If Jeff Conine were like most recently-retired baseball players, he’d likely be spending his time these days fishing, golfing, and traveling the world. In short, he’d be enjoying the typical pursuits a 42-year-old with financial security might enjoy.
But like a young entrepreneur who sells one company only to start another, Conine is not taking it easy. Instead, the 17-year veteran of six Major League teams has been spending long hours swimming, cycling, and running in preparation for an ambitious triathlon schedule that will culminate in the Ironman world championship in Kona, Hawaii, on October 11.
Several of his ex-teammates, accustomed to the less rigorous conditioning of baseball, have questioned his sanity. “Guys in my position are supposed to sit back and relax, not do something ridiculous like this,” says Conine, who lives and trains in South Florida.
The Performance Life
It’s been incredibly hot and humid this preseason, but I promised myself I’d learn from last year and foam roll and stretch after every practice, and keep eating all day.
Anyone else have good strategies for surviving practice in the heat?
With help from the specialists on the Core Performance team, I’ve set up a daily plan for myself.
The Performance Life
If you do the simple things savagely well, you may not be able to extend your life, but you can certainly expand your life. To this point, I found a recent article on losing muscle mass interesting, and I've included an excerpt below:
No matter how much you concentrate, certain shots induce the lamest returns from your racquet. It’s a safe bet that as pure as your heart is, you’re trying to force something that can’t be. Before you lose your head, take these tips and start winning a few more points:
Convention wisdom—and research, for that matter—suggests that older runners suffer more pains and injuries than those people not pounding the pavement. But a recent study shows that charging hard into your golden years may actually reduce your risk of disability later in life.
Voted annually as the Most Annoying Player in the universe, the human backboard has caused more men to want to quit the game. But it’s time for some revenge. Follow these tips from John Whitlinger, Stanford University men’s head tennis coach, and Mr. 20-Ball Rally might be forced to change his style.
To drive the ball farther and straighter, you need to work on more than your swing. What you eat on the course can have an impact on your game for better or worse, says Amanda Carlson-Phillips, director of performance nutrition at Athletes' Performance. By filling your golf bag with high-protein, high-fiber snacks, you'll maintain energy and focus needed to sink your putts when it counts. And by staying hydrated, you'll hit the ball strong and long till the end.
At your next running race, weasel your way up to the starting line before race time. That’s because the closer you are to the starter’s “go” signal, the quicker your initial strides will be, according to a new study in Physical Fitness and Performance.
Why It Works
Credit a louder signal for the fast start. The study authors discovered that a runner’s reaction times decreased, and their rate of acceleration increased, based on the intensity of the auditory jump-off. Use this auditory advantage to win at any age.
The Performance Life
Preseason has started, and I’m about to die. I know students everywhere are facing the challenges of a new school year and new sports seasons, so I’ll write again soon about how I’m dealing with those challenges.
Well at Work
You don’t need a gym in your office to organize a fun fitness challenge. Pick up an inexpensive and portable door-mount pull-up bar and follow the steps below:
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Train an often overlooked area with this mini-workout from Core Performance’s founder.
A new study from the University of Alabama found that the average person is getting less than two minutes of rigorous exercise a day.
Researchers found that working out can help ease stress and increase confidence in dealing with work-life balance issues.
Here's what you need to know about using obstacle races to build teamwork at work.