Welcome to my monthly Q/A for all things curling and fitness. I get a few frequently asked questions, and I hope I can begin to compile a list to get some more information out there. This months article includes: “Are there any ‘must have’s’ for curlers in their workout routine?” “What’s a way you can get your arm muscles up to help sweeping” “Do you do the same workouts during the off season and during the curling season” “How can I be as awesome as
So you’re doing all the right things and have invested some time, energy and resources into training for this upcoming season. You’ve been running, doing some yoga or stretching, lifting weights and focusing on interval training. Congrats! But, have you considered making your physical training even more curling specific? Apart from washing your own floors or painting your driveway, have you done much in the way of sweeping? …“But Steph, I don’t have access to ice in the winter” …”I don’t know what to use
This is a 4 part series where I will discuss topics including warm up, cool downs, practice efficiency and maintaining strength during a busy competitive season. You can find the series on TSL Curling as well. Part 1: Warm-Up Essentials for Every Curler The following are some tips to help get everyone of all ages and abilities ready for a practice or a game A proper DYNAMIC WARM-UP can: Increase the blood flow throughout your body to deliver oxygen and fuel to
– In Out – Up Down – Rise Fall – I have officially completed 365 days of mindful meditation. Previously I was an emergency meditator; only practicing when I felt I really needed it. A loss at the end of last year, a few complicated situations, and being sidelined with a back injury forced me to take a step back and make “not doing” a priority. I set an intention January 1st 2015 to #meditateeverydamnday and today I’m coming out of the meditation closet. I am a dedicated meditator. It’s given me so
The next time you are at the curling club about to play a game, look around, and you will see that each competitor has their own routine (whether they know it or not) that they follow to prepare themselves before action. You are going to witness a range of people from those who show up just in time, to those found swinging their legs and arms, lunging, or even throwing a ball between players (you know, for hand eye coordination).
Ever wonder how hardcore competitive curlers train for their sport? Have you thought, “If I tried to sweep like that, I’d face plant!?” Or, “I could never be as strong as them”? You are not alone with these thoughts, but sweeping with strength shouldn’t belong to the elite or youth. A balanced training plan that includes some strength training, cardiovascular training and flexibility training can help improve your overall fitness, and have a positive affect on your curling game (see