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5 Keys to Improve Your Tactical Training and Mission Readiness

5 Keys to Improve Your Tactical Training and Mission Readiness

You don’t have to be in a tactical career field (i.e. military, law enforcement, firefighter, etc.) to know that their day-to-day demands are far different than most other career options. In my time as a Combat Arms Instructor in the Air Force, I had the chance to train and teach many other military police, firefighters, and special operations men and women. In addition to tactical weapons training, I was a Physical Training Leader for my squadron of around 200 people. To make sure that our squadron was always as mission ready as possible for any short-notice deployments, I would focus on 5 key components to their tactical training regimen; movement prep, strength and power, anaerobic and aerobic capacities, mobility, and nutrition.

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?

Five Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Training Experience

Five Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Training Experience

The client/coach relationship should never be a difficult relationship.  Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Sometimes, coaches can be hard to deal with; other times, so can clients.  However, the root of the problem lies in poor communication. Here is a list of things that will help you maximize the time you have with your coach or trainer, so that you can get the results that you are paying for.

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

BIG AIR: The Belly Breathing Kind

BIG AIR: The Belly Breathing Kind

Research suggests there is a major connection between those who suffer from non-specific chronic low back pain and the ability to breathe properly. This relationship becomes a constant cycle—weakened core muscles and therefore the inability to stabilize the trunk (specifically the lumbar spine), which causes a dysfunction of the diaphragm and results in chronic low back pain.

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...

Strength Training For the Endurance Athlete Part Two: Building Speed Means Building Muscle

Strength Training For the Endurance Athlete Part Two: Building Speed Means Building Muscle

A year-long training plan is a must for competitive runners and building resistance training into that plan is integral to getting fast and gaining an edge on your competition when it counts most.

WHAT IS SPOT TOTS?

WHAT IS SPOT TOTS?

    The necessity and demand for a program like this was clear both from a coaching and a parenting perspective.  As coaches at The Spot Athletics, we work with youths and adolescents and see a common trend among them. Many of these athletes come into our facility lacking proficiency in foundational movement skills such as running, jumping, throwing, and kicking. 

Feel and Look your Best by Getting Rid of the C. R. A. P. in Your Diet

Feel and Look your Best by Getting Rid of the C. R. A. P. in Your Diet

Everyone says they want to feel and look better. Everyone also says they try to eat healthy, so why are so many people struggling to reach their health and fat loss goals? Simply put, they consume too much C.R.A.P.: Caffeine, Refined Sugars, Additives and Preservatives.