Before incorporating plyometrics into your training program, ask yourself, “does this help me reach my goal?” If your goal is to enhance athletic performance ( i.e. vertical jump for basketball player) or help you with your job performance ( i.e. police officer chasing a criminal and having to jump over a fence), then plyometrics may be for you. If your goal is to compete in a bikini contest, this choice ...Continue Reading →
What is myofascial release, exactly? Myofascial release is a manipulative treatment, that attempts to release tension in the fascia, due to trauma, posture, or inflammation. Connective tissues, called fascia, surround the muscles, bones, nerves, and organs of the body. Self-myofascial ...Continue Reading →
Personal trainers can help people reach their personal health and fitness goals, or they could be a big waste of time and money. If you are considering hiring a trainer, it can be difficult to pick the right one. Many gyms offer personal training services for their members (for an additional fee), and their high-pressure salespeople ...Continue Reading →
1) There is a need to increase carbohydrates to support training: In an effort to keep protein at an adequate level, dietary fat is the macro-nutrient to decrease so that the daily caloric intake remains the same, while the individual increases their carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are our ...Continue Reading →
If you are training hard and don’t factor in enough recovery time to your program, overtraining can result. Recovery comes in many forms; enough calories & the right balance of macronutrients, enough sleep, stress management and proper program design that incorporates rest days.
Here is a great way to monitor whether you ...Continue Reading →
An essential component of any resistance training program is the concept of progression. In other words, to move toward a predetermined goal, you have to increase load (weight), volume, frequency or create a change that will challenge you more.
Most individuals, who lift weights, know that the weight they start out lifting needs to get heavier over time. A ...Continue Reading →
According to NSCA’s Essentials of Personal Training, an exercise is classified as a Core Exercise if a) it involves two or more primary joints, which would make it a multi-joint exercise and b) engages large muscles while activating synergistic muscles.
One multi-joint large muscle exercise (bench press) has the potential to activate as many as 4-8 small muscle, single joint ...Continue Reading →
Cooking large quantities of food once or twice a week saves time and makes meal preparation easy. It also sets you up for success as you work towards a nutrition and/or fitness goal. When we leave our food to chance, like leaving home without packing a ...Continue Reading →
This can be the best time for positive change! No, this is not “pigging out” after the show. Nor is it time to regain all the body fat you lost before the show. It ...Continue Reading →