Functional Exercises for Golf

Hip Extension with Feet on the Stability Ball Hip stability is a very important aspect of movement. No matter what you want to engage in, be it walking, running, tai chi, tennis, or swimming. Specifically, hip stability plays a key part in the mechanics of golf. The stability of your hips comes from good core … Continue reading Functional Exercises for Golf

Nice, Butt!

Do you want tighter, firmer, well-defined buttocks? I do! In fact I don’t know anyone who doesn’t. While it is true that you cannot spot reduce, you also cannot just work the gluteal muscles. A well-rounded exercise program should include aerobics, flexibility, balance, and resistance training. I have put together an exercise segment for targeting … Continue reading Nice, Butt!

30 minutes and I’m gone . . . .

So you have only 30 minutes to workout? What can you accomplish in 30 minutes? When structured properly, you can achieve an effective workout in just 30 minutes. Due to time constraints, exercise usually gets put aside until the next day. If this happens often enough, accountability may begin to wane and exercise may be … Continue reading 30 minutes and I’m gone . . . .

Balance Training

Balance Training is an often overlooked aspect of most people's exercise regimen. When I work out at the gym I see people doing all sorts of exercises, but very rarely do I see anyone performing balance exercises. As we age and become more sedentary, movement can become restricted and balance and stability skills may decline. … Continue reading Balance Training

Martial Arts Kata and Core Stability

I was practicing my tai chi long form on 4 April 2012. Lately, I have been focusing keeping the head suspended while lengthening the spine and sinking into the ground. I have been emphasizing these points by practicing the form with a book on my head. Practicing the form in this fashion encourages activation of … Continue reading Martial Arts Kata and Core Stability

Posterior Chain Activation

Click this link - Introduction to the Posterior Chain series The hip joint and the shoulder girdle are critical to the functionality of the posterior chain musculature. The musculotendinous attachments at the hip joint and at the shoulder girdle are important to engaging the core and stabilizing the spine. Because the spine connects the hips … Continue reading Posterior Chain Activation

Yoga and your knees

We can use the practice of yoga to maintain the health of our knees.** The gentle, continued practice of yoga is suited for many of the issues that we face due to the condition of our knees. Knees are strong: they support nearly the entire weight of the body. However, many people in modern society … Continue reading Yoga and your knees

Move it or Lose it

Moderate-intensity aerobic activities, like brisk walking, are generally safe for most people, yet so many of us are inactive. Why is this so? With the advances of modern technology (cars, washing machines, dishwashers, remote control televisions, computers, and etc.), we have less time each day to break a sweat. We have sadly become more and … Continue reading Move it or Lose it

From the waist, extend your chi.

The root is at the feet. Jing is generated by the legs, controlled by the waist and expressed by the fingers. From the feet to the legs to the waist must be one unified Chi. When moving forward or backward, you can the catch the opportunity and gain the superior position. The waist and the … Continue reading From the waist, extend your chi.

Weightlifting is not just for men

I was recently standing in line at the airport when I overheard two women talking about how heavy their carry on luggage was. One of the ladies mentioned that her bag weighed almost 60 pounds, "too heavy for a woman" she said. Her comment irked me and got me thinking about the myths I've heard … Continue reading Weightlifting is not just for men