Friday, September 30, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
I found the following list on Coach Mike Boyle's blog. He got this list of 23 things from Coach Robert Dos Remedios and I wanted to share it with you as I found it very interesting.
1. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.
2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.
3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.
4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.
5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
6. Was learning cursive really necessary?
7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5.
I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.
10. Bad decisions make good stories.
11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know
that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have
to restart my collection…again.
13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save
any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.
14. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.
17. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.
18. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still
didn’t hear or understand a word they said?
19. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting
in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!
20. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear
21. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time
22. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket,
finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet everyone
can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed,
first time, every time.
23. The first testicular guard, the “Cup,” was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet
was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain
is also important.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The Air Dyne bike remains my selection for the top conditioning tool. It's the best bang for your buck approach in my opinion. As I say to others, "you can beat the hell out of someone on it without having to worry about injuries due to its minimal impact on the joints." Good stuff! Check out this article for more info:
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Last Tuesday, I sustained a Grade I concussion when I slipped on a sweat spot playing basketball. Like most head injuries, I also experienced a lot of neck pain due to the whiplash when my head struck the court. The injury, which has forced me to put my own training sessions on hold for the moment, got me thinking about preventing further issues with my neck/head/cervical spine.
I began doing some researching, specifically through one of my favorite publications, "Training & Conditioning" Magazine. In a recent issue, former Xavier University Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach Rich Jacobs discussed research suggesting that strengthening the neck muscles may help to reduce an individual's risk of concussion. The following is a quote from Coach Jacobs:
"...having strong neck muscles may reduce the subconcussive forces that occur as a result of hitting the floor or taking an elbow to the head. Having strong neck muscles will help to dissipate the force. To address this issue, we have our players do manual resistance neck work. For example, they do manual resistance exercises and trapezius pulls or shrugs. This usually occurs on Mondays and Wednesdays of our workweek to spread out the accompanying soreness."
I'm certainly going to take Coach Jacobs' words to hear and apply some changes to improve my training program.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Can you guess what U.S. State ranks #1 in health club memberships? Can you say......Massachusetts?!?! Check out the following link to read more:
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
I've done some experimentation with cryotherapy/ice baths, but experiencing frostbite like sprinter Justin Gatlin does seems a bit beyond what I'd EVER want to experience. Check out the full scoop here: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/07/freezing-athletes-to-speed-recovery/?hpw
People often ask me "What should I eat, Paul?" Since I typically "think in lists," I like to use the article I wrote for the Watertown Tab that spells out 10 super nutritious choices. Check it out by clicking the following link:
Monday, September 05, 2011
With "US Open Fever," I was fortunate to get out yesterday and play 90 min. of singles with a couple clients. We followed that up with some extra conditioning:
- 1/4 mi. jog
- (6) 100-yd. Shuttle Runs
- (6) Hill Runs
- 1/2 mile jog
It was brutally humid humid, but it felt good to shower and have a delicious dinner (baked chicken breast, grilled veggies, and brown rice) after. Thanks for a good session guys! :-)
I continue to be fascinated by the research on restoration, but more specifically, how quality sleep contributes to improved human performance. One person whose career I've followed for years is tennis star Serena Williams. She's getting older, and thus, can't simply rely on power and athleticism to defeat her opponents. She recently brought conditioning coach Mackie Hilstone on her training team and is seeing great results. One area of his focus- like mine- is on improving one's quality of sleep. Check out his top 5 tips below: