“Of Course Physical Strength Is Important to Masculinity”
Writer David French makes the argument that men should embrace the pursuit of physical fitness and strength. While acknowledging that every man doesn’t need to be as physically capable as another, he concludes that “a man has an obligation to be strong.” His article is in no way aimed at denying the impressive potential that women have to get stronger and fitter. He simply calls for men to accept that they have too great a physical potential to reject such a gift. As Mr. French states, “Physical weakness is not a virtue. He goes on to state that, “Voluntary weakness is a vice.” I would have to agree.
Click on the link above to read his article.
“Nutrition: The Too Simple To Be Sexy Diet”
Fitness professional Nick Tumminello, the NSCA’s 2016 Personal Trainer of the Year, shares some simple advice for tidying up your diet and losing weight. Generally speaking, personal trainers that do not possess the requisite dietetics/nutrition education and credentials cannot provide individualized diet plans to clients due to both the laws governing dietetics/nutrition in a particular state and the limited scope of practice for personal trainers. But Nick provides some good general nutrition guidelines to help a person lose body fat in a sensible way. Click on the link above to read his article.
If you want to see an example of what an unlicensed individual (e.g., a personal trainer without an RD credential) can provide the way of dietetics / nutrition education in North Carolina, here is a link to a document from the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition:
“A Mind for Success: Shaping Your Perspective”
Coach Nick Newman shares his thoughts on the psychology of success. The Olympic athletes now competing in Rio have undoubtedly dealt with a variety of psychological challenges on their road to the Olympic Games. Click on the link above to gain some insights and learn how to prepare your mind to succeed.
“Seeing the Bigger Picture”
Coach Nick Newman shares his insight into working with young athletes. I had the pleasure of watching Nick interact with the scholastic athlete population during my time at Athletic Lab. I wish that I would have had someone of his caliber working with me when I was a young athlete. You can certainly benefit from following his blog (http://www.coachnicknewman.com/) if you have an interest in youth training, horizontal jumps training or sport performance training. You can also follow Coach Newman via his Facebook and Twitter accounts.
“Basics of Resistance Training for Track & Field [Slidedeck]”
Coach John Grace of Athletic Lab shares the slidedeck from his 2016 North Carolina Coaches Clinic presentation on implementing a resistance training program for track & field athletes. If you are a track & field coach, a track & field athlete or even a recreational runner, you should click on the link above to take a look at Coach Grace’s slides.
“Variety for variety’s sake? The how and why of variety within a training program”
Coach John Grace hits a home run with this article on how variety in training should be viewed and implemented. Unlike the pseudo-experts that wax poetic on the supposed virtues of “muscle confusion” and throw a variety of exercises at their athletes/clients in the hopes that something sticks, Coach Grace presents a balanced look at why variety should be part of your program while avoiding the temptation of mixing things up on a daily basis in a haphazard manner that never sufficiently challenges an athlete/client under load.
“It’s Not a Race for Last”
Carolina Panther’s coach Joe Kenn explains how he looks at the saying “It’s not a race for last!” in relation to team conditioning drills and an athletic program. He goes on to speak to how a coach can attempt to motivate the “do just enough” athlete.
“Remember the strength of Words, they can make enemies of friends, start wars or create peace, or break or save lives. In the context of coaching, words can build confidence, morale, relationships, and lasting friendships or they could crush them all!” — Joe Kenn
Coach Joe Kenn of the Carolina Panthers and Big House Power explains the thought process behind his mantra “WORDS WIN.” As trainers and coaches (and caring human beings) we have to remember the impact that our words can have on others. As athletes we have to remember the impact that our words have on ourselves, as well as on our teammates. Coach Kenn explains what he believes to constitute winning and how we can put ourselves in position to win.
Winning consistently in life is definitely affected by our mindset. We can acknowledge the impact that others’ words have on us and recognize the importance of associating with those that encourage us and challenge us to be the best that we can be. Life is too short to surround yourself with doubters, haters, and naysayers. You will likely never entirely eliminate the “chatter” of critics, so it also helps to have a strong mental game and “Talk the Talk” as well as “Walk the Walk.”
Click the link above to access the article and please feel free to share it with others that might benefit from Coach Kenn’s wisdom.