“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”
I have wanted to skateboard since I was a little kid. I remember the first time I tried it, I was probably about 10 years old. We didn’t have a lot of money at the time and my mom wasn’t about to splurge on a skateboard I might not use more than a few times. So, we borrowed a cheap skateboard from a neighbor and I tried to go down my steep slanted driveway. Needless to say, the board ended up at the bottom of the driveway empty, and I ended up hitting the pavement with a loud “thud”. Skateboarding career over. However, I always wanted to try it again, but I remembered how much that first fall hurt and I honestly was afraid. I didn’t want to feel that pain again. So, I never tried it again. Continue Reading
“If you don’t foam roll every day, you’re an idiot.”
-Mike Boyle, world class strength coach
Although foam rolling has been around for over a decade, it is still slow to catch on in fitness and athletics. I coached high school basketball for nearly a decade and we rarely used a foam roller and that was still more than any of my other colleagues. And, when I walk through most health clubs I rarely see anyone foam rolling. When we understand the benefits of foam rolling, it seems crazy that everyone isn’t rolling out daily. However, I think the lack of foam roll use is due mostly to the fact that people don’t know how to foam roll and don’t understand why we should. The focus of the post today will be making the case for why we should foam roll daily. Here are three reasons you should be foam rolling. Continue Reading
Tyler Knupp hitting this backflip much easier now as well as being able to dunk easily for the first time in his life! Real results!
“Exercise science has treated the muscles like a big meaty furnace. We engage in muscular activity to burn calories and produce a cardio-respiratory demand. This has proved to be effective for caloric expenditure and maybe even improved cardiovascular health, but it has not left us moving well. We didn’t set quality movement as a goal-we focused on quantity. If we compound our incomplete exercise platform with a predominance of sedentary activities, we are left with extremely poor movement patterns.”
I have been having a few talks over the last few months with Dewey Nielsen, my mentor, friend, and elite level strength coach, about the most important issues in the areas of strength and conditioning. Actually, these have been more “listens” than “talks”, as I seem to learn a lot more when I shut up and take notes. But, one issue that I have been really kicking around is how critical movement QUALITY is. I have written about this in a few other posts, but the issue deserves a little deeper discussion. Continue Reading