Upper Body Strength Hack
Peak Athlete Training Blog
by peakathletictraining
2w ago
Upper Body Strength Hack Being strong is one of life’s great hacks.  Strength is vastly important for making life easier. Everyone needs to be strong to enhance quality of life.  Athletes need to be strong to dominate their sports.  Parents need to be strong to keep up with their kids.  Older adults need to be strong to ensure they enjoy every single year of their life, and avoid unnecessary injuries. Upper body strength is not something we are all blessed with naturally, and some have to work much harder than others to develop this physical attribute. Here are a few ways t ..read more
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Accountability
Peak Athlete Training Blog
by peakathletictraining
2M ago
Accountability The obligation or willingness to accept responsibility for one’s actions. As it relates to achieving a task, or getting a job done, being accountable means taking ownership of the results of a task. An accountable person answers for their actions and the results achieved. Sometimes we find it difficult to hold ourselves accountable, especially during the holiday season. Holding yourself accountable means you manage your work and life tasks responsibly, fulfill your obligations to colleagues and reflect on your conduct consistently. You also accept the outcomes of your ..read more
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Game Day Nutrition
Peak Athlete Training Blog
by peakathletictraining
2M ago
Game Day Nutrition It took a while for me to realize that nutrition and sleep play a vital role in how you perform as an athlete.  Fuelling your body optimally is of the utmost importance if you want to ensure the best possible outcomes of your efforts. I wish I had known how easy it is move the needle on athletic performance when I was younger.  When I was in university, we had a “nutritionist” support our hockey team, but she was really only trying to sell the team supplements in the form of bars and shakes. It wasn’t until I started doing my own research when I was playing profess ..read more
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The Power of Protein
Peak Athlete Training Blog
by peakathletictraining
3y 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
Peak Athlete Training Blog
by peakathletictraining
3y 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
Peak Athlete Training Blog
by peakathletictraining
3y 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
Peak Athlete Training Blog
by peakathletictraining
3y 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
3y 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
3y 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
Peak Athlete Training Blog
by peakathletictraining
3y 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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