Understanding the Mindset of High-Level Athletes [20]

My first true awareness of excellence versus perfection in myself as an athlete was from the sports psychologist on the US Sailing Team back in 2010.  My noticing of it came during a point of time in my training where I got caught demanding perfection of myself and as a result was severally limiting my progress…

Tempo Training: How Slowing Down Can Improve Your Training [19]

At OPEX Fitness our clients receive individualized programs that outline a series of exercises that vary in terms of sets, reps, rest periods and tempo. The unique variations depend on the fitness goals of the individual. Tempo, or the slowing down of a movement, is broadly prescribed in strength training to: Develop motor control and…

What Do The BEST Athletes Eat? [18]

What is your fuel of choice when it comes to supporting or recovering from your training?  Peanut butter and chocolate milk?  A particular protein powder? Gatorade? Perfect Food Bars? Ice cream? Ask 10 different people, and you will get 10 different answers.  The palates are vast, but there is no doubt that food does a…

5 Tips for Sailing Performance when Flying Long Distances [17]

Hey everyone, just got back from a long distance travel event to Muscat Oman for the GC32 World Championships. Good event for OPEX athlete Ed Smyth who was on team Oman Air that ended up winning the event! I was on Team Argo and we had a hard fought event, but learned a ton. Traveling…

OPEX and Two-Brain Business Podcast [16]

In the previous three blog posts, we’ve discussed various elements of what to expect as an OPEX athlete.  From the initial consult, to the nutrition component, and of course the physical aspect of training, we now will conclude this segment through sharing a podcast between James and Jim of OPEX Fitness and Chris Cooper of…