohol consumption. In college, our sports nutritionist told us that one night of drinking can undo an entire week’s worth of exercise. Upon hearing this I wanted to find out more. Was this simply an exaggeration? Or are athletes underestimating the effect of alcohol on their performance by justifying “it’s just one night”? Here’s what I’ve found. READ MORE
It’s great to have you back, Bridge coaches and athletes. It is going to be tough to follow up the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but fortunately, we have plenty of championship events in the near future. To lead off, we have the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, featuring some of the best international aquatic stars. I truly believe that athletes hone themselves both athletically and personally at the collegiate level, and I am looking forward to seeing these athletes perform the their highest levels. I hope that you enjoy this time of the year as much as I do. Stay tuned in the weeks to come as I will focus on exercises to include during your championship phase. READ MORE
As athletes our training logs are filled with pounds lifted, plays made, distances traveled and paces held. There is no doubt these are vital factors to increase performance, but how can the timing of these practices play into improved performance? In this post I will review the effects of training at different times of the day and reveal important facts that can help you in your next competition READ MORE
Welcome back, Bridge coaches and athletes, to the final video in our Sochi Olympic Series. I trust that you have been enjoying these games as much as I have. To wrap up, the last episode will focus on strength, stability, and impact exercises that are relevant to the Alpine skiing and snowboarding athletes. The exercises I have chose to include are the Altitude Drop, a plyometric impact-stability exercise, followed by the Pendeley Row, which is a great foundational strength movement, and finally, the TRX Mountain Climbers, a complex-stability exercise. Enjoy. READ MORE
The ever popular idea of maintaining good “core strength” can be extremely beneficial to athletes—that is, if we understand everything pertaining to “the core” and how that strength can help you in your athletic endeavors. Before we delve into the advantages of core strength and stability, let’s answer the primary question: what is the core? READ MORE
Throughout the season, all the training, competitions and outside stress can lead to chronic soreness and impaired recovery. A build up of tension in the body can make you feel “knots” in places that restrict your movement. These tight places can even refer pain to other parts of your body, thereby inhibiting your training. READ MORE
Wow, what a week. There have been so many incredible and inspiring events since the last video. I hope that you have managed to take some time to at least look at some of the highlights. Last week, we looked into elements of a power and speed workout. Today, I am going to focus on balance, stability and finesse, and some of the ideas that might go into this type of workout. In many winter events, balance and stability have to be mastered at a young age in order to excel. READ MORE