The Importance of Lower-Limb Joints on Sprinting

Did you ever take chemistry in school? If so, you may remember something known as the rate limiting step.

The Best Cues for Coaching Speed

This year Immaculata High School added a Sports Academy program for volleyball, soccer and basketball. And Okanagan Peak Performance Inc has been helping out with the strength and conditioning for this program. This morning we spent a good portion of the training session working on speed.

Top 12 Reasons to Run

Are you a runner? It’s kind of one of those questions that generates a pretty clear answer.

Improve Your Speed & Technique with Downhill Running

I’ve just recently returned from the NSCA Hockey Training Clinic in Colorado Springs. This was the event to be at for those that train hockey players.

Are 800s the Ultimate Fitness Test?

Have you ever run 800s?

If you’ve competed in track and field there’s a good chance you may have some experience with this distance. And therefore you know how awful this event can be.

Matt’s Farewell Blog

Matt Baumeister Final Blog Post

Hi everyone,

Matt here again. Here I go, writing to you for one last time.

Meet the Newest OPP Coach – Matt Baumeister

One of the things that has been fun as we continue to move forward with Okanagan Peak Performance Inc. has been all the changes that have happened in the past year.

We’ve moved into a new facility. And we outfitted it with the best equipment anywhere in town. Next we did some touch ups to freshen up the look of the place and make it a little more comfortable for everyone. Lastly we’ve looked to bring on some new talent that can help us continue to help you get better results in less time.

5 Lessons Learned From 1/2 Marathon Training (half way)

So we’re just past the half way in preparing for the 1/2 Marathon at the end of the month. And by ‘we’ I’m referring to a number of us in Kelowna, some in Washington and a couple in Vancouver. You see we’re following this crazy experiment to get ready to race 21.1 kilometres without running more than a half mile at a time.

More than a few people think we’re crazy. A more still are really curious to know how we’re going to make out. But you know what?

It’s working!

Sprinting & Other Types of Movement

On the weekend a group us met up for our ‘Non Running 1/2 Marathon Training Program’. And in case you haven’t been following this before this is a training program where we don’t do any running over 1/2 a mile in order to get ready for a 1/2 marathon.

This is the opposite of what 99.9% of people competing in this race will be doing.

But we’re not just going to complete the race. We’re going there to compete in it.

Top 5 Tips for Running Hills or Stairs

A number of things have changed for me since I was in university.

1. I was able to train, eat, supplement and made pretty good gains. Every now and again I managed to make it to class or lab in order to graduate.

2. I used to have an intact ACL which I tore playing basketball. I caught a fast break pass and planted on my right leg in full sprint to finish the lay up. The defender put his foot on right knee while I was planted on this leg and made a flamingo out of me. Not fun!

3. My metabolism, endocrine system and ability to recover were all at maximum levels. At that point in my life the level of muscle building substances were all highs. And my body’s ability to come back from a tough workout or injury was quicker than it is today.

But life changes and we must adapt.

And with that in mind I’ve put together a short video on running hills or stairs. In it I give you a number of benefits to these types of workouts that work well for:

* people with lower extremity joint injuries
* people who don’t have a lot of time to workout
* people who want to increase their power production and get faster

So sit back and enjoy the video. It’s shot from Diamond Head crater in Honolulu.

All the best.

Chris ‘always moving forward’