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America’s favorite pastime is back! Opening day has arrived and the long-awaited sounds of baseball are finally upon us. For some, it is the ceremonial first pitch, the sound of the ball coming off the bat, the pitcher commanding the strike zone or the excitement from watching the catcher block a ball or throw a […]
February is Black History Month and we’re celebrating the top 5 Black athletes who changed the world of sports forever. Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson is known as the man who transformed baseball. In a time of almost complete segregation, Robinson was the first acknowledged Black man to play in the MLB. Robinson broke many barriers […]
Fluid balance is critical for daily human function. The average human body is 65% water so it makes sense that it is essential for everyday life. Here are 5 ways in which keeping up with your water intake can benefit your everyday life. Improves Skin Complexion As the saying goes, “when you look good, you […]
It’s the month that everyone goes bananas over falling in love with that special someone, but we want to encourage you to love yourself more! Perfect your self-love game and burn a few calories dancing up a sweat to these hit tunes featuring Aloe Blacc, HRVY, Katie Perry, Tones and I, Dua Lipa, Carly Rae […]
Gustavo Osorio is a strength and conditioning coach for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, currently serving at the Elite Athlete Training Center, in Chula Vista, California. There, he oversees the training of all the center’s 32 Paralympic athletes and also works with its Olympic athletes. This summer, he will head to Tokyo with his […]
Strength training is important, especially if you’re seeking to take your athletic performance to the next level. Here are the top 4 benefits of how weight training can enhance your athletic performance. Muscle Gains and Power It’s a fact that lifting weights makes you physically stronger. But it isn’t just your muscles gaining strength, it’s […]
Are you in it for the long-haul? Find out what animal matches your level of endurance with this fun quiz!
Although 2020 had a lot of downsides, it showed us the resilience and innovation of humanity. Despite the pandemic, we found new ways to put our health and wellness first. As we move into 2021, these new innovative movements are still at the forefront. Check out the top 5 wellness trends likely to take off […]
Diego Moyano is an accomplished former professional tennis player from Argentina. As a USTA coach, he has trained ATP players Tommy Paul and Reilly Opelka, and coached Denis Kudla and Andrea Collarini. Currently, he’s coaching world ranked number 82, South African player Kevin Anderson. We caught up with Diego in the middle of the Vienna Open in October of 2020, while Kevin was […]
The gray skies and cold weather of winter are in full swing, and if you’re finding yourself feeling a little less motivated and heavy-hearted, know that you’re not alone. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that is related to the changes in seasons, usually beginning in the late fall or early winter […]
As the 2021 Olympic and Paralympic games draw near, we’re keeping our eye out for up and coming athletes. Whether it’s gymnastics, wheelchair racing and beyond, these athletes are hopeful for the opportunities ahead. Check out these 6 Olympic and Paralympic athletes who are aiming to compete in the 2021 games. Luca Urlando A swimmer […]
Boost your mood and get a great stretch with these classical covers of your favorite pop hits. This playlist is the perfect soundtrack for your new year’s visualization practice to make 2021 the year you win big!
If you’re the type of person who makes a New Year’s resolution (or even if you’re not!) this quiz is perfect to help you find a little inspiration as we move into 2021. Find out which famous athlete your goals match up with, take the quiz below and then share it with a friend!
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill While every sport was thrown a curve ball for each season in 2020, many elite athletes responded to the challenges that this year brought on with their own kindness and supportive efforts to keep team spirit […]
While we all enjoy watching mainstream sports like basketball, soccer, and football, sometimes you just need a change. The wide world of sports has a lot of options to choose from. Check out these 6 crazy sports you’ve probably never heard of. Sepak Takraw Sepak Takraw, meaning “kick woven ball”, was invented over 500 years […]
Isaac Jean-Paul is a Paralympic Track and Field Athlete with a visual impairment who set a world record in the men’s high jump at the 2017 World Para Athletics championship in London. He joins us on this episode of the Sport Fuels Life podcast and shares how he’s cleared the bar on so many of […]
Attention ladies, it’s time to start lifting! Many women cringe at the idea of weightlifting, buying into the myth that it will make them look more masculine. Lifting is a great source of exercise and can help you attain your goals faster than just doing cardio. Here are some added benefits to weight training. Burns […]
Many of us struggle to fit a workout routine into our busy schedule. The human body was designed to move, and with just 30 minutes of exercise a day, you can decrease stress and anxiety and actually improve your energy levels. The secret to shorter workouts is High Intensity Interval Training, also known as HIIT. […]
After being delayed due to COVID-19 in 2020, the Olympics are slated to return in the summer of 2021. These sports are making their debut (or comeback) in the Tokyo Games. Here’s an update on the new sports for this upcoming summer. Skateboarding The Olympic Committee took into account several factors before deciding which sports […]
For many of us, the phrase “business as usual” was impossible in 2020. However, that doesn’t need to be the same for the New Year. With just weeks left until 2021, Sport Fuels Life just made it easier for you to devise a plan to maximize and track your athletic performance, guiding you as you […]
From the Beach Boys to Springsteen, this very special edition of the Sport Fuels Life playlist is sure to bring you endless joy as you stay active spreading Christmas cheer this holiday season. Listen now below!
