Free weights…machines…oh my, what do I choose? So it’s February and your New Year resolution to join a gym is still going strong….right? The first day in a gym can be overwhelming with so much equipment and so many bodies all in one place. So where do you start? Do you pick an empty machine because, well hey, it looks expensive so it must be a good place to start. Do you head right for the weight rack? Decisions decisions!
A few months ago I was contacted for a great opportunity to teach running mechanics and speed development at Bellarmine High School in San Jose, CA. Bellarmine High School is a storied academic institution and a powerhouse athletic program in San Jose and the C.C.S (Central Coast Section) with many championships and accolades.
This challenge has been floating around for some time now. Would be a could wait to ring in summer, don't you think? It will take up a minimal amount of your time, needs to equipment and can literally be done anywhere. No excuses. And no, we're not starting tomorrow. Start TODAY! Who's up for it? Post your progress in the comments section.
I used to work for the Forest Service caring for wild-lands. The job entailed thinning trees in fire danger areas. This helps protect old-growth trees from ladder fuels which could start crown (canopy) fires. So, while felling trees we want the most oxidative to remain standing. I write this information because Handstand (Adho-mukha-vrksasana) is Downward-facing-tree-pose and while it is important to focus our breath, core strength is also integral to remain standing.
Whether you're training for an event or just exercising to be healthier and look better, using the 4 basic training principles to plan your workout schedule is extremely helpful. The principles are specificity, progression, overload, and recovery. I'll explain them in general here and discuss each one in detail over the next couple weeks.
Yoga is a way of using our minds and bodies to feel good (therapeutic effects). Try cow's face (ghomukhasana) arms for shoulder flexibility and care. Use yoga breathing (pranayama) for energy and filtered air. Practice swan-feather pose (pinca-hamsasana) for lumbago and mind/body awareness. These poses are anecdotel for me and may help you too.
I feel that for any person in an educational or coaching type of work should practice what they preach. I'm sure that we've all heard someone who had been a mentor to us (in the fitness profession) or have read this in a book. How many of you actually do it though? What I mean by that is if you're coaching a marathon runner, how many of you fitness professionals have actually been through a training program specific to a running race? What about training a powerlifter?