What They Are Saying… About The McCarthy Project

“You’ve made my kids great competitors. My daughter said on the way home today that she didn’t think she’d ever have been chosen to play at one of the top indoor teams in the state if she hadn’t played sand.” Jane, mom of a young athlete

“Thank you for putting on the event, my daughter mentioned that this clinic was one of the best she has ever attended.” Brenda K, mom of a young athlete

“Just wanted to thank you for the clinic/showcase in KC. We’ve been to the big ones in CA and they were okay but felt like a needle in a hay stack. Hard to get noticed because there are so many plus they were mostly big schools- not everyone is a D1 player or wants to go to a large D1 school.” Sarah S, mom of a young athlete

“Hands down the BEST coaching experience my daughter has ever had!! Stephen is amazingly gifted in interacting with both the player & the parent…. smart,kind & fun! Better experience than any Junior Olympic or school coach than we have encountered.” Betsy, mom of a young athlete

“I also wanted to say thank you for how you interact with the girls. They are having so much fun with you at practice and the two tourneys. It makes me happy to see them learning and having fun.” Tina B, mom of a young athlete

“We want to thank you for all of your hard work and commitment to the team this year. Despite the adversity, you stuck with us and continued to make us better players, teammates, and people. For this we cannot thank you enough.” St. Johns University Men’s Club Volleyball Team

“After 1 session with Stephen my daughters confidence grew. We will definitely do more sessions with him.” Mike, dad of young athlete

“Thanks again for all your help, we will be keeping your number handy for when this season is done. The girls still talk about your recommendations after practice. They listened.” Brad, dad of two young athletes

“Coaches helped solidify love of volleyball and were so encouraging! There were small groups given individualized attention and great feedback at the end of camp.” Julia, high school athlete

“I just wanted to say thank you so much for believing in me and for training me this summer you made me remember how much I loved volleyball.” Niki K, high school athlete

” Stephen McCarthy is unlike any other coach I have previously experienced. His approach to coaching is very different from other trainers. Most coaches believe in the perfectionist approach, whereas Stephen McCarthy believes in “playing dirty”. This type of training prepares me for the unpredictable nature of volleyball on the court. Not only that, but I came to Stephen with a shoulder injury. After watching me play during our first session he was able to identify the origin of the pain in my shoulder, a feat that three months of physical therapy was unable to accomplish. Stephen McCarthy also has a terrific personality that makes our training sessions even more enjoyable.” Morgan S., athlete

” Hey coach, I just wanted to say thank you for everything.  If it wasn’t for the coaches believing in me and staying patient, I don’t think I would have the same hunger for the game that I have now.  Thank you for sticking with me. ” Raa, athlete

” My daughter is really enjoying the camp. She mentioned that there’s team-building and that she appreciates that the training seems to be centered around having fun vs doing endless drills.” Susan T., mom of a young athlete

“My previous coaches have been ok, but I was looking for someone who was as committed to my goal as much as I. Stephen is that coach and he has taken my game to a level that I never thought possible. He is flexible, smart, and patient. I would recommend him to any athlete.” Aaron O, athlete

“Stephen’s dedication to athletes of all ages and sport is unquestioned. He uses programs that benefit the athlete no matter the sport. I witnessed his work, not only did the kids improve from the conditioning and strength, they looked forward to doing them again and again.” -Colby Fuller, youth coach

“Stephen worked with my daughter after a high ankle sprain. He did more in 3 days then any other trainer had done for her in 10 days. The methods he used to get her walking again were awesome. Stephen is one who thinks outside the box and gets his kids back to the sports they love quickly and stronger. ” Marit L., mom of a young athlete.

“I highly recommend taking your team out to The McCarthy Project.  It’s an opportunity to be mentally and physically challenged to move outside the box to see life and the situation differently.  Your team will know each other better and trust one another more.” Tess Cruse of DIVI

“I wanted to drop a note with my recommendation of Stephen McCarthy and his athletic training program. I have coached for 22 yrs at all levels and have witnessed multiple training programs throughout those years. After tracking the success of several players Stephen trained and the results have been excellent. The strength and endurance of these players that have trained with Stephen has increased their overall effectiveness as a complete athlete. They have increased their speed and overall quickness. Stephen’s training has been an overall success and I would recommend him to all players looking to achieve a higher level of play and athleticism.” Derek P., Pro, College and High School Coach


An Argument for Oxygen Supplementation in Athletes

Oxygen Supplementation in Athletes a radical, new and old, thought?

Live o2, Oxygen Supplementation in Athletes

The great thing about life is perspective.  You can use the information intended for one purpose, but with a different perspective you can look from a different angle, you can see an entirely new conclusion.  My hope is to walk you down the road to see that we have missed one of the most basic building blocks of performance in sport, oxygen.

The question I have always wanted to answer is how Native Americans were able to go on physically demanding hunts, maintain a slendor, muscular build without motor learning research performed during practice sessions or treadmills for endurance work or completed Olympic lifts in their weight room. So how could it be that they were able to accomplish such feats of  endurance and strength without all the training?

My first hypothesis is oxygen and our current lack there of, in our current lives.

Here are my thoughts that lead me to this conclusion.

  1. Otto Warburg, a mid 20th century cell biologist in Germany, cellular respiration is simple truth: cells that cannot breathe, cannot, and will not ever, work properly. Anything that skips the first and obvious neglects the
    metabolism of life.
  2. Current Atmospheric levels:  Compared to prehistoric times, the level of oxygen in the earth’s atmosphere has declined by over a third and in polluted cities the decline may be more than 50%. This change in the makeup of the air we breathe has potentially serious implications for our health and performance, according to Roddy Newman and his book, The Oxygen Crisis.
  3. Manfred von Ardenne, developed in the late 1960s by Professor von Ardenne, (a student of Dr. Otto Warburg), Oxygen Multistep Therapy combines oxygen therapy, elements that facilitate intracellular oxygen turnover, and physical exercise adapted to individual performance levels.
  4. Dr. Mark Sircus states, “long and hard is the search for substances that athletes can use to increase sports performance. There are more than several substances that are natural, legal, non-toxic and safe that athletes can use, but like everywhere else in the world of medicine most still prefer dangerous pharmaceuticals to natural medicinals even with the risk of being discovered and banned from competition.”  and, “extra oxygen increases muscles’ energy production improving athletic output ability; intensity and duration.  The secret to Olympic success is higher concentrations of oxygen delivery to the cells.. ” For entire post, click here
  5. Oxygen has been proven to be a natural, ethical & legal way to stimulate biologically effective levels of growth hormones, especially the ones ethic-challenged athletes use illegally, like EPO, erythropoietin AND HGH, Human Growth Hormone?

I realize that additional details may be needed to connect these dots into a more detailed, comprehensive study, suffice to say that increasing your oxygen intake would benefit athletes, both in the short and long run.




The McCarthy Project EWOT Sessions

Exercise With Oxygen Training Sessions For Elite Performance in Life and Sport

live_o2_logoOver the years, The McCarthy Project has developed gestalt theory of elite performance and oxygen is a major component of that philosophy. Each session is 30 minutes in length: a 5-10 warm-up on a treadmill, or a bike trainer (you can use your own bike. if desired) followed by a 15 minute training session and a 5 minute cool down.

