lessons from an olympian

In 1995 I was training for the 1996 Olympic games and was fortunate to be coached by 2x Olympian Milt Ottey.  Milt's coaching style was very inspirational and educational which in turn motivated me to work harder and reach my goals.    Many of the lessons I...

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summer workout tips

We are 6 months into the New Year and the sun is finally shining! Sometimes daily life keeps us so busy that we lose motivation to work out and eat healthy. It happens so gradually we hardly notice it.  Before we know it, we can get off track and old habits slowly get...

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a great story about focus

In 1998, I was invited to compete against 13 of the top collegiate high jumpers at the Sea Ray relays at the University of Tennessee.   It was a rainy, blustery day to say the least.  As we started to warm up, several athletes went over to the officials and asked...

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cues for faster athletes

By Lenny Karpinski When athletes train for speed, there are many analogies and coaching cues we provide to correct their running form and make their sprinting technique as efficient as possible. This week we are coaching the athletes with the analogy of their body as...

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The 1% rule

When you enter our facility, there is a sign on the door that says 1% Better today.   The whole thought process behind this slogan is if you picked a simple small goal and stuck with it everyday, it will lead you to the bigger goal right?   In theory yes,...

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flexibility and hardening of arteries

There have been studies done showing there could be a relationship between exercise and the stiffness of your arteries.   The studies looked at middle aged people and found that better flexibility throughout the body, such as the ability to touch your toes, was...

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why being fast in sports is important

A few years ago, I was watching the Cavs game and TV analyst Austin Carr made a statement that has always stuck with me.   He said, "A guys gait is a guys gait." when they were referencing how inefficiently one of the players was running up and down the court. ...

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Losing body fat is key

If your goal was to drop 20 pounds, and you hit that goal, but you lost 15 pounds of muscle and 5 pounds of body fat, is that really good? Your Body Fat percentage would not have changed, and in-fact, may have even gone up a size due to the drop-in muscle.   It...

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Spring Break recovery for athletes

With Spring Break right around the corner, I'm sure many of you have plans to take time away and relax. One important aspect of spring break we discussed in our staff meeting Monday was Recovery and why taking time away benefits athletes.   Most young athletes...

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Pre Game Athlete Nutrition

Up to 30% of your success on the playing field can be attributed to your nutrition.  Maximize performance on game day by providing your body with enough fuel to perform at the highest level possible. See if you can check off the three main components below prior to...

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