Monday my spring break is over and I am back to school, although it will be a remote school. Writing these pandemic posts and filming these exercises and circuits has been an enjoyable way for me to spend an unexpected two weeks of mostly home stay. Thanks to my helpers!
About Patrick McHugh
Patrick McHugh is the athletic director and a coach at North Short Country Day School in Illinois.
In 1985 I left college and became a teacher and a coach. My decision to do that was based a combination of factors. The biggest was I loved to learn, I loved athletics and I wanted to share those passions with young people who I enjoyed being around. However, there was one part of my decision at that time that was made on a very poor assumption.
I still remember the first circuit I ever completed. It was at Baltimore Friends School in what was basically a converted storage closet off the gym that barely fit a universal machine in it. My coach, Gerald Russell, had us either do circuits of 3 sets of 8-12 reps around the universal or a body weight circuit of 3 sets of 8-12 reps. The days we did the body weight circuit were so much tougher. But I still remember the pride I felt when I finally could belt out 3 sets of 12 dips.
What is one simple, cheap and versatile fitness tool every athlete should have? Lets start with Mini-Bands. Mini-Bands for those who don’t know can be found typically in yellow, green, blue and black colors. The colors are related to their resistance. Yellow is the lightest resistance and black is the heaviest resistance. I believe every athlete you should have a set of green and blue bands as those seem to be the colors that seem most versatile for exercises. A yellow band might be good for learning some of the more challenging exercises.
Yesterday, HMMR Media who has been reposting this series this month, had an outstanding podcast of a number of coaches from around the world. I feel thankful that I was included in this group of teachers and coaches who stem from working with elementary aged children through professional athletes/olympians.
When coaches or athletes ask me what is a quick way to maintain or improve total body strength for your sport before or during a season, I answer Dumbbell Complex. The Dumbbell Complex in the video below is one I learned from Coach Vern Gambetta.
As I did last Sunday, I am posting some inspiration instead of a workout. I originally posted this John Gardner piece in 2013. These words always challenge me. Because life is often about renewal I occasionally repost this in the spring time. With the first day of spring 2020 last Thursday and folks around the country house bound, I am finding this essay to resonate more than ever.
Today’s circuit involves one piece of equipment – a medicine ball. If there was one piece of equipment that I would recommend to get through this time, it would be a 3-kilogram medicine ball. Medicine balls are endlessly versatile.
Long time readers of this blog know that I used to have a series called Five Reads for Friday which consisted of my recommended reads from the past week — mostly sports related. Today I am pausing from my own suggestions of workouts to share some people I have been following this past week who […]
As the saying goes on social media – NEVER MISS A LEG DAY! That always gives me a chuckle. Yesterday someone shared with me a “LEG” workout from one of our most elite universities, and I thought to myself: someone gets paid to share nonsense like this. According to this workout, a leg day had a lot of words like Bulgarian and Romanian and it was super complicated with lots of set and rep variations . . . definitely exhausting and unclear what the purpose was except to make someone pretty tired.