That’s right ladies and gents. There are really only 4 approaches people take to their workouts. Some are helpful, some drastically increase your risk of injury.
We are going to examine the differences between workouts built to exercise, compete, test, and train. I can guarantee a lot of folks aren’t accomplishing what they think they are with the way they work out. By adjusting your approach, you can see new progress toward your goal.
In a world where complexity is regarded as superior, the most effective fitness practices are overlooked, undervalued, and flat out ignored due to one simple characteristic - SIMPLICITY.
Not deemed flashy or difficult enough, the mainstays of strength and conditioning have found no popularity in gyms or on social media accounts featuring 8-packs and glutes that break the internet.
I'm laying out the 3 most undervalued aspects in all of exercise, nutrition, and stress management. These are effective for every level of exerciser, from beginner to professional athlete.
As you read on, please enjoy that incredible moment of simultaneous "Well, duh" and "Wait, why aren't I doing that?"
The thoracic spine is an incredibly important part of your body, especially if you work at a desk. In many cases, when a client is reporting stiffness in the back they’re having thoracic spine mobility problems.
Ideally, I’d be able to explain how this crucial bit of anatomy works through my themed attraction: Thoracic Park. However, no one has invested in that project yet so we’ll break it down in this article.
Read on to understand what the middle chunk of your spine does and how to get it in proper working order.
If you work at a desk, you probably experience neck aches regularly. These days, it’s one of the most commonly reported chronic discomforts.
Neck issues can result in a host of pain problems including headaches, nerve pain, and even shoulder issues.
In 5 minutes or less, here’s how to make desk life less of a pain in the neck.
The primary purpose of your core is to support your spine during physical activity. Since your spine is a rickety, flexible rod - your core has a lot of work to do.
Your spine can move in many ways. Core musculature is designed to start, stop and stabilize each of the 7 ways your core is engaged.
You're too busy. Traffic is awful. You got stuck at the office. Your kid's game went into overtime. The line to see Santa at the mall was 2.5 hours (felt like days) longer than you'd hoped. These can be unavoidable circumstances out of your control.
Whatever the reason, now you can't make it to the gym today. That's ok. Don't waste your time feeling guilty about it. There is a simple solution that can keep you on track. You'll resume your usual exercise program with your next workout.
For today, it's time to call an audible. Head straight home and do this workout instead.
If you ask a personal trainer why they chose their profession they will undoubtedly say "to help people." They mean it too. Their goal is to get you to reach your goals and hopefully have fun doing it.
In spite of the best intentions, a huge chunk of the coaches in the fitness industry inadvertently sets their clients up for failure due to unreasonable training expectations.
This isn't for lack of trying on the trainer's part. It's due to the lack of effective coach training in the industry. There are several fundamental problems with how new coaches are taught to evaluate and program for their clients.
Over my years of helping an incredibly wide array of clients meet their goals, I now understand why mainstream fitness coaching is broken - and how to fix it.
Young trainers, this is a good post for you to read too.
Thanksgiving has historically filled many clients with dread. Somehow folks get the idea that one day of a little extra food and a few drinks will undo everything they have worked so hard for in the gym.
That isn't true. Just like working out one day won't get you in shape; one day of extra calories won't destroy your fitness.
However, that doesn't make navigating the holiday a breeze. For those of us who have contentious gatherings to look forward to, work on the next morning, or to outrun other bargain shoppers on Friday: here are 3 key factors to taking Thanksgiving in stride.
What is "functional training"?
Is it using a Bosu ball? Is it TRX exercises? Is it plyometrics? Is it all three?
You wouldn't know it to listen to the trainer at your local gym, but functional training isn't a standardized training method.
Building functional strength is totally subjective. Depending on your injury/health history and training goals; "functional" takes on a different definition.
I've put together some criteria to help you decide what "functional" training looks like for you.
Walking into the gym as a new member there is SO much going on. People at the desk are checking in and slurping smoothies. Prospective members tour of the facility. Atrocious pop music shrieks from every corner.
The weight floor sprawls before you like an iron jungle. Benches, power racks, machines, functional cages teeming with strangers. You wade into it with absolutely no instruction or guidance.
Every person has the same question at that moment:
“What the hell do I do now?”
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