When working out, many people focus on training the obvious muscle groups such as abs, chest, and “curls for the girls,” but what is the athlete's most important muscle? While these all play important roles, they are by far not the only ones needed for optimal athletic performance.
Why the 500 crunches you do every night are insufficient. So many athletes still train under the misconception that the way to build a strong core is by doing hundreds of crunches every day. PLEASE, for your sake, STOP!! Your core is the central foundation of your body in all athletic activities. Not only does it include your abs and obliques (those muscles that you see in the mirror), but it also includes the muscles along your back that keep your spine erect and those surrounding the hip (hip flexors and glutes). Strengthening these core muscles will help you control your body when ...Read more
In some instances, your diet would be better off with bacon cheeseburgers instead of these high calorie, incredibly unhealthy salads. I'm fairly certain that we, as a nation, have been brainwashed into thinking that a salad is always a healthy choice. But let me tell you, if you are adding certain condiments and toppings, you may as well have a bacon cheeseburger with well done french fries because you aren't fooling those extra 5 pounds covering up that six pack. The number one unhealthy salad?? This probably comes as no surprise to many of you: CAESAR!! Caesar salads are infuriatin...Read more
Let's talk some about oatmeal, its different types, and why mixing oatmeal into your routine is a healthy must if you want to lose weight. Okay Carbohydrate-o-phobes, listen up!! It’s time to have a chit chat not only about oatmeal, but about carbs in general as well. Carbs are not the enemy! Our bodies and brains need them for energy. However, some are absolutely better than others. Here’s the deal: White bread, white flour, and all of those other processed flours and grains are doing nothing for ya. When manufacturers make white bread, pasta, cookies, chips, etc., they strip off the ou...Read more
The science behind leucine and muscle growth. An Introduction to Leucine Leucine is an essential amino acid, as it’s one of the few amino acids our body can’t manufacture, so it must be obtained as a component of the protein-rich foods we eat. It’s commonly billed as being vital to building bigger muscles, and is now sold as a standalone supplement. But is it actually vital to muscle growth? Let’s look at what the research says about leucine and see if it’s worth your money. Setting Parameters While essential to the big picture of scientific research, studies done on rats don’t...Read more
The 40 yard dash is important. Here are four tips, drills, and videos to help you run it faster. So many athletes today are looking for that edge when it comes to improving their 40 yard dash time. 40 times have become the rage with athletes and coaches of all ages and all sports, and is the most popular gauge of one’s speed in most sports. Whether we agree with all the emphasis or not, it looks like it’s here to stay as an evaluation tool. So how do we go about trying to improve our 40 yard dash time? There are several components or parts to a 40 yard dash. The first part is the sta...Read more