By Suzanne Nottingham
Training for Snowboarding
Snowboarding is hot, hip and highly competitive. How can personal trainers help clients prepare for this emerging sport?
he origin of snowboarding stems from the 1960s, when enterprising surfers hauled their surfboards to poach mountain terrain for winter thrills. In the 1980s the first snowboards with foot bindings were introduced...
proper pre-exercise nutrition has been on the minds of many athletes for years, and even most weekend warriors know to keep a water bottle handy during workouts to prevent dehydration. But how many exercisers are aware of the need to restore liquid and solids after a workout? It's one thing to fuel muscles before activity, but quite another to "top off" those same muscles after exercise in order to keep all cylinders running for tomorrow's regimen.
It decreases the risk of heart disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, diabetes, hypertension, obesity and cancer (American Dietetic Association [ADA] 1997). No, it isn’t the latest pharmaceutical wonder or a breakthrough supplement being hawked on late-night infomercials. You may be surprised to learn that this mystery elixir is actually a vegetarian diet!
Knowing how to identify physical components important for sports performance--and understanding when and how to train those components--can make a trainer's services indispensable to athletic clients.
By John A. Blievernicht, MA
ore and more athletes are using personal fitness trainers to improve their proficiency in a variety of sports. Trainers with the ability to perform sports moves analy-...
Let’s face it, some clients may be a little scared when they hear the word “ballet,” but what they don’t know are the positive benefits of it. Through barre-based, ballet-inspired training, your clients will have improved performance, injury prevention and increased longevity.newsletter_teaser: Let’s face it, some clients may be a little scared when they hear the word "ballet," but what they don’t know are the positive benefits of it. Through barre-based, ballet-inspired training, your clients will have improved performance, injury prevention and increased longevity.
hey’re doing either too little or too much.
For U.S. youth, that’s the stark paradox of physical activity. While
more than half of adolescents fail to accumulate the recommended 60
minutes of exercise at least 5 days per week (CDC 2015), many young
athletes are becoming specialized too early in life, which fosters a
culture of elite sports that discourages broad participation.
In February 2006, Danny Strong was on top of the world. After years of working as a gym manager, he had opened his own personal training gym, making his dream a reality. The husband and father was also eager to welcome a second child into the family. A month after receiving the keys to his new facility, he took his family on a trip to visit his godmother. While on the road, Strong lost control of his vehicle and was hit by a tractor-trailer traveling at full speed. His pregnant wife, Sandra Urbano Strong, was killed instantly.
Working with a group of teen athletes can be a frustrating experience—but it doesn’t have to be. Justin Russ, CSCS, a strength and conditioning coach at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, offers his top insights on successful team training:
Set the tone. Establish expectations and procedures early. Be sure the teens are aware that you are the coach and they are the athletes, and their job is to listen to what you say.
Passion. A typical day for Justin Russ involves wrangling 30–50 high-school athletes through their daily condition- ing training. The athletes attend IMG Academy, where they undergo rigorous athletic and scholastic programs. Russ is a strength and conditioning coach responsi- ble for the development and implementa- tion of conditioning training to improve each athlete’s physical capacity and mini- mize injury risk.
When Gray Cook was a high-school athlete, his coaches would comment, “That Gray Cook sure can play hurt.” He had over 20 fractures before he was 18, what with his love of football and motorcycles. He played while hurt, he says, because he had the ability to block out pain. Flash forward to 2014, and Cook—now a practicing physical therapist, certified orthopedic specialist and founder of Functional Movement Systems in Chatham, Virginia—was no longer able to block out neck pain. It was affecting his life, his work, and his ability to share his message of fitness and health.