Fitness & Health Blog

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...

ACL Injury Prevention in Female Athletes

ACL injury prevention in female athletes has been a hot topic in not just the Orthopaedic community but the Strength and Conditioning community as well. Research has shown us that females are 2-8 times more likely to injure their ACL and that number becomes even greater for non contact injuries....

Too Strong?

Question: Is it possible to an athlete to become TOO STRONG? Answer: NO! It is not possible. My good friend, Jeff Goergen, once said an athlete has never been told, "Billy, you're just too strong, you will not be on the team this year!" But wait, there is a time...

South Carolina Strength & Conditioning Association

I recently had the opportunity to speak at the SCSCA (South Carolina's Chapter of the National Strength and Conditioning Association) annual meeting at the University of South Carolina last week on Dynamic Warm up and Preparing the Athlete for Competition and I just wanted to share a bit of what...

Success Stories!

I just wanted to congratulate many of the kids who have had awesome improvement so far this spring! We have had a number of kids drop .2-.25 seconds in their 40 yd dash as they get ready for camps this summer and many have increased their vertical leaps by up...

Leaks in the Franchise Bubble

Click on the link below to see this GREAT article about the rise and fall of the fitness franchise in America!! I am sure everyone reading this has notices the rising number of "30 min workout" and many other franchises in the fitness and sport-training industry put together and ran by non-fitness...

Training the Combat Athlete

In recent months we have been asked to train many wrestlers, Jiu-Jitsu players and a few Mixed Martial Artist. All of these athletes fall under the category of combat athletes. In this post, I will go over a few points to consider when it comes to training the combat athlete....