Understanding Energy System Training [27]

Photo:  OPEX Athlete Scott Ewing completing aerobic training with repeatable 5 min intervals with 2 min rest for multiple sets. Energy System Training is a training methodology by which people do various levels of work to try to increase overall ability to complete work. It has proven to be effective in building people’s ability to continue…

Thoughts on Leadership [26]

How to Lead as a Learner   Leaders; the best ones have the character, position and vision to energize their followers and make the world, or at least work, a better place. Right?  Well, not quite.  Or at least, not only.  From Iran, to Rwanda, to Great Britain, nations upon nations are holding elections in 2017…

Cooper Dressler – Elite Performer Q&A [25]

There are many in the sailing community  we consider the legends of the sport; the ones who have taken our sport to the next level as an athlete and/or coach.  As part of Sailing Performance Training’s continuous mission to inspire, empower, and enable sailing athletes to reach their highest potential, I have started to interview…

How Expectations Kill Performance [24]

Gain the Mental Edge with Objectives that Build Confidence. In the final months leading up to the America’s Cup and with coaching the Next Generation USA Youth America’s Cup Team, I think back to what was considered the greatest comebacks in sporting history when Oracle Team USA beat New Zealand in the last America’s Cup…

Readiness For Sailing and Fitness [23]

Feature Image has OPEX Athlete Stephanie Roble sailing the 49erFX.  Photo credit: @wricketson Readiness can be defined broadly as the state of preparedness of persons, systems, or organizations to meet a situation and carry out a planned sequence of actions … Readiness in sport has been an area of investigation and research for some time….

The Importance of Joint Mobility and Stability in Sailing Athletes [22]

Feature photo credit goes to my good friends and training partners Carl and Otto from Sweden in the Olympic 49er class.   My aim for the Sailing Performance Training platform is to provide ongoing education to the sailing community of higher order movement, nutrition, and mindset principles that enhance performance in our sport. Thus, in this…

How to Eat During A Regatta [21]

There are hundreds of different ways to tackle this difficult question. If you are looking for the simple answers, you are more than welcome to move on to some free online eating templates for athletes to follow, however they are not going to understand or be able to help you perform optimally for your sailing…

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…