America’s favorite holiday feast might look a little different this year as you practice safe social distancing, but your Thanksgiving plate can still be the MVP! Find out which famous NFL player your turkey day plate matches with this fun Thanksgiving themed quiz!
The holidays are fast approaching and while some might think they are a time for rest and relaxation, others are just itching to pick up their training. Your favorite athletes don’t stop working out just because it gets a little chilly outside! Here’s how you can help keep your super star athletes going strong with […]
Dan Jansen is a four-time Olympic long track speedskater, who won an historic gold medal in the 1,000-meter during his fourth and final Olympic Games. He set a junior world record at only 16 years of age during his first international competition, and he made the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team when he was just 18. […]
The holiday season is in full swing and everyone’s schedules are going from busy to chaotic. It seems like any free time we have is going towards shopping, family events, and/or holiday festivities (while celebrating responsibly and staying COVID-safe!) When things start to get hectic, our priorities start to shift, and, most often, exercise and […]
When former collegiate athlete and competitive skydiver, Sydney Williams, unexpectedly found herself on the receiving end of a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis, while grappling with unresolved trauma from a decades-old sexual assault, she set out on a mission: turn her pain into power. Two hikes across Catalina Island and 80 miles later, she founded Hiking My Feelings to […]
We’ve always considered professional athletes our heroes and there’s no doubt about it they inspire us daily. But a few of them are heroes beyond their sport. As we celebrate Veteran’s Day and those who have fought for our freedom, we honor these 5 athletes who have served our country. Pat Tillman One of the […]
Jennifer Brady is no stranger to hard work or determination. In fact, she was only five years old when she discovered her passion for tennis in her hometown of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Two decades later, Brady finds herself among the tennis elite and for good reason. Ranked #24 in the world of women’s tennis, Brady played […]
Running is a great way to get healthy and keep in shape. It requires loads of physical training and effort, but it also requires a lot of intention outside of training. Training for long runs can be a great time to address your overall nutrition. Applying proper nutrition can help fuel your body for training […]
Science has proven that practicing gratitude improves your physical and mental health, enhances empathy, improves self-esteem and can even give you a better night of sleep! There’s no better time to drum up gratitude in your heart than the month of November. As we lead into the Thanksgiving holiday in the coming weeks, we’ve built […]
As school and work start to pick up again and you’re trying to get back into the swing of things, try giving your morning routine a makeover to get every day started on the right note. Creating a healthy morning routine is as easy as trying these 5 tips.
How much do you really know about volleyball and the terms that define the game? Find out if you’re an ace or a side-out disgrace now! powered by Typeform
Every time my high school volleyball team lost (which was more than we ever won) our coach would always give the same half-hopeful speech. It went something like, “All I ask is that we go out and give it our all as a team each week. If we’re doing that, then this loss must be […]
We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but how does yours stack up against basketball’s greatest players? Take this quiz to find out if your morning routine is a slam dunk, or a total snoozer. powered by Typeform
The animal kingdom has so many examples of resilience and strength that we can learn from as athletes. Find out what your athletic spirit animal is, and what it can teach you about your own competitive spirit with this quiz! powered by Typeform
The strain of everyday life can take a toll on your health and your game. But it doesn’t have to be hard to find pockets of joy to help elevate your frame of mind. Integrating these 5 simple tips can make it easy to improve your mood (in less than 5 minutes!) and boost your […]
The Sport Fuels Life podcast is excited to bring you the Mizuno Volleyball series! Mizuno has been an elite performance brand for decades helping volleyball athletes attain peak performance on and off the court. This episode, we’re speaking with Mizuno athlete Tri Bourne; professional beach volleyball player, former professional indoor player and NCAA Division 1 […]
This month we’ve got all the new hits from Shawn Mendes, Aloe Blacc, Zara Larsson and more to help get you warmed up on your morning jog! Listen now at the link below!
