Archive: Training

Backside of greek statue, a muscular man with Askēsis

Askēsis: Stoic Ethics For Reaching Your Highest Potential

October 31, 2019

Every competitor is familiar with the necessity of training. This is nothing new. Everyone knows they need self-discipline to achieve success in any endeavor, whether that be in sports or otherwise. But many of us have difficulty in acting as disciplined as we could be. Some days we’re not feeling it. Some days we’re feeling […]

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Rhythmic breathing

Rhythmic Breathing – 50 for 50 Idea #47

December 23, 2018

Breathing. It’s kind of basic. So basic that most of the time you are completely unaware that you are even doing it. But obviously it’s critical to survival as a human being, and beyond that, taking conscious control of it can have some profound effects on our well-being. There are many different exercises that one […]

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Workout partner

Workout Partner – 50 for 50 Idea #46

December 20, 2018

If you’re someone who goes to the gym to workout on his or her own, perhaps the following scenario will sound familiar. On the way to the gym, you’re all fired up for a great workout. You’re thinking about how great you’re going to feel later. Those 6-pack abs you’ve been dreaming of are already […]

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Turn Professional

Turn Professional in Preparation & Recovery – 50 for 50

December 9, 2018

In The War of Art, author Steven Pressfield writes about the attitude of going pro in the things that you do. The true professional doesn’t wing it every day. He or she knows what it takes to be successful, and does those things systematically. There are no shortcuts, only the commitment to do what is […]

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Listen to a podcast

Listen to a podcast once a week – 50 for 50 Idea #32

September 28, 2018

One of the more interesting innovations of the modern age relative to information and entertainment is podcasts. Formerly known as “audioblogging”, the podcast format started to become more popular in the early 2000’s, and now in 2018 they are ubiquitous. Everyone seems to have one; I even did a single episode (and would like to […]

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50 for 50 Idea #29: Get a massage once a month

August 21, 2018

In the late ’90s, I started experiencing some pain in my left knee while playing tennis. The pain was tolerable, so I played through it and then iced it after playing. That worked for a little while, but eventually the pain started to get worse, and my mobility on the court was compromised. The pain […]

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practice competing

50 for 50 Idea # 27: Practice competing

July 26, 2018

Over the last several years, there have been many books extolling the virtues of practice and mastery. Grit, Peak, and The Talent Code are just a few. The 10,000 hour rule, popularized and oversimplified by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers, has become part of the daily lexicon. Want to be a master of what […]

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50 for 50 Idea #24: Drink plenty of water

June 19, 2018

To say that there are a lot of articles available on the internet discussing the benefits of hydration for athletes would be an understatement. I discovered this while doing some research for this post. Clearly, drinking water is important for athletes and many of us could be better at doing it. Why else would there […]

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50 for 50 Idea #21: Watch your sport more

May 24, 2018

When Bill Belichick was a youngster, he used to watch a lot of football film. At the time, his father, Steve, was a coach at the Naval Academy and one of his duties was to scout Navy’s upcoming opponents. That meant a lot of watching of film, and young Bill was there by his side. […]

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50 for 50 Idea #18: Hire a Coach

May 3, 2018

In January of 2012, I turned 44. In the past couple of years prior to that, I had not played many competitive tennis events. However, I was going to be 45 in another year and that meant entering a new age group. I would be young again! This was another opportunity to compete at a […]

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50 for 50 Ideas 13, 14 & 15: Visualization

April 4, 2018

When I was a teenager in high school, I would shadow swing my forehand with my right hand while walking down the hallway to my next class. I didn’t realize I was doing this until someone pointed it out to me. It was a completely subconscious action. I was combining an image in my head […]

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50 for 50 Idea # 12: Start a Training Journal

March 22, 2018

One of the secrets of elite performers in any context (music, sport, dance, etc.) is the concept of deliberate practice. Most people don’t practice their skills with clear intentions, but the best performers always have a specific focus when they practice or train. It is this focus that allows them to improve faster and reach […]

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50 for 50 Ideas 10 & 11: Your Sleep

March 10, 2018

When I was in college, I liked to sleep…A LOT! I napped between classes almost every day. And I was one of those rare college students who never pulled an all-nighter. That wasn’t because I didn’t need to, it was because my brain would shut down and tell me to sleep. Choosing sleep always seemed […]

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50 for 50 Idea #3: Stretch More!

January 25, 2018

In my last blog post, I wrote about the value and benefits of beginning a yoga practice. This idea resonated with a lot of people, but perhaps you’re like me and you need to pay even more attention to your joint mobility and flexibility. Many people don’t focus on daily stretching, but as I have […]

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4 Strategies For The Player Who Gets Tight

July 20, 2016

Have you ever felt tight or tense while competing? If you’re like most people, myself included, you have probably felt this way at some point in your competitive career. Sometimes it just happens under pressure and at other times, that tight and tense feeling is present from the beginning. Whatever the situation, it doesn’t feel […]

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