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Run faster, jump higher, and raise your game in any sport with the tips and strategies in this blog.

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Jump Out of the Gym

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Basketball players often say, "I am a one foot jumper" or "I am a two foot jumper." But which is better? To be a complete player, you must be able to perform both, because different situations dictate a different take-off style.

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Tags: Basketball, Lower Body, Plyometrics, Lower Body Push, Sports Performance

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Beginner’s Guide to Tennis

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Watch Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal ply his trade for a couple of hours, and it’s easy to consider taking up tennis. You can hit a public court with a buddy and whack balls around, but, if proficiency is your goal, and you’d like it to come in the near future, there’s a more structured and efficient way to start experiencing the same joy and eternal frustration that the game gives to every player, regardless of world ranking.

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Tags: Sports Performance, Outdoor Recreation, Tennis

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Find Your Ideal Racing Weight

For those looking to lose a few pounds, the ideal weight is something lower—or much lower—than the number currently on the scale. But what about endurance athletes who already are in good physical condition? What’s their ideal “racing” weight? Endurance nutrition guru Matt Fitzgerald explores that topic in his new book Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance (Velo Press). He recently spoke with CorePerformance.com.

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Tags: Swimming, Triathlon, Training, Sports Performance, Outdoor Recreation, Cycling, Running

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Headache for Runners

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The wrong running route can leave you with a nagging noggin. A new study by Chilean researchers found that breathing in pollution may cause headaches—even migraines.

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Tags: Outdoor Recreation, Health, Running

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5 Things You Can Learn Watching Hoops

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Save for a couple months in the summer, it’s never a challenge to fill an evening with a basketball game on television. While it’s easy to become caught up in the score or merely watch the guy with the ball, there are scores of plays and non-plays, all within camera shot, which aren’t commentated on but affect the outcome and can be applied to your own game. Fran Fraschilla, ESPN college basketball analyst, tells you what to focus on.

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Tags: Leisure Time, Basketball

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Dominate the Mountain Like an Olympian

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The 2010 Winter Olympic Games were jam-packed with inspiring performances on the snow. Whether it was Lindsey Vonn’s swift downhill moves for the gold or Shaun White's whipping Double McTwist 1260 in his victory run that caught your eye, you may be asking yourself how you can step up your performance. We’ve pulled together our best winter sport articles to help you ramp up your skills on the mountain.

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Tags: Outdoor Recreation, Skiing, Snowboarding

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High Caution for Cyclists

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Some troubling data out of the Denver Health Medical Center: Cyclists are being injured on the road at alarming rates compared to years back. Chest injuries rose by 15 percent and abdominal injuries tripled over the last five years, researchers from the University of Colorado reported.

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Tags: Outdoor Recreation, Injury, Cycling

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Athletes Blog About NFL Combine Training

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With only a few weeks left before the NFL Combine, many athletes are training at Athletes' Performance to help improve their draft stock. A few such NFL hopefuls have been sharing their experiences in draft diaries with SportingNews.com. Read on below to learn what it's been like for these athletes as they prepare for their big job interview:

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Tags: Football, Sports Performance

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Strengthen Your Throwing Arm

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Q: What can I do during the off-season to strengthen my throwing shoulder?

A: First, let’s break down the throwing motion. As you initiate your throw, you want to shift your weight onto the leg of your throwing arm, and then drive off your leg towards your target. Making this weight shift, or energy transfer, more efficient will allow for greater velocity and accuracy.

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Tags: Outdoor Recreation, Medicine Ball, Baseball, Mini Band, Shoulder, Q&A

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Lunge This Way

Here’s one for your warm-up: the forward lunge with lateral flexion. A useful move for anyone looking to loosen their hips, the lunge with flexion is particularly effective for tennis players, explains performance specialist Anthony Slater in this video for the Tennis Channel's Fit to Hit in 60.

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Tags: Tennis, Movement Preparation, Hip

Blogs

Movement

5 Stretches to Refresh Your Warmup

Try these dynamic stretches to prepare for a better workout.

Live Better

Feeling Uninspired? Take a Walk

When you feel your creativity lacking, taking a walk can help you find inspiration, according to a small study from Stanford University researchers.

Nutrition

Q&A: Supplements for Vegetarian Bodybuilders

Three things to know if you train hard and don't eat meat.

Well at Work

Survey: American Employees Skipping Vacation Days for Work

A new survey found that only 25 percent of employees with paid time off took advantage of it in 2013.

The Performance Life

5 Tips to Build Teamwork and Fun Through Obstacle Racing

Here's what you need to know about using obstacle races to build teamwork at work.