Studies have proven time and time again that being part of team sports is one of life’s greatest teachers for young student athletes, who carry the lessons they learn on the field far beyond the game. But what positive characteristics do elite athletes harness so well, helping them to elevate their performance and meet their […]
Since her debut on the pro beach volleyball scene in 2006, April Ross has cemented her role as a champion and one of the most universally loved players on tour. Lauded for her powerful serve, energy and competitive drive, April’s easy going personality off the sand makes her one of today’s most authentic, engaging and […]
NASCAR and the world of racing received big news this week when Michael Jordan announced he was joining forces with Denny Hamlin to launch a new team for the 2021 season with Bubba Wallace behind the wheel. Jordan becomes the first full-time Black NASCAR Cup Series team owner since Wendell Scott nearly 50 years ago, […]
A team’s motivation can shift from day to day, partially because it’s dependent on each individual player. The most successful coaches find positive ways to engage their athletes, so today we’ve got six small habits that will help you inspire and motivate your team. Cultivate a positive team culture. Team culture is the expression of […]
This episode of the Sport Fuels Life podcast features the all-time winningest coach in the history of East Carolina University women’s basketball: the great Heather Macy. She’s not only a coach, but also an author, motivator, and leader. Heather prides herself in helping others reach their goals. Her philosophy of impacting and influencing is based […]
Just one month after the announcement to postpone football to a spring 2021 season, the Big Ten just announced that they will return to competition on October 24th. ESPN reports that officials voted to begin the fall 2020 season thanks to new rapid testing opportunities and medical information that has brought new confidence around the […]
Iditarod champion, adventurer and ultrarunner Pete Ripmaster shares his unbelievable and inspirational journey on this episode of the Sport Fuels Life Podcast. Not only has Pete faced howling wolves, a brush with death, and a daunting journey across the Alaskan wilderness to win the 2018 1000-mile Iditarod Trail Invitational, he’s also a keynote speaker and soon to be […]
You’ve just coached your volleyball team to victory in game two after a tough loss in the first game with a deficit of just two points. Your team is thrilled to have another opportunity to grab the W, but as a coach, how can you adjust your strategy for game three to keep your team’s […]
Although sports can provide great health benefits, common soccer injuries can put a strain on the physical, mental, and emotional health of even the best players. It’s important for athletes to know the risks, best practices for prevention, early detection and treatment to keep them on the field safely all season long. Common soccer injuries […]
According to the National Center for Health Research, “Listening to music while exercising doesn’t just relieve boredom — it can help improve the quality of your workout by increasing your stamina and putting you in a better mood.” And now that the September edition of the Sport Fuels Life workout playlist is here, you can let the latest hits from BTS, […]
Part of the coaching journey is the pursuit of new ideas and approaches that elevate the game. The NFL’s New York Giants new head coach is no exception, and he’s making waves with the unorthodox methods he’s bringing to the team culture. Prior to joining the Giants, Judge spent 8 seasons with the New England […]
Find out if you’re a Trail Blazer or a Cardio King! If you love running as much as we do, this quiz below is perfect for you. powered by Typeform
With athlete safety at the top of every school, club and sports organization’s list of priorities to navigate during this ongoing strange season of Coronavirus social distancing life, many parents and players are opening their hearts to new and creative ways to continue to compete. Individual sports such as running, climbing, pickleball, tennis, fencing, cycling […]
Tami Matheny has been a coach and an athletic director working to help produce nationally ranked teams, conference champions, and win numerous individual awards. All that, and she’s also the author of The Confidence Journal, The Confident Athlete and her newest book, This is Good!
If you’re like most students in America, at some point during your middle school or junior high experience you were probably tasked with writing a celebrity or professional athlete a letter. Most of these pieces of fan mail receive responses with autographed photos, and usually it’s a favorite project for students who are thrilled to […]
George Plaster is a sports talk radio pioneer. He joins us on this episode of the Sport Fuels Life Podcast to discuss his career and weighs in on the latest sports news, from coronavirus, professional sports bubble competition, toxic team cultures and what’s actually motivating athletic directors and universities decision on whether or not to […]
While college football teams across the U.S. decide what to do about their 2020 season, we’ve been getting our football fix by rewatching Friday Night Lights (Texas Forever!) and making trivia quizzes. Find out how much you really know about your favorite sport by taking this quiz now! powered by Typeform
LeBron James, Derek Jeter, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are all successful athletes who have discussed the value of meditation to assist them in their performance during the game. But why should you try a walking meditation? We’ve got three great reasons! It Clears Out Mental Fog.Taking a walk outside interrupts the monotony of the […]
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In an effort to finish the 2020 season, the NBA has moved 22 of its 30 teams to a restricted access area at Disney World in Florida and has delivered on its promise to print “Black Lives Matter” on the game court in Orlando. The WNBA has returned, launching bubble games on July 25th, with […]
Take our quiz now to bump, set, spike your way to a free speed and strength workout developed by Coach Mike Srock to help you level up your game and gain an edge on the competition!
