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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What’s The Best Way To Recover From A Tournament Day?

Welcome to Breakside Strength & Conditioning's 'Research Review' series. We look at the latest scientific research on human performance and offer practical advice for training, competition, nutrition, and more.

One of the biggest challenges facing most ultimate frisbee athletes is the grueling nature of tournament play. The most important games are played in the most fatigued conditions.

As a result, optimizing recovery after each day of competition is vital to maximizing performance later in the tournament.

Ultimate players employ a variety of techniques to recover -- cooldown activity, stretching, and cold water immersion (commonly 'ice baths') are especially popular -- but what is actually the best way to enhance recovery, especially with the knowledge that exercise will begin again in less than 18 hours?

Recent research provides some potential answers.

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How Much Weight Should I Be Lifting?

One of the first questions that you will be wondering when you start on a Breakside S&C program is, “How much weight should I be lifting?”

Well, it depends.

Let’s take a moment to zoom out and understand a basic concept of human performance. When we train -- whether by lifting weights, doing pushups, running sprints, or doing any other physical activity -- we are trying to put a sufficient stress on our body that it reacts and adjusts to be ready for that stimulus again.

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The 3 Planes of Movement and Why They Matter

The first several chapters of any training certification textbook are filled with rather basic (baseline) science. Lever types, muscle anatomy, and cellular biology all receive an overview, seemingly just to check off boxes that the certifying agency has deemed necessary. It’s commonly acknowledged among coaches is that while this knowledge is certainly necessary, it isn’t always front-of-mind when coaching. Strength and conditioning coach Martin Rooney routinely jokes at coaching seminars “who remembers the Krebs cycle?” A question which almost always receives a combination groan/laugh from coaches he’s addressing (some nervously hiding the fact that they’ve forgotten entirely what the Krebs cycle is). The frequency with which this knowledge is referenced, doesn’t make it any less important, but the gap between the foundational necessity and the applied usefulness of this information is not.

One of the core concepts that is typically contained in this chapter is “planes of movement”. This concept is typically illustrated by a drawing of a faceless outline of a person who is bisected by 3 planes. It’s a simple enough image that almost anyone would gloss over the adjoining paragraph thinking “ok I get that, let’s get to the real stuff”. However, these planes are a great framework for designing workouts, cueing movements and improving agility.

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