Blogs about Strength And Conditioning

A Strong Start!

We all want to improve our speed and strength – plyometric exercises can be very handy here! Do not start any of these without making sure your GP is OK with it and without a few months of strength and aerobic training. Plyometrics tend to become intensive very quickly and, due to their explosive nature, it is easy to get injured.

Lincoln High School to the NFL

The journey from Lincoln High School to New Mexico State to the NFL was a crazy ride. The summer heading into college i just started lifting weights and had "bulked up" to a massive 5'9" 155 pounder. When that 17 year old showed up at NMSU completely raw without any hype or technique and was the laughing stock of everyone for being so small i never backed down or quit.

Methodologies for Weight Lifting and Laser Focus

Hey everyone!  So, a couple of thoughts came to mind this morning upon waking up.

Knee Strengthening Exercises There’s no need to be in pain

Forget the human condition—knee pain is the one unifying force that most of us have experienced on some level. A sprain, a twist, a dislocation, a bruise; certain acute injuries are unavoidable. Many chronic injuries are avoidable, however, but there’s no need to put up with persistent pain.For the love of knees

How to Balance Screen Time and Desk Work with Yoga and Exercise

It is widely understood that one of the huge differences in lifestyle between modern people and their ancestors is that we sit a lot more and walk a lot less. This sitting, particularly sitting for long periods in chairs, and particularly in front of desks with our head and shoulders hunched forward, has contributed to a lot of discomfort and injury. And it has only been made worse by being combined with the even more hours of the day peering down at screens of varying sizes and types. 

Strength Training 101

First of all, lets face it: Putting everything else aside, life is EASIER when you’re strong.  Carrying groceries? One trip. Children to carry? No problem. Car stuck in the snow? Push it out with ease.Plus, whether you’re 100 lbs overweight or just need to lose the last 15, strength training is one of the most effective ways to burn fat and build muscle.

Training Principles

Whether you're training for an event or just exercising to be healthier and look better, using the 4 basic training principles to plan your workout schedule is extremely helpful.  The principles are specificity, progression, overload, and recovery.  I'll explain them in general here and discuss each one in detail over the next couple weeks.   

What Women Need to Know about Osteoporosis

 

How to Best Reward Yourself in Life

Over the years that I have spent since my life changing event of blowing out my knee, and realizing what it means to truly be hurt and know your weaknesses. This event in my life taught me how much of a challenge it is to get back on your feet after life has knocked you down and knocked you out.  The big question is, "Do you want it bad enough?"  As Rocky said, "...But it aint about how hard you're hit.  It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.  How much can you take and keep moving forward?

Practice What You Preach

I feel that for any person in an educational or coaching type of work should practice what they preach.  I'm sure that we've all heard someone who had been a mentor to us (in the fitness profession) or have read this in a book.  How many of you actually do it though?  What I mean by that is if you're coaching a marathon runner, how many of you fitness professionals have actually been through a training program specific to a running race?  What about training a powerlifter?