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Sleep - Your life depends on it.

Sleep - Your life depends on it.

We all know sleep is important, but it is easy to forget just how important it is really is! Going through and reading this blog will allow you to understand and change your life!

Breathing - The most important factor to your health

Breathing - The most important factor to your health

Breathing is the most important factor in a healthy lifestyle but you might be doing it wrong! Read why and how to improve your health in a couple of easy steps

Stress and your High School Athlete

Stress and your High School Athlete

Working out with Stress can be the best way to control your levels of stress. Knowing when your athletes need a little bit of extra help overcoming stress can help you become a better coach! Learn how below!

MythBuster: Speed ladders Do Nothing for Speed

MythBuster: Speed ladders Do Nothing for Speed

Speed Ladders, A Great marketing tool but not as effective as people say. Here is why!

Diets do not work, but here is what does!

Diets do not work, but here is what does!

Diets are set up to cause failure, and that is just the way they are! However, there are ways to make a better lifestyle by changing just a few things each day. If you want to take small steps to get bigger results, this blog is for you!

Setting Yourself Up for Fitness Success

Setting Yourself Up for Fitness Success

We’ve all tried and failed at one point or another to lose weight and get in shape, but if you’re tired of the yo yo’ing and want to Set Yourself Up For Success, this blog is for you.

Fat Loss Made Simple

Fat Loss Made Simple

Welcome to the Simple guild to losing fat. Notice I didn’t say easy, because as anyone who has tried to lose fat can attest, there is nothing easy about it, but it can be less daunting if you know the science behind it and how to work around the sticking points you have.

Motivation Is Bullsh!*

Motivation Is Bullsh!*

“We look for motivation to lead us towards a goal or to push ourselves into working out or starting a diet or jump out of an airplane, but while motivation is great in a situation, it’s BS for achievement.”

It Just Comes Down to Your Health

It Just Comes Down to Your Health

As a parent, many of you know all we want is to be there for our children. We want to be able to comfort them when they are down, celebrate with them when they win, and laugh at past memories. My dad loved his family very much and he would do whatever it took to make sure we not only had what we needed, but we also had a lot of what we wanted.

Champion's Mindset

Champion's Mindset

The ability to focus during a game directly correlates to the athletes mindset towards the activity. Webster's dictionary defines mindset as “the established set of attitudes held by someone.” For competitive athletes we have to take that one step further, not only is mindset the attitudes held by the athlete toward a game, but their sport in general AND the attitudes toward training for that particular sport.

Top Tips For Cycle Training

Top Tips For Cycle Training

t is my goal to help people like you to enjoy riding their bike pain-free! My approach is to educate and empower athletes through the use of sustainable solutions - Together we can reach the finish line! If you are training for a cycling event, I would be happy to help you out.

Training vs. Working Out - Know the Difference

Training vs. Working Out - Know the Difference

Do you work out or do you train? You’d better know because the difference can literally change your life—and maybe just save it. This article will give you the tools to make profound changes to what you do at the gym.

Move Forward from your Shin Splints

Move Forward from your Shin Splints

Shin splints can be an extremely frustrating injury for runners to deal with! Not only can they derail your upcoming race but they can cause you to quit running all together!  A common mistake that runners make is that they treat their symptoms instead of identifying and addressing the true cause of their injury. There are many factors that can contribute to shin splints but most often they can be traced back to excessive overload and poor running mechanics. If you are a runner and you are experiencing lower leg pain, please read on for some tips that will help resolve your pain and get back to running!

MetCon for a Cause with Coach Leanna

MetCon for a Cause with Coach Leanna

This month's MetCon for a Cause is to benefit Nationwide Children's Heart Center. Coach Leanna is not only competing in the Nationwide Children's Columbus Half Marathon, but also taking an active role to fundraise for a department that is very near to her heart. Coach Leanna chose this cause because when her sister was born, she had a heart condition that required surgery. If it wasn't for the amazing people and the resources at that hospital, her sister likely wouldn't have made it. Though it was a different hospital, Leanna wants to make a difference right here in our Columbus community so that other families have the chance to help the most precious members of their families.

Hammering the Basics of Nutrition: Macronutrients and Calories

Hammering the Basics of Nutrition: Macronutrients and Calories

If there is one thing that I firmly believe, it’s that you must hammer the basics until they become so second nature, you don’t even have to think about it anymore. Then, and only then, do you begin to introduce new methods. If you can’t squat correctly, why would you add chains or bands? If building a birdhouse seems daunting, why would you attempt to build a skyscraper?

Transformational versus Transactional Leadership: Why Young Athletes May Need a Bit of Both

Transformational versus Transactional Leadership: Why Young Athletes May Need a Bit of Both

The main goal of transformational leadership is to create a self-sustaining system of individuals. It aims to empower and inspire confidence. Transformational leaders utilize the concept of idealized influence by acting as appropriate role models, following a core set of ethical values, and leading by example through embodiment of their personal beliefs

Bring Out the Best: One Implementable Quality Each for Athletes and Coaches

Bring Out the Best: One Implementable Quality Each for Athletes and Coaches

First, let me give attention to the athletes.  You want to be the best athlete that you can be?  Great, because we coaches want you to be that, too.  You’re probably wondering what sort of magic methods I’m going to share about getting faster or stronger, what tips I can give to make you stand out among your teammates.  Well, you’re in luck, because I’m going to share with you the one thing that will make you stand well above everyone else:

Lessons from a New Strength Coach: From Intern to Coach, Part I

Lessons from a New Strength Coach: From Intern to Coach, Part I

"We as the new generation of professionals are living in a time where information is more easily accessible than ever before. An intern today can gain the information base of an experienced coach without even having to leave the office, and in a much shorter amount of time.

Taking Care of your Mental Health

Taking Care of your Mental Health

If you would classify someone as healthy, what are the factors you would consider? Body Composition, how far they can run, how much weight they could lift? What about their mental state? This gets overlooked simply because, most times, you cannot see it. People are better at masking these problems and playing off that everything is fine. I know this because I have struggled with Depression which also affects an estimated 350 million people...