Monthly Archives: November 2008

Warming up your winter workouts


Winter in New England always brings about the changes in weather that often make it hard to get outside to do your conditioning workouts. Today in the weight room a coach came up to me and was telling me how he was not looking forward to spending 30 minutes on the Elliptical Machine. I asked, “why do you have to spend 30 minutes on one piece of cardio equipment?” Instead of beating yourself up on one mode of training for 30 minutes, break your 30 minutes up into 5 minute segments of different activities. The workout we came up with was 5 minutes of stairclimbing, bike riding, and shuttle running. Go through the conditioning circuit twice and you have your 30 minutes. And the best thing is that it feels a lot faster than that!

>Warming up your winter workouts

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Winter in New England always brings about the changes in weather that often make it hard to get outside to do your conditioning workouts. Today in the weight room a coach came up to me and was telling me how he was not looking forward to spending 30 minutes on the Elliptical Machine. I asked, “why do you have to spend 30 minutes on one piece of cardio equipment?” Instead of beating yourself up on one mode of training for 30 minutes, break your 30 minutes up into 5 minute segments of different activities. The workout we came up with was 5 minutes of stairclimbing, bike riding, and shuttle running. Go through the conditioning circuit twice and you have your 30 minutes. And the best thing is that it feels a lot faster than that!

Interval Training


You know you should do it when you are working out. You also know that its a hard way to train and that is why a lot of people do not do it. But if you are looking to incorporate interval training into your workout and you’re looking to make it something that you are looking forward to doing, try setting it up as a relay race with your team or your workout group. What I have some of my teams do on specific interval days is set up relay races. The race makes it more competitive but it also allows for the rest intervals to remain in place while teammates are doing their part in the race.

Monitoring your workouts


Everyone is always trying to get that extra workout to burn more calories to get in better shape. Recently, I was reading that some cardio machines actually OVERestimate the amount of calories burned during a workout. This gives some a false sense of accomplishment. Remember, the display is an estimation based on the “average” person. To get a more accurate indication of your workout, try using a heart rate monitor.

>Interval Training

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You know you should do it when you are working out. You also know that its a hard way to train and that is why a lot of people do not do it. But if you are looking to incorporate interval training into your workout and you’re looking to make it something that you are looking forward to doing, try setting it up as a relay race with your team or your workout group. What I have some of my teams do on specific interval days is set up relay races. The race makes it more competitive but it also allows for the rest intervals to remain in place while teammates are doing their part in the race.

>Monitoring your workouts

>
Everyone is always trying to get that extra workout to burn more calories to get in better shape. Recently, I was reading that some cardio machines actually OVERestimate the amount of calories burned during a workout. This gives some a false sense of accomplishment. Remember, the display is an estimation based on the “average” person. To get a more accurate indication of your workout, try using a heart rate monitor.

Why are there more ACL Injuries in Female Athletes?


I was on the NCAA website recently and came across an interactive piece detailing the history and information on ACL Injuries and the female athlete. Click here to understand the reasons for increased ACL injuries in females and to learn more about what some are doing to help this situation.