Session Rates:
Individual Sessions $50.00
Elite Package (16 sessions) $500.00
Gestalt Package (Unlimited sessions for 4 months) $1000.00

23568 Birch Road
Rogers, MN 55374

Each session package includes a 60 minute consultation to review your current fitness level and your goals. All sessions are by appointment only.

For more information on how we may be able to take your training to the next level, contact Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982 or cs(at)themccarthyproject.com.

Oxygen Training with LiveO2 Systems
LiveO2 Adaptive Contrast System

Some EWOT Training benefits include:
1. Increased oxygen saturation for the purpose of delayed onset of muscle soreness
2. Development of auto-immune system
3. Super charge current nutrition strategies with the increased oxygen levels
4. Amplify body’s natural hormones for an increase in muscle mass



Live O2: Leading Edge Oxygen Training for Elite Performance

Exercise With Oxygen Training: A part of the The McCarthy Project’s Gestalt Theory of Elite Performance

Over the years, The McCarthy Project has seen or worked with hyperbaric tents and systems, altitude training, elevation masks, and virtual reality trainers for the simple purpose of gaining an edge for athletes. After live_o2_logomany years of searching, The McCarthy Project believes that adding oxygen and oxygen training (i.e. exercise with oxygen training or EWOT) could be one of those Rosetta stones for athletes. It amazes the mind that you could move all around the idea of oxygen by taking oxygen away, sleeping low, training high and then the opposite (sleeping high, training low) to sleeping in a tent, but the idea of adding oxygen during a 15 minute workout could or would be the answer, but if you take the time to understand the science behind oxygen training, you will uncover that their are major benefits for working with oxygen and the Live O2 system.

Benefits Include:
1. Increased oxygen saturation for the purpose of delayed onset of muscle soreness
2. Development of auto-immune system
3. Super charge current nutrition strategies with the increased oxygen levels
4. Amplify body’s natural hormones for an increase in muscle mass

Oxygen Training with LiveO2 Systems
LiveO2 Adaptive Contrast System

For EWOT/Live O2 training sessions at our location,  visit here. Or how you would be able to take your training to the next level by purchasing a system, contact Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982 or cs(at)themccarthyproject.com.

Additional Information:

” LiveO2 Adaptive Contrast lets you switch between oxygen-reduced and oxygen-rich air during exercise. This creates a “magic moment” of super-oxygenation for the brain, liver and kidneys,” Live O2

Secondly,  The following quote is from a post on the subject of Dara Torres, US Olympic swimmer.  For entire post, visit here

“Dara Torres started to see some unexpected effects beyond endurance and strength.  She gained a lot of muscle — fast. The scale showed about 12 pounds of muscle gain from Jan thru March.  Don’t get me wrong – Dara is the totally awesome athlete – but how could she add that much muscle that fast at 45? The new muscle mass made her look much stronger than the Time Magazine cover.  Her shoulders were at least 2 inches broader this year – and her already awesome legs were wicked ripped. Why?”

Dr. Palacios compares his experience with LiveOperformance to his 15 years of experience with medical hyperbaric treatment.

Beginner Triathlon…Naturalized

A Part of The McCarthy Project Triathlon Camp Series

triathlon-574571_1280 This one day camp in Annandale, MN located on Clearwater Lake is focused entirely on you receiving high-quality information and training ideas in one location. Spend one day with The McCarthy Project staff, where we will address the major areas of technique, training and racing and then have time for a campfire for questions and answers.

Camp Includes:

1. Swim: Swim technique instruction
2. Cycling skills, equipment selection and basic maintenance
3. Running assessment
4. Wetsuit and apparel selection
5. Transition process and gear selection

For additional questions or registration information, contact Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982 or email cs(at)themccarthyproject.com.

triathlon-966927_1280Camp Itinerary

Below is a sample camp itinerary. Times and order of the sessions will be adjusted based on the groups needs.

9:00 am – 10:30 am – Running Analysis; Field Testing
10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Swim Technique/Analysis in pool and lake
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Cycling Skills/Pedaling Analysis
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Choice of Workout: Swim, Run or Bike
4:00pm -7:00 pm – Campfire Question and Answer


$175.00 USD

Experience Level of participants: Each camp can be attended by each level. Our hope is to create a unique mix of beginner to experienced athletes that will add to the community feel of the weekend. With that said, here are our classifications:

Beginner:: Just signed up for first event or completed one and I need more information
Novice: I have completed a couple and I would like to really improve my results
Intermediate: I have completed 4-5 races and I am looking for new approaches and ideas to can take me to the next level.
Advanced: Seasoned triathlete looking for the edge or looking to review all aspects of the race with the hopes of finding the one, two or three ideas I can add.

Camp #1: Saturday, June 5th
Beginner to Novice Level
online registration

Camp #2: Sunday, June 12th
Beginner to Novice Level
online registration

If you would prefer, call Stephen at 612-741-0982 to reserve your attendance and receive a list of gear needed, waiver, and other camp details.

Registration fee includes all sessions, camp t-shirt, sponsor goodie bag, lunch and dinner and if available, digital copies of your swimming and running gait analyses.

Camps are open to all levels of participants aged 15 and up and limited to 20 participants per camp. If you have any questions, contact us at 612-741-0982.


Uncle Fogy Nature Center
10509 108th Street Nw
Annandale, MN 55302

About The McCarthy Project:

Stephen McCarthy, BES, CFT, Director of The McCarthy Project, Stephen has researched and developed innovative training and skill development techniques specific to life and sport for over 15 years. His corporate and individual clients have accomplished their goals of a higher standard of health and wellness. He has trained numerous endurance athletes, outfitted over 1000 triathletes, as well as, being a certified personal trainer holding a degree in Liberal Studies from St. Cloud State University.

For additional information on The McCarthy Project, clink on the following link for posts and interviews from the world of triathlon.

Quotes from Clients:

“Stephen worked with my daughter after a high ankle sprain.  He did more in 3 days then any other trainer had done for her in 10 days.  The methods he used to get her walking again were awesome.  Stephen is one who thinks outside the box and gets his kids back to the sports they love quickly and stronger. ” – Marit Larson, Mom of a young athlete.

“Stephen’s dedication to athletes of all ages and sport is unquestioned. He uses programs that benefit the athlete no matter the sport. I witnessed his work with a local swim team and not only did the athletes improve from the conditioning and strength, they looked forward to doing them again and again.” – Colby Fuller, youth coach

Outdoor Amazing Race

40ft Giants Ladder

Exploring the outdoors and race the clock to complete tasks. The McCarthy Project has designed a course to challenge each persons ability to feel the adrenaline rush of competition while working with others.  This event will challenge your understanding of leadership, the role of communicating, conflict resolution, the influence of risk, and strategic planning, as well as, your physical talent.

60ft Cable Walk

The event consists of (6-7) 5-15 min challenges: some are a physical challenges, some are strategic  You will compete against the clock for an overall best time.

