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Find Flow

January 16, 2019
“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Csikszentmihalyi is the author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. In his book, he talks about how to find Flow and seek out the best experiences in your life. ...

How Does Your Workout Feel?

January 15, 2019
  A great workout should be just the right amount of stimulus. It should be well balanced and be part of a larger progressive plan. You should be able to recover from it within 24-48 hours and be ready to go no matter what life throws at you. Unfortunately with the rise of the internet and poor guidance from fitness experts and programs, many believe that a workout should leave you lying on the floor gasping for air and sore for a few ...

Tips to help athletes gain weight

November 8, 2018
I have been getting a lot of questions lately on how best to help middle school and high school athletes gain weight. Here are some quick tips that I have used to help athletes gain weight over the years. The first thing you want to do is increase your calories from 200 to 500 a day. Depending on your body type and your goals, it is going to depend on which range you're going to fall into. Generally, for the skinnier athletes, you're going to ...

You Are Going To Love IT

November 7, 2018
Training can be hard. It can and will hurt both physically and mentally. Think back to your first ever workout and try and remember how it felt. Depending on your experience I am sure you can remember exactly how it felt. I can remember many workouts from my past. I can remember the first time my dad taught me to lift weights in the basement and how I could not lift my arms or move my legs the next day. I also remember all of the suicide spri...

Need help staying focused during the holidays?

November 6, 2018
The holiday season is rapidly approaching and the ability to stay on your diet and keep getting to the gym is going to get harder and harder. How do you stay on track and keep the results you worked so hard for all year? Simple you keep doing them! You prioritize your time and keep your current routines as dialed in as possible. If you have trouble sticking to your routines during the holidays get an accountability partner. This person sh...

November 5, 2018
A common question I get from athletes and parents is “Should I continue to strength train during the competitive season?”. The answer is always YES and here is why! During the off season you put in a ton of work to get stronger, faster, leaner, and more skilled. Then the season comes around and you let yourself go. You stop training, stop eating right, and back off on your skill work. This causes you to slowly lose all of the progress you ...

How To Reach Your Big Goals!

November 2, 2018
How many times have you a set a goal and failed? The way you set and breakdown a goal is extremely important for success. First you need to establish the big goal and work backwards. Next break the goal down into small attainable actions (micro goals). Most importantly these micro goals must be within your reach! Let’s break it down: Goal: Lose twenty pounds before the summer of 2019 Micro Goals: Go to the gym three times a w...

We Are All Athletes

October 17, 2018
The IgniteGym program at CrossFit Hidden Pond Park was started to help all children and teens regardless of age and developmental abilities to feel and train and like athletes. It is my belief that as human beings we are all athletes. We are born with the ability to walk, jog, run, sprint, jump, climb, crawl, throw, and pick things up. These are natural tasks that occur in a multiple of athletic and daily events. Somewhere along the line ...

March You Way Into Fitness and Learning

October 12, 2018
To make learning fun and effective it can be as simple as marching around a room. Like I have talked about in past blogs (Read Here) exercise can have a huge effect on a child’s ability to learn and retain information. Here is a simply and effective way to introduce movement and learning into a classroom or home environment. MARCHING! “Marching activities help develop and improve creative expression, hand-eye coordination, fitness, cou...

Exercise and It’s Effect On Negative Behavior

October 8, 2018
Almost all studies have found that negative and self-stimulatory behaviors decrease, and appropriate social/play behaviors increase after exercise. (Kern, Koegel, Dyer, Blew, and Fenton, 1982). Exercise has been proven to be a strong treatment in the reduction of these behaviors in children and teens with behavioral issues and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). After exercise children and teens have shown decreased self-stimulatory behaviors and...

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