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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Stuff You Want To Know – September 7, 2016

I get an absolutely OUTLANDISH amount of content from around the web deposited into my email inbox every week. I’m not complaining… after all, I’m a coach and it’s my job to stay on top of things throughout the strength and conditioning, fitness and sports psychology worlds. That being said, a whole bunch of it is crap that I can’t delete fast enough.

Occasionally, however, some real gems filter through the bullshit, and since I’m having to read it all anyway I’ve decided to save YOU some time and put some of those gems in one place each week. And so behold: the Stuff You Want To Know list is born…

This week’s Stuff includes:

  • a fucking brilliantly written article from The Apex about the WFTDA Montreal Playoffs,

  • an interesting editorial on coaching women by the coach of the USA Weightlifting National Championship Catalyst Athletics team, Greg Everett,

  • some thoughts on the basics of sport performance training by Crossfit coach, Justin Lind,

  • an instructional video on the RIGHT way to stretch your hip flexors (most people get this one wrong) by Dr. John Rusin,

  • and some cool roller derby app downloads for NSO’s.

Great Stuff, right?

Read on…

 

Got some Stuff that you think I should include in the list? Give me some info and I’ll peruse your Stuff asap.