Stuff You Wanna Know – September 21, 2016

Today is a pretty glorious day in south Florida. It’s about 85 degrees and wonderfully sunny, not too humid and jut a bit breezy. I got some work done this morning, got my own training out of the way and came home to happily much on some nutritious lunch while prepping to write this week’s Stuff You Wanna Know post. Then this happened:

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Ugh. Seriously, just WHY?!?! WHY IS THERE ALWAYS ONE DISGUSTINGLY SQUISHY, MANKIE PIECE OF SPINACH RIGHT IN THE CENTER OF EVERY F*&KING BAG??? I swear, this is why I have trust issues. I’m all for healthy eating, but damn… I feel like I should have just stopped for pizza on the way home from the gym. Yuck.

Anyway, enough about my dashed dietary dreams of the day and on to the good stuff.

This week’s SYWK has a bit of mobility advice from legendary strength and conditioning coach (and amateur movie reviewer) Tony Gentilcore, a psychology piece about why we don’t do the things we know we should do from personal trainer and endurance athlete Shawn Gerber and some daily quick-fix tips on keeping your body in better athletic shape by Bret Contreras. Oh, and I promise there are also no more pictures of half-rotten food, so read on…

Mobility

Tony’s article “The ‘Real’ vs.the ‘BS’ Hip Flexor Stretch is basically a “you’re probably doing this wrong” type of post. The article original appeared on Tony’s own blog earlier this year and he made this awesome demo video to go along with it. You should read the article too, but I know we all love visual learning so here’s the video that he did describing how to do it the right way:

Raise your hand if you’ve done this one wrong in the past. (Guess what? My hand is in the air too.)

Sports Psychology

I’m going to tell you a dirty little secret. Even though I work in strength and conditioning and also in fitness, I don’t always do the right thing when it comes to diet and training. I sometimes eat crappy food, drink a bit too much, don’t sleep enough and even train half-assed. Since I’m a pro in my field I can’t really use the “lack of knowledge” excuse as to

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I’m not really a donut person, but give me gummy bears and my life feels complete.

why this happens. So what gives? How come we often choose to do something even when we know what the better choices are?  Chris Gerber examines this phenomenon in his article “Why We Know, But Don’t Do” published on BreakingMuscle.com.

Fixing What Ails You (or doesn’t… yet)

We all like simple quick-fix stuff that makes us feel better, right? Of course we do. Although it can often feel daunting to try and implement a bunch of changes at once when it comes to training, practice, skating skills, etc., there are few things that you can actually

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I couldn’t find a pic that I liked to go with this story so here’s a meercat, cuz meercats = awesome.

do throughout the day that will help keep your body in good working order so you’re more prepared to do the hard part of being an athlete. Strength and conditioning coach Bret Contreras discusses just a few techniques that will quite literally only take minutes out of your day in the article “Increase Athleticism in 6 Minutes” which first appeared on the T-Nation website late last year.

 

 

 

 


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Whether it's in an introduction for my business or an "about me" section of a social media site, I find that writing about myself is always one of the hardest things to do. The phrase "I'm a ..." has always filled me with anxiety. I guess then that the easiest way is to start with the basics. I'm in my early 40's, have no kids but do have two pit bulls who think they are children, am married to a giant Scotsman and I currently spend the majority of my time coaching both athletes and regular 9-5ers to get stronger, faster and more physically powerful. Although I currently work predominantly in strength and conditioning/fitness, I am also a licensed attorney and still handle a case or two on occasion and serve as a guardian ad litem for the court system here in South Florida. I've never been one to be defined by a job and over the years I've played a whole lot of different roles, including exotic dancer (i.e. stripper), concert promoter, entertainment agent, motorcycle shop owner, magazine editor and cocktail waitress. I have multiple bachelor's degrees, an associate degree in music production and, of course my law degree. I've also got a bunch of different strength and conditioning and fitness certifications from various national and private organizations including the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the American College of Sports Medicine and the Titleist Performance Institute. My strength and conditioning career stemmed from my days as an athlete, when I played softball and basketball in high school in college and roller derby and American football until just a few years ago when I retired from contact sports. I've recently started training for Highland Heavy Athletics too, so I guess you can say I want to do "all the things." The same applies in my non-work life. I love hiking, kitesurfing (I'm terrible at it but love it nonetheless), camping, spending time at the beach, going to concerts, spending time at the zoo, skydiving or driving around in my ridiculously non-ecologically friendly Jeep with my dogs. Oh, and I'm learning to play Irish Tin Whistle. Yep, I'm pretty eclectic. Although I've dabbled with writing in the past (mostly travel stories for the motorcycle magazine that I used to edit), I've never done so on a consistent basis or with any sort of deeper purpose in mind. I'm hoping that the stories I share on both #haveshoeswilltravel and rollerderbystrengthcoach will do just that... help others learn some stuff and maybe even give them incentives to try new things.

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