Thursday, July 18, 2013

Train Like an Athlete: Book Excerpt

Thanks to all who have purchased Train Like an Athlete: The Ultimate Book of Strength, Speed & Agility.  So far, I have had a lot of positive feedback.  The book is 5 parts.  Here is an excerpt from Part I - Science/Research:

Dynamic Warm-up vs. Static Stretching
Historically, many people have performed some sort of slow warm up (perhaps a lazy jog around the perimeter of a field) then “circled up” and gone through some useless static stretches.  There is no current research that supports the benefits of stretching*.  Especially for sport performance, it’s counterproductive.  Here is what the research shows: 

  • Static stretching can compromise muscle performance 
  •  …is shown to lead to a decrease in force production, power performance, running speed, reaction and movement time, and strength endurance 
Still feel like stretching?  What you should do instead is perform a general movement warm-up that progresses into similar movements used during an athlete’s sport.  The real goal of a warm-up is to increase body temperature and heart rate, and stimulate the nervous system to fire efficiently.  

*There are some exceptions to this; for instance, if you’re a gymnast where range of motion is ideal, static stretching prior to activity may have performance benefits.

To read more, you can purchase your copy by visiting the store.  Feel free to comment with any questions.  -Tracy

All About Being a Lifer

What's a Lifer? Someone who isn't in to something for just a day, a month, a's for life. Whether its training or your family or your doesn't matter. You work at it, you build on it, you see the big picture . You don't miss workouts because it means something to you. You are like a Shakespearean actor- no matter what is going on in your life, you block it out when it's time to train. You walk into the weight room and all else disappears. Worry about it later.