Off-Season Training: Overhead Athletes

Last week, we laid out some general guidelines for athletes heading into their off-seasons. You should read it, if you haven’t already. Today, we’ll delve into some specifics for overhead athletes (i.e. baseball, softball, javelin, shot put, swimmers (though it seems as if they never have an off-season), etc.). Shoulders are rather complicated and annoyingly fickle joints that can develop irritation easily which is why proper attention MUST be paid to shoulder mechanics and care during the off-season. There is nothing “natural” about throwing a heavy object (or a light one really, really fast) and shoulders can get all kinds of whacky over a long, repetitive season. I’m going to keep it sweet and simple. 1. Restore lost mobility and […]

Build Muscle: Top 5 MUSTS!

How is it some build muscle with, seemingly, little to no effort? Putting meat on the bones comes easy for some: they’ll do a couple curls and drink a glass of milk then BAM, they’re swole.  For the rest of us, it can feel like we have to grind and suffer day in and day out for an ounce or two of muscle.  The methods used and the advice given can sometimes become overwhelming. Do this program… “Take these supplements… Eat 22.75 grams of protein every 76 minutes… Train each bodypart once every ten days.” Sometimes you’ll hear fitness experts give advice that can be contradictory or confusing, or just plain unreasonable for you and your lifestyle. Amongst the sea of information on […]

Circuit Training for Fitness

Picture this: You got out of work later than ususal… perfect timing to hit rush hour at its height and extend your normal 20-minute commute to the gym into an all-out 45-minute crawl full of frustration. By the time you get to the gym, you only have about 25 minutes before you need to leave. What do you do? Do you literally throw in your towel and just go home? How can you possibly salvage a decent training session out of the train wreck that was the afternoon? Circuit Training is waiting to save the day! Well, so are Time Turners, but pretty much no one has one of those things… What is Circuit Training? The possibilities are limited only […]