The Performance Life
A little more than a week into our trip to South America, I have almost run out of the nutrition bars mentioned in my previous blog. The team is on a three-meal-a-day diet, and trying to get in snacks in between to keep my body fueled has been hard.
When you walk with flip-flops, the angle at which your foot strikes the ground changes compared to when wearing shoes. By striking the ground unevenly, your normal gait pattern is disrupted, which can ultimately lead to leg pain, according to research presented at this year's annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Avoid pain by limiting the mileage you put on your flip-flops. In other words, don't wear them for long walks or extended periods of time. And change them every few months just as you would change your running shoes.
Q: I've just been diagnosed with a herniated disc, and my doctor wants me to rest a couple of days and then start working on making it better through exercise. Does Core Performance have a program designed to focus on this sort of injury?
The Performance Life
I first heard about Athletes' Performance Institute and Core Performance in 2006 when Mark Verstegen began working with the German men's soccer national team for the World Cup in my home country of Germany.
The German media met this move with a lot of skepticism—did we, one of the biggest soccer nations, really need help from outside the country? A few weeks later, after fantastic performances by the team, it was all praise for the players and staff—their American fitness coach included.
When I came across CorePerformance.com and realized that I could follow workouts using the same methodology that nearly got our players to the top, I signed up.
It's difficult to think of a more pressure-packed position in sports than that of a baseball closer. The job of this ace relief pitcher, at least in theory, is to come in at a pivotal point in the game, with the opposition threatening, and save the game.
Back in the 1970s, guys like Bruce Sutter, Rollie Fingers, and Rich "Goose" Gossage would enter games in the seventh or eighth innings, usually with runners on base, and work their way out of jams. They'd pitch the remainder of games, as much as three innings in total.
My good friend Alwyn Cosgrove wrote an article called "Cosgrove's Five Ah-Ha Moments: The Education of a Misguided Trainer." Alwyn inspires me in many ways. Most times his inspiration is based around his ability to beat cancer twice. This time it was around his writing.
There's no one answer to the question How long should I rest between sets?
Chances are, if you're chatting it up with everyone in the gym between sets, you're not working hard enough. But there are times when resting for a couple minutes between sets can actually help you reach your strength goals. On the other hand, if you're not seeing the results in body composition that you're looking for, you may need to decrease the amount of time you rest between sets.
Don't worry if you lack the motivation to get serious about your health. You can still become the healthiest person you know.
Use golf, or any sport, as the motivating factor to improve your overall health, and your life.
There's a technique that can improve your flexibility in seconds, but to understand how it works, first try this exercise:
Q: Is a pre-workout snack or a post-workout shake more important?
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