In this weekly post, Chase shares with you my most interesting discoveries of the week, including the latest news on the fronts of athletic performance, nutrition, health,coaching, biohacking, and longevity. Chase also recaps his upcoming events and special announcements so you can keep up with opportunities to learn, giveaways, discounts, and more. Let’s Get Better Today!
Podcast: Have you checked out the SuperAthlete podcast yet? Our upcoming guests include Andrew Herr the founder of Fount which applies expertise from optimizing the minds and bodies of US Navy Seals, professional sports teams, and leading business executives to design programs custom-tailored to any body and any lifestyle so you can achieve your goals. Chris and Erick Martinez who run an online exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle consulting business. And Jay Campbell who is a best selling author, hormone optimization expert, and fitness influencer.
Sport Skill Acquisition
This week KJ, Maceo and I have been focusing on full court 1 on 1 during our basketball training sessions. In terms of basketball development I am huge believer in having younger athletes get in a ton of reps. where decision making is involved.
Think small-sided games like 2 vs 2, and 3 vs 3. While this form of training definitely does not fall into that category it has been beneficial in terms of conditioning and intensity.
Static Contraction Training
This weekend Nikkiann and I have been experimenting with Static Contraction training. In Static Contraction Training all of a given muscle group’s fibers are under constant stress or intensity from the moment the contraction is initiated until its completion 10 to 20 seconds later.
This technique works in terms of hypertrophy because it satisfies the physiological requirements of muscle growth stimulation: maximum fiber involvement and progressive overload without wasted energy in additional low-intensity exercise. I am currently at 215 lbs and 6% body fat. I am curious to see what I will look like after 4 weeks of the Static Contraction Training. Excited to keep you updated.
New Podcast Episode
In our latest SuperAthlete podcast episode we dive deep into how the original Gracie Brothers built an entire Squadron of Jiu-Jitsu SuperAthletes. We are working diligently to get 10,000 podcast downloads by the end of May so if you have not downloaded any or all of the SuperAthlete episodes yet then do us a favor and do that today. No worries if not. :)
But in all serious I think that you will highly enjoy this episode so check it out!
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Jadan’s mother passed away last year and it was really important that Jadan was able to go home this summer to be able to see, guide and lead his younger sisters. So understand that with every purchase that you make to SuperAthlete you are contributing to help out athletes like Jadan. We are the ONLY Human Performance company in the World for athletes by athletes serving athletes.
Rhodiola Root Beer
I love adaptogens and I love adaptogen drinks. This week the adaptogen drink we created we a Rhodiola Root Beer. The base was a Root Beer Olly Pop and we added a shot of apple cider vinegar, squeezed half a lemon and then added 250 mg’s of rhodiola rosea. Rhodiola has an epic history as it was believed to have been used by the Vikings in the 8th century to fight off fatigue and increase stamina, by indigenous Sherpa’s in the Himalayas to adapt to living at high altitude and as a “secret” of Soviet-era military used to ramp up resiliency during extended time on the combat field. I have using Rhodiola consistently for 5 plus years ever since reading about the benefits in Rick Brunner’s book Explosive Ergogenics for Athletes.
I have been working diligently to start selling Rhodiola under the SuperAthlete brand but the timing has not yet been right. Hopefully we will have some out to you in the 4Q of 2023. Until then I highly recommend you try our Rhodiola Root Beer.
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What I am learning this week?
This week I went back through Mark Williams book The Best: How Elite Athletes are Made. Its a great book with a ton of great wisdom and there is a really interesting statistic in there the size cities/towns that professional athletes come from in the United States. 10% to 17% of MLB, NBA, and NFL players come from towns/cities with a population between 50,000 and 10,000. This is despite the fact that 1% of the population in the United States lives in towns this size. So you are 10x more likely to make it as a NBA, NFL, or MLB player if you are raised in a town/city that size. That’s crazy!
Another great book I read this week was Embrace the Suck by Leadership Expert and Former Navy SEAL Brent Gleeson. He has a extraordinary section in there where he goes in depth on the benefits of the Growth Mindset. Here is how he defines it in the book, “According to [Stanford Professor Carol] Dweck, in a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.
Growth and fixed mindsets can be further broken down into five categories: Skills, Challenges, Effort, Feedback, Setbacks...
When we become trapped by a fixed mindset, we believe our skills are essentially defined at birth. Challenges are to be avoided at all costs. Feedback is taken personally as opposed to viewed as useful data to learn from. Setbacks are based on external factors and result in discouragement.
A growth mindset is the bedrock of resilience. With a growth mindset you know that skills and success come from hard work and dedication, and the status quo is never enough. People with this mindset are comfortable being uncomfortable. Transparent feedback is not just accepted but craved, and setbacks are just another bump in the road fueling the fire to push forward.
A growth mindset is essential for embracing the pain and misery of SEAL training and high performance in any endeavor. It’s also critical for embracing the suck life throws at us when we least expect it, and essential for accomplishment and dominating any battlefield.”
The Growth Mindset has been a foundational strategy in my development, how I train my team, how I coach, and how I parent. But! I have never seen this Growth Mindset concept get broken up into the 5 different categories: Skills, Challenges, Effort, Feedback, Setbacks. I think this is so POWERFUL and I am excited to apply it in my own life. I highly recommend the book.