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Jul26

Overtraining and Burnout in Young Athletes

Posted by: Dwan Riggins  |  Filed under Blog

Overtraining and Burnout in Young Athletes Written by the Sports Medicine team at Children’s Hospital Colorado. In today’s society, highly-driven young athletes often struggle with overtraining syndrome. Children are often surrounded by the hype of sports and it is easy to see how a young athlete could push overtraining burnout young athletes themselves too far in their quest to be a great athlete.As one would expect, when I playfully ask my young patients what they aspire to be when they grow up, a large number respond that they dream of being an Olympic or professional athlete. While this is a worthwhile and lofty positive goal, there can occasionally be a downside. Many young athletes will take training and competing too far. What is burnout or overtraining syndrome? Burnout or overtraining syndrome occurs when an athlete has worsening performance despite intense… Read full post »

May07

MFit Women Group Training

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MFit Women is a specialized training program to address the specific needs/goals of the women of Maclay School; designed to provide a comfortable environment that engages women, builds confidence/friendships, and encourages complete wellness! Try it out and join us for our FREE Sessions: Tuesday, June 2nd and Thursday, June 4th @ 4pm. Meet in the Webster Center. Summer Training (T/Th) begins: Tuesday, June 2nd @ 4pm Meet in the Webster Center. What to Bring: Enthusiasm and Energy! Sneakers, towel, and water bottle. Accident Waiver We welcome all training levels! Training sessions are open to Maclay Female Staff, Faculty, Mothers, and Wives. If you are not affiliated with Maclay but are interested in starting/joining a group, please contact Dwan Riggins: driggins@apx360.com for more information!

May24

Summer Speed Training

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Sport-Specific Speed Training just for you! June/July 2014. Schedule your sessions today.  

May01

The Uncommon Leader

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“The only reason we fail in life is broken focus …something else introduced to us as an option that we choose to accept.” -Mike Murdock Uncommon leaders stay focused!

Feb26

Artistry Fueled by Passion

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What do a musician, soccer player, and painter have in common? They are each an artist in their own right. Art is defined as “a skill acquired by experience, study or observation”. Which begs the questions: What is your artistry? What is the purpose of executing your art without PASSION? I believe that coaching is an art, because while many may carry the title, very few are willing to neither master the skill-set nor understand the responsibility. Similarly, many athletes wish to be defined as “THE BEST” but few are willing to assert the time and PASSION necessary to achieve this level of ARTISTRY… Eleven years ago marked the commencement of a journey to find my PASSION in sports, a strong and barely controllable emotion, or the “thing” that drives me. I was a senior in college, preparing to graduate… Read full post »

Feb07

The Making of a Champion: Seattle Seahawks

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**VIDEO: A film produced by Seahawks players and coaches. http://makingofachampion.org

Feb07

Functional Training Benefits for Athletes and the General Population

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by Ivana Chapman CSCS One of the fundamental changes in the fitness world for over a decade is the trend towards functional training. The term recognizes that bodies should move in natural patterns rather than in isolated muscle groups. Although the origin of functional training appears to be from rehabilitation, functional exercises provide benefits for healthy athletes and the general population. Defining Functional Training Functional training involves exercising through natural movement patterns, rather than forcing the body through a fixed range of motion on machines or performing isolated movements that target single muscle groups. Exercises can be performed with bodyweight, or with equipment such as kettlebells, dumbbells, barbells, medicine balls, cables, stability balls, sandbags, rocker boards, and resistance tubes. Primal Movement Patterns When we look at the body’s ability to move, there are seven movement patterns that are involved, often… Read full post »

Feb07

Structuring Resistance Training to Combat Childhood Obesity

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by Derek Grabert MS, CSCS,*D We have been inundated with statistics quantifying the percentage of children that are obese. Typically, these values are stratified by race, gender, socioeconomic status, place of residence, or various other demographic variables. Regardless of which statistic is most impactful to you, the take home message is that childhood obesity is a growing health concern; not a dwindling one. Children need to eat better and exercise more, we all know this. The key is getting them to adopt this lifestyle. In the field of strength and conditioning, terms like long-term athlete development (LTAD), training age, and functional movement are often used when talking about youth resistance training. These are important aspects of youth training, but focusing on confidence, simplicity, and fun might make more of an impact. Confidence is difficult to measure but usually results from… Read full post »

Jun17

Soccer Speed Clinic 2013

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BE A BETTER ATHLETE. TRAIN FASTER. Why APX360 Sport-Specific Clinics? Every sport is unique, so it’s important to teach your body how to move and react to your sport’s game or match-like situations! APX360 will teach you how to become a better athlete by training faster (and under control), as each session will be jammed packed with explosive step-by-step methods and drills that are sure to help give you the competitive advantage. All clinics are open to any entrants: only limited by age (10-19 years old) SOCCER SPEED CLINIC INFORMATION: Please check back for updates. Location: Maclay School (3737 N. Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32312) Cost: 6-one hour sessions = $100 Tuesdays (5:30pm) – July: 9th, 23rd, 30th Saturdays (10am) – July: 13th, *20th, 27th *Please note: Saturday, July 20th: session will begin at 11am Space is limited. Reserve your… Read full post »

Jun04

Clean up Your Diet with These Five Tips

Posted by: Dwan Riggins  |  Filed under Blog

by Katie Miller, RD, CSCS, TSAC-F Five simple tips to help clients who are trying to lose weight and integrate healthier nutrition into their lives. 1. Eat food that is as close to its natural form as possible. This means eating a fresh apple found in the produce section of your grocery store, rather than a processed form found in a can, box, or bag. This might even extend to the pre-packaged produce section as some produce is treated with a sodium solution which adds unnecessary sodium to an otherwise healthy choice. The more obvious products found within the aisle of the grocery store can also have added sodium, sugar, and other unnecessary ingredients. 2. Eat more fruits and veggies. Most Americans do not meet the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables as found within the USDA’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines… Read full post »

The techniques and drills that Dwan has taught our players have been invaluable in our success. She has helped the players increase their speed, quickness, reaction time, and balance... Mark Krikorian,
Collegiate Soccer Coach
The holistic approach that APX360 takes in developing programs is evident and has real results- the team performs better, they work harder and they're attitudes have improved as well... Veronica Wiggins,
Florida A&M University Softball Coach
Training with Dwan has helped me get to the next level, physically and mentally. Everyday I was constantly challenged with speed drills, learning mechanics, and strengthening... Lydia Vandenbergh,
Professional Soccer Player
I will assure that APX offers you the finest training in fundamentals & technique for speed, agility, quickness, endurance & physical/ mental strength... Lavon "Mojo" Brown,
Former Florida State University Football Player
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