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The Importance of Routine in Athletic Performance


“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.” ~Mike Murdock   I LOVE routine. I am the kind of person that gets into a rhythm, and I have always found myself to be most comfortable in situations where I am able to develop that. I loved the routine of being in school, with classes in the morning…

Is the Ketogenic Diet a Good Idea for Volleyball Players?


Today's post is a guest post written by Nicole Springle. Nicole is a Registered Dietitian, and the Lead of Sport Nutrition at the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario. She is the dietitian for the Canadian National Beach Volleyball team, and worked with me leading into the Rio Olympics. We continue to work together today.   Nicole's post is all about…

Mental Blocks in Athletes and How to Overcome Them


"Don't let mental blocks control you. Set yourself free. Confront your fear and turn the mental blocks into building blocks." ~Dr. Roopleen   Have you ever gone through a period (maybe you’re in one right now) where you know that you are perfectly capable of executing a skill, but for whatever reason, you just can’t do it? It’s not that…

A Winner’s Mindset: The Difference Between Good and Great


“The difference between a good fighter and a great fighter is mindset.” ~Frank Mir   I find the mental side of sport to be such a fascinating thing. It is so interesting to see how players and teams respond to different situations and pressures, and how body language or communication evolves throughout a match or tournament. Sports psychology even extends…

Managing Expectations (From Yourself and Others)


"Pressure can burst a pipe, or pressure can make a diamond." ~Robert Horry   One of the major challenges that athletes face is dealing with pressure. It is pretty much par for the course in a performance-based industry, and some people are definitely better at managing it than others. Some people thrive in pressure situations, while others just want to…

Being an Athlete is a 24/7 Job: Making Good Choices


"Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." ~Benjamin Franklin   The biggest difference between being an athlete and having any other job/hobby is that, as athletes, every single choice we make affects our performance. We can’t eat a hamburger and fries on our lunch break and expect to perform our best when we…