Impactful Mental Health Benefits from Running Outside

When you first start running, everything feels hard — even motivating yourself to go on a run outside (on a beautiful day!) can be one of the most challenging things to do. It forces you out of your comfort zone and makes you accept that this is probably going to be hard. Plus, there’s all… Continue reading Impactful Mental Health Benefits from Running Outside

Mindfulness and Meditation: Building Mental Resilience for Athletes

The mind is a powerful tool, and building your mental game is an important facet to becoming the best athlete you can be. After all, you can be as physically capable as you want, but if you lose focus, can’t keep your head in the game, or succumb to feelings of defeat before you even… Continue reading Mindfulness and Meditation: Building Mental Resilience for Athletes

The Top 5 Reasons Why We Love To Run

If you haven’t guessed yet, running is kinda one of our favorite things here at Competitive EDGE — it’s a huge part of why we exist! In fact, way back in 2001, Dr. Kevin Vandi inadvertently started laying the foundation for Competitive EDGE by starting his own running journey… He set out to run the… Continue reading The Top 5 Reasons Why We Love To Run

Lifestyle Modifications to Help You Sleep Better

It’s time to real-talk for a second: sleep is a non-negotiable aspect of life, and nailing down a solid sleep schedule requires deliberacy and dedication. (Not unlike athletic training, right?) Unfortunately, most people aren’t aware of how to make their sleep more deliberate. And though the answers may feel ambiguous, the reality is quite straightforward:… Continue reading Lifestyle Modifications to Help You Sleep Better

Sleep Phases and the Architecture of a Good Night’s Sleep

We all know the basic gist of sleep: what it is, what it feels like, and why it’s good. But most of us don’t dig much deeper than that baseline knowledge. Which is exactly what we’re here to remedy! In this second installment of our sleep series, we’re diving into the different phases of sleep.… Continue reading Sleep Phases and the Architecture of a Good Night’s Sleep

Train Smarter: Why External Feedback is Essential for Effective Training

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

Building a Strong Mental Game: The Power of Visualization for Athletes

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

New Year’s Goals: Why Most Resolutions Fail and How to Make Yours Stick

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

The Role of Gratitude in Sports Performance

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

Perception of Strength Training for Women

          Recently, a few of my female patients have expressed their concerns with going to the weight room. I wanted to write a blog this week on overcoming these thoughts and preconceived notions that the weight room is not a place for women. I also wanted to create a safe place… Continue reading Perception of Strength Training for Women

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