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The Performance Life

Mark Verstegen and a team of experts and writers provide useful strategies to perform great, while talking about their own goals and challenges as they practice the Core Performance tenets in their daily lives.

The Performance Life

5 Tips to Build Teamwork and Fun Through Obstacle Racing

Jake Miola

For years co-workers have banded together to form softball or volleyball teams to boost office morale and build a sense of community. These days, many look for greater challenges and a more bonding experience by entering obstacle mud races such as Tough Mudder. Events such as Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, and Warrior Dash have surged in popularity in recent years, fueled by social media. It seems everyone wants to post Facebook photos of themselves muddy while crawling under barbwire, navigating monkey bars, or climbing over walls.

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Tags: Goals, Training, Outdoor Recreation, Conditioning, Race

The Performance Life

4 Ways to Travel Light and Fit

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Long before airlines began charging for checked bags, Mark Verstegen traveled solely with carry-on luggage. The founder of Core Performance was never one of those frequent flyers that wedged a stuffed roller board into the overhead bin. Instead, he discovered years ago that traveling with as little as possible enabled him to be more productive and efficient while on the road—to say nothing of saving time dealing with checked baggage. He keeps relentlessly honing his packing strategy to be even more efficient. Here are four of his top tips to lighten up:

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Tags: Travel

The Performance Life

Get Lean and Strong At Any Age

Pete Williams

The best thing about having the good fortune of co-authoring Core Performance books with Core Performance founder Mark Verstegen is having access to experts in human performance and cutting-edge research. (It’s the same information provided in the books and on this site, but being around it so closely keeps it in the front of my mind.) Last month I had my bodyfat measured with skinfold calipers at Athletes’ Performance in Phoenix for the fourth time since December of 2008.

Body composition is a more accurate barometer of overall fitness than scale weight. Two men or two women roughly the same height, weight, and age can have dramatically different appearances based on body composition. Simply put, body composition is the percentage of body weight composed of fat as opposed to lean mass (usually expressed in terms of a body-far percentage – 12 percent, for example, which is typical for a male team-sport athlete).

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Tags: Longevity, Health, Build Muscle

The Performance Life

100 Health and Fitness Terms You Need to Know

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Consider this a cheat sheet for getting up to speed on the Core Performance system: a glossary of key terms frequently used in workouts, recipes, and other aspects of the Core Performance approach to help you perform at your best so you can live at your best. Practice each concept that’s new to you, or just refer back as you have questions. There will be no quiz at the end, just results you can see and feel.

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Tags: Training, Health

The Performance Life

Mark Verstegen Trains Starwood Executives for 354-Mile Charity Bike Ride

Core Performance founder Mark Verstegen (right) with Hoyt Harper, global brand leader for Sheraton Hotels and Resorts.

A group of Starwood hotel executives are experiencing what it’s like to train like champion cyclists, and they’re doing it for a good cause. The team of Starwood executives will ride 354 miles along the Tour de France route this year to support UNICEF’s Early Childhood Care and Education program in Ethiopia. To prepare for the four-day ride, Core Performance founder Mark Verstegen is providing coaching, content, and an immersion experience for the group.

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Tags: Travel, Cycling

The Performance Life

Mark Verstegen Discusses the Body’s Powerhouse Muscle in ESPN's Body Issue

Jason Wise

People often wonder what muscle to train in order to achieve their best performance. While Core Performance readers know that the key is to think in terms of training movements, not muscles, there are no doubt certain muscles that stand out from the pack. In the new Body Issue from ESPN The Magazine, Mark Verstegen, founder and president of Athletes’ Performance and Core Performance, shares a secret to performing like a superstar athlete. Hint: You’re sitting on it.

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Tags: Sports Performance, Glutes, Build Muscle

The Performance Life

21 Workout Songs to Download Right Now

Michael McNamara

Give your workout a boost with a new playlist. We polled the coaches and staff at Athletes' Performance to find out which songs top athletes are listening to during their workouts to get going and stay motivated. This list includes hot new tracks, plus some perennial favorites. What’s in your workout playlist? Let us know in the comments below.

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Tags: Motivation

The Performance Life

Mark Verstegen Discusses Barefoot Training in National Post Interview

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Core Performance founder and adiPure Trainer collaborator Mark Verstegen recently sat down with the National Post to share his thoughts on adidas' new barefoot training shoe. Read the excerpt below, or click here for the full interview from NationalPost.com.

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Tags: Barefoot, Running, Gear, Sports Performance

The Performance Life

5 Ways to Use Technology to Hit Your Fitness Goals

Ready to make this an outstanding year? Here are some simple ways to use the technology at your fingertips to reach your health and fitness goals:

1. Put your goals where you can see them.

New Year’s resolutions have a tendency to disappear a few days into January, so put your goals where you can see them. We recommend putting “I WILL…” and your resolution on the homepage of your computer, your mobile device, and your monitor at work so that your goals are in your face every time you power up your machine, make a phone call, or check your email.

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Tags: Gear, Goals, Motivation, Planning, Health

The Performance Life

adiPure Training Tips from Mark Verstegen

Our friends at STACK Media just uploaded a bunch of new videos featuring Core Performance founder Mark Verstegen discussing the advantages of training with the adidas adiPure trainer.

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Tags: Basketball, Foot, Gear, Football, Sports Performance, Soccer, Baseball

Blogs

Movement

Mark Verstegen’s Hip-Strengthening Workout for Women

Train an often overlooked area with this mini-workout from Core Performance’s founder.

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

3 Steps to World Cup-Worthy Pregame Nutrition

Follow this three-step nutrition plan to improve your focus, boost energy, and power your performance

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.