“Sprint Drills for Speed Sessions”

Above is a link to the second video in the new video series from Fusion Sport, Smart Speed and Power Training with Mike Young. In this second video Mike shows some of the sprint drills that he might use during a speed training session. Notice the emphasis on front-side mechanics and good posture. As Mike points out, technique and attention to detail is critical and the drill will only benefit the athlete if it is performed with conscious intent.

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“Warming Up for Speed Sessions”

Above is a link to the first video in the new video series from Fusion Sport, Smart Speed and Power Training with Mike Young. In this first video Mike outlines how to warm up for a speed training session. Mike is a PhD-level sport scientist and performance coach that has had success coaching athletes at all levels of sport. He is also a friend and mentor. If you train speed, you owe it yourself and your athletes to give this video your attention.

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Congratulations to the Champions!

It has been a busy last couple days in the sports world. Congratulations to the Pittsburg Penguins for winning the 2016-2017 Stanley Cup and repeating as the NHL champions by defeating the Nashville Predators. Congratulations to the Golden State Warriors for defeating last year’s champion, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and winning the 2016-2017 NBA title. Finally, congratulations to Tapwrit and Jose Ortiz for edging out Irish War Cry and Rajiv Maragh at the finish to win the 2017 Belmont Stakes. Patch, the one-eyed horse that was a sentimental favorite for many at this year’s Kentucky Derby, took third place. πŸ™‚

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“Benefits of Exercise on Aging”

There are numerous benefits associated with exercise. That is true for older adults as well. Click on the link above to read my recent contribution to the Raleigh Orthopaedic blog on the topic.

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Congratulations to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tar Heels!

Congratulations to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tar Heels. After last year’s devastating loss in the national championship game, this year’s victory in the last game of the NCAA Tournament must indeed feel like “redemption” to their fans. A lot of my friends and colleagues are flying high this morning.

I would be remiss if I did not congratulate the Gonzaga Bulldogs on their runner-up season. I have to believe that at some point in the not-too-distant future, the Zags will reach the top of the NCAA men’s basketball mountain.

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Congratulations to the 2017 World Champion New England Patriots!

Wow! What a game! The New England Patriots won an incredible Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons last night. When the Falcons were up late in the third quarter, I thought to myself that this was the Falcons game to lose. The Falcons couldn’t hold the lead, but the credit has to go to the Patriots led by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. That was an incredible comeback.

Congratulations to the Atlanta Falcons on an incredible season, an NFC Championship, and a hard-fought Super Bowl. Just a little short last night. It is a shame anyone had to lose that game.

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“Making the Case for Resistance Training by Endurance Athletes” (Complete Article Series)

Can resistance training benefit the endurance sport athlete? Yes! Get the details here. πŸ‹οΈβ€β™€οΈπŸŠβ€β™€οΈπŸš΄β€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ…

Greg Maness' Functional Sports Performance Blog

Below are links to my series of articles regarding the importance of including a resistance training program, as part of the overall training plan of an endurance athlete. Whether you are an endurance athlete that does not currently resistance train or you are an endurance athlete that questions the effectiveness of your current resistance training program, within this article series you will find a justification for resistance training by the endurance athlete and some guidelines to get the most benefit from a resistance training program.

Here are the links:

https://functionalsportsperformanceblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/making-the-case-for-resistance-training-by-endurance-athletes-part-i/

https://functionalsportsperformanceblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/making-the-case-for-resistance-training-by-endurance-athletes-part-ii/

https://functionalsportsperformanceblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/making-the-case-for-resistance-training-by-endurance-athletes-part-iii/

https://functionalsportsperformanceblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/making-the-case-for-resistance-training-by-endurance-athletes-part-iv/

https://functionalsportsperformanceblog.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/making-the-case-for-resistance-training-by-endurance-athletes-part-v/

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“It’s estimated we eat….

“It’s estimated we eat 4500 calories on #thanksgiving. The key is keeping it to one day & not continuing that daily thru Jan 1 #realistic.” — Dr. Chris Mohr (http://mohrresults.com/category/blog/) on Twitter @drchrismohr

(https://twitter.com/drchrismohr/status/801508240148353025)

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day feast. Just remember to resume good habits you have established earlier in the year. πŸ™‚

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Congratulations to the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs!

Last week the Chicago Cubs won a thrilling Game 7 against the Cleveland Indians. Having been a long-time fan of the Chicago Cubs, it has been a dream come true. I am so impressed with this team that ended the longest championship drought in U.S. sports history. They carried the hopes of Cubs Nation on their shoulders and delivered. That is particularly impressive considering the relative youth of this team. The Cubs are “loveable losers” no more!

Below are some links from the past few days of revelry. Enjoy!

David Haugh, writing for the Chicago Tribune, breaks down the significance of the Game 7 victory. Here is his article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-cubs-world-series-historic-haugh-spt-1103-20161102-column.html

FOXSports gave us views of a Cubs-themed, blue-dyed Chicago River. Here are the pictures: http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/the-chicago-river-was-dyed-blue-for-the-cubs-world-series-parade/ss-AAjUnGi?ocid=st#image=1

The New York Times had their bases covered, so to speak, in the event that the Cubs lost in the World Series. Here is a look at the proposed front page: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/11/new-york-times-reveals-front-page-it-had-planned-for-the-cubs-losing-the-world-series

Saturday Night Live saw three members of the Cubs — Dexter Fowler, Anthony Rizzo, and David Ross — join with former cast member and long-time Cubs fan, Bill Murray, to celebrate the World Series win by joining the show. Here is the story with a couple videos from the show: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/11/chicago-cubs-players-saturday-night-live-funny-hilarious-skit-video-benedict-cumberbatch

The Washington Post has published pictures from the Cubs victory parade and rally in Grant Park. It is estimated that 5 million people took part in the festivities. I wish I could have been there. I had to settle for watching the festivities on TV. Here are the photos: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/photos-from-the-cubs-victory-parade-and-rally-108-years-in-the-making/2016/11/04/1d484faa-a2a2-11e6-a44d-cc2898cfab06_gallery.html

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“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.

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