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Endurance Nutrition: Are You Fueling for Long Runs?

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on May 2, 2017 10:55:00 AM

Endurance athletes face a unique dilemma during training and competitions. Their races are so long that their bodies can effectively burn through all their energy stores unless proper attention is given to fueling up before and even during competition. Not surprisingly, athletes can have trouble pairing a long, grueling race with eating and drinking. Let’s look at how you can replenish muscle glycogen stores and why pre-run fuel is essential to your performance.

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Topics: Nutrition, Competition

Use this Pullup Progression to Improve Strength to Weight Ratio | BridgeAthletic

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Apr 25, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Strength to weight ratio is an important concept for any athlete. In sports that place a high value on both endurance and speed, such as swimming and running, your strength to bodyweight ratio is a good measure of your overall efficiency—that is, how well you can propel your body through the water or on land for a given bodyweight. In gymnastics, your strength to bodyweight ratio is incredibly critical to your ability to suspend yourself throughout various positions. A high strength to weight ratio is favorable. To develop your strength without gaining excessive body mass, bodyweight exercises are the way to go. These movements will increase your functional strength: strength that utilizes your whole body rather than isolating parts of it. Most strength programs will have a combination of bodyweight and regular weighted exercises to achieve various strength goals. To delve into this topic further, let’s analyze one extremely valuable bodyweight exercise: the pullup.

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Topics: S+C

The Importance of Core Stability in Athletes | BridgeAthletic

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Mar 21, 2017 2:00:00 PM

The ever popular idea of maintaining good “core strength” can be extremely beneficial to athletes—that is, if we understand everything pertaining to “the core” and how that strength can help you in your athletic endeavors. Before we delve into the advantages of core strength and stability, let’s answer the primary question: what is the core?

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Topics: S+C

5 Reasons Swimmers Need Strength Training

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Mar 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The sport of swimming has accelerated at an incredible rate over the past 30 years, particularly in the last decade. As important findings from exercise physiology research surface, swimmers and coaches have adjusted their training methods to maximize performance. Strength and conditioning training are crucial to the success of any competitive swimmer in today’s arena. The type of strength training may change over time, perhaps incorporating more weights once the athlete reaches the collegiate level, but its purpose remains the same: to improve the swimmer’s power, athleticism, and overall speed in the pool. Here are five major reasons to incorporate strength training into a swimmer’s program:


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Topics: S+C, Swimming

In-Season Strength & Conditioning: Building Speed and Power

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Feb 27, 2017 7:00:00 AM

What happens in an elite training program as athletes move into the thick of their competition season? How do athletes take advantage of the strength and endurance they have built up so far? The short answer is it depends on the sport. The long answer I will address here because the truth is that many sports commonly value speed and power in competition. From the golf swing to the first 15 yards of a sprint, explosiveness and acceleration are traits that can be perfected with proper training.

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Topics: S+C

3 Steps to Better Sleep during Competition | BridgeAthletic

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Jan 31, 2017 2:20:00 PM


Elite athletes know how to minimize the negative side effects of traveling for competition, including how to sleep well on the road. You’ve put in all the hard work—now let’s discuss a few simple tips to help you rest and recover the night before you compete.

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Topics: Competition, Travel

Customize your Recovery: Elite Club & High School Athletes

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Jan 19, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Elite athletes train differently at the club / high school, collegiate, and professional levels. Training also fluctuates within each season, ranging from heavy conditioning phases to strength phases to speed and power phases.  Your recovery methods at any given level or time of year should reflect your current training. In this series of posts, I will discuss the primary differences in recovery methods for high school, collegiate, and professional athletes based on factors such as training habits, lifestyle, age, and body composition.

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Topics: Recovery

How to Maintain Health During the Holidays: An Athlete’s Guide

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Dec 22, 2016 11:35:00 AM

At this time every year, athletes add another important aspect to their lives that can impact their training and performance: celebrating the holidays. With more time dedicated to seeing friends and family, this can be a healthful and restorative period for athletes—a chance to mentally recharge. The holidays, however, bring several temptations that when left unchecked can lead to negative effects on training that outweigh the positive energy during this month. Let’s look into how people tend to overindulge and what strategies you can exercise to maintain fitness through the month. Respect your hard work and discipline during the rest of the year by following these tips!

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Topics: Nutrition

Preparing for a Championship Season: Pre-Season Development

Posted by Megan Fischer-Colbrie on Aug 30, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Pre-season is an exciting time of year for athletes. The extensive hours spent in training and the grueling intensity help athletes build up a base for the coming season as well as a common bond with their teammates. To make the most out of your preseason training this year, set realistic goals that will help you focus on one piece of the puzzle at a time.

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Topics: S+C