Everything Gets Better, II

By Rob Shaul This summer, several members of our FreeSki team were picked up by major sponsors. Those picked up include … Arcteryx picked up Casey and Forrest Jillson for it’s Grassroots Team. Marmot and Vokl picked up Monica Purington. The North Face picked up Kaki Orr. Flylow and Dalbello picked up Hannah Follender. Blizzard […]

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Fitness Demands of a Fire/Rescue Athlete

I spent a week in Des Moines teaching a programming course, but mostly learning about the work, schedule and fitness demands of Fire/Rescue Athletes.I was invited to Des Moines by Capt. Joe Hogan, whom I had helped develop a training program for candidates at his fire academy. Fire/Rescue athletes are similar to law enforcement athletes […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Train Sport-Specifically All the Time

These cycles closely mimic the energy and muscular efforts sports place on athletes. An athlete will perform many of the same movements they’ll perform in competition or execution of their job. They’ll become stronger and more proficient in doing the exact things they’ll need to be able to do in order to excel on their field of endeavor.

Bottom line: they are the best training to prepare an athlete for a sport. And yet, most of our sport-specific cycles only last six to eight weeks.

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Suggestions Appreciated: Fitness Test for LE Athletes

Suggestions Appreciated: Fitness Test for LE Athletes By Rob Shaul I’m currently developing strategies and ideas to develop a fitness test for LE Athletes, along the lines of what I’ve done for Military Athletes. My initial thoughts include a mid-distance shuttle sprint component, upper body strength, explosive power, and core strength.  The idea of a fitness […]

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The Journey from Skid to Pro

The Journey from Skid to Pro By Kaki Orr  I am rooted in the “skid” world. For the past 5 years, I’ve enjoyed the Jackson ski town sanctuary of misfits and wanderers, being surrounded by a collective of the carefree, and I haven’t minded sacrificing financial stability to continue to exist among them. But I’m […]

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