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Roller Skiing Predicts Youth Cross-Country Skiing Performance

Alyssa Bialowas Cross-country skiing has gained popularity as one of the most well-loved winter sports. Adults and children alike are making names for themselves as elite cross-country skiers. And, along with any elite sport, training is key. Although physical training is customary for young athletes, proper training needs to be accepted by coaches who understand

Eccentric Exercise & Antioxidant Supplementation

Alyssa Bialowas Eccentric exercise is defined as the lengthening of the muscle while contracting, or opposing action that shortens the muscle. Slowing down the elongation of the muscle process is said to lead to an ability to build stronger muscles. Furthermore, it advances the process of muscle repair and increases metabolic rate. It is also

An Uplifting Masters Athlete Success Story

We recently spoke with Woody Deitrich, 64, of Seattle, WA at this year's Huntsman World Senior Games about how he became a masters athlete. Woody's uplifting story of how he began training and competing in track at the age of 54, following the encouragement of a friend, had us motivated and inspired. He now competes

Flaxseed Supplementation, Walking, and Hypertension

Hypertension is a chronic condition that can lead to cardiovascular disease or stroke, if not treated properly. As we age (mainly after 40 years), our rate of hypertension will go up. However, engaging in regular physical activity and adopting a healthy diet can help. These non-pharmaceutical strategies are strongly recommended for people at the prehypertension stage,

Meet a Track & Field Masters Athlete

Recently, FastTwitchGrandma attended the Huntsman Senior Games, where we stopped to talk with 52-year old professional runner Cindy Blakeley-Cameron. Cindy speaks with us about her professional running history and the records she has set, shares her tips on staying in strong running shape, and gives advice for masters individuals trying to get into track and field.

Carpe Diem, The Series: “TOO OLD TO HAVE HEROES?”

Paul Stevens Last week, there was a book signing event at the local library here in Sarnia. That sort of thing usually doesn’t hit my personal radar screen, but this particular one caught my attention. The author was Ken Dryden, a former National Hockey League player who was one of my favorites in my earlier

4 Warm Up Exercises for Treadmill Sprinting

Virginia Davies, founder of FastTwitchGrandma, and John Trautmann, coach for the Mile High Run Club of NYC, demonstrate the functional drills you can use to warm up effectively and safely for treadmill sprinting. High-Knee Run Bounce off balls of feet and bring your knees high Perform for 30 seconds, then rest and repeat Power Skips Increase

Pickleball: A Competitive & Fun Form of HIIT

Pickleball enthusiasts Lori Tokutomi and Lynn Hyche speak to us at the 2017 Huntsman World Senior Games about their love for Pickleball, a paddle game that is a fast-paced and competitive adaptation of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. Watch the video to get tips on how to get into the sport, how to succeed at

Improve Your Sprinting Technique & Form

John Trautmann is a 1992 US Olympian and 1- mile run World Record holder for men aged 45-49. Learn the key principles of sprinting form and technique as John demonstrates the mechanics involved: Sprinting Posture Relax your face, neck, and shoulders Run tall Keep your head up Arm Action Keep elbows bent at 90 degrees Drive

Carpe Diem, The Series: Size Matters

Paul Stevens Carpe Diem (but in a relaxed sort of way) “SIZE MATTERS” Before you let your mind wander with the title of this article, let me take a step or two back to set the table here.  You may recall that when riding my bike, the wind and I are not on the best