Dance is a grueling and demanding sport. The hours spent training rival those of competitive endurance athletes, and during competition season, you may as well move into the studio for all the time you spend there. But, despite the hours spent practicing technique and perfecting choreography, sometimes those studio hours aren’t quite enough to fully… Continue reading The Best Beginner Cross Training Exercises for Dancers
You’ve probably heard the phrase “work smarter, not harder.” The idea is simple: if there’s a more efficient or effective way to get from point A to point B, you should do it, rather than wasting time and energy on an inefficient method. The concept is often embraced in the business world where innovation is… Continue reading Train Smarter: Why External Feedback is Essential for Effective Training
If you’ve been dancing for long enough, you’ve probably heard conflicting opinions about cross training. There’s debate on everything from what counts as cross training (hip hop is cross training for a ballerina, right?) to whether or not dancers should do any exercise beyond dance — do you really need it to succeed, or is… Continue reading A Dancer’s Guide to Cross Training: Benefits, Goals, and Considerations
The most famous story on the effects of visualization tells of a soldier held captive during the Vietnam War. While he was in captivity, he maintained his sanity and passed the time by mentally playing 18 holes of golf every day. He walked a familiar golf course every day, feeling the sun on his back… Continue reading Building a Strong Mental Game: The Power of Visualization for Athletes
When it comes to the fitness gains you make, wouldn’t it be great if any forward progress were permanent? Once you hit that PR, you’d never fail it again. Once you ran your perfect 5k time, the only place to go would be forward – no fear of slipping back and losing precious seconds. Only,… Continue reading The Rate of Detraining: How Fast Do You Lose Muscular Strength and Aerobic Endurance?
88% of new year’s resolutions fail. By the third week of January, more than 50% of people have fallen off their chosen wagons, and by the time February rolls around, fewer than 30% are still at it. Despite the best of intentions and all the enthusiasm in the world, there are still a lot of… Continue reading New Year’s Goals: Why Most Resolutions Fail and How to Make Yours Stick
There’s a multitude of research and psychological study about the power of the mind in athletic performance. Researchers have examined visualization techniques, the attitude of successful athletes, and how the mind can trip us up in our quest for success. Sports psychology is a booming field, and it’s becoming more and more common for coaching… Continue reading The Role of Gratitude in Sports Performance
Consider the Nordic skier. I know, I know, but bear with me. There’s a lot of chatter about when it becomes “too cold to run.” Some people transition to the treadmill as soon as the first frost hits, while others will dutifully log all their winter miles outside, come snow or freezing temps. Nordic skiers… Continue reading Winter Training Tips: Understanding How Cold Weather Affects Running
A treadmill can be your best friend for training in icy conditions or getting in early morning runs when dark conditions make outdoor running dangerous. Treadmills are great for pre-programmed speed workouts to keep you from constantly checking your watch and stressing about pace. They can even be the difference between skipping a workout and… Continue reading Running Outside vs. Running on a Treadmill: Which One Is Better for You?
Some of us are early birds, while others are night owls. Whether you feel more productive in the morning or do your best work after the sun has set, we all tend to question when we should work out. With health advice that runs the gamut and is as polarizing as it is helpful, it’s… Continue reading Benefits of Running in the Morning: What Your Body Needs for Success