Thoughts 3

Post-Activation Potentiation (PAP): Do we need to use general fitness means (linear sprints, jumps, med ball throws) or can we execute a few short, maximal effort football, basketball, tennis, etc. game scenarios? The latter would be better because game technique and tactics would be used. We can’t use training means from ‘back in the day’ because…

Continue Reading →

Gold from Douglas Heel

“If you’re defending, you can’t be performing.” “Whatever is in the mind is in the body.”  “Whatever is in the body is in the mind.” “The captain of the ship – it’s your brain” When you’re stressed out – “Chances are, when you’re trying to teach a new pattern, the brain says ‘sorry, mate, I…

Continue Reading →

Thoughts 2

Young kids sit in class for hours then immediately sprint during recess.  Yet grown athletes need a 15-minute dynamic warm-up to prepare for activity.  Is this because older athletes are more “developed” and therefore take longer to get going?  Or is it because kids want to play and older athletes don’t really want to train/practice?  Psychology affects physiology.…

Continue Reading →

Relaxed People Have an Easier Time Putting on Muscle

Interesting correlation with people who get the gains. Note about the autonomic nervous system:  It operates in two branches.  Parasympathetic (rest and digest) and Sympathetic (Fight or Flight).  Parasympathetic-dominant people are relaxed.  Sympathetic-dominant people are not (Type A personality).  This explanation is not 100% the way it is, but it allows for a basic understanding.…

Continue Reading →

10 Takeaways: Raymond Verheijen’s Course (Strength Coach Perspective)

“Football” = “Soccer”, not to be confused with “American Football” 1. Double Standards Two coaches showed up late to the seminar.  Raymond called them out and they laughed about it, thinking he was joking.  He wasn’t.  What if athletes showed up 15 minutes late to a workout?  So why is it okay for coaches to…

Continue Reading →

Thoughts

If injuries are caused by accumulated fatigue, when is the point that warm-up/activation/injury reduction drills help (by preparing for activity) or hurt (by adding fatigue)? “Good” sprint technique for a team sport athlete (soccer, basketball, etc.) involves low center of mass, short strides, and a forward lean to allow for unpredictable changes of direction.  But…

Continue Reading →

The Playmaker’s Advantage: 8 Takeaways

Takeaways from The Playmaker’s Advantage: How to Raise Your Mental Game to the Next Level: 1) Physicality or athlete cognition – what is more effective to focus on? “We spend a disproportionate amount of time trying to grow muscle and increase speed when the payoff would be much greater by focusing on cognitive instructions and…

Continue Reading →

How to Get Fast Twitch Muscle: Rest

Humans have two basic types of muscle fibers – Type I (Slow twitch) and Type II (Fast Twitch). Type II fibers are further separated into Type IIa (producing high power/fast twitch) and Type IIx (producing the highest power/fastest twitch). If you want to jump higher, sprint faster, and be overall more explosive, you need to:…

Continue Reading →

Nicotine: Eight Benefits

Nicotine stimulates the release of catecholamines, which helps to burn body fat.  Study here and here. Nicotine activates uncoupling proteins in mice, mitigating obesity.  Study here. Nicotine increases leptin (hormone that inhibits hunger) in rats.  Study here. Nicotine stimulates skeletal muscle mTOR (pathway of growth). Study here. Nicotine is a nootropic (enhancing cognitive function).  It…

Continue Reading →

Football Periodisation: 10 Takeaways

1) Strength coaches should learn soccer language instead of expecting coaches to understand strength coach language “When, for example, a fitness coach from an outside football enters the football world, he often decides to keep using his own fitness jargon like aerobic and anaerobic.  Even worse, he expects everyone in the football world to learn…

Continue Reading →

Page 3 of 6