Why We Work in The Summer Camp Business

Natalie Montague of Nike Sports Camps and US Sports Camps

Today Stephen McCarthy is joined by Natalie Montague of Nike Sports Camps and US Sports Camps to talk about why we work in the summer camp business and the role US Sports Camps plays every summer in young athletes lives.

Areas covered:

  1. Why are we in this industry
  2. What are the deeper motives of coaches, athletes and parents for participating in summer sports
  3. The role her family and summer camps has played in finding the desire to help other young people and coaches have a positive summer camp experience.

For the complete interview, click below. For more information about Natalie, US Sports Camps and Nike Summer Camps, visit their website.

Can Diet Really Increase Your IQ?

Written by Dr. Cate on April 2nd, 2017

In his mid 20’s, Silicon Valley wiz-kid and entrepenur Dave Asprey had accomplished everything he’d set out to achieve, but his success had cost him his health.

When the scale hit 300, he realized it time to take better care of himself. Ditching mainstream diet advice that had gotten him nowhere, he adapted a healthy, low-carb, natural-fat diet and lost 100 pounds. To his surprise, he discovered he’d also gained some serious brain power–initially somewhere around 15 IQ points.

IQ is rated on a standard, bell-shaped curve. The average IQ score is set at 100, meaning if your IQ is 100 you’re smarter than 50% of adults, and the other 50% are smarter than you. 15 points is equal to a standard deviation. That means gaining 15 points and going from 100-115 moves you from smarter than 50% of the population to smarter than 84%. Of course, just by taking IQ tests again and again, you can get better at IQ tests and can falsely raise your IQ. But a gain of 20 to 30 points is extraordinary and unlikely to be just due to practice.

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Collegiate Beach Volleyball Surpasses Benchmarks

Lexington, Ky. (March 2, 2017) – On the eve of the sixth season of competition for NCAA collegiate beach volleyball, the AVCA notes that over 1000 women are participating at 64 Division I, II and III institutions and 50% of those participants are exclusively playing beach volleyball.

Beach volleyball was added to the emerging sports list by the NCAA’s Committee on Women’s Athletics in 2009. The first season of competition took place during the spring of 2012, when 15 Division I schools added varsity programs. Fourteen more programs started in 2013 followed by ten more in 2014, triggering a transition to NCAA Championship status. Funding was approved in 2015 and the NCAA hosted the 1st National Collegiate Beach Championship in Gulf Shores, Alabama in May of 2016. This year, the championship returns to Gulf Shores on the weekend of May 5-7.  For complete press release, click here

2017 USAV Beach High Performance Skills Assessment Camp

2016 HP Camp Gulf Shores, AL

In 2017, Beach High Performance is re-conceptualizing the tryout model into a two day skills assessment camp. With this new model, athletes will not only have more time to showcase their skills to the evaluators but also receive high level training from top level beach volleyball coaches. All athletes are highly recommended to attend both days for the most thorough evaluation and to receive the most coaching. Please contact beachhp@usav.org if you have conflicts or questions. For 2017 Junior Pipeline Pathways and additional information, click here.

The following dates and locations are the four Zonal Skills Assessment Camps that are offered for Spring 2017

Date (2017)  Location   Zone Registration
March 4-5 Hickory Point, Tavares, FL Atlantic Zone Click here to register
March 18-19 West Beach, Santa Barbara, CA Pacific Zone Click here to register
April 1-2 Houston Sportsplex, Houston, TX Border Zone Click here to register
April 29-30 Oasis Sand Bar, Cedar Rapids, IA Central Zone Click here to register

We should include a fourth macronutrient: time between meals

By Dr. Cate Shanahan, Author of Deep Nutrition

There’s a lot of important discussion around macronutrients in the nutrition world regarding what percentage of our daily calories should ideally come from protein versus carb versus fat. In all this discussion, what’s often overlooked is the fact that simply overeating puts a stress on the system. I think we should include a fourth macronutrient: time between meals. The longer you can go without a meal or a snack or a beverage other than water, the healthier your mitochondria will be.

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Eckerd College Coach on Training Ugly to All-American

Today, Michelle Piantadosi of Eckerd College and Optimum Volleyball Club joined Stephen the talk about specific ways athletes can develop their overall game for the beach.   Michelle has the unique position of being an athlete who started late playing volleyball, her junior year in high school.  She talked about how she “trained ugly” to All-American at Tennessee, then how she developed her game in the world of beach volleyball.

Subjects covered:

  • Creative development of athletes
  • Keys areas of your game that are needed to play at your best
  • Michelle’s experience having to train ugly, vs training perfect
  • The role of coaches during tournaments, currently and in the future.
  • Use of video feedback, rather than instantaneous verbal feedback

To listen to the entire interview, click here. For additional information on Optimum Beach Volleyball Club, click here or Eckerd College

Fuel The Athlete with Ben Greenfield

Athletes seek to maximize their performance, often at the expense of their long-term health and longevity. Ben, a former bodybuilder, is an ironman triathlete, speaker, and author who understands how to nourish the body for both peak results and optimal health. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology. Ben coaches and trains individuals for general health, longevity, weight loss, lean muscle gain, holistic wellness, and sports performance–using a real food protocol.

Says Ben, “I love getting fit, feeling good about the way my body looks, and fulfilling my deep-seeded drive to live life to the fullest by achieving difficult feats of physical performance. But I was fed up with feeling like crap from all the extreme exercising, strange foods, feeling of constant stress and soreness, and worry about the toll my hectic lifestyle was taking on my body. So I have found a way of training, eating and living that is perfectly healthy and natural, but still allows me to look, feel and perform at my peak capabilities.”

As a consultant to many athletes, Ben has noticed a trend of acne, digestive issues, and adrenal issues that plague those who fuel their bodies with what Ben calls “franken fuels.” In today’s episode, he contrasts popular sports drinks, gels, and bars with the real fuel the athlete needs to turbocharge their performance without sacrificing gut health. He gets into the science of how various proteins, fats, and carbs work in our bodies. He talks about his own sweet spot of carb/protein/fat percentages and what foods he recommends for everyone to include in their diet. You will be fascinated by what he has to say and will want to apply it to your own diet, training, and lifestyle.
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