Fitness with Bars

  Workouts are typically done in 2 dimensional space. The motions of flexing the elbows or knees (Arm or leg curls), flexing the knees, hips while extending the back (squats) are examples of sagitbtal plane / transverse axis movement. Lateral shoulder raises and leg abduction / adduction motion are performed in the frontal plane / … Continue reading Fitness with Bars

Benefits of Housework

House work can be exercise. If one pays attention to their posture, breathing, movement while completing different tasks, then various benefits can be reaped from any activity. Exercise, per se, does not have to be maximally burning calories, lifting massive amounts of weight, or engaging in extreme levels of cardio. Any movement provides opportunities for … Continue reading Benefits of Housework

Mind and Body in Fitness

We are ready to be active. We want to engage in activities that will help us to maintain our vibrancy, vitality and vigor. We want to embrace a lifestyle that involves aging with grace and retaining competence and cognizance. Yet many of our day to day actions do not support any of these initiatives. Being … Continue reading Mind and Body in Fitness

The Power of the Punch

Punching power is a result of biomechanical alignment and physiological coordination. Technique is what makes the punch effective. Weight training and building tendon strength can supplement punch training but practice of technique is key. The focus of this write up will be on arm extension (shoulder flexion). It is roughly one-quarter of the total punch … Continue reading The Power of the Punch

Intense Seated Forward Bend

Workouts in Balance

It is through workout variation that human physiology can adapt to different situations that one (may) encounter(s). Physiological specificity Running increases endurance and improves (heart) stroke volume. Strength Training increases muscular workload capacity. Flexibility and stability are important for  mobility of the joints. When taken together, these aspects of activity allow the individual to display … Continue reading Workouts in Balance

Side Kicks: A Primer

Let’s talk Side Kick . . . . . . not the comedic foil of the hero in some adventure story. We’re talking one of the strongest techniques in martial arts and one of the hardest to apply. All martial arts kicks are effective when utilized correctly. The ability to deliver the technique with speed … Continue reading Side Kicks: A Primer

Good posture

Shoulder Blade: How it impacts function

What do planks, handstands, throwing baseballs and placing dishes into cabinets have in common? Scapular (shoulder blade) rhythm, Upper Trapezius (UT) and Serratus Anterior (SA) activation. Scapular (Scapulothoracic) Rhythm is defined as the coordinated movement of the glenohumeral joint with scapulothoracic articulation. The scapula must be maintained in a stable position, yet still be mobile, … Continue reading Shoulder Blade: How it impacts function

Of Core Importance

  The core musculature (CM) is critical for the overall functioning of the body. It is important for stabilization and works in tandem with the back musculature. This is significant for moving objects or keeping them stationary, especially when the movement requires higher degrees of exertion. Lifting a heavy box, opening or closing a stubborn … Continue reading Of Core Importance

Osteoarthritis: Integrity and Movement

  Currently, the world is on high alert. Regular activities that were available are now non-existent. Meeting with friends, going to work, playing soccer / volleyball in the park: these and other activities are severely curtailed, if not altogether halted.  Those with (hip) osteoarthritis are in a dire straight. Movement is key to maintaining a … Continue reading Osteoarthritis: Integrity and Movement

Go for a bike ride

Move into wellness

What is physical movement? It is going to the cupboard to get that healthy snack. It is that fidgetiness that children exhibit in church, much often to their parent’s dismay. It is lifting that bale of hay onto the back of a trailer. It is break from sitting that one is internally prompted to regularly … Continue reading Move into wellness