Articles by Amanda O’Brien

The Power of a Fitness Assessment

06 Jun

Great fitness programs can only be created through a deep understanding of each individual client. A comprehensive fitness assessment and ongoing assessments and consultations are truly the gold st...

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How to Prevent Getting Sick

30 May

Progressive overload is imperative in order to see long-term progress and success within a training program. Unfortunately for some, there may be things standing in the way of the ability to contin...

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Understanding Food Intolerances For Better Results!

20 May

Many of the individuals at Central Athlete have the common value of continual growth. For some, that means working towards increased performance inside the gym and for others, it means using health...

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Cluster Training: A Complex Method of Progression for Intermediate and Advanced Athletes

09 May

There comes a point in time where linear progressions and simple undulations in volume and intensity are no longer effective in producing progression. After several years of consistent strength tra...

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Big News At Central Athlete!

15 Apr

In the fall of 2014, I was into my sixth year of coaching, owning and managing a gym and was on the verge of a serious burnout with something that I was deeply passionate about. Amanda and I decid...

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Ensuring Results Through Technological Advances in the Health & Fitness Industry

11 Apr

The time has come where technology has become a pivotal part of our lives; from driverless cars to solar panel roofs and even the ability to join a live fitness class from the comfort of your own h...

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Understanding Energy Balance For Performance and Recomposition

25 Mar

A strong lifestyle, or basic lifestyle guidelines as we refer to them at Central Athlete, come ahead of any caloric or macronutrient prescription. Movement Water Sunshine Sleep Food quality Breat...

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8 Reasons Why We Sleep

21 Mar

Numerous functions of the brain are restored and deepened by sleep. Whether your primary objective in life is to become the leading sales rep for a global company, improving your talent in a compet...

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What You Do TODAY Becomes Who you Are TOMORROW

13 Mar

You are a product of every decision you make. Who you want to become starts with each and every thought, action and habit you create. What you do today eventually becomes who you are tomorrow. Wat...

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Are Short Term Commitments Doing More Harm Than Good?

18 Feb

Rome wasn’t built in a day and healthy habits aren’t created in a month. Heck, they aren’t even established in several months. Creating an identity shift that allows an individual to exhibit the ac...

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Andy Boerckel's Road to Wodapalooza 2019

13 Feb

Andy Boerckel is a different breed of athlete. His ability to prioritize training alongside his roles as a husband, father and leading performer in medical device sales is the reason he is one of t...

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The Power of Walking

31 Jan

What if there was a highly effective habit you were missing, one that will truly lead to significant results in your health, fitness and general well-being? Something so simple that it is often ove...

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4 Life Lessons and 145 Pounds Lost

21 Jan

We all have aspirations for bettering our lives, whether it’s to receive a promotion at work, scale a business, lose 15 pounds of fat, hit a 2x bodyweight deadlift, or become more mindful.  After y...

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The Central Athlete Story

24 Dec

Central Athlete is Austin’s premier strength and conditioning facility with a client-centered focus. Whereas most gyms in Austin offer group classes or personal training, Central Athlete has create...

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Better Energy = Better Entrepreneur

10 Dec

Entrepreneur Stephen Garten joined CA when a friend referred him. He had been unhappy with the one-size-fits-all classes he had been attending for years. “I had been doing group fitness classes fo...

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How To Master Any Skill

10 Dec

As a strength and conditioning coach, it is imperative to take more responsibility for increasing the maximum physical potential of our clients as it relates to their specific goals. The journey is...

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Why Coaches Need Coaches

15 Nov

As a strength and conditioning coach, one of the most profound learning experiences I have had over the past six years has been putting myself through the same process I use with my own clients. ...

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Why Membership Holds Are Hurting Your Progress!

25 Oct

At Central athlete we don’t offer “membership holds” to our clients--this may seem a bit harsh up front but the reasoning ensures long-term growth. By adopting an “always something” mentality, clie...

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The Principles of Adaptation

17 Oct

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”—or in the eyes of strength and conditioning coaches around the world, specific adaptations result from imposed demand, also known as the SAID principle. ...

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Cold Water Therapy ... Is It Worth the Discomfort?

04 Oct

Central Athlete prides itself on delivering the most personalized experience for each client, not only with each client’s individualized training plan but also with the client’s nutritional, lifest...

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Infrared Sauna Use .. Is It Worth the Hype?

20 Sep

There is no denying that proper training and nutritional prescriptions are essential when it comes to increasing performance, improving body composition, optimizing health and reducing pain. But th...

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Periods & Training: How to Sync Your Cycle with Your Workouts

12 Sep

Periods and Training: Ladies and coaches, here is a topic that is not discussed enough in the fitness world but can have a huge impact on your training and mentality. You all know those training ...

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The Benefits of Vibration Therapy

29 Aug

There are many tools on the market that are used to upgrade training prescriptions, enhance recovery—and optimize overall well-being. At Central Athlete, we house three incredible recovery tools th...

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4 Strategies to Improve Posture

23 Aug

With the advent of modern technology came what’s popularly known as “the desk job,” which can be described as sitting in front of a computer for 8 or more hours a day. Not only did this advancement...

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A Smoothie Without The Sugary Crash?

14 Aug

Whether you are looking to get lean or gain weight, "The man shake" is the perfect balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats to keep you satiated without a sugary crash! Ingredients: 2 scoops whe...

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5 Quick & Easy Recipes For Meal Prep

31 Jul

There are many myths when it comes to eating healthier, the biggest being that it is extremely difficult and time-consuming. The good news is that cooking meals that support your well-being doesn't...

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How I Lost 10 Pounds of Fat in 12 Weeks

17 Jul

Less Training, Better Guidance. This is the strategy that helped Devon Humphreys lose 10 pounds of fat mass in less than 3 months. The conventional ways to lose fat that are advertised in the med...

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5 Ways to Grow & Adapt

24 Jun

For most of the population, maxing out a deadlift is the least of their worries. But, for that same large population, complacency seems to be their worst nightmare. Continually growing, bettering t...

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Personalized Fitness ... Explained

19 Jun

Fitness manifests in many forms. This is for good reason: individuals have unique requirements for fitness relative to their overall functioning as human beings. Additionally, different people atta...

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Enjoy Fitness and Fend Off Stress

11 Jun

We are lucky to live in a time and culture that provides us with many options for how we can “live.” But, making the decision of how you want to live is becoming more challenging with each passing ...

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