Free Summer Conditioning Plan for the Collegiate Soccer Athlete

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Here is the updated version of “Primed & Ready. An all in one conditioning guide for the collegiate field sport athlete. Initially designed for soccer players this can be adapted to any sport similar to soccer that needs a solid aerobic system, repeat sprint ability and explosiveness.

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Postural Respiration & Ron Bombs

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“Empower Two Diaphragms”

This was the simple but highly effective message from Ron Hruska at the Postural Restoration course at Finish Line Physical Therapy in New York City on the weekend of May sixth and seventh.

This was my first PRI course of the year as I begin the journey to take in all the primary courses in five weeks and try to gain a deeper understanding of the patterns we see on a daily basis.

During the two day course I took enough notes to write a short novel as well as some #ronbombs – direct quotes from Ron, which I posted on twitter and I will also detail here. The following is a stream of note taking with direct quotes in parenthesis. Here is the official course in review as posted on the PRI website by Louise Kelley.

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5 Thoughts on the Crossfit Movie “Fittest on Earth”

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I recently watched the Crossfit movie “Fittest on Earth – A Decade of Fitness”. This movie/documentary tracks the annual crossfire games as the top crossfire athletes meet up to compete. It was very impressive seeing elite athletes perform very tough and punishing workouts but a lot of perspective is needed for the vast majority of people (the general population) who are not professional crossfire athletes. Many will watch and come to the conclusion that they just need to work to failure everytime they work out. This is the wrong conclusion and a dangerous one when it comes to your health and well being. Continue reading “5 Thoughts on the Crossfit Movie “Fittest on Earth””

The 4 Pillars of Health: Live Your Best Life

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When I’m asked, “Whats the best thing to do for ________ “. The last word of that question usually falls into one of four categories. These four categories are what I like to call the “Pillars of Health”. People come to the Training Room in order to improve themselves and that doesn’t stop at learning how to correctly go about strength training. As coaches it is our responsibility to educate everyone we come in contact with on the 4 Pillars of Health and how working to improve each one can lead to living your best life. Here’s to feeling good all the time! (obligatory Seinfeld reference)

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10 Things I Learned in 2016

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It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I was heading to Indianapolis with  Joe Young to attend the Joel Jamieson Certified Conditioning Course. Personally, it was a fantastic year. I married an amazing woman, I made strides to better myself by doing more continuing ed than ever and I was able to work with some amazing clients, groups and colleagues at the Training Room. Here are my top 10 lessons from 2016. Continue reading “10 Things I Learned in 2016”

The “Big Guy Pull Up Plan”

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When my collegiate soccer career began I was around 195lbs and getting pushed off the ball by American players that were stronger and built like brick houses. After my freshman year in college I decided the weight room needed to get to know me and vice versa. Nowadays I stay around the 225lb mark. Whenever I see lighter guys repping out pull ups like its nothing I think of Chad Johnson and channel my inner Ochocinco with a “child please”. Continue reading “The “Big Guy Pull Up Plan””

The Coach Code

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If you’re a strength coach, physical preparation coach or trainer in the “fitness” industry then you will want to make sure that you are coming across as being a professional in everything you do. This post was spurred by a comment from a new client of mine who mentioned how his previous coach at a big name chain gym “would routinely text and browse social media during a session”. After being around so many good coaches and with ten years under my belt I have seen a lot in the weight room ranging from a commercial gym setting to collegiate and team training facilities as well as a more private training experience. I do not claim to know all the do’s and don’ts but I do follow a few simple and effective rules that help keep the professional barometer in the right area. Continue reading “The Coach Code”

Are you Stressed Out?

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A Tribe Called Quest put it best in their song “Stressed Out” with the lyrics, “I really know how it feels to be stressed out, stressed out”. We all know that feeling. Traffic is crazy or someone does something to set you off and before you know it your heart is racing, your breathing becomes short and rapid and your mind is racing. This is not a something we want to repeat over a lengthy time period. Unfortunately a lot of the population walk around everyday in a state of “fight or flight”. Their stress response has become a conditioned state of everyday normality. Short term is fine, a conditioned chronic use of your stress response is where you may be in deep trouble. Continue reading “Are you Stressed Out?”

