Exercise for Athletic Performance

Back when I was a kid (the 80s), the ONLY weightlifting / fitness training info I had access to was the bodybuilding magazines sold at my local convenience store.


Which would have been fine if I wanted to be a bodybuilder. But I wanted to play professional football.

  • After a year of lifting like a bodybuilder I was bigger. I was stronger. I was more powerful.
  • Unfortunately, I was also bulkier. I was less agile. My shoulders & hips became tighter. If it wasn’t for the Walter Payton-esque hill sprints, I probably would have been slower as well.

As a result of my lifting program, I became a LOT less athletic.

  • I couldn’t drive a golf ball like I used to.
  • I couldn’t hit home runs in baseball like I used to.
  • And instead of running the football & playing linebacker, I switched to defensive end and offensive centre. Sure, I was blowing up my opponents, but I was also picking up little nagging injuries. My shoulders ached all the time. My knees kept me awake at night. And then, during one practice, my kneecap dislocated during a drill.

In my freshman year in university, I dislocated both knees a total of 13 times…eventually requiring reconstructive surgery on both knees.

Luckily for today’s young aspiring athletes,  there is no reason anyone out there should be training, eating, thinking, feeling or pre-habbing in a way that isn’t best for their body, goals or lifestyle. Thanks to an explosion in exercise science, we are learning new ways to improve athletic performance just about every day.

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