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The Rise of CrossFit

Hunter Bennett Over the last few years, we have seen a resurgence in both high-intensity interval training, and barbell-based strength training – which is undoubtedly a good thing. These types of exercise have been shown to cause large increases in aerobic fitness and muscular strength, thus eliciting huge improvements in health, while also staving off

How Does the Menstrual Cycle Impact Physical Performance?

Hunter Bennett There is a myriad of factors that affect physical performance capabilities. Things such as training status, emotional state, and of course both current fatigue and recovery status, are some of those that are most heavily discussed and researched. However, over the last few years, evidence has shown that the normal fluctuations in hormone

Is Sleep the Missing Link to Athletic Performance?

Hunter Bennett When it comes to maximizing athletic performance, we often find ourselves seeking out complex training methodologies and fancy new pieces of equipment to get an edge on the competition – and as a result, we tend to miss the forest through the trees. While there is nothing inherently wrong with these sorts of

Cognitive Sports Training: How Can It Improve Performance?

Hunter Bennett Competing and performing in sport requires a huge amount of time, effort, and physical capacity. To perform at a high level, you need the ability to express strength, speed, and power, and maintain a high degree of technical proficiency. It is honestly a whole lot more complex than simply just playing a sport.

How to Improve Your Posture

Hunter Bennett Over the last 50 years or so we have seen some rather drastic changes to the world we live in. Through some unbelievable advancements in technology, we no longer have to use our bodies in the same way that we used to. Now, for the most part, I would say that this is

Becoming an Unbreakable Athlete

Hunter Bennett The primary role of coaches and sports practitioners alike is to create robust athletes. Athletes capable of tolerating high training loads. Athletes that are capable of meeting the rigors of competition without a second thought. Athletes who are strong, explosive, quick, and most of all, resilient. Athletes who are unbreakable.  What is an

The Risks and Causes of ACL Injury and How You Can Prevent Them

Hunter Bennett When it comes to improving athletic performance (and general health for that matter), there is nothing that derails your progress more than an injury. While many injuries can be trained around in some capacity, they often result in the cessation of improvement, an inability to both compete and perform certain exercises, and an

Keeping on Track: Minimize Weight Gain During the Holidays

Hunter Bennett There are very few things quite as exciting as the Thanksgiving period. The opportunity to catch up with family, get away from work, and simply sit back and relax, is something that all Americans look forward to on a yearly basis. But it isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. Something that often comes with

Exercise and the Afterburn Effect

Hunter Bennett When most of us think about exercise, we tend to think about the energy expenditure that particular exercise causes in a somewhat immediate sense.  As in: ‘How many calories will I burn if I perform X exercise for an hour?’ Now don’t get me wrong – there isn’t anything inherently wrong with this

Exercise & the Prevention of Spinal Stenosis

Hunter Bennett Over the last decade or so, we have seen an increase in exercise driven rehabilitation and prevention strategies for several disorders and illnesses. Many of these strategies have been shown to be extremely effective at not only reducing the likelihood of the disease but also acting as a potential treatment to reduce

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