Training and fitness

No Curling? No Problem!

Hey curling fam! There are a lot of emotions surrounding our respective curling seasons. Some of you have access to ice, and some of you don’t. Regardless, it seems like everyone’s “Normal” curling season has been shifted and we have all the feels; disappointment, anger, frustration, fear, regret, you name it. As a perpetual optimist I can’t help but find the silver lining in literally everything. I like to give myself the time and space to feel those feels of course, but instead of

You’ve got to pick one; open or closed

Glenn Paulley said it best “sweeping is what makes curling an Olympic sport, but it is the most under-coached aspect of the game”. Sadly my own curling has been put on hold this year, but that means I’ve had way more time to watch a lot of curling, and am grateful to get to work with a bunch of athletes in the Better Brushing Strength Study as we pick apart what’s working & what’s not in their… Source Stephanie Thompson

What is the *best* Mask to Wear for Curling?

You’ve asked, & now I’ve (finally) answered; “What is the best mask to wear for curling?”. I am not a doctor, but here is what I have learned from a lot of smart people. What we don’t know: A crap-tonne, don’t get me started. Let’s pay attention instead to what we do know: Masks + 2m physical distance is the best way to keep us safe from contracting and sharing COVID. Keeping a small social circle* helps make contact tracing easy, and decreases the risks for you

Don’t Make These 2 Off-Season Mistakes Ever Again

I want to save you time. Don’t make the same mistakes I did. Give this bad boy a read. Mistake #1: I trained for the sake of training, without a plan and without a focus. Solution #1: Reverse engineer your goals & plan out your off-season training Why? Specific goals require focused training. Make sure that the effort you are putting in is doing what you want. Reverse engineer your goals, and set a plan that will help get you from point A to

Listen to my interview with Rocks Across the Pond, the Curling Podcast

Big thanks to Ryan and Jonathan from Rocks Across the Pond for having me on their podcast last week. I talk nerdy, and I talk fast. All about training specifically for curling. We’ve been gifted with an extra month or 2 in our off-season, and we dive into some of the big and some of the small ways you can take advantage of the extra time. Listen to the interview on your favourite podcast ap (spotify, google play), or direct Link here Thank you

Analyze, Assess, Accomplish

Are you frustrated with not hitting the broom consistently? Do you struggle with balance on the ice? Do you wish you could have more weight control, or be able to generate more accurate hit weight? How long have you been struggling? What have you done to improve your performance? If you’re one of those people who show up to the rink game after game, draw after draw, season after season… Source Stephanie Thompson is a former student-athlete at Western University