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Choosing a Strength Training Program

There are many different theories on strength training. Most have their place, but one key is knowing why you are really lifting weights. Yes, to get stronger seems to be the commonsense answer, but in what way? Is your goal to lift the most weight, gain bodyweight, get more powerful, improve speed, or prevent injuries? Your goal may be 

Keeping Fit During the Pandemic

The pandemic has affected youth sports and the activity levels in California like nothing we have ever seen before. State regulations allow for “training” with restrictions, although many teams continue to practice and play games out of state. While some are trying to maintain some sort of normalcy, others are more limited, not having access to certain club or high school sports activities. Many of these athletes 

Training in Rotation

In most sports, you will notice some form of rotational component.  This applies to activities of everyday life, as well.  Whether it’s jumping in figure skating, pitching a baseball, shooting a hockey puck, or kicking a soccer ball, you are rotating to some degree.  Which is why it is important to train your core in rotation and anti-rotation movements, regardless of your sport. 

Effective Goal Setting

Goal setting: a method of accomplishing a certain standard of ability on a targeted task within a specific amount of time. It is important that your goals are SMART. Why? Ineffective goal setting creates a pattern of haphazard, wasteful attempts toward a task that ultimately dampens your motivation. Appropriate goal setting helps you succeed by allowing you to evaluate your progress and modify or redirect your efforts.

Precision Nutrition: Paleo Pros/Cons

Examining the Pros and Cons of the Paleo Diet

From the Experts at Precision Nutrition

Unless you’ve been living in an actual cave, you’ve probably heard all about the Paleo – or “caveman” – diet.  Maybe you’ve even tried it. A little meat here, some fresh veggies there. Perhaps going grain- or processed-food-free. It’s a cool idea that captures the imagination. But is it healthy? And does it work?

Treating Lace Bite in Skaters

Lace bite can be a debilitating condition affecting both hockey players and figure skaters. The condition is an irritation in the front of the ankle that can affect the skin and tendons. The cause of lace bite is pressure placed on the anterior ankle from either the skate laces or the tongue of the boot. This pressure is increased during skating 

Eating Whole Foods

You have probably heard the recommendation to eat “mostly whole foods” for your health.

But what does it mean to "eat mostly whole foods"?  What are whole foods?  And why are they better for your health?

The Potato Debate

Sweet potatoes vs. potatoes: A nutritional debate fueled by misinformation, baseless ‘superfood’ obsessions, and carbohydrate phobias. Here’s how these tubers compare — and why both deserve a place in your diet.

Mentally Preparing for Return To Play

COVID-19 has led to a worldwide disruption of the sporting industry and has altered many athletes’ demeanors, attitudes, control, and confidence. Has COVID-19 put you in a mental rut? Are you nervous to get back onto the field/court or feel as though this disease has threatened a pillar of your identity?

Preventing Heat Illness

As California sports are allowed to return to practice, it is critical to be aware of the risks of exertional heat illness.  Extended heat exposure, lack of hydration, and high exertion in hot and/or humid conditions can result in life-threatening conditions.  Here are a few tips to beat the heat.

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