The Swine Flu is everywhere you turn in the news. I have received at least 1-2 emails a day for the past 3-4 days regarding the Swine Flu. As many of you know I am a big fan of Dr. Joseph Mercola. Although he is a bit unconventional I think he is generally accurate and not afraid to take an unpopular stance. Check out Dr. Mercola’s ten page article on Swine Flu.
Archive for April, 2009
One of my athletes, Grant Covington, forwarded this article to me. It was actually from a UK website. The content will make you think. There is no question that the “nutrition” info we’ve been given the past decade hasn’t worked. What do you think?
Another big key to ACL injury prevention is single leg strength. More specifically a type of strength we refer to as single leg unsupported. The clip below demonstrates a single leg squat. We refer to this as an “unsupported” exercise as the back foot is not in contact with the floor, bench etc. The key to unsupported exercise is that the muscles that stabilize the pelvis behave differently in a true single leg stance. This is essential for injury prevention and for rehab, in fact this is our “return to play” standard. If you can’t perform this exercise. regardless of your size or gender, you are not strong enough to return to play.
This is an advanced version of the the one leg squat that adds an element of instability via and Airex pad. The Airex pad increases the demand on the hip stabilizers, particularly in the frontal plane.
The progressions can be found at
Just got a Facebook note from a friend about the latest episode of The Biggest Loser.
“I didn’t catch all of it last night (mainly because it hurts to watch the show), but a 210lb woman had to leave the biggest loser because she had a stress fracture in her hip. Maybe from running every single day?”
I am going to do something I don’t like. I am going to criticize a show I didn’t see. I hate The Biggest Loser. I watched it once. It made me ashamed and embarrassed to be in this field. What surprises me more is that there have not been more serious injuries in the show. The way they train the people on the show is an embarrassment to all of us who claim to know anything about working with overweight clients. I’ve been lucky enough to have helped my friend Hank Morse lose 115 lbs in less than one year but, we did it with no injuries and no abusive exercise.
I have said it before and I will say it again. If we abused any group besides overweight people, on television, for entertainment the way we abused these people on The Biggest Loser, there would be a huge public outcry. I guess we are doing something to combat obesity but boy do I wish we could do it better.
This week we are back with a theme week. Training the Endurance Athlete is one of our articles and is also the topic for the week. Training endurance athletes is not something we have talked about enough on the site. Endurance athletes are great customers, if you understand them.
The first article is called Interval Training HIIT or Miss. I wrote this a while back and based it off my Interval Training Lecture and DVD. You can buy the DVD at www.performbetter.com if you like the article. Some of you might have seen it already. I used it a month ago to generate some interest in Strengthcoach.com so it appeared previously on a few select websites. I know John Berardi ran it on his Precision Nutrition site.
Next up is the article referenced in the first paragraph Training the Endurance Athlete. This article was also based on a lecture and appeared previously at www.ptonthenet.com. I am reprinting it for those who did not see it.
Our third article comes from a new author, Carson Boddicker. Carson is a student-athlete at Northern Arizona University, where he runs track and cross country and is currently pursuing a degree in the Biomedical Sciences. Carson has experience in the strength and conditioning field with a particular interest in optimizing performance in the distance events. This is an interesting article because I agree with the concepts but, not necessarily the tests. The article is titled Three Tests Every Endurance Athlete Should Do.
I’m also working on a fourth piece called Handicapping the Perform Better Summit that will give you my recommendations for the upcoming Perform Better Summit May 8-10 in Providence. For those who have never attended a Perform Better Summit, this is the best educational event of the year.
Video of the Week
Video of the week is up in the air. Sorry, the BU victory has me a little behind schedule. I’ll try to find something that ties into our endurance theme.
As always don’t forget to check out the StrengthCoach Podcast at www.strengthcoachpodcast.com.
Hope you enjoy the week.
This is one my clients, Steve Belkin, running barefoot intervals at 60 years old. I love to post videos of my clients doing things that many trainers might think are not possible based on age or gender. I think it is important to empower our clients with demonstrations of what you “can do”.
This type of running is best described as intensive tempo. Not a full sprint but, a good long stride. I think that tempo running has great corrective value and can “undo” much of the damage done by jogging.