How do we teach “heart”?

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Question: As a new assistant coach at a high school I see the current generation of high school athletes. You have been training athletes for decades now. How do we teach these kids “heart”? Answer: The first step is to define “heart”. It is the innate drive and determination to never quit, never back down […]

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How Not to Get Lost Training in a Big Box Gym

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Question: I workout in a “big box gym” and have found myself overwhelmed by so many different pieces of equipment and training opinions. My progress has stalled from the distractions and I need a way to get focused. What can I change to get back on track? Answer: The benefits of larger training/fitness centers include […]

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Fighting Back Against Painful Muscle Knots

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Question: I get painful muscle knots in my legs and sometimes shoulders. These are painful and annoying. What is the best way to get rid of them and is there a way to prevent them? Answer: Those muscle knots are called myofacial trigger points. The general pattern they follow is up through the hamstring or […]

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How to Add Muscle Mass for Athletes

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Question: Which method of training is better to build muscle mass? Does heavy weight and less reps work better or less weight and more reps? I need to get bigger for basketball. I’ve gotten taller and skinnier in the last year. Answer: The fact that you’re growing upwards is a great thing for basketball. What […]

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Weight Training for Young Golfers?

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Question: My son has shown a huge interest in golf and has been able to play par at one of the local golf courses. Other players who have seen him play recommend that he needs to get stronger. He is nine. Should he begin weight training? Answer: No. For most kids nine is just a […]

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Snow Day Workout

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Question: I was snowed in like everyone else and couldn’t get to the gym for a couple of days. What are some things I can to to exercise when I can’t do my regular training? Answer: Take advantage of the snow. Bundle up and get out there. Waking through ice and snow requires you to […]

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Getting in Shape for 2016

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Question: I need a simple plan to get started working out this year. What should I do to improve my fitness and lose weight? Answer: There are four pillars of a solid fitness plan beginning with drinking water. Have coffee, milk or whatever beverage you prefer in the morning, as long as it’s not an […]

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Exercises for a Firm Backside

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Question: What is the best exercise for building a firmer backside? I’ve been doing squats and lunges but it just doesn’t seem to be enough. Answer: Those are two of the best exercises you can do to develop a tighter backside if they are performed correctly. To engage your glutes you need to drop the […]

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Training with a Broken Arm

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Question: I play volleyball and broke my arm this past weekend. In a couple of days, once the swelling reduces I’ll get a cast from my below my elbow down. Is it possible to train other body parts without adversely affected my arm or should I take a layoff until I’m out of the cast? […]

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2 Day a Week Training Routine

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Question: I have limited time in the day right now and only a couple of days a week available to workout. Which exercises are the most productive for time and frequency issues? Should I do two full body routines a week or still split up body parts? Answer: If you’re training only twice a week […]

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