John Cottrell, Ph.D. // Author

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10 Dec

Mental Focus – It’s Necessary

If you participate in any type of sport, whether it be tennis, football, hockey, basketball or race car driving, it takes a significant amount of mental focus to excel. Not only must your body endure fatiguing practices, often lasting many hours each day, but your mind must also undertake a practice of focus, determination, motivation, and steadfastness. All of this can be quite taxing on aspiring athletes. So, how does the marathon runner stay focus on their 26.1 mile run? How does the pro basketball player tune out the roaring crowd when they are setting up a shot at the free-throw line? And how do you stay mentally fit while you’re improving the athleticism of your own body?

19 Nov

Reduce the Effects of Stress with Yoga

If you’ve been practicing yoga, you know that there are many physical benefits to being on the mat in your favorite class. Most people go to a yoga class initially because they want to improve something about their bodies: to become more flexible in their legs, to build a stronger core, to gain more endurance strength. These and many other intentions can become a realistic outcome of the physical practice. But what is on the other side of the physical results of yoga? We know that our bodies can feel better, but is there MORE to yoga? The answer is an astounding yes. As yoga continues to penetrate the mainstream, more and more people are delving into the experience and reaping its rewards like reducing stress.

14 Nov

Why Am I So Sore?

You had a super workout. You challenged yourself and went beyond your usual limits. Well, you probably felt great after your session; congratulating yourself for getting through such a challenge. But how did you feel a day or two after that? Were your muscles sore? I mean, really sore. Like, you could hardly move your body you felt so stiff? You weren’t sore after the workout or the yoga class. It seemed like the soreness snuck up on you over night and you could hardly get yourself out of bed. This is called delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS. It’s a common occurrence after strenuous exercise or when you use your body in a way that is different from your normal routine.

Although it is a fairly common experience, even among pro athletes, DOMS is a mysterious after-effect of muscle stress that science is still trying to explain. Even with the verdict still

05 Nov

Should I Try Yoga?

Ok guys! You’ve been putting it off for long enough. You keep telling yourself, “yeah, I should really try that yoga thing sometime.” Well, maybe now is the time. What are you waiting for? I know…I know…there’s still some hesitancy, but that’s okay. It’s totally expected. Yoga is something new and a bit foreign and you’re not sure if it’s right for you. Keep reading…..I’d like to address some of the questions most guys have about yoga so that you’re more likely to give it a try.

It’s A Good Thing

The first few questions to ask yourself is “why do I need yoga? How will it help me?” Maybe you’re not as limber as you used to be. You may not be touching your toes like you did as a teenager or twenty-something, but as you’ve aged a bit, the flexibility tends to fly out the window, too. Maybe you want to improve

30 Oct

How Stretching Can Build Muscle & Strength

How can stretching be beneficial to the idea of building muscle and strength? To go about answering this question, let’s first examine what it means to build muscle then move to the idea of increasing muscle strength.

What does building muscle mean?
Building muscle is a physiological process that involves the breakdown of muscle tissue in order for them to repair and grow. Skeletal muscle is probably the most adaptable tissue in the body. It is a very complex process, but to put it plainly, when you endure an activity, like heavy weight lifting, for example, this causes structural damage to the cells in the muscles. Because the human body is in a constant state of healing, after