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Train your visual system for performance and pain-relief!

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  1. Stephen Curry visual training


Above: Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors doing a cool visual drill to improve performance.

We’re starting to see a lot more high level training facilities get into visual training for their athletes (something Athlon has been doing for 4+ years now)

Above is a clip from a recent video put out by the NBA on Stephen Curry’s off-season training program (which includes a challenging drill of five flashing lights that he must react to).

Why are trainers starting to put training time into the visual system?  Well, it’s simple, and it’s complicated…

Let’s start with the simple: Read more

The mistake too many parents are making. . .

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Kerri PottharstIn the late 1990’s a couple of Australian women became the dominant beach volleyball players of their time, and the two that all others looked to beat.  They won bronze at the Olympic games in Atlanta Georgia, and then gold at the games in Sydney, (as well as dominated a whole host of tournaments in between).  They became the elite of their sport, and the inspiration for millions of young female athletes to strive for success.

I had the pleasure of having lunch with one of them last weekend, Kerri Pottharst, and learning about her story.  (and I got to put on her gold medal just to see how it felt to “wear Olympic gold…” Awesome!)

Kerri did not go through her childhood with a volleyball in her hand.  She was not hustled to three

Olympic athlete

Me, wearing Olympic Gold with Kerri!

volleyball practices a week, games and tournaments on the weekends, and skills camps four or five times a year.  She grew up playing outside in the yard, swimming in the ocean, playing many different games and sports for fun.  For the most part she grew up like a “normal kid.”

It wasn’t until her middle high school years when her older brother asked her to stand on the volleyball court so his team would have enough players to compete did she even touch a volleyball.  But by then, she had “played” enough in many other sports and activities that she had a fair amount of athletic skill (and the very-helpful six-feet of long, lanky height that’s key to volleyball…)

She of course fell in love with the Read more

What training will do for you

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This is why we do the sprint and transitions drills that we do in Athlon, (and it’s not just so we can run around a track)…  Athleticism is a universal quality that can either be fostered and enhanced (throughout your lifespan), or it can be lost…

Note: weightlifting and “metabolic training” is an important part of health and fitness but is only a small piece of athleticism.  Athletic technique (transitions) and coordination drills must be included (and maybe more so…)

I for one will do this when I’m 95, and I’ve started long before the age of 85!…  Nice arm swing technique!

The Power Flower

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Maggie_pro-pic   by Maggie Evans, RD

Cauliflower is one of my favorite foods. I can talk for days about how amazing cauliflower is and love informing my clients of the wonderful array of benefits it provides!  

First off, it is a member of the cruciferous vegetable group. It is strongly recommended to include a cruciferous veggie in your diet at least 2-3 times per week to take advantage of some serious health benefits. Even better…shoot for 4-5 times per week and super charge your health! 

Now you’re probably wondering, what the heck are all these amazing things that cauliflower can do for me. I could create a mile long list, so I’ll try to keep this one short. These benefits include:

Antioxidant Properties: Cauliflower contains a variety of antioxidant properties, such as Vitamin C, manganese, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, ferulic acid, and rutin, just to name a few. This broad spectrum of antioxidants lowers the damaging effects of oxidative stress at the cellular level. Chronic oxidative stress is a risk factor for the development of many cancer types, so cauliflower is effective at reducing the risk of cancer by reducing the risk of oxidative stress.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Cauliflower is high in Vitamin K, which is helpful in regulating our Read more

Healthy Holidays. . . even after they’re over!

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Maggie_pro-pic   by Maggie Evans, RD

Just because we are nearing the end of the holidays, doesn’t mean we can give up on our diet and exercise goals. There’s no reason to wait till January to start working towards our 2015 goals. Use these helpful tricks to stay on track during the holiday season.

Swap Low-fat Dips for Ranch/Creamy Dips

Instead of offering ranch as a dip for a vegetable platter, make your own version with Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is a great substitute for Ranch and creamy based dips. It is high in protein, low in calories, and low in saturated fat compared to Ranch dressings. Try this homemade Greek yogurt dip at your next holiday gathering. Serve with freshly sliced vegetables.   Read more

How to become your own food scientist

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In my 20 years of studying and making a living as a health, fitness and performance coach there is ONLY one thing that I have found that is true across the board…

…EVERYONE is different!

Everyone responds differently to fitness and/or diet routines.  No two people always get the same result from me doing the same thing with them, (whether that be an exercise modification or a diet modification).

So, why do we (as a culture/society) keep buying into companies and fads that TELL us how we should be eating–paleo-diet, south beach diet, zone diet, food pyramid, etc.–when we know that EVERYONE is going to respond to it differently?!

Our approach at Athlon is to help people become their own fitness scientist… and especially their Read more

The biggest predictor of success

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November 30, 1939, the Soviet Union attacked Helsinki, Finland with over 450,000 soldiers.  The Soviets outnumbered the Finnish army, 3-to-1, and also commanded 6,000 armored tanks, and 4,000 aircraft, versus Finland’s 32 tanks and 114 aircraft.  They were massively outnumbered and outgunned.

The Soviets dropped 350 bombs in that raid, killing many innocent lives and turning many buildings into dust.  It was the beginning of what is now called the Winter War.

Finland is very far north, that winter temperatures were reaching down to 40 degrees below zero, and the nights were 18 hours long.  Vastly outnumbered, fighting in a brutally cold darkness, and facing near certain death, the Finnish soldiers relied upon a concept that has been part of Finland’s culture for hundreds of years: Sisu.

Sisu doesn’t really have any direct translation into any other language.  It’s simply a concept held Read more

Lessons from the Ancients

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Milo of Croton

I’m sure you’ve often heard… “there’s wisdom in the ancient teachings…”  

Well, that’s exactly the case here and I think you’ll be able to relate.

But first a little back story…

I have NOT written a blog in quite some time.  If you’re reading this, THANK YOU for coming back!… 

[Last night inside my head while thinking about writing a blog today this is what was going on…]  “…it’s going to be such a daunting task with so much work involved…   it’s just been too long and it’s going to take forever to make any progress being so behind… plus, I’m so out of practice that it’s just not going to be good for a while.  I just need a miracle to happen…”

Sound familiar?  I hear this from people ALL the time when it comes to ‘getting into shape’ or getting stronger’ or ‘achieving fat loss’…

Whether you’re an elite athlete or just starting an exercise program (or even just thinking you should start an exercise program) you’ve probably had these exact thoughts running through your Read more

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