Totems with various spiritual symbology

Blending of Female and Male Energies / A Healthly Body

The health of the body is integral to executing our day to day activities. Yet, the health of the body is (so often) overlooked. Modern lifestyles (have been) shown to facilitate (one’s) physical deterioration. By the age of 70 men can possibly have lost up 50% of their free testosterone; this can begin as early … Continue reading Blending of Female and Male Energies / A Healthly Body

Exercise: As easy as a walk in the park

What is in a walk? How can this simple, accessible activity be beneficial? What level of frequency must one employ to distill from it any benefit? Many feel that getting ‘quality’ exercise involves going to a gym or some type of facility for engaging in the body in maximum exertion. This is not always the … Continue reading Exercise: As easy as a walk in the park

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