Professional tennis player and longtime coach Tim Siegel had found success in his career and had just shifted gears to slow down and spend more time with his family when the unthinkable happened. His 9 year old son, Luke, was in a terrible golf cart accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury.
This week Sport Fuels Life’s very own Megan Zimlich competed at the World’s Greatest Live: Acadia Invitational in Greenville, SC hosted in the hometown of Olympic pole vaulter, Sandi Morris, who took the silver medal at the Rio Games in 2016.
ATP tennis coach Craig Boynton joins us in this episode of the Sport Fuels Life podcast, where he shares his coaching strategy for player evaluation as well as his top 5 tips for becoming a successful coach and mentor to your players.
Studies show that the pressure and culture of high performance athletics can lead to chronic fatigue, mental exhaustion, burnout, depression and anxiety. Student athletes all over the country often struggle silently for fear of looking weak to their teammates and coaches, believing a false definition of what mental toughness actually looks like.
We’re testing your baseball and MLB history trivia with this fun quiz about America’s favorite pastime!
While we await the return of baseball, we’re celebrating history’s top 9 most impactful players in the game, making a lasting impression on baseball as well as beyond the playing field. Read on below and tell us who your favorite is!
This month’s Sport Fuels Life playlist features classic sports anthems, perfect for your morning jog or return to the weight room. Legendary artists to help get you motivated from House of Pain, Survivor, The Ramones, Guns N’ Roses, Billy Joel and more!
Commitment matters. After Tim started playing tennis exclusively at age 12, he marked off the days on his calendar when he practiced at least two hours (usually longer). Since he didn’t have access to indoor courts, he spent rainy days hitting balls against the wall of an indoor gym. He practiced four years in a row without missing a day.
When 7 year old Andrew Dean Strickland was recently diagnosed with leukemia, his family had no idea what a blessing their sports-loving family would receive from their supportive community.
Accomplished speed and strength coach Mike Srock, from James F. Byrnes High School in Greenville, South Carolina, wants his players to have purpose in everything they do. Read on below to learn how his program has pivoted during COVID-19 and what he’s doing in preparation when in-person practices and competition to resume. Coach Srock says […]
The official launch day of the Sport Fuels Life podcast has arrived and our first guest is the perfect way to kick things off right!
The team here at Sport Fuels Life has had something massive in the works launching soon!
Coach Srock has designed a dynamic speed drill plan for his athletes this summer, and Sport Fuels Life members get exclusive access. Be among the first to know when this workout drops next week and sign up for your free Sport Fuels Life membership today!
Team Connection is committed to connecting athletes, coaches, and fans to celebrate the unifying power and magic of sports. We are also learning from each other. One of our team members, Eric Lamar, recommended this list of movies to show what systemic racism looks like in the world of sports. We’ll be showcasing other educational […]
Mike Srock is a renowned speed and strength coach for James F. Byrnes High School in Greenville, South Carolina and has helped win 13 state championships in football, volleyball, softball and cross country. He has been awarded numerous Coach of the Year titles for his incredible work, and was inducted into the South Carolina High […]
“I told her I’d run the Charleston City Marathon because that was the race that she always ran. She always wanted me to run it with her, but I didn’t get the chance while she was here. I promised her that I would run the race in her honor.”
Get your summer sizzlin’ with these upbeat summertime classics. From Paul Simon to Eddie Money, we have the retro vibes you forgot you loved.
In this third and final segment of our discussion with highly regarded tennis coach Craig Boynton, we learn more about the coaching profession and possibilities for the future of sports.
Navigating the mental and emotional challenges of a global pandemic is taking its toll on even the most elite athletes. If you’re wondering what you can do to work through your feelings, we’ve got three helpful tips to move toward mental and emotional wellbeing.
In this second blog post with veteran tennis tour coach Craig Boynton, he discusses why this is one of the most exciting times in men’s tennis and talks about the various “freak factors” that make certain players so special.