Potential activities include, but not limited to the following:
1. Blind Maze
2. Cargo Net 50ft high
3. Log Walk 50ft high
4. Puzzle Game
5. Giants Ladder 40 ft High
6. Cable Walk

Log Bridge
50ft Cargo Net and Log Walk

Cost is $129.99 for 2, $229.99 for 4, $399.99 for 8

Uncle Fogy Nature Center
10454 108th Street Nw
Annandale, MN 55302

Customer Feedback:

My teenage sons had so much fun this summer with your outdoor rock climbing and ziplining course in Annandale, we have now purchased the 3-Hour Outdoor Amazing Race. Thank you! – Jessica M.

For additional information, contact Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982.

Tom Brady: Coca-Cola “Poison for Kids”

By Christina Sarich, Infowars.com

101915bradycokeNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady called Coca-Cola “poison for kids.”

“You probably go out and drink Coca-Cola and think, ‘Oh yeah, that’s no problem,’” he said on the Dennis & Callahan Morning Show. “Why, because they pay lots of money for advertisements that think that you should drink Coca-Cola for a living?”

“No, I totally disagree with that and when people do that, I think that’s quackery, and just the fact that they can sell that to kids? That’s poison for kids.”

Regular coke does contains high-fructose corn syrup, which has been linked to a variety of health problems including high blood pressure and obesity.

Also he noted frosted flakes…

But Brady didn’t just attack coke: he also questioned whether Frosted Flakes is “actually a food.”

“You keep eating those things and you keep wondering why we do have just incredible rates of disease in our country,” the quarterback said.

Like Coca-Cola, Frosted Flakes also contains high-fructose corn syrup.

“Another reason to avoid fructose is that its most common form, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), is derived from genetically modified corn,” Sarich pointed out. “That means it was developed in a lab, not grown and milled before it ended up in your table.”

For complete article, visit here

Synthetic Gene Drive and Designer Athletes

By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project dna-694798_1280

For all of us who lived in the 1980’s, Rocky in Rocky IV gets absolutely demolished by the genetically and medically-enhanced Russian boxer, but refuses to quit, he wins right? The evil Russians were cheating anyways, right?    Within this context, enter synthetic gene drive technology with the capability of creating designer athletes.  Oh, I mean genetically modified human beings, we win right?

UPDATE: 5/13/16 New York Times: Scientists Hold Secret Meeting To Create Synthetic Genome

The new technologies like gene drive are editing and changing the DNA of human beings, breaking down ancient boundaries, creating genetically engineered human beings, are they human beings?  Frankenstein athletes? Russian boxers?

Designer insects and designer babies, all sound really cool, but the science is not perfect and potentially, has unintended consequences.  Furthermore, the question of what will happen to the rest of the athletes who don’t have access to the technology?  Or what are the long term health concerns, intended or unintended, for athletes who are touched by a synthetic gene drive organism? What happens to the next generation of athletes who are conceived by the new athletes? And this is just the starter questions.

From the nature angle, listen to my interview with David Epstein of  Sports Illustrated on genetics in sport.  Or Micheal Much of Rivals.com on nature vs nurture.

I will forever argue that the nurture process is strong enough to overcome the nature process, assuming the nature portion is not genetically engineered.  Allow the natural order of true vitalism and the human spirit to be the deciding factors, not genetic modification.

The ultimate question for athletes is would you like to be a designer athlete or compete against a designer athlete? Is this ethical? As far as food is concerned, it may look like a banana, but is it really a banana if the foundation building blocks are modified? Moreover, it may look like a human, but is it really a human being?

Here are a couple quotes to start your research:

From The Independent:

A powerful new technique for generating “supercharged” genetically modified organisms that can spread rapidly in the wild has caused alarm among scientists who fear that it may be misused, accidentally or deliberately, and cause a health emergency or environmental disaster.

The development of so-called “gene drive” technology promises to revolutionize medicine and agriculture because it can in theory stop the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses, such as malaria and yellow fever, as well as eliminate crop pests and invasive species such as rats and cane toads.

From Wired

The stakes, however, have changed. Everyone at the Napa meeting had access to a gene-editing technique called Crispr-Cas9. The first term is an acronym for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats,” a description of the genetic basis of the method; Cas9 is the name of a protein that makes it work. Technical details aside, Crispr-Cas9 makes it easy, cheap, and fast to move genes around—any genes, in any living thing, from bacteria to people. “These are monumental moments in the history of biomedical research,” Baltimore says. “They don’t happen every day.” The technique is revolutionary, and like all revolutions, it’s perilous. Crispr goes well beyond anything the Asilomar conference discussed. It could at last allow genetics researchers to conjure everything anyone has ever worried they would—designer babies, invasive mutants, species-specific bioweapons, and a dozen other apocalyptic sci-fi tropes. It brings with it all-new rules for the practice of research in the life sciences. But no one knows what the rules are—or who will be the first to break them.

From International Business Times

Synthetic gene drives, using a simple gene editing system called CRISPR, can, for example, alter the traits of mosquitoes or invasive cane toads, and even eradicate the species. The technology offers tremendous benefits to human health and crops. But potential for misuse by terror groups or accidental release from labs is high, as these “super” organisms can spread rapidly, and cause health and environmental disasters.

Climbing a Tree Can Improve Cognitive Performance

By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project

street-sign-141396_640I ask one question, if you could improve your cognitive ability within two hours, would you do it?

Furthermore, if you could improve an athletes ability to problem solve with the use of creativity without a major investment of time or money, would you do it?

If we are honest with ourselves, the answer is resounding yes.

Well a recent study out of the University of North Florida has found that the simple act of climbing a tree can dramatically improve cognitive skills.

The study, led by Drs. Ross Alloway, a research associate, and Tracy Alloway, an associate professor, is the first to show that proprioceptively dynamic activities, like climbing a tree, done over a short period of time have dramatic working memory benefits. Working Memory, the active processing of information, is linked to performance in a wide variety of contexts from grades to sports.

The results of this research, recently published in Perceptual and Motor Skills, suggest working memory improvements can be made in just a couple of hours of these physical exercises. “Improving working memory can have a beneficial effect on so many areas in our life, and it’s exciting to see that proprioceptive activities can enhance it in such a short period of time,” said Tracy Alloway.

So the next time you are looking for a creative way to develop yourself or your athletes, look no further than the giant tree in your front yard, and yes, climbing a tree can improve cognitive performance.

For additional information, visit the UNF site or click here for the complete study.

New Study: Outdoor Micro Breaks Restore Your Attention


    • Neuroscience techniques provide direct empirical support for attention restoration theory.
    • A micro-break viewing a green, but not concrete roof city scene, sustains attention
    • The green roof city scene perceived as more restorative than concrete roof city scene.
    • Results suggest city nature is valuable for healthy cities and workplaces.


