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Number and Frequency of Meals

I've been asked a lot lately about the number and frequency of meals to lose weight and enhance performance.  Here, I address some of these concerns for both the client trying to lose weight and the client trying to enhance performance. In Athlete's Arena nutrition plans, the norm is to eat...

Why Even Test Your Athletes?

“Insanity:Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” We have spent a lot of time developing our evaluation format that has been endorsed by local orthopedic groups.  We have lent our evaluation process to many local teams and clubs so they could have an objective...

Who Are You? The “Workout Police”?

Over the past few years I have often been put in a crossroads; a dilemma of sorts.  How do I handle a situation when poor technique or improper exercise progression is implemented on a young athlete by another coach?  Do I turn the other cheek or do I correct it...

Performance Training: The Squat

The sport of football requires the athlete to incorporate all aspects of fitness from speed and power to flexibility and coordination.  In the off-season, football players must train to improve all aspects of fitness and apply them to the demands the sports puts on their body.  The most popular aspect...

Evaluating Your Athlete

The importance of properly evaluating an athlete prior to participating in a strength and conditioning program cannot be understated. Identifying your athletes’ strengths, weaknesses and chances of injury should be the first items on the menu for any strength coach or personal trainer.   To determine the best program to implement with...

Sport-Specific Conditioning: Getting Fit for Your Sport

Every sport has specific demands that it puts on our body. Whether your sport is a speed and power dominant sport (most sports) or you are an endurance athlete, it is important to understand these demands when attempting to condition your body. Common mistakes in sports conditioning are overtraining aerobic endurance, which...

A Reflection on the Past Three Years

According to my records, over the past 3 years we have worked with 86 athletes who have achieved their goal of playing sports at the next level.  A few of them were college athletes looking to get to the professional level but most of them were high school athletes who...

Five Training Tips for the Weekend Warrior

According to Merriam-Webster’s On-Line Dictionary, the definition of the Weekend Warrior is as follows: A person who participates in a usually physically strenuous activity only on weekends or part-time. At Athlete’s Arena, we do a lot of work with weekend warriors; normal, everyday people who have full-time jobs but still...

Don’t Put the Cart Before the Horse

In recent literature, there has been a flurry of articles and interest in avoiding early sports specialization in young athletes, or what I call "The Little League Syndrome." It seems that baseball has more and more year-round participation that leads to injury...Tommy Johns is not supposed to occur in a...

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