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Learning to Fail Well

Posted by on Mar 20, 2016 in Mental Performance | 0 comments

Learning to Fail Well

  The idea that success can only be achieved by overcoming failure over and over again is a theme that’s readily shared by many of the highest-performing human beings from any field and any time period throughout history. But for most of the us, simply having a knowledge of the importance of failure doesn’t do much to actually ease the difficulty that we have with handling it. For most people, handling and overcoming failure is incredibly difficult. The sting of failure can keep us from getting back on the horse and making another...

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N-of-1: The Power & Importance of Self-Experimentation

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Featured, Health, Training | 0 comments

N-of-1: The Power & Importance of Self-Experimentation

  We live in a culture and world ruled by science. Logical reasoning and thinking is the gold standard for anyone who wants to be taken seriously. We’re told what the science says, and we’re expected to believe it and incorporate it into our lives. And while science is definitely one of the best tools that we have for exploring our collective experience and determining what path we should take, many times what the science says, and what works for us as individuals, are two very different things. The only way to truly explore our own...

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Masking Weaknesses in the Pursuit of Performance

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Training | 0 comments

Masking Weaknesses in the Pursuit of Performance

A Critical Look at Tape, Straps, Braces, Belts, and Chalk   We’ve all seen him or her (usually him) at the gym. I’m talking about the guy who looks like a robot man or some sort of action figure- covered completely in gloves, tape, braces, straps, compression suits, chalk, and X-ray goggles (ok maybe not, but he would have them if he could). I always think of this guy when I picture it: This guy believes that by creating an exo-skeleton of space-age materials, he’ll be able to perform his best regardless of what form he uses or what...

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Hot Yoga Will Make You a Better CrossFitter

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Training | 0 comments

Hot Yoga Will Make You a Better CrossFitter

  Hot Yoga and CrossFit are two of the fastest growing physical practices today. Both are also designed to test us mentally and physically. Both are very controversial, and both have their fair share of people who love them and those who detest them. Both have cult-like followings with members who either want to get you to the next class at all costs, or who’ll do anything to stop you from doing them. Both practices, when done incorrectly, can lead to major physical issues. But when done the right way and consistently, both can give you...

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Why You Need to Check Out Heart Rate Variability Testing

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Training | 0 comments

Why You Need to Check Out Heart Rate Variability Testing

  Heart Rate Variability (HRV) testing is relatively new in the training world. Yes I know somebody reading this has been doing it since “before you were even born”- congrats on that. For the rest of us, HRV is yet another new tool to help us plan and track our workouts. And, unlike many trendy gadgets and tools in the fitness and athletic world, this one is actually worth a try.   Why Use Heart Rate Variability Training? We are constantly trying to enhance our experience based on our own ability to perceive and process the...

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Inflammation: Friend or Foe?

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Health | 0 comments

Inflammation: Friend or Foe?

  For a long time, inflammation was only something that we thought about when we stubbed our toe or injured ourselves in some way. Now we know that this process in the body can be systemic and much deadlier than we could’ve ever imagined. Inflammation has become one of the new “big” issues in medicine over the last decade, with every disease being attributed to it and multitudes of different “anti-inflammatory” treatments popping up. While some of the inflammation hype may be overblown, there definitely is evidence that we live in a...

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ToM Part III: Bringing Stability to the Region

Posted by on Mar 1, 2015 in Mobility, Rehab | 0 comments

ToM Part III: Bringing Stability to the Region

  In the first article of our Trilogy of Mobility (ToM) we found that static stretching has little to no benefit for increasing performance or decreasing injuries and we saw how it may actually hurt our performance if done before training/competition. We also looked at some alternatives to static stretching such as dynamic stretching and eccentric strength training. If you missed that article, here is the link: http://higherperformancenetwork.com/death-static-stretching/ In the second article we looked at the differences between...

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ToM Part II: The Rise of Mobility

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Mobility, Rehab | 0 comments

ToM Part II: The Rise of Mobility

  In the first article of our Trilogy of Mobility (ToM) we found that static stretching has little to no benefit for increasing performance or decreasing injuries, and we saw how it may actually hurt our performance if done before training/competition. We also looked at some alternatives to static stretching such as dynamic stretching and eccentric strength training. If you missed that article, here is the link: http://higherperformancenetwork.com/death-static-stretching/ In this article we’re going to look at the differences between...

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ToM Part I: The Death of Static Stretching

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Mobility | 0 comments

ToM Part I: The Death of Static Stretching

  ToM Part II: The Rise of Mobility ToM Part II: Bringing Stability to the Region Some years ago I did an undergrad thesis on a review of the literature concerning stretching. What I found was that static stretching (getting into a stretch position and then holding, usually for between 30 seconds and 2 minutes) had very little to no benefit, especially prior to training or competition. I also found that the only type of stretching that was beneficial was dynamic, movement-centered stretching that focused on strong movement throughout an...

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Rehab & Injury Prevention in a Fatigued State

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Featured, Practitioner's Corner, Rehab | 0 comments

Rehab & Injury Prevention in a Fatigued State

  I stumbled across an interesting new study that showed that soccer players are most at risk for injury near the end of each half. With a little bit of thought, this makes complete sense. Injuries must be higher as the players get more fatigued. I began looking at more research and found this to be true in many different sports as well. Using this premise, I began looking into why this is the case. Before we get to that, you may be asking, well what about the classic idea of someone not being warmed-up enough before activity and getting...

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