Based on attention restoration theory we proposed that micro-breaks spent viewing a city scene with a flowering meadow green roof would boost sustained attention. Sustained attention is crucial in daily life and underlies successful cognitive functioning. We compared the effects of 40-s views of two different city scenes on 150 university students’ sustained attention. Participants completed the task at baseline, were randomly assigned to view a flowering meadow green roof or a bare concrete roof, and completed the task again at post-treatment. Participants who briefly viewed the green roof made significantly lower omission errors, and showed more consistent responding to the task compared to participants who viewed the concrete roof. We argue that this reflects boosts to sub-cortical arousal and cortical attention control. Our results extend attention restoration theory by providing direct experimental evidence for the benefits of micro-breaks and for city green roofs.

Click here for entire study.

Sand Volleyball Camps 2015

volleyball-451581_1280Designed for boys and girls aged 12 and up. Our Sand Volleyball Camp is a great combination of instruction, fitness, and fun outside in the sun and the sand. Our hope is to create an positive environment for enjoying the game of volleyball, while having a great week outside.

The camps will be held at Lord Fletchers Old Lake Lodge in Spring Park, MN. Lord Fletchers has a great view of Lake Minnetonka, as well as, a great atmosphere to play volleyball.  The Thursday camp will be held at Theodore Wirth Lake Beach in Golden Valley, MN. A beautiful beach centrally-located off Hwy 100.

Each day will consist of 1.5 hours of technique and athlete development drills, while the last 1.5 hours will be playing the game. If time permits after each session, open volleyball will be available.

On the last day of the camp, we will be holding a camp wide tournament.  The top 3 teams will be entered in a local Junior event. to be determined. Each camp is $130.00.

Camp #2 1pm-4pm, July 27th through July 31st at Lord Fletchers

Camp #3 Tuesday afternoons from 1pm-4pm starting June 16 through July 21st, except July 7th at Lord Fletchers

online registration

Location Information:
Camp #1, #2, #3
Lord Fletchers
3746 Sunset Drive
Spring Park, MN. 55384
Phone: (952) 471-8513
Cost: $130 per player

Camp Directors:

Stephen McCarthy: Stephen has researched and developed innovative training techniques specific to life and sport for over 15 years. His clients have accomplished their goals of performance. His athletes have received college scholarships and played professionally, as well as, won state championships and national championships.

Stephanie Chapek: Steph is a Big Ten All-Conference selection and All-American from the University of Minnesota.  She played on the USA national team and professionally in Europe.  Most recently, Steph played beach volleyball including time on the AVP tour and several international tournaments.  Steph coached both indoor and outdoor teams and camps and has worked with several top beach coaches.


Non-GMO, Organic Sales Booming

By Jeffrey Jaxon, Infowars April 20th, 2015

peppers-99627_640Due to massive government subsidies given to farmers to grow genetically engineered crops in the past, U.S. food manufacturers and farmers are now being caught blindsided by the sweeping demand for non-gmo and organic crops. In a twist of irony, this is driving a massive increase of organic crop imports from nations that are largely free of bioengineering.

Bloomberg news recently reported that:

“Most of the corn and soybean shipments become feed for chickens and cows so they can be certified organic under U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines. Organic poultry and dairy operators shun feed made with seeds from Monsanto Co. and other domestic suppliers in favor of foreign products even as the U.S. remains the world’s top grower of corn and soybeans. As a result, imports to the United States of Romanian corn rose to $11.6 million in 2014 from $545,000 the year before. Soybean imports from India more than doubled to $73.8 million.”

After countless years of the public voting with their dollars against GMO food and its associated toxins, the impact is now measurable on every level of the supply chain. At the top, Monsanto is sustaining continual financial loss, major chains like whole foods are being forced to go GMO free, and product manufacturers unwilling to switch are instantly losing market share.

A quick look at the trend confirms the sustained strength of growth in organic food sales is real:

2011: Americans spent $29.2 billion on organic foods
2012: Americans spent $31.5 billion on organic foods
2013: Americans spent $35 billion on organic foods
2014: Americans spent $39.1 billion on organic foods

For entire post, click here.

Off Court Development for Volleyball Players

volleyball-673552_1280Our Sunday night training sessions are designed to elevate performance through training, nutrition,  and education. Each 90 minute session’s goal is to develop full spectrum athleticism, while addressing ways to prevent repetitive movement injuries.

Time and Location:
Sunday, May 17th at 6:30pm
Northdale Middle School.
11301 Dogwood St NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55448

Cost is $25.00 per person.

Call Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982 for more information.

The Outdoors and Athletes Do Mix

image_bluejaysBy Jonnie Gall, GrindTV, February 15, 2015

Peek into the garage of any professional baseball player and you’re likely to see a shiny sports car with a hefty price tag.

But not Daniel Norris’, as the 21-year-old Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect from Johnson City, Tennessee, doesn’t even have a garage. In fact, his house is void of many of the luxuries that come with a lucrative pro sports career and a $2 million signing bonus.

That’s because Norris lives in a van.

“To keep this simple, they think I’m pretty weird,” laughs Norris, who says the people running the Blue Jays organization were wary at first of his unorthodox living situation. “They find it rather interesting.”

But the more you know about Norris, the more apparent it becomes that it’s the alternative—four walls lined with electronics and shiny appliances—that would be “weird.”

[Related: Daniel Norris showing drive in journey to Majors]

Norris, who made his major-league debut last September and is competing for a starting job this spring, grew up roaming the racks of tires and helmets at his father’s mountain bike shop in Tennessee, a local haven for outdoorsmen that had been in the family for two generations. On the weekends, his family rode bikes and went camping; Norris picked up rock climbing from his sister. Even during the first two offseasons of his pro baseball career (Norris was drafted from high school in the second round in 2011), he worked part-time at a local outdoor retailer, where he was introduced to even more new ways to get outdoors, like kayaking and backpacking.

For full article, visit GrindTV site

Basketball Speed Drills: Consistency Doing the Drills is the Key

Stephen McCarthy

Every player in the nation is looking for the set of basketball speed drills that will push them to the next level. The best drill is consistently doing the drills, not the speed drills themselves. Most people will just blow off this article or say it can’t be that easy. Simply, choose the move you want to develop, select the proper speed drills for that move, do them consistently each week for a long period and you will become faster.

To prove my point, here is a quote from Yuri Verkoshansky, an industry icon in the area of developing athletes:

“Systemization of the training stimuli. The work load should be considered as a complete unit, in which great care has been taken over the chronological order of the training stimuli. This implies continuity, consistency, and interdependence of the effects of the training stimuli on the athlete’s organism.”

While he is speaking to the overall training load of an athlete and what is needed to complete the goal, we can apply the same concepts to developing a set of basketball speed drills. Here are the steps to take your game to the next level:

  1. Define what you want to accomplish and break it down into pieces.
  2. Take your time and choose drills that will develop those particular pieces or actions.
  3. Make sure all the drills work together to create the desired outcome.
  4. Consistently work on those drills until they are mastered.
  5. Put the pieces together and test your results.

The path mentioned may seem over simplistic. Just because your favorite player does a certain drill, it does not mean that it will make you faster than everybody else. Break down your crossover or turnaround jumper into smaller pieces. Locate drills that work on those areas.  Consistently and systematically work on each component, and you will accomplish your goal in due time.

