Blogs from December 2014

Dec 17 2014

Move Your Body!

Everyday our lives take us in many directions: caring for children, working full time-jobs, traveling, etc.  While accomplishing the tasks at hand, we humans don’t just use one muscle to get it all done. We move the whole body as a unit, so why approach fitness training differently? 

It is always challenging to come into a gym setting, wander around trying to figure out what to do, where to begin, and how to approach this time you have set aside to workout.  Many times gym patrons default to something familiar like a chest press machine because it’s easy to sit down, find a doable weight, (or one that may be beyond their range of strength), and settle in for few sets.  After the chest press, they move onto the leg extension machine for some quad work before moving to another machine.

First, let me give props to them for doing an upper and lower body exercise, but the concept of combining these two types of exercises has yet to enter their mind.  The fact is that this person in the...Read More

Dec 8 2014

Early Sport Specialization

Early Sport Specialization

Many people assume that the only way to achieve expertise in sport is to specialize early in a sport.  However, recent evidence suggests an alternative to early specialization called "sport sampling.”  It appears that early specialization is not the only path to Olympic or World-class status and in fact, may not be the best path.

Deliberate Practice and early specialization

The theory of deliberate practice was developed by Ericsson and colleagues and extended to other domains such as music, mathematics, and sports.  The basic premise is that in order to achieve expertise in a particular domain it requires deliberate practice for a minimum of 10 years.

Early specialization in sports is a reality among many young athletes. Many parents, coaches, and children are under the belief that the only way to reach the elite level in a sport is to start at an early age and train for that sport year-round. Home environments are increasingly becoming more "child-centered". This means the...Read More