The Power of Protein
Peak Athlete Training Blog
by peakathletictraining
1y ago
I feel like I am on a crusade of sorts sometimes when it comes to protein supplementation.  I’m not sure why I feel like I am trying to convince people of the benefits of consuming adequate, quality sources of protein.  Maybe it’s because I get the feeling that often my advice is met with, “Ya, ya, protein shmotein, blah, blah.” There are only a handful of supplements that we actually will recommend to our athletes, young and old.  Protein is the top on our list.  And don’t get me wrong, protein supplementation is not mandatory or absolutely essential for results, but over ..read more
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Female Training
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by peakathletictraining
1y ago
Training females is different than training males.  There are certain considerations that need to be made both physically and psychologically.  As a coach for the last 12 years of hundreds of women and girls, the experience has taught me a few things. Physically, females have different anatomy compared to males, and there must be some thought given to how these differences should be trained.  As an example, women typically have a greater hip Q angle, especially after puberty, than men.  This means that the risk of knee valgus and knee injuries can be more significant. As yo ..read more
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Speed And Acceleration
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by peakathletictraining
1y ago
Speed Is the Name Of The Game Is there a difference between acceleration and speed?  While at moments, the two may seem to co-exist, there are some distinct differences between top end speed and acceleration.  The goal of most athletes should be to develop both, separately, and congruently. Most sprints in sport take place in what is deemed the acceleration phase of a sprint, which is typically less than 30m.  On a couple of the largest playing surfaces (rugby and soccer), the average sprint distance is between 10-30m.  If you compare that to smaller surfaces like hockey ..read more
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Peak Mindset
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by peakathletictraining
1y ago
Mindset: an established set of attitudes and beliefs a person holds. An individuals mindset is quickly becoming one of the most important components to leading a successful and happy life. You can have all of the money in the world, a ton of friends, and a great job, but if you’re lacking a positive and forward-thinking mindset, you may be holding yourself back from reaching your true potential. As an athlete, mindset plays a crucial part of your success. It can make you or it can break you depending on the choices you make. If you’ve ever heard of the expression “you are what you eat,” what a ..read more
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For Healthy Shoulders, Do These
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by peakathletictraining
1y ago
With hockey season in full swing, football season just ending, and volleyball season about to begin, we want to make sure this point is hammered home about the importance of maintaining a strong, healthy shoulder girdle.   Here are a few aspects of each sport that make shoulder health so important.   Hockey/Football are contact sports, and can be very jarring on the shoulders.  If they are not strong enough to withstand significant, recurring impacts, players are vulnerable to many types of contact injuries, and can have seasons and even careers shortened.  ..read more
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Conditioning Done Right
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by peakathletictraining
1y ago
Conditioning Done  Right Are you well conditioned?  Or do you get winded easily?  Are you able to sustain your energy levels throughout a long workout, or practice, or game?  Or are you huffing and puffing, and have legs that won’t work optimally? Your cardiovascular system is the power plant of aerobic energy production.  It does the job of pumping blood throughout the many miles of blood vessels that make up the vascular network, back to the lungs.  How well your cardiovascular system is developed plays a large role in performance and overall health. Here are a ..read more
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Single Leg Deadlifts
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by peakathletictraining
1y ago
WHOLE BODY FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT The Romanian deadlift should be a staple of any strength and conditioning program, and for good reason. If done correctly, the entire posterior chain (gluts, hamstrings, calves, back extensors, etc) can be hit with one functional movement. Why is this significant? Because throughout normal everyday movements, it is actually hip extension, and not knee flexion, that plays a dominant role in movement and developing power in a host of activities, like walking, running, and biking. Furthermore, functional exercises, like the single leg Romanian deadlift are easily tr ..read more
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Do you struggle with Pull-ups?
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by peakathletictraining
1y ago
Pull-ups are a fantastic way to get strong.  They are also a great method to test relative strength.  However, pull-ups are not easy, and many people struggle to do them, and do them properly. We use pull-ups, and pull-up variations in nearly all of our programming.  Athletes require a significant amount of core strength, and upper body strength to complete them.  Pull-ups train the lats, and the lats are huge players in athletic function and the quest to get strong and gain muscle.  They’re the biggest player in force transfer between the lower and upper body, and pla ..read more
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Blazing Speed
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by peakathletictraining
1y ago
Speed is essential at any level of sport.  If you are faster than most of your teammates, you definitely have a leg up on getting more playing time in more situations.  If you’re faster than your opponents, you will certainly be more successful. Getting faster can be really simple.  It takes a bit of work, and may require some planning, but anyone can get it done! Check out the infographic and tell me that speed isn’t a major factor for puck control especially.  McDavid and MacKinnon both control the play more than any other players in the NHL, because they have the speed t ..read more
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Is Creatine For Everyone?
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by peakathletictraining
1y ago
First of all, Creatine is not a steroid! Creatine is an organic acid naturally produced by the body. It can also be obtained from food or supplementation. It plays a critical role in forming the specific energy needed to create muscular force and movement. Depending on your muscular need for force, your body uses different primary fuels. When you are doing something for a long time at a low intensity, your body likes to use fat as its main fuel. As you crank up the intensity, your body looks to stored carbohydrates for energy. When you are doing things at a very high intensity of muscular for ..read more
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