Dryland Swim Team Workouts Outside of the Weight Room

As Seen on Stack.com: By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project

mccarthy_prepsOne the biggest challenges in dryland workouts for swimmers is the combination of facilities, the sheer number of athletes and the amount of time to complete the workouts. Weight rooms are impossible for 30-40 athletes to get in a good workout in 40-45 minutes or less. Secondly, more times than not, you are on the pool deck or in a hallway outside of the pool anyways. One solution is metabolic running. This type of training allows for a great number of athletes to workout at the same time without any equipment. More importantly, we observed a 10-15% improvement in our times in the pool after 4 weeks of implementing the metabolic swim team workouts.

Not only does metabolic running develop a swimmers overall conditioning, it will develop swimmer’s overall athletic ability. The metabolic training will challenge their overall speed of movements, coordination, as well as, their conditioning. The workouts are as follows; a set of 10 exercises with a 10-15 sec rest period between each exercise. Repeat 10 times and then allow a 3 min rest.

The program is only limited by the coach’s creativity. Program the sets longer (3-5 min-500 free lengths) or shorter (20-30 sec, 50 free lengths) based on your team needs. You can make them as hard and as easy as you see fit. You can add complex movements or simply, skip for 50 meters.

Here are a couple sets we have used with our swimmers:

  1. Set 1: 10 pushups, Sprint , Carioca , Jog, Streamline jumps, Jog, Power Skips, Shuffle, Backpedal, and 5 sit-ups
  2. Rest 3 minutes
  3. Set 2: Jog 10 sec, 5 pushups, Backpedal, Sprint, Zigzag Run, High Knees Backwards, Carioca, Shuffle, Sprint
  4. Rest 3 minutes and repeat for 1-2 additional sets

By the end of this 20-25 minute workout, they will be pushed to their limits. Add a 15-20 cool down flexibility program and you will see performance gains in the pool almost immediately.

Physio Ball Training: A learned Event

exercise-ball-486386_1280The physio or iso ball or the Swiss ball has made inroads into almost every strength training program in every sport. While the concept of the ball training has the benefit of increased balance, improved core strength at a lower intensity. For the untrained person just starting, these are all true. For the more seasoned athlete, the benefits are gained in 2-3 weeks of training, learned and do not produce a higher level of performance.

Check out this post by Paul Rogers, a former Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Australian National Sprint Cycling Team. For his team, he did not see any benefits of the Swiss ball during the time his team used the ball training method.

So what does this mean, If you are looking to improve your performance on the bike, simply add other training methods to supplement the swiss ball. Do not make it the only method of training used during off-bike workouts over a long period of time.

Some examples of other training methods include:

  1. Dumbbell training on two feet
  2. Dumbbell training on one foot
  3. Bodyweight training
  4. Olympic lifts

Realize that when looking to increase your performance, you must increase the stress you are placing on the body. The ball does not provide enough stress to gain the benefits you desire. Therefore, supplement your training with the mentioned methods and you will see better numbers from your investment.


Youth Coach on Changing Attitudes and Thoughts of Young Athletes

Hello Everyone,

I received this response from the post” The Necessary Art of Persuasion” by one of the best youth coaches, Colby Fuller.  He is THE coach who goes the extra mile, does the right thing, while not expecting or receiving the credit for the constant good work.  He is truly committed to youth sports and has proven this in motive and action.

The following commentary has years of playing and coaching wisdom, as well as, a great approach to teaching young athletes to think creatively for themselves. Enjoy.


Dear Stephen,

I find this one interesting. I don’t think for a moment that I’m smarter than a Harvard guy but I’ve tried and failed many times with trying to maintain control of the team but to introduce accountability in small doses. What I’ve found that works the best is flat out telling the team that have free reign to play how they think the game should be played. That usually meant pass as little as possible and shoot as much as possible. When trying this method we usually find ourselves behind on the scoreboard. At halftime or earlier if I just can’t stomach it anymore, I call a timeout and say we’ve tried it your way, it’s not working. Now try it mine. If we are good enough to get back in it and win, we talk about how there are times for creativity on the court and times for discipline. As you know I have no problem letting a player shoot, if they are open. So in our post game we talk about by playing within the system we set our opponent up for ad libbing later. I feel that this method has been the most successful in allowing them to think it is their decision to change the style and pace of the game. Small amounts of freedom has led to better choices on the court with the reward being more wins, better team play and now in most cases, the offense runs without a play being called. They just do it, make their own adjustments and have been way more successful. I preached this so many times, “what is the best option?” that they now are constantly moving without the ball and moving the ball at the same time. So in a nut shell,we’ve tricked them into thinking that they are making the choice. But by playing within the system, they’ve learned to adapt to a more free style of play.


Colby Fuller, Rogers MN Youth Basketball Coach

Steve Jobs Didn’t Let His Kids Use Ipads


By Adan Salazar, Infowars

A recent New York Times article exemplified how technological and billionaire elites live by different standards than they prescribe to the American populace.

A piece entitled “Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent,” discusses how the late Apple CEO refused to allow his children to play with one of the company’s most popular devices, the Ipad.

“So, your kids must love the iPad?” I asked Mr. Jobs, trying to change the subject. The company’s first tablet was just hitting the shelves. “They haven’t used it,” he told me. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”

I’m sure I responded with a gasp and dumbfounded silence. I had imagined the Jobs’s household was like a nerd’s paradise: that the walls were giant touch screens, the dining table was made from tiles of iPads and that iPods were handed out to guests like chocolates on a pillow.

Nope, Mr. Jobs told me, not even close.

Since then, I’ve met a number of technology chief executives and venture capitalists who say similar things: they strictly limit their children’s screen time, often banning all gadgets on school nights, and allocating ascetic time limits on weekends.

Unfortunately, The Times didn’t press Jobs for a more in-depth explanation on why he restricted his kids’ use of a device that’s now played with by millions of children throughout the world, but the fact that various elites have followed in the tech guru’s steps suggests there is a double standard between how they raise their children, and how they believe lower and middle class American parents should.

The double standard is clear when one considers the actions of billionaires, such as former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, whose foundation has invested millions of dollars pushing the Common Core curriculum onto public schools, but who opts to send his own children to private academies where the Common Core standard is not taught.

Another New York Times article from 2011 also revealed that some charter schools where elites send their children prohibit computer monitors, a stark contrast to the flood of computers we’ve seen fill public schools over the past few decades. Compete article

Park Center bonded and on the rise

Article Posted by Star Tribune’s David La Vaque of the Star Tribune on 8/19/2014 on Park Center Team Retreat with Stephen McCarthy and The McCarthy Project.

A team retreat and success in other sports has Park Center’s volleyball team ready to play.


A summer team-building retreat turned creepy for the Park Center girls’ volleyball team due to paranormal activity.

Doors at the team’s Camp Courage cabin would lock and unlock by themselves. Windows would open and close with no explanation. One player swore she saw something.

Living with ghosts is reality for returning Pirates players. Up 2-0 in the Class 2A, Section 5 finals last season, Park Center wilted and lost the match to Maple Lake. Even a 12-4 lead in the deciding fifth game couldn’t hold.

