Today's blog is a guest post from Alison Friesen. She's a fantastic Registered Dietician that works with numerous high level athletes. Below are her thoughts on supplements. If you want more information you can visit her website http://www.alisonfriesennutrition.com/
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I hear it all the time. My son/daughter needs to get faster feet. This athlete needs to work on his foot speed. That kid would be a great skater if he improved his feet. I hate hearing an athlete being told over and over again they need to improve their foot speed. Why? It's simply not true. There's a huge misconception in the athletic/fitness community that fast feet has anything to do with speed. Seriously, all those ladder drills you’re doing to get faster….they aren’t helping. In fact they may even hinder you depending on what sport you play.
If you’ve followed the news recently you probably heard of a 17 year old hockey prospect named Sam Bennett who was unable to perform a pull-up at the NHL combine. The media, along with all the internet experts out there have blown this story way out of proportion. They’ve gone so far as to question his work ethic and dedication without ever talking to the kid. It’s been a while since my last blog post and many of our athletes and parents have asked our opinion on this so this is a great opportunity to debunk the myth of how important fitness testing actually is (Hint: it’s not that important).
I’ve really started to hate the term “functional fitness.” It’s become one of the most overused words in the fitness community. So much so that it’s become more abused than Rob Ford’s crack pipe! Time to quit your job Rob. Seriously, you’re an embarrassment to Canadians and society as a whole.
But back to the topic of “functional fitness”, what it is, and what it isn’t. It’s not uncommon to hear the following conversation between 2 people about the subject.