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…

Movement Assessment and Physical Testing as an OPEX Athlete [15]

During the last two blogs we took a look into the coaching process of OPEX athletes with the consultation and the lifestyle and nutrition coaching. The next aspect each OPEX athlete goes through is specific movement assessment, physical and Energy System testing, which sets the framework for how the individual athlete’s programming will be set…

What to expect as an OPEX Athlete – Lifestyle & Nutrition Coaching [14]

Photo credit:  US Sailing team video presentation entitled “Uncharted Waters”.  Watch here.  As I mentioned in my last blog post, the journey of each OPEX athlete includes consultation, assessment, coaching, progression, evaluation and an immense amount of self-discovery. There are 4 specific aspects that every OPEX athlete will receive from their coach: 1. Consultation 2. Lifestyle…

What to expect as an OPEX Athlete – The Consult [13]

The Consultation In the next few blogs I am going to share with you more about the OPEX Fitness coaching process and how OPEX Fitness is working to build a remote coaching platform for the sailing community to benefit. As an OPEX Remote Coach I create individualized programs for each of our athletes – never…

US Youth America’s Cup Team Trains Under OPEX Fitness

OPEX Fitness HQ Remote Coach Mike Kuschner will train the Next Generation USA Red Bull Youth America’s Cup (RBYAC) team in their preparation for the RBYAC. Twelve teams of the world’s top youth sailors have been chosen to compete in the second Red Bull Youth America’s Cup, held in Bermuda in June 2017. The Red Bull…

Nutrition Implementation – A Coach’s Perspective [12]

We honor the coach-client process a lot! Our belief is that every person grows in fitness in their own way, at their own speed, and for their own reasons. Nutrition is one of those key components in achieving fitness goals. As a coach, personal beliefs cannot get in the way of what the client NEEDS for…

Discover and Act on Your Priorities… [11]

There is one thing that we know for certain, that we have one life, one opportunity, one chance to make an impact in our community and in our world.   My perspective is to make it worthwhile! Everyone’s journey in life is different and HOW they see their priorities can be different, realized at different times,…

Race Day Preparation [10]

Feature Photo: Racing with Team Convexity in the 1st M32 Winter Series event of 2017 in Biscayne Bay, Miami, Florida.  Photo Credit: Double Shot Studios Don’t derail your ability to perform on race day. In this blog I want to touch on some very important aspects of being a professional athlete and ensuring that your team…