The Emerging Masters Athlete Market

zen-masters-teamTwist Business Developer Eric Kristiansen, team captain for the Zen Masterz basketball club, recently competed in the Americas Masters Games and made Canada proud as the team took home both Gold medals in the full-court and 3-on-3 competitions.

“It was great to have Twister and Angel Chan out to support our efforts and the knowledge & experience of Dr. Greg Anderson as our Chief Medical Officer throughout the tourney was invaluable” offered Big E.

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The Emerging Masters Athlete Market

Lights! Camera! Action! – Training Action Sport Athletes.

You see them everywhere….TV advertisements, TV Shows, TV Commercials, Motion Pictures, magazine ads, and YouTube. Action Sports are still on the rise and show no sign of letting down. In 1995 ESPN launched the first ever X-Games (a made for television event that showcases extreme/action sports), and two years later, in 1997, they launched the Winter X-Games. These two Extreme Sport or Action Sport events became the launching platform for various board sports like Snowboarding, Skateboarding, Wakeboarding, and Surfing. And also skyrocketed a variety of bike sports like BMX, Downhill Mountain Biking, and Freestyle Motocross, to the forefront of all Action Sports.

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Exercise Programming for Action Sports by Peter Twist and Gerard Recio

Reaction Skills

Micro Hurdles To develop Smart Muscle™ and improve Reaction Skill, athletes should try using these concepts:

  • Unstable Surfaces
  • Drill Complexity
  • Unpredictable Tools
  • Coaches Cues
  • Partner Shadow  Drills

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Ramp Up Reaction Skills by Peter Twist

Training the Occupational Athlete


Be Ready™ for Emergency Services
Imagine it is 4:40 am in the morning. Asleep in your bunk at the station house, you are suddenly interrupted by the sharp tones of a fire alarm. You blast out of bed, get to the truck and start putting on your gear. As you roll to the scene the details of the magnitude of the fire come in – it’s a big one and you realize that it is going to be a long night. All of a sudden you are going to have to perform very strenuous work for the next few hours. Are you physically prepared to win the fight, support your team, rescue others, and stay safe?

Training the Occupational Athlete by Peter Twist


Anaerobic Conditioning

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During the off-season, I stay away from too much bike training, track running, and stair climbing options. I recommend a shift away from these repetitive mechanics in a straight ahead path. Off-season anaerobic work is characterized by multi-directional intervals, competitive and unpredictable shadowing drills, and resistance tools like parachutes and resistance harnesses that force harder efforts to run but allow for cross overs, cornering and turns, as well as backwards and lateral movement.

Some good anaerobic options include:

  • Long duration agility drills
  • High rep (30) squats
  • Super setting lifts,
  • Circuited plyometrics
  • Resisted follow-the-leader drills
  • Partner shadowing drills
  • Confined space games

For more information check out the following article written by Peter Twist:

Anaerobic Conditioning for Sport Performance by Peter Twist

 Anaerobic Conditioning For Hockey

Hockey is an anaerobic sport, and the ones able to go all out for 45-60 seconds are the ones who excel. Training your anaerobic energy systems will help with:

  • bogo 2Explosive feet
  • Quick transitions
  • Full out breakaways
  • High intensity power plays and penalty kills
  • Delivering big hits
  • Racing for loose pucks
  • Fakes and dekes
  • Shifting gears
  • Absorbing body contact
  • Being knocked off the puck
  • and more…

Developing the Energy Systems Needed to Accel in Hockey by Peter Twist


Choosing an Off Season Conditioning Experience

parachutes 1April is the time when the NHL and some Junior leagues are in playoffs full tilt, but for the rest of the hockey players the off season has now started. Parents are faced with a lot of training options and it is hard to pick the right one to get the most out of the short amount of time off. For some younger athletes it is important to take up some other sports to diversify their training, and for older athletes focusing on key elemetns in the gym and on ice will be crucial for success.

