PJ Newton

Cortisol

Stress Management for Better Performance

Let’s talk about stress. Or more importantly, your body’s stress hormone: Cortisol Cortisol is basically a hormone that signals a number of processes in your body to include: * How your body mobilizes energy (Protein, Fats, Carbohydrates) * Regulating Inflammation * Regulating blood pressure * Increasing blood sugar (See bullet number 1) * Regulating your …

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Brain

Can Mental Training Improve My Performance?

Question: How important is mental training to my success? Key Takeaways Mental training (Self-talk, visualization, etc) can improve your performance & help you get stronger. Mental training can also improve your overall health and has been shown to decrease stress, blood pressure, and resting heart rate. Visualizing your self performing a movement (i.e. a perfect …

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Vacation

Will I lose strength & muscle if I take time off?

Question: How much strength/muscle will I lose if I take time off training this summer? Key Takeaways Shortest possible answer: No Muscle size and strength did not decrease following a 2-week detraining (no training) period Taking an occasional break my benefit you in the long run by improving your motivation, enjoyment, and adherence to training over the …

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