Injuries and Prevention

Rock and Foam Rolling!

As we get older, our over worked muscles don’t recover as fast as they used to, and in particular the elasticity and connective tissues don’t bounce back as fast either, leading us to experience muscle aches, joint pain, and musculoskeletal injury. So, it’s important to deal with tight muscles as they come up. A great …

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Is Lifting That Last Rep Really The Best Thing?

I’m a big proponent of pushing past one’s self-imposed limitations, as many of us can fall prey to the “I Can’t Do Anymore” Syndrome, and thus falling short of our full potential and reaching our goals. This happens frequently, particularly when lifting weights. I often hear, “It’s too strenuous, the weight is too heavy, I can’t …

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Don’t Hold Your Breath!

How to Breathe Properly When Lifting Weights Have you ever held your breath while lifting a heavy weight, thinking that this will help you push out that one last rep?  While many of us think this is so, it isn’t always the best practice.  The problem with holding your breath through the lift is that …

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The 10 Commandments of Stretching

Whether it feels like it or not, stretching comes naturally to all of us. You might notice that if you have been sitting in a particular position for a long time, you stretch unconsciously. It feels good! In addition to that good feeling, a consistent stretching program will produce large gains in flexibility and joint …

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The Hip Flexor Stretch

The hip flexor muscles are the muscles that attach your thigh muscles to your hips. They are located in front just below the hip bones and attach to the top of the quadriceps.  As small as they are, they are responsible for a big job!  They are called upon every time you lift your knees, …

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In Front or Behind?

How many times have you seen a fellow gym goer sit themselves down at the Lat Pull Down machine, perfectly place their hands on the bar, lean forward, tilt their head down, and then pull the bar BEHIND their head? Is this the right way or not? For those of you who are new to …

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Are You Ready To Swing?

Golf season is right around the corner, and if I know golfers like I know golfers, than they are all chomping at the bit ready to get out there as fast as they can to get the party started! HOLD ON, NOT SO FAST! You may be brain-ready, but are you body-ready? Might I remind …

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The Energy Fitness Stability Ball Push Up

Nothing like challenging your core as well as your shoulder stabilizing muscles at the same time! The Energy Fitness Stability Ball Push Up is definitely a balancing act if you can perform one with good form!  Once you master one, go ahead and increase the rep range!  You’ll definitely feel it in your entire body! …

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Before Or After?

There are different schools of thought as to when to stretch. Should you stretch before exercising or after? Then the question arises whether stretching helps with performance at all?   I am of the school of thought that one should stretch an already “warmed up” body after exercising, as it not only realigns “disorganized” and shortened …

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The Chest Stretch

The chest muscle, otherwise known as the pectoral muscle, is a large, thick muscle that fans out from each arm to 3 points at the chest: The collar bone, the sternum, and the ribs, just below the breast bone. The Pecs help rotate the shoulders, are responsible for pushing, including throwing, and they also help …

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