What does mental wellness look like for athletes in a season of cancelled competitive sport?
“Sports is my life,” he said. Everything I have in my life is directly or indirectly because of coaching. If it weren’t for tennis, I would never have met my wife Terry, a former collegiate tennis player at Stanford who holds the record for dual match percentage while she played on the tour.” They have three children ranging in age from 17 to 25.
Each month the SFL team curates a Spotify playlists to support you in your safer at home fitness goals!
Looking for a little inspiration during quarantine? Our Sport Fuels Life team has compiled a list of our top 12 favorite sports movies that will remind you of why you love the game, and a bonus Spotify playlist featuring songs from the movies!
The world of competitive sports is on pause, but thankfully team spirit has not been cancelled. We’ve been so inspired by the ways so many athletes and athletic organizations have stepped up to assist their communities during this time.
The entire month of April we are creating weekly Spotify playlists to support you in your safer at home fitness goals!
Olympic pole vaulter Sandi Morris has a spirit of ingenuity and determination that pushes through life’s challenges, so when the world went on pause for COVID19-related quarantines and stay-at-home measures, Sandi knew it was time to double down
Even if you’re not a parent or an athlete with siblings, chances are high that you’ve reached your limit of finding things to do at home during quarantine to keep yourself or your children entertained. This week we’ve got just the thing you need to promote an active family lifestyle (and give your Netflix account […]
We admire Coach Shaver for his tenacity and for being a positive role model. Special thanks to Coach Shaver and the individual who nominated him, for sharing this truly worthy Sport Fuels Life story. Do you know a coach or athlete who is doing amazing work? Nominate them today for a chance to be featured right here on our blog!
Our awesome Sport Fuels Life team has created our very first Spotify playlist! We’re calling the inaugural playlist “We Don’t Quit” because it features a few of our favorite pop and hip-hop songs for your stay at home quarantine workout. These beats are sure to help get you energized and infuse you with the confidence […]
We recently caught up with Nick Gwiazdowski, a North Carolina State graduate and wrestler who won back-to-back national championships in 2014-15. More recently he earned the gold medal at 125 kilograms (275 pounds) on March 15th at the Pan Am Olympic Qualifier in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. With the abrupt changes in the sports world unfolding […]
Billy Godwin is currently the Head Baseball Coach at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and has over 30 years of coaching experience. Before Godwin was a coach, he was an athlete. He earned an athletic scholarship as a pitcher for Barton College, in Wilson, North Carolina. He also worked for five years as […]
World Champion Special Olympics gymnast Chelsea Werner knows how to take every obstacle life can throw her and turn it into solid gold.
On March 13th, the 2020 NCAA basketball tournament was canceled by the NCAA because of concerns regarding the spreading coronavirus (COVID-19). That decision resulted in #MarchSadness across the United States. It’s the first time the annual NCAA Tournament will not be held since it was first launched 81 years ago, in 1939.
With all the uncertainty that our nation is facing while dealing with COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and the cancelling of all our sports events and community gatherings to help flatten the curve of the disease, it can feel overwhelming for our young athletes and coaches. If you’re feeling helpless, we’ve got a dose of inspiration for you!
We’ve got five vital strategies to help you strengthen your relationship with your players, and make each season a victory–regardless of the game statistics.
Track star and American indoor mile record holder, and Olympic hopeful Elle Purrier discusses her #sportfuelslife journey and shares what herls her build confidence to run the race.
Bri Scott is sharing her #sportfuelslife journey with us in today’s blog post! Read on to get to know more about this stellar member of our Team Connection squad!
Shy Tuttle gives it his all on and off the field, and tells us why he believes that sport fuels life.
How to build authentic, lasting confidence for the game, and why you should extend your practice beyond the team.
We’ve discovered the top 3 important qualities that drive sport’s most elite athletes toward great heights when it counts the most.
Megan Zimlich is an accomplished track star and, among her many other fantastic qualities, is an important player on our team here at Sport Fuels Life and Team Connection. When it comes to building a successful team culture, she believes that honest assessment, getting specific with setting goals, and making accountability a priority are all […]
Sports don’t discriminate. Sports don’t care about one’s race, class, ethnicity or religion. It’s the thing that unites everyone and helps them escape into the open.
Team Connection’s President and Founder, Herb Bolick knows firsthand how being a team player helps everyone to shine bright. He’s spent over 25 years working professionally as a tennis player and coach, and he was inducted into the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in 1993. Read on below to get to know the man […]