Overtraining Part 1: Symptoms

This month’s theme is in-season training since the spring sports are starting up.  All the  practices, games, and tournaments start to add up to over time, not to mention any weight room sessions the coachs’ require of their athletes. Lack of proper awareness and management of physical stressors can lead, very quickly in some cases, to overtraining… which leads to poor performance, lost games, increase risk of injury, and a rather unpleasant season. The subject of overtraining is a vast one and we won’t be able to cover all the aspects that contribute, but by the end of this two part series, you should have a decent grasp on what overtraining is and how to avoid it. Today’s post will be […]

The Fallacy of More Is Better

Let us travel back in time… not that far, just to Monday’s post. Building on the theme of “Magic Bullet” fitness, there’s another fallacy that runs alongside Magic Bullet, kinda like those weird fish that attach themselves to sharks: It’s the mentality that more is better, if you’re not gasping for breath and barely able to stand after the workout, then all is for naught! Oh, ho my friends! How far from the truth does that little fish swim. This is not to say that I don’t enjoy a good heart-pounding, sweat-pouring workout now and again (they’re fun) or that you should never push yourself beyond your comfort zone. What I am saying is that progress and the value of […]

Should Baseball Players Olympic Lift? 5 Reasons Why Ours Don’t

The snatch and the clean and jerk are amongst the most impressive feats a human being can perform.  These two events are so highly regarded that every four years countries from all over the world showcase their best lifters to compete for national pride in the Olympic games. Many of us have seen it on TV or YouTube: An athlete grabs a heavy barbell that’s placed motionless on the ground, then creates enough tension throughout their body to break inertia and throw the barbell overhead with inhuman ease, speed, and fluidity.  This is a breathtaking display of the perfect blend of mobility, explosiveness, technique, and overall stability. These “O-lifters,” when compared to athletes of other sports, are often associated with […]