The Beginnings

When I started developing the principles that would become the foundation for The Ultimate Athlete Project, I was in pretty bad shape. I was old (not truly, I just felt that way). I was slightly overweight and injury prone. I was pretty much on the way out as far as playing competitive ultimate was concerned. […]

Improve Your Conditioning on the Ultimate Field with this Workout

 Earlier this month, Melissa described the two principles you need to understand for conditioning workouts in ultimate Frisbee: movement and metabolic demands. One key point is that it’s critical to match the speed and intensity of your conditioning workouts to the speed and intensity of ultimate (i.e. long distance running isn’t going to cut it!). This week, Melissa has […]

Training Smarter, Not Harder: Principles for Ultimate Frisbee Conditioning

Completing a generic general-purpose fitness plan will lead to suboptimal results when competing in any sport, including ultimate. Instead, there are two principles you need to consider when training for for ultimate and preparing your body for the demands of the sport. Melissa breaks down these principles and discusses how you should tailor your training based on […]

Designing an ultimate athlete training program

Knowing how to train is difficult. Ultimate athletes often fail to approach training holistically. This video and will give you the framework for structuring your training based upon your goals for the season and will introduce you to the format of The Ultimate Athlete Project.   After watching this video you will understand the seven […]

One Simple Format for Winter Conditioning in Small Spaces

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

  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

“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

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 […]