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Fitness in the context of real human life. . .

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Ryan Pro_pic 3_compress  Posted by Ryan Joiner, MS, CSCS

Now that January is half over, I’m seeing some people slip up on their New Year’s resolutions, or starting to feel bad because they haven’t started their resolution.

For those of you that know me, (or at least have ever asked me), you know that I DON’T set New Year’s resolutions.  Never have.  Not once.  

My first karate instructor many years ago turned 50 when I was training with him.  He got all the typical gag gifts one gets on a 50th birthday: bouquets of black balloons, “over-the-hill” greeting cards, and other even more distasteful novelty items…  And I remember very clearly someone asking him if he was going to do anything special on this “milestone” of birthdays, to which he said: Read more

Bone Broth Does a Body Good.

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard some of the vast research touting the benefits of sipping bone broth for health and inflammation (if you haven’t, well listen up!). In the past few years the popularity of this ancient soup-making practice has really risen. It’s easy to make, it smells and tastes great, it’s incredibly economical, and has tons of physiological benefits with daily use.

Let’s start with a brief history.

Contrary to popular belief, bone broth (as well as most of our modern day meats and vegetables) did not originate in the Paleolithic Era. Bone broth requires a large clay or stone cooking vessel, high heat (probably cooked earliest by hot stones) and a somewhat static home life. Early on, bones, skin and everything else not used in the first version of a meal would be thrown back into water and boiled. Once a metal cooking vessel was invented, it was common to see a constant batch of broth simmering to be used as additions to meals or distributed out to the sick and poor. Read more

Coach Andy’s Tips In a Tie

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Elite Fitness Group Training

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The Athlon community grows each day. We are lucky to be a part of personal training and coaching that makes a difference in so many peoples’ lives. This Athlon Elite Fitness Group comes in at minimum four days a week and trains hard for speed, power, agility, coordination, strength and conditioning! We’re excited to see their progress even through exercises like medicine ball tosses!

Nutrition and Inflammatory Foods

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Abby Pro Pic  Posted by Abby Hollister, BS, ACSM-CPT

So you are getting to the gym 4x a week, kicking butt and taking names, but you aren’t seeing the needle on the scale tick backward like you want it to. What’s up with that??

Well, there can be a few explanations for this:  First, it is important to remember that muscle weighs more than fat, so if the scale isn’t budging but your clothes are fitting much better and your circumference measurements are decreasing, things are going right. However, if you are still squeezing into your jeans every morning, something most likely needs to change with your nutrition…as the sayings go, 80 percent of body transformation actually takes place in the kitchen and you unfortunately can’t outrun your fork.

Cleaning up your diet and ensuring that calories going out exceeds calories coming in, could be the key to finally seeing proof of all the hard work you put in at the gym. How do you do that? Following Athlon’s 10 healthy habits is a wonderful place to start. Seriously, we encourage Read more

How to Counteract All That Sitting

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If you sit 6-8 hours a day at work, and then go home and end up reading and watching TV, and hence sitting more, then the 2 minutes your stretching at the gym or as a part of your “workout” are likely insufficient to counteract the negative effects.  Here’s a quick video from one of my colleagues on how to understand and then fix this problem…
(and the answer may surprise you!)

If you’d like a little more help or guidance on this topic, or any other fitness and performance topic, click this link to request a FREE Diagnostic Consultation from us here at Athlon.  

We’ll discuss your goals in more detail, answer your questions and present you some options that’ll get you moving in the right direction in no time!!!


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

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