“Our hitters were pounding the ball, but Maple Lake would not let anything hit the floor,” senior Alicia Meyer said. “It was so frustrating. We know how close we were last year. We’re making that push to get what we didn’t get.”

Securing the program’s first state tournament appearance since 1981 will require a more diverse attack and strong chemistry. Players said the latter was created at the two-day August retreat located in, of all places, Maple Lake.

Stephen McCarthy and the “Leap of Faith”

Stephen at the top of the pole ready for the leap of faith.

I, Stephen McCarthy, took a “Leap of Faith.” I have had a fear of jumping off buildings, bridges, even escalators for a long time. Today I conquered that fear and actually jumped of a pole 35 feet in the air today to hit a ball 10 ft away.

After contemplating for about 5 minutes on the perch, I made the decision to jump.  Then an additional 3 minutes making sure it was the right decision, I put it to rest.  I jumped.  After a safe ride down, assessing all my body parts and a mental checkup, I had survived in one piece.

Thank you to all the guys and girls from TeamQuest.

Stephen’s “Leap of Faith”


Go Fast, Go Hard Combine 2014

linsainltyThe world of basketball has become enamored with physical talent and spectacular plays, but the question remains how do we know where we are at as athletes or need to be in order to compete at our absolute best.

The answer… “The Combine”

A May 2014 post on Draft Express confirms this simple truth, “Trying to pinpoint a player’s athleticism based on their combine testing is akin to trying to get a feel for their basketball IQ by watching them play one-on-zero –it simply doesn’t make all that much sense. It does help us get a very general idea of where a player is at in terms of physical conditioning and strength, which often speaks to their work ethic, but rarely sheds much light on what it really aims to portray.“

The Go Fast, Go Hard Combine powered by The McCarthy Project, MinnesotaHoopersStandUp and Grassroots Hoops Club will give you the feedback on where you stand against other players, in and out of your age group, and where you need to improve.

The following tests will be administered and results posted: ¾ Court Sprint, Lane Agility, Lane Shuffle, Standing Vertical Jump, and Maximum Vertical Jump. Also, for the parents, as well as, athletes there will be seminars on the subjects of recruiting, nutrition, speed development, skill development, and much more.

Media Coverage by: MYSM, NY2LA Sports, Rivals, Minnesota Preps, Area Codes and MNHSU.

Dates and Location: November 2nd, 2014 at Maranatha Christian Academy. For the schedule and drills to be completed, visit here.


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For more information, contact:

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A Lost Area of Training: Coordination Training

In our continual search for ways to improve our athlete’s performance, we came across the method of multi-tasking or coordination training. If an athlete did not know specifically where they were in space or had to stop and think before acting, they are not able to complete the task quickly and efficiently. By developing coordinated effort, an ability to see and do movements at precisely the time the athlete wanted to produce the action, each athlete’s performance had the potential of improving.

The goal is for the athlete to understand where all of their body parts are during a movement. Enclosed is a set of drills that can be used to develop coordination or the ability to multi-task in space. First of all, find an agility ladder, a couple balls and a helper.   Most athletes have completed agility ladder drills, but here is the catch. Add random math problems to the mix while doing the drill in reverse. This causes the athlete to take their attention off what their body is doing and start to think. Instantly, the athlete is multi-tasking.

Here is how the coordination training drills progress:

  1. Learn a step on the agility ladder and do it as fast as possible.
  2. Add to the step, the athlete doing it in reverse.
  3. Add to the step in reverse, the athlete juggling two balls.
  4. Add to those three, the athlete doing simple adding and subtracting verbally.

Coordination training can provide a big upside. Athletes enjoy the challenging drills and will master them quicker than you think. And best of all, each athlete will have a better understanding of where they are in space, an ability to focus on an object while moving, and complete the desired movement more efficiently.

For more information on coordination training drills, contact Stephen McCarthy.

Reading to Start Training? Technique and Coordination First.

Over the years, I have come across many training philosophies related to training young athletes and the question always comes up. When should they start working out? The answer is sooner than you think, but take your time and build them slowly.

The American Academy of Pediatrics states that as long as the weights used are not maximal or close to an athlete’s 1 repetition maximum, strength training is safe for young athletes. The Mayo Clinic even weighed with the following statement, “strength training, not weightlifting. “

Here are a couple additional observations, the Russians trained young athletes to perfect movements without weight. That’s right. No weights until they perfected the lifting movements. This lasted up to two years for some. So bodyweight and coordination training until the athlete has a high level of proficiency completing each exercise is your best bet. An example of coordination training would be completing a footwork drill on the agility ladder, juggling one ball, and doing math all at the same time. Your athlete’s coordination and awareness of their body will be challenged, but place a low amount of stress on the athlete’s body.

Secondly, one of the big trends nowadays is the use of plyometrics (i.e. the shock method.) Some athletes are not ready for this method of training. It is too aggressive. How do you know? Athlete’s will start to have naggy-type injuries. More times than not, if you stop the plyometrics, no more nagging injuries. Somebody might say that all the other teams are doing it or I read that plyometrics make athlete’s skate faster. That is a true statement, but the goal is for your athlete to love the game, play pain free and develop the speed over time. One of our athletes started training when he was 9 years old, but he was always getting these nagging injuries, like knee problems, hips hurting, etc. So we held off the plyometrics portion, but continued training. We followed a disciplined training program using the methods mentioned. When he turned 15, we came back to the complete strength program, including plyometrics. He has increased his dead lift, back squat, and bench press by almost 20-25% in only 4 months. And now he is stronger than athletes that are 2-3 years older than him. He is pain-free, no injuries and loving life.

Allow your athlete’s the time to grow and learn where their bodies are in space. Add weights when the time is right. The end result will be a much happier athlete and save their bodies undo wear and tear.


Stephen McCarthy, Director of The McCarthy Project, he has worked with over 10000 athletes with an emphasis on the youth athlete. He has researched and developed innovative training techniques for over 10 years. His athletes have received college scholarships and played professionally, as well as, won state championships and national championships. Visit www.themccarthyproject.com or email me at mccarthy@themccarthyproject.com

Milk Makes for Increased Joint Health

Post by Author of Deep Nutrition, nutritional consultant to the Los Angeles Lakers and Physician, Dr Cate Shanahan

Milk contains bone building protein and minerals and has been previously shown to slow the process of osteoporosis, a bone-thinning process that renders us prone to fractures and loss of height as we age. Now there is reason to believe it also helps our joints.

Daily Milk Drinkers Found to Have the Healthiest Joints (Widest joint spaces)

The Harvard group studied the diet and supplement history of over 2000 men and women between 45 and 79 years old over a 4 year period while also taking X-Rays of their knee joints and measuring the amount of cartilage, which is a reflection of joint health. More cartilage, as reflected in a wider joint space on XRay, means healthier joints. During the 4 year study everyone’s joints deteriorated, as measured by a narrowing joint space (and therefore loss of cartilage).


