One Simple Format for Winter Conditioning in Small Spaces

winter conditioning workout for ultimate frisbee

It’s getting cold and sometimes snowy here in North America at this time of year. If you are in the off season, this is a great time to focus on strength training. However, some conditioning should be done to maintain general fitness. The important thing to remember about conditioning during the winter is that a […]

Can You Trust Your Taper?

The taper is the key to getting the most out of your body when it counts the most. Though the taper is a nice change of pace and an easing up of training, many athletes find the taper difficult psychologically. Cutting back on training will feel unnatural. Many athletes resist a proper taper because they […]

Athletic Development at the Ultimate Coaches and Players Conference

I recently gave a talk at the Ultimate Coaches and Players Conference in Boston.  My talk was entitled Athletic Development: Helping Youth Athletes Build a Foundation for Long Term Success.  I took a holistic approach to the topic, talking about the physical, the psychological, and the motor skills component of coaching. Below is something resembling […]

Ultimate Fitness Clinics in Colombia

Athletes at the first of many ultimate fitness training clinics in Colombia

  Seven cities, six weeks, and over 100 athletes makes for an intense but awesome trip through the beautiful country of Colombia.  In Medellin and Bogota I taught mainly captains, coaches, and club players.  Cali and Neiva players were mostly university students.   Excellent hosts, great food, and beautiful scenery are what every stop had in […]

Ultimate Athlete Clinic in Limerick

Daragh and Melissa at the Cliffs of Mohar

“I didn’t expect Brodie to be quite so large and I didn’t expect you to be quite so short.”  is what one of my clinic attendees said to me at the pre Siege of Limerick party.  One thing you can say about the Irish folks, they’re not afraid to razz you a bit.  Whatever, I’m […]

One Simple Secret for Learning How to Jump

3 step approach jump

We know that throwing is a motor skill but we often don’t think of running, cutting, and jumping as motor skills too. It seems strange to think of motions you’ve been doing since you were three as motor skills that you need to work on. Everyone can run, but elite level sprinters spend a lot […]

Vertical Jump Testing at Steakfest and Keystone Classic

katie ryan vertical jump

  I got a lot of use out of Colin McIntyre’s vertical jump tester during the Spring college season. Not only is the vertical jump tester a great training tool, but it is also a great party game! Steakfest At Steakfest, Savage Ultimate gave away free jerseys to men jumping over 30 inches and women […]

Begin at the Beginning: Single Leg Strength

rhino squat

The off season is a wonderful time of year to work on areas of fitness that you have been neglecting and to build up a base level of strength. Now that the need for results is less urgent, you are free to think about your long term health, strength, and fitness needs. Especially if you […]

3 Tips to get Faster, Faster

Cook hip lift

Adaptations to training for top speed can take months or even years for elite athletes.  Fortunately, increasing hip range of motion and core strength only takes a few weeks and can also lead to increases in speed for many athletes.  As your hips move more freely your stride length automatically increases.  Core strength helps your […]

Movement Analysis: Lateral vs Forward Motion

  In this study three players from Southpaw (open team, Philly) were recorded during a pool play game at Bell Crack 2010. Their motions were then categorized and timed. The categories of motion were walking/standing, jogging, running, shuffling, and sprinting. Only motions exceeding about 2 seconds were recorded. To think about how these studies might […]