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

Core Exercises

Despite what you may have heard, core exercises involve more than simply “activating your abdominals” and crunching. The core reaches far behind the abdominals. Pilates is a great way to strengthen the core musculature, but Pilates instruction often overlooks the activation of the pelvic floor musculature, which is crucial to developing a strong core. In … Continue reading Core Exercises

Shoulder Strength – Scapular Mobility and Stability

Can you raise the roof? Scapular mobility and stability are important components of a strong and functional shoulder girdle. Mobility and stability must go hand in hand for this joint to be functional. As the scapula is stabilized in place, the shoulder is given a stable base from which to enact the various arm movements … Continue reading Shoulder Strength – Scapular Mobility and Stability

Tell me More About the Core

The core is the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex, thoracic and cervical spine. It is where the body's center of gravity is located and where all movement begins. The major muscles of the core are the diaphragm, pelvic floor muscles, multifidus, rectus abdominis, transversus abdominis, internal and external obliques, erector spinae, latissimus dorsi, gluteus maximus, and the trapezius. … Continue reading Tell me More About the Core

Why Strength Train?

As we age, our muscles begin to shrink and lose mass. The number and size of our muscle fibers also decrease. Fortunately, we can counteract the effects of the aging by exercising. Exercise can increase the strength and size of our muscles. Aging is associated with a loss of bone mass which could lead to … Continue reading Why Strength Train?

Cardio-Training

When exercising, many of us tend to do the same routine in the same way over and over again. Once the body adapts to the program, the program becomes easy and loses its effectiveness. Below you will find a cardio program that has something for everyone. It includes enough variety to challenge and advance you. … Continue reading Cardio-Training