The study authors note that for women, benefits were graded whereas for men no benefits were seen until they drank 7 or more glasses per week (Table 3). My thoughts on the reason for this difference include the fact that women had lower calcium intake in general and so every additional input of calcium from milk made an impact. Men, on the other hand, had significantly better calcium intake and only by drinking 7 plus glasses per week did the additional nutrients from milk seem to protect their joint spaces. Also, women typically consume less protein than men, and so the same line of reasoning likely applies. Full article

Basketball, Yoga and Nutrition

Former WNBA player Carolyn Moos on the value of yoga in basketball

caroly_moos_2Carolyn Moos of fitforlivinglife.com joined Stephen to talk about basketball, yoga and nutrition. Recently, Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves made some noise about his off-season yoga workouts and how they improved his game. Carolyn will be talking about her career and the benefits of using yoga.

Carolyn shared her story growing up in Minnesota and the start of her love of yoga. Secondly, Carolyn developed out her training theory and how young athletes could benefit from the use of yoga and proper nutrition.  For the entire show, click here.

Bio Information on Carolyn Moos:
She works with elite and pro athletes, student-athletes, general public, mothers to be and those with goals to change their overall lifestyle choices. Contact Carolyn c.moos@stanfordalumni.org or visit her website.

Carolyn Moos Returns to Minnesota in July

Former WNBA Player and Local Product, Carolyn Moos, Returns to Minnesota to Pass Along Wisdom on Life and Sport

Carolyn Moos
Carolyn Moos

Over the years, Carolyn Moos has had a lot of success in sport.  She is returning to Minnesota to share her unique training ideas on how to you can combine basketball, yoga, and nutrition for elite performance in life and sport.

“I hope everyone is looking forward to a good summer full of wonderful events. I am really looking forward to being back in Minnesota to offer basketball, yoga and nutrition clinics.” Carolyn Moos

Carolyn will be returning for two, one-day camps in late June and early July of this year.

Camps to include:

1.  On the court skill development

2.  Afternoon yoga workout

3.  Nutrition workshops

To register, visit www.fitforlivinglife.com to secure a spot or for more information on costs and location; download one of Carolyn’s camp information flyers.

Basketball, Yoga, and Nutrition for Elite High School and Pro Athletes June_30th, 2014

Basketball, Yoga and Nutrition for Youth and High School Athletes July_2nd, 2014

Bio Information on Carolyn Moos:

Carolyn Moos of Fitforlivinglife.com
Carolyn Moos of Fitforlivinglife.com

She works with elite and pro athletes, student-athletes, general public, mothers to be and those with goals to change their overall lifestyle choices. Contact Carolyn c.moos@stanfordalumni.org or visit her website.



Education and Training… Natural Method Defined

By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project

dovestones-104912_640Over the last years, I have been asked numerous times. Define your philosophy of teaching and training for elite performance.

I landed on the concept of natural means and methods of education and training, but what does that really mean?

Ultimately, the natural method of education and training is the use of nature and the laws of nature through our observations and our senses to find the truth on performance and develop the use of our talents, on an individual basis.

The funny thing about the natural method is that it is not new, the concept goes back to the Greeks, up through John Locke and Jean Jacques Rousseau to Johan Guts Muths, the father of physical education.  During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, scientific means and methods attempted to replace the laws of nature as the form of information and observation.  While I agree that science and scientific management can be applied to life, they are not the “end all, be all” solution to developing talent.

Here are a couple quotes on the thought of the natural methods and the use of the laws of nature:

In general, Locke advocated..”plenty of open air, exercise and sleep…” John Locke, Some Thoughts on Education, 1693, pg. 24.

“Comenius and Locke, prior to Rousseau, had proclaimed an education according to nature when they urged that children become familiar with their natural environment by using their senses for observation and that teaching should proceed in accordance with natural laws of child development.  Rousseau accepted and expanded upon his predecessors’ viewpoints.  Both Comenius’ and Lockes’ aims of education subjected the child to authority– Comenius to the will of the Bible, Locke to the demands of society.  Rousseau, however, desired to free the child from every bondage, permitting a completely natural development of his individual personality”  Bennett, A World History of Physical Education, 1953, pg 183.

“Life is the trade I would teach him.  When he leaves me, I grant you, he will neither a magistrate, a soldier, nor a priest, he will be a man,” John Jacques Rousseau, Emile on Education, 1762, pg. 9.

“Observe nature and follow the route which she traces for you,” John Jacques Rousseau, Emile on Education, 1762, pg. 13.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.  There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.” 19th Psalm of David

“In the natural method, the most important rule is, in forming an idea of an object, to employ all the senses completely on it,” Johan Guts Muths, Gymnastics for Youth, 1803, pg. 404.

Additional Resources:

1. Mastery of Self and Your Surroundings with Erwan Lecorre

2. Research shows outdoors improves bodies response to training

3. Natural movement training is whole body training



Self-Maintenance for the Lower Leg

By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project

The following is a short video from Kelly Starret from Mobility WOD.  I personally used this protocol to solve pain in my foot, ankle and right below my knee.

Enjoy and finally solve the nagging pains in your lower leg.

Guts Muths on Development of Character

Johan Guts Muths
Johan Guts Muths

We have every considered our feebleness and bodily infirmity as the gifts of nature, our diseases as innate evils, and our vices as the shoots of original sin;  instead of deeming them, what they almost always are, the consequences of our corrupt mode of life and education.  It is but too true, that we are much more fond of having recourse to the shop of the apothecary, the magnetizing quack, or the panaceas of empirics, for preserving our lives, and dispelling disease, than drawing nearer to nature, or at least suffering our innocent children, whom a similar fate awaits, to draw more near to her, and imbibe health, strength, and longevity, from her breast: it is but too true, that many slaves of luxury, effeminacy, and fashion, consider affected sentimentality as a mark of refined understanding; delicate health and bodily debility, as indications of a mind highly cultivated; womanish softness, as a token of noble descent, and superior education; and in short, all these, as no less certain proofs of high birth, than the long nails of the Chinese.

It is but too true, that in many men of letters cannot conceive of solid learning, unless built on the ruin of the body;  that even enlightened parents and tutors think they do enough for the physical department of education, and follow completely the modern mode of education, as it is called, and the directions of the wisest physicians, if the child be not suckled by a stranger, eat non pap, be neither swathed, rocked, put into leading strings, injured by stays, nor crammed with food; if he breathe pure air, get the small pox by inoculation, drink water, wear short hair, be accustomed to moderation in eating, once now and then take a little walk, and be exempted from swallowing preservative medicines, and from the application of the rod.

The erroneousness of these opinions is sufficiently obvious.  The good included in the last I prize: but a child may be brought up very effeminately with cropped hair, under this philanthrophical education, as it is usually styled;  which assuredly is far from sufficient, to carry a youth up to that degree of bodily perfection, where health is combined with strength and activity, with endurance, courage, and presence of mind, in the true manly character.

-Johan Guts Muths, Gymnastics for Youth, 1803, pg 99-100.

