Hit the slopes better prepared than ever with the training, nutrition, and recovery tips that follow. By conditoning your lower body specifically for the mountain and learning to navigate ski lodge food traps, you'll ski hard all day long. And with some basic recovery strategies, you'll be able return day after day feeling strong, energized, and ready to take on the most challenging slopes.
The Performance Life
Earlier this week, I had one of those days.
Finishing up homework until the early morning hours the night before, I woke up after only about two and a half hours of sleep. My schedule didn’t cut me a break either: Classes all morning, a three-hour seminar in the afternoon, and a lecture in the evening. I’m sure you all know what kind of day it was going to be.
But on top of that, my training calendar informed me that I was supposed to run eight miles as well, the longest run so far. I was about ready to turn around and call it a day.
At the start of this year, I set a goal of completing eight sprint-distance triathlons. The idea was to do eight races in 2008, when I would be 38 for most of the year. On October 25, I reached the milestone, finishing race No.8, the Suncoast Triathlon in St. Petersburg, Fla. Having just taken up the sport in September of 2007, not long after the publication of Core Performance Endurance, I felt a great sense of accomplishment. I couldn’t have imagined, however, the lessons I would learn along the way.
Some days you can’t miss. Other days, no shot can be close or easy enough. Sure-fire accuracy in hoops comes down to fundamentals and repetition. Fran Fraschilla, ESPN college basketball analyst, offers up three drills to improve your technique and regain entry into the zone.
If you fail to prepare in life, be prepared to fail. That's the takeaway from a new study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in which researchers analyzed injury patterns during NFL training camps from 1998 to 2007. Their final observations: the two most common types of injuries during the preseason are sprains and strains, specifically involving the knees and hamstrings.
The greatest hurdle for most runners: injury. Too many runners have convinced themselves that pain must come with pounding the pavement, instead of seeing it as a warning sign. With a few simple preventative steps, you'll run faster and farther with less risk for common ailments, like shin splints and muscle cramps. Our experts have tackled your most popular pain-related questions for runners to help you stay the course without the hurt.
Consider how many repetitions you typically do in a training session. If you perform a handful of exercises and a few sets of each move, you’re probably cranking out at least 200 or 300 reps. Now imagine the impact of improving the quality of each movement you make, while making every repetition more challenging.
You’ll significantly increase the demand on your muscles and your metabolism. Simply put, you’ll get more quality work done in the same time and see better results. That's why we turned to strength coaches Alwyn Cosgrove and CJ Murphy for 10 simple yet powerful training secrets. Use them to make your gym time more efficient and more effective.
The Performance Life
It’s difficult to think of a sports team or company that engineered a more dramatic turnaround than what the Tampa Bay Rays accomplished in the 2008 baseball season. A year ago, they were the worst team in baseball. Then, this past season, they made a strong bid to become the first team in professional sports history to go from being the worst in its league to champions in just one year.
Using a simple formula, you can effectively condition your most important muscle: the heart. In this video, metabolic expert Paul Robbins explains how to gauge how hard your heart is working. This will help you reap the most reward out of any Core Performance training program without pushing your body past its limits.
The best muscle-building tool? Try a fork. Sure, you need to train to boost strength and muscle mass, but eating the right foods at the right times triggers a process called protein synthesis, which is key for muscle growth. Our resident experts have addressed three common nutrition questions below, so you can feed your muscles the nutrients and calories needed to see results and perform your best. Bon appetit.
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Train an often overlooked area with this mini-workout from Core Performance’s founder.
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