Young children can gain a lot from early exposure to sports — they experience a myriad of physical, mental, and emotional benefits by staying active and interacting with fellow youth athletes from such a young age. However, while many parents recognize the positives of youth sports, they often wonder what the best approach is in… Continue reading Is Single-Sport Specialization or Multi-Sport Training Better for Youth Athletes?
Whenever someone talks about their core, what’s the first thing you picture? Probably that ever-coveted six pack, right? While you wouldn’t be wrong in envisioning that ideal set of abs as the core, you also wouldn’t be entirely correct,either. There’s much more to the core than what you see on the surface. While “core” often… Continue reading Building a Functional Core: The Muscles Involved and How to Engage Them
When people tell you to “listen to your heart,” it’s usually meant figuratively. But with certain kinds of athletic training, you can interpret the phrase quite literally. People associate heart rate with the intensity of your physical activity, using the number of beats per minute (BPM) as a metric for tracking your effort — the… Continue reading Heart Rate Training: What It Is, and Why You Should Do It
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
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
Our bodies are fascinating pieces of “machinery” — although jumping comes naturally and appears simple in theory, the actual science behind the motion is deeply complex and rooted in specific biomechanics that can make or break optimal performance. But, we’ve never shied away from the complex. Jumping is still 100% a skill that can be… Continue reading How to Jump Higher: The Science Behind a Better Vertical
Humans are built for growth, both physically and mentally, and trying new things is the perfect way to challenge yourself, embrace new perspectives, and experience things differently. After all, there’s got to be a reason why adults constantly encouraged you to try new things as a kid (most of those offensive vegetables ended up being… Continue reading The Mental and Physical Benefits of Trying New Sports
For most athletes, devoting time to rest and recovery is like balancing a checkbook…you know it’s important, but it’s hard to appreciate the value. Spending money is fun and exciting only if you have the money to spend, just like crushing a hard workout is fun and rewarding only if you have the energy reserves… Continue reading Why Athletes Need Rest Days: The Benefits of Optimal Recovery Periods
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?
If you had an extra hour each week to devote to training, what would you do with it? More miles? Cross training? Yoga? For most runners, strength training would be the last choice to fill that void. Whether the objection comes from worries about getting slow or questions about the science, weight training is still… Continue reading The Why and How of Strength Training for Runners