Trends Related to ACL Injuries and Prevention with Dr. Roberts

William Roberts, MD, MS
William Roberts, MD, MS

Stephen McCarthy will be joined by Dr. Bill Roberts, Director of the  University of Minnesota St. John’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency and the editor-in-chief of Current Sports Medicine Reports, to talk about current and future trends in acl injuries and their prevention in young athletes.

The complete interview will be aired on Feb. 14th, 2014 at 10am CST or visit here to listen to the show

Stephen and Dr. Roberts will be covering the areas of pre and post injury research and trends.

1. The causes of acl injuries and why they occur
2.  Concepts or best practices to prevent the occurrence.
3.  Post-injury and the collateral damage that should be addressed for rest of each athlete’s life.
4.  Why to train the body and brain to work more closely together.
5.  Tests and screens to make sure players are ready to actually play.

Here is a link for further research to the FIFA Plus 11 program for prevention and rehab related to acl injuries

Bio Info on Dr. Roberts:

Roberts directs the University of Minnesota St. John’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency. He is editor-in-chief of Current Sports Medicine Reports; past president and current foundation president of the American College of Sports Medicine; a charter member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine; a founding member of the American Road Race Medical Society; medical director for the Twin Cities Marathon; and chair of the Minnesota State High School League Sports Medical Advisory Committee. Roberts also blogs on RunnersWorld.com.

What is the Definition of Hard Work?

New York Knicks Performance Coach Andy Barr on Overtraining, Fad Training Systems, and Best Practices

Andy Barr
Andy Barr

Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project will be joined by New York Knicks Performance Coach Andy Barr to discuss the concept of overtraining, fad training programs, and how to develop a foundation for elite performance.

For the complete show, visit here.

During the show, we be covering the following areas of elite performance development.

a. Is doing nothing sometimes better than doing something?
b. What is overtraining and the signs you may be there?
c. General discussion on pros and cons of each method of training: body weight training, plyometrics and Olympic lifts as it relates to performance and injury.
d. Are fad training programs needed for extra work, like Cross Fit, Insanity, and the like?
e. How to build the proper foundation physically before moving on to heavier loading?

Andy Barr, Performance Coach of New York Knicks, After playing 5 years as a pro soccer player in England, Andy joined the coaching staff for a local pro soccer team in England.  He has been with the New York Knicks for 3 years as the performance coach. For additional information, visit here or twitter.


Research Shows Outdoor Training To Improve Bodies Response

By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project

man-80086_640This simple act of going outside to do your workouts, rather than going to the fitness center has been proven to be effective for the last 200 years or more.  a recent study confirmed what we already knew; outdoor training is more effective than working out indoors. The following are additional reading on the study and additional points of interest.

1.  The study found that most trials showed an improvement in mental well-being: compared with exercising indoors, exercising in natural environments was associated with greater feelings of revitalisation, increased energy and positive engagement, together with decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression. Participants also reported greater enjoyment and satisfaction with outdoor activity and stated that they were more likely to repeat the activity at a later date. Learn more

2. Erwan LeCorre of Movnat posted the following a history of outdoor training and physical education since the 1800’s . For the complete article, click here.

3.  In Arnold: The Education Of A Bodybuilder, Arnold Schwarzenegger gives himself credit for inventing shock training — or at least his own extreme, masochistic variations of it — back in the early ’70s as he was approaching peak form. (The McCarthy Project does not recommend athletes follow his lead with the training protocol, but it proves a point that outdoor training enhanced his workout.)  Already a Mr. Universe champion, Schwarzenegger was running up against a wall. He and a training partner decided they were going to shock the hell out of their legs, so they took 250 pounds of plates into the forest and dived into three hours of squats in the fresh air.

The Truth on Speed and Skill Performance

The Proper Viewpoint of Training Athletes

cheetah-111024_640It is often said that the best coaches of any sport know precisely when to push their athletes and when to take their foot off the throttle. Exceptions aside, high-level coaches do not simply grind their athletes into the ground each and every practice session, creating a practice culture that overemphasizes sacrifice and grunt labor to the detriment of skill acquisition and the enhancement of speed. Due to the influence of Hollywood movies featuring caricatures of nearly-sadistic football coaches, or the annual idle chat among aging alumni under Friday night lights remembering when “coach ran them till’ they bled or puked,” the vast majority of the public have formed the opinion that hard work, and hard work alone, is the key to sporting success. If the kids do not win, they simply didn’t work hard enough. They’re too soft. They’re too coddled. They’re not committed to doing what it takes to win.

In reality, high-level sport coaching is a delicate balance of art and science. The human body has finite parameters within which coaches and trainers must work. It only responds and adapts to certain forms and quantities of stress which must be carefully prescribed, monitored, and periodically reassessed. A coach who simply seeks to make his athletes exhausted during each and every practice is a coach lacking all understanding of human physiology and of the nature of sport itself. For sport is not merely a matter of strategy and tactical decision making, but also a matter of skill acquisition and performance. In our experience, many coaches generally understand the former, but almost entirely lack knowledge of the latter. They simply do not understand that all sports and sporting activities are skills, and that in order to elicit optimal performance in their athletes, coaches need to refocus their efforts on effectively improving sport skill performance. Furthermore, speed development is largely lost on many coaches as well, and the ideal means of improving speed is actually linked directly to the enhancement of skill performance. There is a small window of time during practice where improvements in both qualities can realistically be made. Outside of this window, gains in speed and skill performance are all but non-existent. The purpose of this essay is to explain how to take advantage of this limited period of practice time where important sport skills can be taught and improved upon, and speed can be developed to levels previously unattained.

By Cal Dietz and Jonathon Janz, For additional information, visit xlathlete.com

Games Refresh The Mind

Nothing so well makes one forget the every day wear and tear, or so freshens the mind, raises the spirits, and strengthens the working ability in the adult as the particular kind of sport or game which he practised with special interest in his youth. Peter Ling, Home Gymanstics, 1907, pg. 18


Natural Way of Living Defined

A person who spends the day in useful work and takes a proper amount of exercise, sleeps soundly. He retires early and rises refreshed, sound in mind and body, and commences the new day with cheerfulness and energy. He has learned how to differentiate between day and night, and divides his day between work and needful rest.

A person who is lazy and suffers from the bad effects of high living, is tired and languid in the morning and during the day, but is quite lively in the evening and at night when he stays in a smoky bar-room or close ball-room.

It is the duty of every noble-minded person to work with word, example and action for the regeneration of the people through a more natural mode of living, so that simplicity in food and drink and a general knowledge of the laws of hygiene may prevail.

Peter Ling, Home Gymnastics, 1907, pg. 24

The Value of Daily Physical Movement

Peter LingIt is a law of nature that movement is progress and life, and that inactivity is decay and death. Physical exercise is as necessary for the comfort of the body as of the mind, it is essential for a rational development, for the preservation of health, and for its restoration when lost. Every one should devote some part of the day, if only a few minutes, to systematic bodily exercise; either in the form of gymnastics or games. But whatever form of exercise is chosen should provide a suitable amount of work for all the different parts of the organism. Peter Ling, Home Gymnastics, 1907