Have you heard these sayings before? “Stay on top of the ball” “You need to work on your core” One thing I love about sports is the unique culture that lies in each individual sport. Language, types of training, coaching cues, classifications and more are deeply embedded in these cultures. Being one of the older sports in our country, baseball has a lot of culture with a lot of unique language. One I hear a lot is “stay on top of the ball” when pitching. Admittedly, not knowing what that meant the first few times I heard a pitching
I’m going to stray from our usual content this week, but only because we have a ton of cool stuff coming up here at IFAST that I want to make sure you know all about! Women’s Self-Defense Class When IFAST client Clint Cloys came to me years ago with the hope of holding a self-defense class at IFAST, I honestly didn’t know what to say. I’m all for people growing and evolving, and making their mark in the world. But I also know how hard it is to market events like this, and beyond just getting them excited, getting them
Another week, another question here are your favorite gym - Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training. This one is a doozy, and applies to literally anyone who works out: Question: How does stress impact performance, strength and/or body composition? This is a great question, and before I answer it, make sure to read this article for a bit of an overview: What is a Reset? And Why Do We Do Them? Now that you've got a frame of reference, allow me blow your mind. Training is Stress First off, here's something that most people never consider (trainers included): When you lift
Okay, finally back to answering reader questions - and this one is a doozy. Honestly, if I had THE answer to this one, I'd be sitting on my private beach somewhere drinking protein shakes and reading training books. But I digress. The question for today is a simple one: What set/rep scheme is best for size and strength? Now when I read that, I could take it in a couple of directions: What set/rep scheme is best for size? What set/rep scheme is best for strength? OR What set/rep scheme is best if you want a blend of both? To
Busy parents - isn't that an oxymoron? New IFAST intern Kat Graham joined Mike Robinson this morning on Indy Style to play play a kettlebell-wielding super model for some workout tips for people always on the go. As explained by WISH TV: Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training’s Mike Robertson discusses how busy parents can still find time to fit in a workout! Now that kids are back in school, it’s time to put the focus on you. IFAST’s Kat demos a few single-leg and arm exercise that can be performed with only one weight in a quick amount of time.
The last thing a concerned parent wants to do is stunt the growth, or possibly injure, their young children. However, a lot of the negatives behind strength training are untrue, and rooted in what amounts to old wives tales. The Force is Strong with This One... When I was growing up (a looooonnnnnggggg time ago), the argument against strength training was that it would stunt your growth. Yet, there really wasn't any literature to support this. It's just something that well meaning doctors and scientists threw out there because it made sense. But what these well-intentioned people failed to realize is that the stresses
When it comes to building athletes, the biggest mistake I see is the inability for parents and coaches to think long-term about their athlete’s health and success. To start thinking long term ask yourself, “what’s the end goal for little Johnny?” To have fun? To be healthy? To make the varsity team? To get a college scholarship? To run faster than Olympian Usain Bolt? If the goal is a college scholarship, little Johnny doesn’t need to be the greatest peewee quarterback in the state - who the heck keeps those stats anyways - he just needs to be good when
Growing up, I loved playing basketball. In fact, basketball is the reason I'm doing what I do today. As an athlete, I was willing to do whatever it took to get the most out of my body. Whether it was lifting weights, doing plyo jumps, or working on my conditioning, I just wanted to be the best basketball player possible. After my sophomore year, I made some serious strides in my game. I was getting stronger and more athletic. I was getting more consistent with my jump shot. And most importantly, I understood the game a lot better than I had