Training and fitness

Bonspiel Nutrition Toolbox

When you are trying to eat for health, wellness and performance it can be so hard to follow a routine while on the road or at a competition. The struggles being that you are subject to the location, timing & various other specifics of an event. Some tournaments have meals provided, a kitchen with just a few options, or you need to go out for your food. Some times you have time to go out and… Source Stephanie Thompson is

The Recovery Trifecta

Think of the recovery trifecta as a puzzle with “three” pieces. Every morning you start with the puzzle in pieces, & then you spend parts of your day putting the puzzle together. At the end of the day you should have your recovery puzzle completed! A common mistake is to focus on one or two of the above components, leaving one to the back burner —& yourself wondering why you can’t seem to… Source Stephanie Thompson is a former student-athlete

Watch & Learn: 5 Steps to Consciously Watch Curling

Game analysis is important in any athletic endeavour. There is much to learn from amateurs and professionals: what to do, what not to do, how to communicate and how to strategize. When you have the opportunity to analyze different parts of the game of curling (while watching on TV, or in person), it’s best to go in with a set intention, and a few specific things to watch out for. This worksheet is designed as a template to help you bring

Dryland Training for Open Brushing Footwork

This article is joint work with Dr. John Newhook, Dean of Engineering, Dalhousie University. In a previous article, entitled “Dryland Training for Closed Brushing Footwork”, we described a simple, wheeled apparatus that an athlete could use to practice closed brushing footwork in the off-season. The closed footwork trainer assists an athlete in (1) keeping their hips closed to the trajectory of the stone while brushing, (2) holding their body upright with a considerable proportion of their body weight

Q&A: Fitness and Curling

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

Sweeping Off-Ice: How to make and use your own dryland sweeping pad

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