How to Train Your Shoulders for Swimming

Swimming is a full-body workout — and when you’re in it for the sport, you need LOADS of training to ensure that everything is working at peak functionality. There’s a whole lot we could cover when it comes to cross-training for swimmers… but that would make for a crazy long article (and probably a confusing… Continue reading How to Train Your Shoulders for Swimming

Why Runners Have to Do These 5 Plyometric Workouts

Most runners know now that strength training is non-negotiable — it’s no longer a question of “Should I do strength work?” but “What’s the best and most efficient strength work I can do?” Because let’s face it: runners just want to run! Even when you know all the supplemental training is good and necessary, it’s… Continue reading Why Runners Have to Do These 5 Plyometric Workouts

Is Single-Sport Specialization or Multi-Sport Training Better for Youth Athletes?

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?

Building a Functional Core: The Muscles Involved and How to Engage Them

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

Heart Rate Training: What It Is, and Why You Should Do It

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

The Best Beginner Cross Training Exercises for Dancers

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

A Dancer’s Guide to Cross Training: Benefits, Goals, and Considerations

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

How to Jump Higher: The Science Behind a Better Vertical

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

The Mental and Physical Benefits of Trying New Sports

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

Why Athletes Need Rest Days: The Benefits of Optimal Recovery Periods

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

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