Use the first half of the off season to work on:

  • Whole Body Strength
  • Muscle Growth
  • Aerobic Conditioning
  • Body Control
  • Flexibility
  • Core Strength
  • Deceleration

Then you can ramp things up in the second half:

  • Higher Speed Lifts
  • Rotary Power
  • Foot Speed and Quickness
  • Plyometrics
  • Speed and Agility
  • Acceleration
  • Anaerobic Conditioning
  • Multi Directional Reaction Drills

Choosing an Off Season Conditioning Experience by Peter Twist

Strength Training For Children and Youth

youth rowThe Benefits:

    • Stronger muscles
    • Stronger bones
    • Stronger tendons
    • Stronger ligaments
    • More muscle
    • Less fat
    • Higher metabolism
    • Greater physical capacity
    • Greater self-confidence
    • Lower injury risk


Strength Training for Youth by Peter Twist

Step into Functional Strength


The value of strength training is well accepted in the fitness training model as it provides positive adaptations to metabolism and builds an aesthetically pleasing body. Fitness clubs today promote sleek, expensive machines to sell memberships and entice customers. Though machine based isolation training may appear to be the training focus today, are these superficial benefits helping our clients improve their daily function?

Our goal as fitness professionals should be to build more functional bodies that are well equipped to handle the unpredictable demands of sport, recreation and every day life. Though a traditional training approach helps clients look good from the outside, using Linked System™ Strength training will provide substantial physiological changes for clients that allow them to perform at a much higher level in every aspect of life.

Here is a great article on how using Linked System Strength Training can go above and beyond the aesthetics of traditional exercise and allow us to develop a more functional body that can handle all of lifes demands!

Linked System Strength Training by Peter Twist

Research Supported Sport Conditioning Paradigm

In an athletes’ most critical competitions they never magically rise to the occasion, rather they sink to the level of their training. To be at the top of their game requires more than traditional measures of fitness and they must improve:

  • Explosive Power
  • Multi Joint Strength
  • Speed and Agility
  • Quickness
  • Decleration
  • Movement Skills
  • Rotary Power
  • Balance
  • Reaction Skills

And here is the research to back it:

Research Supported Sport Conditioning Paradigm by Peter Twist and Brynne Elliott

March Training Focus: Balance


Balance Training should be a key element to any physical fitness program for athletes of all ages and sports – from elite athletes, to everyday warriors, to a growing adult population training for life. Adding balance exercises to your workouts will help in developing and improving the following fundamental areas:

  • Coordination and body awareness
  • Injury prevention
  • Joint reactivity and reaction time
  • Mind to muscle connection
  • Sport skill development
  • Speed, power and force production
  • Core development


An Experienced Driven Look at Integrating Balance into Functional Training and Sports Performance by Douglas Brooks

Many Experts favour training on unstable surfaces that can include Bosu Balance Trainers, Stability Balls, Balance Boards, and so on, while others can be equally close-minded. As an industry, the middle ground is what we should seek, which represents a full understanding of what both types of training can, and cannot accomplish. As with any training program, it is important to understand WHO you are working with, WHAT you are trying to accomplish, WHY you are doing it, and so on. The above article by Douglas Brooks looks at this and dives into balance training research with older adults, in rehabilitation and injury prevention programs and with regards to static and dynamic joint stability.

The Balance Challenge by Peter Twist

Here is a great article written by Peter Twist highlighting the essentials of Balance Training and how adding it to your workouts will help in the development of strength, movement and reactive agility.


Energize Your Workout by Peter Twist

Whether you are new to exercise, or you have lost your dedication to your exercise program, it’s time to refocus on yourself to improve your physique and your fitness. An emerging trend is to integrate ingredients from athletes’ sport-oriented workouts so you exercise not just to look good, but to regain the physicality to embrace a more exciting lifestyle! If you are looking to ward off stress, get in shape for weekend pursuits with friends and put some buzz in your social life, there is no workout more energizing than sport conditioning.



March = Spring Break

Take Your Workout On the Road by Peter Twist

slider3Are you heading away for Spring Break and worried about not being able to stick to your training program while on the road? Have no fear, Twist is here!! Check out this article that will give you some great ideas on how to get your workouts in while  still having a great time away.