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

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

Maintaining the Base of Operation

Society is enamored with appearance. Muscles, typically, are exercised in either of two ways. They are either subjected to routines that build them up (i.e. - body pump, machine workouts or supported lifting modalities) or they perform in response to running, cycling or various aerobic modalities. Although these modes of exercise do provide physiological benefit, … Continue reading Maintaining the Base of Operation

The Setbacks of Sitting

  Extended periods of sitting can lead to a state of compromise in the postural muscles. Posture is comprised of more than the back muscles. The deep core muscles and even those on the posterior hip and upper thigh play a role the maintenance of good posture and for ambulation. Range of motion in the … Continue reading The Setbacks of Sitting

Length of the lumbar spine

Psoas you do, Psoas you are.

Exercise regimens typically focus on the visible muscles. However, the less visible muscle provideĀ  structural support to the body: the psoas is particularly important in this regard. The psoas (to be used interchangeably with ilio-psoas / IP). The psoas plays a major role in good posture. Locomotion is tied closely to the functioning of the … Continue reading Psoas you do, Psoas you are.

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Good Posture: Kata for Standing Tall

Martial Arts Kata provides a framework for improving posture. Martial Arts Kata movements and postures can strengthen the back muscles and stabilize the core. The core supports stable positioning of the pelvis and relieves pressure in the lower spine. The back muscles attach to back of the pelvis. The attaching leverages the spine into good … Continue reading Good Posture: Kata for Standing Tall

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 . . . .