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    How To Play Successfully At The Next Level

    Athletic development training and specialized sports coaching has totally changed the landscape of youth sports. It has shifted the balance of power as far as which schools succeed, which fail, and where the most college scholarships are awarded. This is the unspoken piece of the puzzle that so many sports parents are trying to come to grips with today. 'Why should we be doing even more?', 'What does this stuff even do?' are common and completely understandable questions I hear when we speak with sports parents for the first time. To answer those questions best, it helps to think of all kids playing sports as being grouped into 3 categories: 1. Doesn't Do Any Training Outside Of Team ....

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  • Personal Training in Leominster - Power Source Training Center - Breakfast Tips For Athletes

    Breakfast Tips For Athletes

    For those athletes who do not eat breakfast daily, it seems to be one of the hardest habits to change. Some are not hungry when they wake up. Others value sleeping a few minutes longer higher than eating. And yet it is such a critical meal for active people that it bears repeating (we've blogged about this before, and I'm sure you've heard it elsewhere) just how many benefits come from it. A good breakfast can:
    Lower your chances of getting sick
    Improve your muscle building capacity
    Help you stay leaner (true, studies have proven this many times)
    Speed up your recovery from games, practices and training
    Improve your mental clarity
    Improve your energy levels Literally everything you ....

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    Making an athlete faster is a challenging task, but it is not impossible. There are many pieces that must come together for someone to be fast. They must have great strength in relation to their body weight, they must have excellent technique, and they also need to develop an almost spring-like effect in the muscles of their lower body. Of those skills, the one that sits at the foundation of it all is how physically powerful you are. Without this, none of the other skills will make a significant difference. Fortunately, measuring your power is pretty easy to do. And it will give you a sense of what your speed potential is right now. Here are two tests that correlate best with ....

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    So much research has come out over the last 10 years describing the negative long-term effects of stress. It is linked to increased rates of obesity, cancer, heart disease and depression, to name a few. But we are now also learning about the short-term effects of stress on our health, of which some directly relate to injuries and athletic performance. How? Stress, especially chronic stress, leads to elevated levels of a hormone called cortisol in your body. Cortisol has a range of effects on us, but in relation to athletic performance it does these key things:
    Elevated cortisol levels lowers your ability to develop collagen, the stuff that makes up your ligaments and tendons. ....

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    Two athletes begin training on the same day. Both are skilled players but need to improve their physical tools, and are encouraged by their coaches and parents to begin a training program. A year later, one of these athletes has shown incredible progress, visibly playing at a much higher level. Yet the other is much the same as before they started training. How does this happen? We see hundreds of athletes each year in our program, and this is typical of our population (and many others based on conversations with other sports performance coaches). Some kids get incredible results from their workouts, while others make far less dramatic progress. The answer to how this ....

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    Weight loss programs are a $66 billion industry in our country. To say they are popular with Americans would be a major understatement. And lots of times, provided the program either lowers calories consumed or increases calories burned, people will see results initially. The issue for many, unfortunately, is that once the motivation wears off, things go right back to where they were before. And there is a very clear, obvious reason for this that often gets overlooked. Because the first step in any weight loss program that will deliver long-term results is to ask this critical question: “What is the REAL reason that caused me to gain weight or eat unhealthy in the ....

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    According to the book “The Happiness Advantage”, written by Shawn Achor, as soldiers are sent off to war they are informed by doctors that they will return in one of two states – the same as they were before leaving or suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In recent years, however, studies were done that found this not to be entirely true. The reason being that there were some soldiers who returned without PTSD, but were also clearly not the same as they used to be. They came back stronger, more resilient to adversity. Despite going through an undeniably negative experience, these soldiers we in many ways better equipped to handle life than they ....

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    It is common in weight rooms around the world to focus training on the muscles you can see in the mirror – arms, chest, abs, etc. – while giving less love to the muscles on the back side. These muscles, referred to overall as the ‘posterior chain’ in the strength coaching world, ironically are the greatest drivers to athletic performance. For high school athletes and coaches, one critical mistake to avoid is focusing all your real effort and attention on upper body pressing movements while minimizing pulling strength. And by pulling strength, that doesn’t mean bicep curls! We’re talking about pull-ups, rows, and other grip-intensive drills here. ....

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    It feels like youth sports has taken a sort of ‘if some is good, more is better’ competitive mindset to developing their athletes. This is not unique to any one team, coach or even sport. It’s now universal. And this is, to be blunt, a HUGE problem. The reason being that youth programs have expanded their competitive seasons to absurd lengths, often times as long or even longer then the professional leagues in their sport. The result? Kids are getting injured at higher rates all the time. They’re dropping out of sports and citing pressure as a big reason. And in a more under the radar way, many are simply not realizing their true potential ....

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    If we are going to talk at all about how training to be a better athlete is different than bodybuilding/strongman style workout programs, there is no greater difference than how hip muscles are trained. The hips are the engine of athletic performance – sprinting, skating, throwing, kicking, hitting – these skills are all dependent on hip muscles that are both powerful and mobile. And if that isn’t enough, weakness or tightness in the hips often leads to lower body injuries, too. To train the hips properly we must first know what they are, and what they do. Hip Flexors
    The psoas major, rectus femoris and iliacus make up what is known as the hip flexor muscles. ....

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