Monthly Archives: February 2011

Nutrition for Performance

I read an interesting quote this morning.  “Nutrition will not make a great athlete, but it can certainly break one.”  Think about it…

I was having a conversation with one of my basketball players the other day.  We were talking and he kept on saying to me, “Glenn, I have to gain weight and get stronger.”

No problem, I can help you there.  I have a great strength training program for you that will get you stronger.  And all you have to do is follow some simple guidelines with regards to nutrition and we can definitely see results.  “OK, so tell me what you had for breakfast this morning.”

“Huh?”

“I asked what you had for breakfast this morning.  Once I know what you’re eating and when you’re eating, we can move forward and make sure you’re eating the proper things and also eating enough of it.”

“Well, I didn’t eat breakfast.  I didn’t have time…”

“OK well, I want you to think of one thing every time you want to skip a meal.  Every time you think that you don’t have time to eat or when you would rather sit and watch TV instead of head to the dining hall, I want you to realize that you are sabotaging your training and your performance.  How many times do you sit and decide that you don’t have time to come in and lift?”

“Come on G, that’s different.”

“No it’s not any different than you wanting to skip a meal.  When you skip a meal…when you skip a workout…you are sabotaging your performance.  So now don’t talk to me about not being able to gain weight when you are skipping meals.”

Remember, good nutrition will not make a great athlete, but bad nutrition can certainly break one.

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Fighting Childhood Obesity

It seems that we’ve been seeing more and more news about childhood obesity.  This is definitely a good thing.  I think that it is important to address the pink elephant in the room.  We’ve been trying to get our kids healthier and healthier from improving school lunches to increasing daily activity.  In a recent article from the LA Times, weight training is one such activity that should be given more emphasis on helping kids improve their fitness.  Researchers and exercise scientists have both found that it is weight training that kids actually adhere to more than compared to aerobic training.  In the article exercise scientist Avery Faigenbaum reported that research shows that between 80% and 90% of obese youth stick with resistance training, compared with less than half who opt for aerobic training programs.

If kids are motivated to workout by seeing the results of increasing strength and decreasing body fat, we will be able to create healthier lifestyles which will help attack this epidemic that we are facing.  By following a complete strength and conditioning program can help produce positive results with our children.

>From the literature…

>As the PSA’s from NBC say at the end…”The more you know…” 

I wanted to share some information with you regarding Periodization for your training programs.  In fact, there is an excellent Brief Review in the most recent issue of the Strength and Conditioning Journal written by Anthony Turner.

Periodization is often thought of as the method of developing athletic performance through training.  Volume and intensity are manipulated through a planned process to guide the training program towards peak performance at a desired endpoint.  Now this endpoint for most athletes would be considered their season.  For some athletes it could be one event.  Having planned phases of training throughout your entire training program is necessary to reaching optimal performance.  Not only is it important to have intense phases of training, it is also important to incorporate rest and recovery into your program.  Planned rest and recovery has been shown to be useful in reaching peak performance by preventing overtraining.  As a strength and conditioning coach, an important point to remember is that your training programs should be designed with the intention of having your athletes ready for their seasons.

>RESEARCH NEWS…

>Have you thought that as you get older, there really isn’t a need to lift as heavy as you did when you were younger?  Well, there is a study in the February 2011 issue of The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research that looked at strength training for older men between the ages of 60-71.  What researchers Candow et. al found was that for healthy men in this age group, following a resistance training program, an increase in muscle mass and overall strength was found comparable to younger men between the ages of 18-31.

The take home message for all of the “baby boomers” out there, as long as you are healthy, if you want to feel younger and continue to have the strength of a person half your age, you should adhere to a strength training routine as part of your fitness program

>So you want to be a Personal Trainer?

>One of my friends sent this to me yesterday.  I had to share it…enjoy and have a good laugh.