What does it mean to train smarter, not harder?

Do you know what it means to train smarter and not harder? Sure, the phrase itself is self-explanatory, but you do you really know what it means and how to apply it? This is a concept that we’ve discussed and presented on a lot over the past couple of years and know a lot about. However, we’re still learning ourselves. … Read More

How did you celebrate Labor Day?

Yesterday, if you didn’t know, was Labor Day. A day held in honor of working people. A day to remember those who have paved the way for the current structure of our society as we know it. In today’s world, and with today’s technology, choices are everywhere and we have the freedom to literally do, or be, whatever we want. … Read More

Why you should seek out conflict.

When you think of conflict, what comes to mind? Is it workplace drama between co-workers? A bar fight? Or simply a battle within yourself to avoid eating junk food? The idea of conflict has several meanings and interpretations but for me, it’s synonymous with a challenge or obstacle. Have you ever watched an episode of “America’s Got Talent” or “American … Read More

Practice is everything.

I recently read a blog post that resonated with me and discusses something that I often preach to my patients and athletes. The following is taken from elite track coach Jonathan Marcus from his website HighPerformanceWest.com. You should definitely check it out. “Many practice, few have a practice. There is a difference. Practicing is the shallow waters of having a practice. Most practice … Read More

Worried about taking time off? Here’s how.

Every sport has a time period that involves stepping away from the grueling demands of practice, training and competition. We call this the “off-season” and it’s designed to allow our bodies and minds the opportunity of returning back to a state of homeostasis. Sunday marked the end of the 2018 CrossFit Games and Matt was in attendance to help a … Read More

There’s no such thing as “non-specific back pain.”

I once had a mentor ask me, “What percentage of the population has experienced back pain?” I foolishly guessed somewhere around 70%, when the correct answer was unequivocally 100%.Back pain is something we’ve all experienced at some point in our lives and sadly, it’s often dealt with incorrectly.The onset of back pain is followed by resting and inactivity and finally a trip to the … Read More

Eliminate your fluff.

In our “Train Smarter” workshops, we discuss some of the secrets used by elite athletes and CrossFitters.However, it’s less often a single aspect of training and more commonly a shared mindset: establish today’s purpose and eliminate the fluff.The most successful people in athletics, business or life often have this in common. They are masters at eliminating the unnecessary from their lives. … Read More

Alternative Methods for Improving Endurance: Blood-Flow Restriction Training

Endurance, or the ability to continue despite fatigue, is a characteristic of sports performance that has been heavily discussed over the years. Whether you’re a triathlete or CrossFitter, optimizing endurance is often the key ingredient that elevates an athlete from mediocrity to greatness, while also enhancing health and longevity. However, building and improving endurance can be extremely complicated and difficult … Read More

What squatting and Advil have in common.

Let’s say, for hypothetical purposes, that you’re taking Advil for some joint-related pain you’ve been experiencing.However, instead of taking the recommended dosage, you decide to experiment with taking 20 tablets daily. Sure enough, this doesn’t work out very well and you begin to experience the side effects of nausea, liver dysfunction and kidney failure.Common sense would lead you to the … Read More

The Easiest Way to Reduce Injury With Olympic Weightlifting.

Injuries will always occur and if research tells us anything, it’s that sports-related injuries have only continued to increase over the past decade. However, emphasis on maintaining quality technique and form with lifting movements is a methodology that can and should be implemented by all coaches and athletes. Therefore, that’s why it’s the easiest way to reduce injury with Olympic weightlifting. … Read More