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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

Jen Freemas' Pregame Playlist

Meet Jen Freemas (that's her pictured above). Jen is a performance specialist for the Core Performance Center in Santa Monica, California and a former Track and Field athlete at the University of Massachusetts.

As you can imagine, juggling school, athletics and a social life got pretty hectic for Jen. “The music that I listened to helped to relax me and clear my mind," she says. "Track and Field is more mental than you might think."

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Tags: College, Focus, Motivation

The Performance Life

Dr. James Andrews on Youth Sports Injuries

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Did you know that by the age of 20, a baseball player who has regularly pitched past the point of fatigue is a whopping 36 times as likely to need elbow or shoulder surgery as one who has not? This according to a report by the New York Times that underscores the importance of recovery and the need for injury prevention strategies and education, especially for the parents and coaches of our young athletes.

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Tags: Injury Prevention, Youth Fitness, Baseball

The Performance Life

The 120 Endurance Playlist

Want to improve your running performance? Try updating your iPod. British researchers found that the beats per minute, or BPM, of your music impacts your performance. They found that listening to songs that clock in at more than 120 BPMs increased running capacity by an impressive 15 percent.

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Tags: Motivation, Cardio, Energy, Running

The Performance Life

Secrets of Strength and Patience from Jim Rice

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Imagine retiring around the age of 40 after a successful career spanning two decades. After five years, you’re eligible for a distinguished honor that not only will validate your career in the minds of peers and the public but also boost your retirement income.

Once a year, a committee considers your name during a secret ballot. For fourteen years, you fall short of election, though each year you come a little closer. The frustrating thing is that there’s nothing more you can do to add to your career, which with each passing year fades a little further from public memory.

Finally, in your fifteenth and final year of eligibility, you receive the honor. How do you respond? How do you maintain a positive mindset during the long, exhaustive wait? During those years, how do you reconcile the value of your accomplishments on a personal level to the way they’re perceived?

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Tags: Goals, Attitude, Baseball

The Performance Life

Rickey Henderson’s Still Training

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Rickey Henderson will enter the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend as the greatest leadoff man in the history of the game, the all-time leader in stolen bases, walks, and runs scored.

Henderson played for a whopping 25 seasons, from 1979 through 2003, and never announced his retirement. Elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot after the mandatory five-year waiting period, he said recently that had he retired earlier—and not at the age of 44—he might have attempted to become the first player to make a comeback after his Hall of Fame induction.

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Tags: Longevity, Baseball

The Performance Life

Food, Shelter… Racing?

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If you have participated in a road race or triathlon this year, you would never know that the U.S. economy is in its worst condition since the Great Depression. At a time when Americans are slashing spending in all aspects of their lives, attendance is up at marathons, 10K races—even triathlons, where entry fees typically start at $60.

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Tags: Triathlon, Outdoor Recreation, Heart Rate Monitor, Leisure Time, Travel, Running, Race

The Performance Life

Let's Stop Trying to Raise the Next Tiger Woods

This is a video on how NOT to develop young athletes. We learned about it today in a newsletter from LiveStrong.com—only they appear to present it in all seriousness as an instructional how-to for raising superstars given the title, "How to teach kids to play golf." 

While we certainly don't intend to bash LiveStrong or this coach, we had to share the video with you as an example of what's wrong with youth sports.

Here’s the problem: Most parents and coaches don't truly understand the complexity of what they're doing wrong. (And most sites that deliver this information don't get it either.) I don't mean to excuse them or vilify them at all, but it's a lack of understanding regarding neurological, mental and emotional development that has gotten us to where we are in youth sports.

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Tags: Golf, Outdoor Recreation, Youth Fitness, Family

The Performance Life

Why Should Core Performance Center be Featured at Twiistup?

We think Core Peformance Center should be one of the "showoffs" featured at Twiistup 6, a tech industry meetup on July 30th and 31st in Universal City, Calif. Check out this video to see why.

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The Performance Life

The NYT's Take on Core Training

Dave Cruz

Is your ab workout hurting your back?

That’s the question posed by the New York Times in a recent article. The piece is worth a read—it challenges you to reconsider not just how you train your core, but the purpose and anatomy of the core itself.

To explain the core’s role, the Times called upon the world’s foremost spine researcher, Stuart McGill, with whom Athletes’ Performance is currently conducting several studies at our Florida facility.

In studies with McGill and the University of Waterloo in Canada, we’re continuing to challenge old beliefs and test new, cutting-edge techniques for improving performance.

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Tags: Pillar strength, Stability, Training

The Performance Life

So What Exactly is VO2?

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For many endurance athletes, there’s perhaps no more confusing topic than V02 max. Most understand that it’s the gold standard for cardiovascular fitness. Beyond that, well, it gets a little confusing for the layman.

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Tags: Energy System Development, Triathlon, Cardio, Cycling, Running, Conditioning

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.