Origin Story: Beginners Mind“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the experts mind there are few” –Shunryn Suzuki... Zen Buddhism has a concept called Shoshin which means “beginners mind”. This refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level. Whether you are an athlete, coach, or parent please take into consideration that the more you learn the more you’ll understand how much you still don’t know. Life is about growth. Progress and development should be a daily aspiration. Adopting a beginners mind and committing to becoming a lifelong learner will open doors and thought processes you never considered.
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The High-Performance Chalk Talk: #1 This is the first installation of what will become a weekly email covering high-performance training. Now, what is “high-performance”? High Performance, as I define it, is optimal human movement, recovery, and strength training. The goal of … Continue reading
This year I have a group of athletes who are walking-on at the college level and nothing makes me prouder than when one of my athletes takes on the challenge of walking-on. It’s a mindset… It’s them saying, “I know … Continue reading
A few days ago, I put up a post covering proper nutrition habits for athletic performance. Included in that post were my five guidelines that every athlete should follow as well as some general nutrition tips.
The biggest limiting factor in athletic performance in nutrition and the sad thing is that the majority of athletes I talk with have no clue what proper nutrition for an athlete looks like.
Regardless of the athlete or the level they compete at I have the same goals for every member of my program. I think it is important to have steadfast objectives for what you want to accomplish. Of course, every person … Continue reading
This is the third and final instalment in a three-part series covering the proper introduction of strength training for young athletes new to the weight room. As we discussed in the first two articles, what separates a good introductory program … Continue reading
This is the second instalment in a three-part series covering the proper introduction of strength training for young athletes new to the weight room. As we discussed in the last article what separates a good introductory program from a … Continue reading
**This is the first instalment in a three-part series on how to introduce strength training to a young athlete** Every athlete, at every level, has a very high demand for strength. Their level of strength dictates their speed, explosiveness, and … Continue reading
I am a steadfast believer that an athlete has to be able to handle their own bodyweight in order to progress into more advanced training methods in order to develop absolute strength and power.