Getting More From Your Core

Let’s look at a few important notes about what the “core” is, overlooked features, and how to get more from core training. Your core is made up of many muscles.  One could arguably say the entire body.  I’m not going there.  What I will say is that a good scope of what the core comprises[…]

2017 Update & Back to Kenya!

Hey Wanderlust Trainer family.  I know it has been quite a while since I have last posted!  If you aren’t aware, I moved back to Pittsburgh PA in the summer 8 months ago.  After my track coaching season ended, I did some freelance training in the early fall but with the cold settling in late[…]

Attentive Coaching: Observing vs Looking

What’s the difference between having a trainer vs a coach?  I argue that it’s whether or not they are paying you attention with intention to give feedback, or if they are just watching you go through an exercise.  For a number of reasons, athletes and common folk are being subjected to simply receiving training and[…]

Spring 2016 Recap – Graduation

  My dear reader.  You are now reading from, Donald Robinson M.Ed.  It’s over!! School, it’s done!  It has been an interesting 2 years that this blog has followed most of.  This semester has been a real test to me in my ability to manage time and really soak in as much experience as possible.[…]

The Importance of Empathy for Athletes

This spring I have been serving as a Fellow for the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation at the University of Texas.  Headed by Daron Roberts, a former NFL coach, we set out to improve the leadership and life skill ability of high school and collegiate athletes, as well as educating coaches on the aspects[…]

Why Women Should Consider Weightlifting

In my experience, I’ve ran into a fair bit of resistance from women about resistance training.  The infamous concern of getting big and bulky, along with the perception that having muscles is unattractive, isn’t always the easiest barrier for a coach or trainer to break through.  I want to quickly help clear the air on[…]

Difference Between Athletic Strength Training and Body Building Workouts

Tell me, how many times have you went to the gym and seen the endless sea of bicep curls, skull crushers, and sit ups all in the name of “getting stronger”?  Now sure, most first time weightlifters are actually getting stronger as almost anything will help, but what about the club rugby player who you see[…]

Should Youth Athletes Strength Train…

With obesity on the rise in many developed nations and child inactivity at levels never before seen in recorded history, it’s imperative that we start getting youth into physical activity early and often.  That being said, there’s also a huge surge of kids getting into organized sports going from practice to practice and competition to[…]

Coaching in Kenya: Baba Dogo United FC in Nairobi

On top of the coaching clinic, I spent two weeks in Nairobi coaching Baba Dogo United FC.  I did the clinic with coaches from 3:30-5pm and then had Baba Dogo from 5-7p.  It feels weird seeing those times because people primarily use the 24 hour clock so I’m used to thinking about being done at[…]

A Recap of My Performance Coaching Clinic in Nairobi, Kenya

It has been just over a month since I’ve been back Stateside from my time in Kenya and Ethiopia.  This semester is beginning to consume me, but a brotha has it all under control *inner self laughs really hard*.  I graduate in nearly 70 days and then everything changes, I think.  Anyways, I’ve had ample[…]