Professional Rowing Coach
Hometown - Burnaby, Canada
I started rowing for Simon Fraser University as a novice. The program was very small when I started but over the years it developed to be one of the better Canadian university programs. The training program in my last couple of year was intense; training 6 days a week, often twice a day tested both my physical and mental toughness. By my senior year the training had paid off, we had won several races including Head of the Gorge, in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia.
After graduating with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology I retired from rowing to persue coaching. Since then coaching has become a major part of my life. I am able to use the experience gained as an athlete to prepare the next generation of rowers for competition. Now my program trains the 3 areas of performance, physical, technical and mental while it prepares athletes for the many challenges that they will face both on and off the water.
Since then being active and healthy continues to be an important part of my life. From time to time I still try and get out in a rowing shell but other sports are playing a larger role in my activity. I have taken up speed skating and competition in sprint triathlons. I am a stronger competitor in triathlons my best results being 9th of 900 in "My First Triathlon" but I think I have more fun on the short track.
Enerex Products I use and their Benefits
SOYA Rx is the best protein supplement I have used. It combines the optimum amount of protein, carbohydrate and essential fat. The protein in the SOYA Rx is used to repair muscle break down and restore muscle tone and strength after workouts. The carbohydrates refill depleted energy systems, raising glycogen stores, and refueling for the next workout. The essential fat is not only used for energy and to control appetite, but also to rebuild stressed cell membranes. More importantly, with my family's history of heart disease, it is important that I take every precaution I can including the regular consumption of 25g of soy protein included in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
The best-trained athletes are not necessarily the ones who train harder, but those who are able to recover faster. Science has advanced sport to the point where training is no longer enough. The world is full of athletes with great work ethic and excellent training; you know the kind, athletes who are always at practice early and then are the last ones to leave. Different coaches create different programs that balance volume and intensity cycles aimed towards peaking an athlete towards the Olympics, National Championships or whatever their ultimate goal may be. Year after year world records are being broken, the bar is continually being raised. How are athletes going to get better?
REST & NUTRITION
Now I am not talking about sitting on a couch eating potato chips. Sleep, coupled with a balanced diet, needs to become a major part of an athlete's time management. Most athletes are so busy and pressed for time, that rest & nutrition often take second priority to training, school and work.
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