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…

What’s in My Gym Bag? Beach Edition


I have always felt that the things a person keeps in their purse (or gym bag) says a lot about them. There are some people that keep only the essentials, and some who seem to never take anything out, until it gets too full or too stinky.   I would like to think of myself as an “essentials” kind of…

Intrinsic vs Extrinsic Motivation in Sports


“My principles are more important than the money or the title.” ~Muhammad Ali   What motivates you? What drives you to be your best, and gives you that extra push to get there? Why do you do what you do? Is it money? Admiration? Personal satisfaction or enjoyment? All of us are motivated in different ways, and by different things,…

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 Day in My Life: Beach Preseason


"If you are looking to be a professional athlete on the top tier of any sport, my best advice is to put everything you have into it. If you're not, somebody else is. It's got to be all or nothing." ~Dominick Cruz   Since I started this blog, I have talked a lot about being a professional athlete, and things…

Parents in Youth Sport: Be a Supporter, Not a Critic


“Your kid’s success or lack of success in sports does not indicate what kind of parent you are… But having an athlete that is coachable, respectful, a great teammate, mentally tough, resilient, and who tries their best is a direct reflection of your parenting.” ~Unknown   I have been around youth sports for most of my life. I started playing…

Interview with Melissa Humaña-Paredes


It’s time for our April interview! Today you will learn a bit about Melissa Humaña-Paredes! Mel is a beach volleyball player for Team Canada (and is my partner!!). She has represented Canada internationally for several years, and was the 2014 FIVB World Tour Rookie of the Year. She and her former partner, Taylor Pischke, won Bronze at the U21 World…

Dealing with Body Image in Girls’ Sports


“Every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a [gym owner], the hips of a 10 year old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll [boobs]. This is why everyone is…