When speaking with clients and potential clients, personal trainers are often asked their opinions about the latest fad in the exercise industry. I can't count how many times I am asked my view on such workouts as P90X, CrossFit, etc. While these are good workout programs that certainly have their place with certain segments of the population, I do not recommend them for beginners or people who have returned to exercise after a long lapse. For these clients, it is important to first master correct posture and form before jumping in to more advanced levels of exercise.
For those of you who just hit the gym, no warm up on cardio for even 5 minutes and start stretching before your workout is asking for serious issues. First you shouldn't ever stretch cold, ever, your muscles won't be happy with you.
Our bodies are designed to move. This is very evident in that we have legs that allow us to not only crawl, hop and walk, but also run, jump and skip (yes, adults should still be skipping and hopping). Our arms and torso are also designed to help us move and play an important role in our gait (if you don’t believe, then start walking now and watch how your arms and torso help to move the rest of your body). When done properly, exercise will enhance the ability of our bodies to move.
If case you haven’t heard of the phrase Pre-Hab which is short for prehabilitation I will go into more depth as to how I use it with my clients. With all of my clients I will do a FMS (functional movement screen) to develop an overview of potential muscle imbalances which may lead to the body compensating by recruiting other muscles to achieve the desired function we ask it to perform. We may not see this as a problem at first but over time it can lead to injuries.
Chaturanga Dandasana, or Plank pose, can be both physically and psychically challenging for the yoga practitioner as the entire weight of the body is balanced across the hands and the toes. It is important to practice this pose in alignment to avoid overstraining the wrists and elbows. Keeping the elbows over the hands at a ninety degree angle and the arms pulled in tightly to the body is correct. Our tendency is to muscle through this pose by only using the front side of the torso, which causes us to incorrectly splay the elbows out and away from the body.
Medial Epicondylitis also known as Golfer’s elbow is seen in more high level tennis players than recreational. Golfer’s elbow is hallmarked by pain on the inner side of the elbow, where muscles and tendons that flex the wrist (curling hand towards you). This is usually caused by chronic repetitive stress and strain to the flexor muscles and tendons of the wrist and forearm, usually associated with the wrist snap when serving or hitting with heavy topspin with an extr
Sustaining an injury is a tough trial to turn, but understanding the needs of the body on a cellular level can empower any injured individual to combat their injury wisely. You may ask yourself, "How did I get injured in the first place?", but that is not the point of this specific article. Once you are in an injury "cycle", it is your responsibility to get out of it. What does "injury cycle" mean? Perhaps this chart (courtesy of Trigger Point Therapy) will help explain:The Injury Cycle:
I am going to tell you all about something readily present to all moving organisms, but a like a visually stunning insect, is often overlooked. I am talking about the pot-o-gold, the unicorn, the Lucky Charms of movement. Indeed, I am talking about the…. TRANSVERSE PLANE OF MOTION! What is this transverse plane you ask? Well to understand the most neglected and challenging plane of motion, you must understand the other main two.