Selfcare: Walk the Talk

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In today’s world we are able to call upon the google machine to help us research any and everything. The answer to almost every question is out there. If well sourced, you can find all the information you crave. Well, almost every question has been answered. There is one that still evades us…..”What is Colin Farrell’s best movie?”.  Continue reading “Selfcare: Walk the Talk”

Improve Your Deadlift Set Up

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The hip hinge is a skill everyone needs to learn and master. From deadlifts to kettle bell swings, the hinge is a go to movement in the gym and our everyday lives. Down through the years while working with general population and athletes sprinkled in for good measure, I have seen people struggle to find their start position for a hip hinge movement, most notably the deadlift. Here is a set up protocol that will instantaneously tap into your optimal hip hinge position. Continue reading “Improve Your Deadlift Set Up”

The A, B, C, D’S of Nutrition

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Depending on what article you read or who you listen to, nutrition can get complicated, quick! We face nutrition dilemmas with every food choice we make. There can be a lot of ups and downs on the journey to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Continue reading “The A, B, C, D’S of Nutrition”

Free Off-Season Conditioning Plan

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I wanted to share a complete conditioning plan, its free to download. It’s about that time of year where collegiate athletes start to get ready for next season. I know as a former collegiate soccer player, the hard work was done in June and July. If I prepared appropriately then my conditioning would be at a level where I could go straight into pre-season training without missing a beat. Continue reading “Free Off-Season Conditioning Plan”

Top 10 Takeaways from “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers”

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While I was away on vacation in St. Maarten I re-read one of the most encompassing books on stress there is out there. Reading about stress on vacation……..there’s a joke in there somewhere. Robert Sapolsky’s “Why Zebra’s Don’t Get Ulcers” is a must read and having done so originally around three years ago I decided I wanted to go a little more in depth this time. In between pina colada’s and laying out on a sun soaked beach I took a bunch of notes. I have narrowed it down to a top 10. Continue reading “Top 10 Takeaways from “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers””

Coaches Series – Part 8 – Brendon Rearick

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This weeks episode is really awesome.  Strength coach Brendon Rearick from Movement as Medicine took the time to tell me how his life philosophy has changed since being diagnosed with  Aplastic Anemia a year ago. Continue reading “Coaches Series – Part 8 – Brendon Rearick”

Coaches Series – Part 7 – Ramez Antoun

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Ramez Antoun is a guy I am lucky enough to work close to and be able to absorb knowledge from whenever he visits the Training Room in Somerville. I recently had the chance to put some questions to Ramez and get his feedback on physical therapy, his training philosophy and the biggest influences on his career thus far. Continue reading “Coaches Series – Part 7 – Ramez Antoun”

Coaches Series – Part 6 -Matthew Thorne

 

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Matthew Thorne is the head coach at the University of Western Alabama where he heads up the Mens soccer program. Matty is also a Colaiste Ide alum like myself and has achieved great things in his playing and coaching career since arriving on his scholarship in the US. In this weeks interview Matty discusses how to gain a soccer scholarship, be successful as a collegiate athlete, tips for foreign players coming to the US and how he has made the UWA program a successful one. Continue reading “Coaches Series – Part 6 -Matthew Thorne”

Coaches Series – Part 5 – Kyle Holland

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This week the “Coaches Series” welcomes strength coach Kyle Holland of EXOS. Kyle is a wealth of information and experience in the strength and conditioning field. I was lucky enough to work alongside him at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning where I learned a lot from him and I still continue to learn from him to this day. Knowledge bombs are dropped daily on his twitter account and if you don’t follow him already, you need to. Enjoy this weeks interview and I hope you gain some new knowledge from it to take forward into your coaching.

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Coaches Series – Part 4 – Gary Rogers

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I recently had the chance to catch up with Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers. I attended Colaiste Ide with Gary and since then he has gone on to play for a host of teams in the League of Ireland, experience the Champions League and train with the Republic of Ireland  team under Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane. Gary talks about how his career got going, playing in the Champions League, his funniest moment and that infamous moment from the Dublin derby between St. Pats and Shamrock Rovers. Continue reading “Coaches Series – Part 4 – Gary Rogers”

Coaches Series – Part 3 – Ricky Zambrano

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It was thoroughly enjoyable to reconnect with my collegiate coach Ricky Zambrano, head coach of the Mens program at Thomas University. I learned a ton from him during my time at TU. He improved me on and off the field. I’m forever grateful for his influence. When Ricky first came to Thomas University I was recovering from a knee injury having previously red-shirted my sophomore season. It was some tough love from Ricky that made me realize that in order to achieve some things in life, you need to put in some serious work towards that goal. No one was going to hand it to you. I took it upon myself to stay in the US during the summers and work on my conditioning levels. When he saw me after the summer break of my sophomore season, I was reduced to the physique of a footballer instead of the overweight specimen he had left behind before the summer break. Continue reading “Coaches Series – Part 3 – Ricky Zambrano”