Research Review: The Effect of Playing Ultimate with a Mask

As ultimate players continue to return to the field and the 2021 club season approaches quickly, we’d like to tackle a topic that, for now, is important for athletes: competing with a mask on.

Current USA Ultimate Return to Play guidance requires the use of face masks during competition at all sanctioned events. Whether that will remain the standard for competitive play throughout 2021 is difficult to assess: most other sports, particularly outdoor sports, do not require wearing masks during play, and vaccination progress continues to reduce COVID risk to both individuals and the community.

But, as it stands today, you have to prepare to wear a mask during ultimate competition.

Let’s explore some key questions. Continue reading “Research Review: The Effect of Playing Ultimate with a Mask”

Why You Need to Time Your Sprints

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When you go to practice and you need to throw 10 backhands and 10 forehands in warmups, you count them. When you go to the gym, you use Breakside’s Teambuildr app to get your workout and write down your weights, sets, and reps. At home, you might even log your sleep habits or your diet.

So why would you skip tracking your speed workouts? You keep track of your progress towards a 300 pound deadlift, but it’s even more important to your on-field performance to see if you’re getting faster!

It’s often said that what gets measured gets improved. Too many athletes fail to measure one of the most important parts of their training and consequently don’t get the most out of their speed work.

I can hear the excuses now: it’s hard! It’s annoying! It’s expensive! Does it even matter?

It does matter. Let’s discuss why — and how to time your sprinting without breaking the bank. Continue reading “Why You Need to Time Your Sprints”

New in 2021: Return to Lifting, New Speed Development, Olympic Lifting

Whether you’re somewhere where ultimate has returned to action or you’re eagerly awaiting its restart in the coming months, you’ll need to make sure that you are physically prepared to get back on the field.

To that end, Breakside Strength and Conditioning’s coaches have been hard at work to develop revamped programs that get players ready to compete.

Here’s what’s new in 2021. Continue reading “New in 2021: Return to Lifting, New Speed Development, Olympic Lifting”

The B-Side: Training in a Time of No Ultimate [Ep. 4]

The B-Side is Breakside Strength & Conditioning’s podcast about training, performance, and nutrition in ultimate frisbee.

Charlie Eisenhood and Patrick Kelsey talk about how to get back to training, even though there’s no competitive ultimate happening in the near future, including thoughts on the safe way to return to the gym, how to mix things up, and how to think about training as a lifelong endeavor.

You can also find the The B-Side podcast on iTunes, SpotifyStitcher, Spreaker, iHeartRadio, DeezerRSSGoogle Play, and your other favorite podcasting apps.

How to Safely Return to Training in the Gym or on the Field

The coronavirus pandemic has kept us away from the gym for almost three months. Many of us have also had our seasons truncated or outright cancelled. With an extended period of detraining behind us and a potentially long training timeline in front of us, there are many questions about how to best return to the gym both effectively and safely.

Below, we address how to safely return to the gym — or playing ultimate, for those able to do so! Continue reading “How to Safely Return to Training in the Gym or on the Field”

Eating Healthy During Coronavirus Lockdown (And Three Recipes)

I wasn't exactly expecting to be writing about nutrition amidst stay-at-home orders. However, besides work and school routines, food habits may be one of the most heavily affected parts of daily life during the coronavirus lockdowns. Restaurants are shutting down. Grocery stores are running out of weird things. Everyone is home all the time so normal food routines are out of wack, and you may find that you're eating at weird hours, snacking too much, or simply struggling to figure out what to eat at all. On top of all that, your overall physical activity is probably way down. So let's talk about some things that can help keep your diet in good shape even as you're stuck at home.

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The B-Side: Training at Home, Stretching & Foam Rolling [Ep. 3]

The B-Side is Breakside Strength & Conditioning’s podcast about training, performance, and nutrition in ultimate frisbee.

Breakside coaches Charlie Eisenhood and Patrick Kelsey talk about training at home — the challenges and silver linings, the best exercises, and more. Later in the show, they talk about some of the basics around static stretching, dynamic stretching, and foam rolling (24:05).

You can also find the The B-Side podcast on iTunes, SpotifyStitcher, Spreaker, iHeartRadio, DeezerRSSGoogle Play, and your other favorite podcasting apps.

Getting Creative with Your Workouts During Quarantine

If you’re like me, you are really sick of not being able to go to the gym.

I’ve always been a gym workout person. I prefer a gym session to most other workout options except maybe playing ultimate (or disc golf, if that counts as a workout). So being blocked from the gym has been a real bummer.

Even though I have plenty of training implements at home to get workouts in, at some point, I just want to do some squats and deadlifts with a barbell.

But we have to face the fact that we may not have gym access for a few more weeks or even months. So let’s push beyond the basics and talk about some ways to optimize workouts without getting bored. Continue reading “Getting Creative with Your Workouts During Quarantine”

Can’t Get to the Gym because of Coronavirus? Here are some Workout Ideas

If you’re on a Breakside Strength and Conditioning program, you know that having access to at least a moderately well-equipped gym is strongly encouraged. There are simply no good long-term substitutes for barbells.

But you won’t always be able to get to the gym. That’s true right now, as the coronavirus pandemic closes down college and university gyms and even going to available, open gyms may be too risky given the proximity to other people at a time when social distancing is a must.

It’s worth noting that you cannot contract coronavirus from sweat, only through respiratory droplets or by touching your eyes, nose, or mouth after contact with a contaminated surface. Of course, there are many potentially contaminated surfaces in a gym — like barbells, dumbbells, and benches — so, if you do go to a gym, be sure to wipe down equipment with disinfecting wipes before and after use, and wash your hands regularly while avoiding contact with your face.

But if you can’t or don’t want to go the gym, here are some ideas for at-home or outdoor workouts you can do to keep yourself in ultimate shape. Continue reading “Can’t Get to the Gym because of Coronavirus? Here are some Workout Ideas”