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Sledding Your Way to Better Fitness–Part 8

Sledding Your Way to Better Fitness--Part 8 Hand Over Hand Sled Pull Sleds have become an increasingly popular tool in the fitness world over the last decade.  No longer reserved for the football team, more and more individuals are finding the value of weighted sleds for a variety of fitness goals.  Louis Simmons started using them at his powerlifting gym Westside Barbell in Ohio as a means of active recovery and to build overall work capacity in the 90’s.  Since that time, you’d be hard pressed to find a decent gym that doesn’t have a space where you can work with a sled.  At Fenton Fitness, we’ve been using them with our athletes, general fitness population, and geriatric population for…

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Feets of Strength

Feets of Strength The feet are the interface between the ground and the brain.  A graceful gait and not falling are enormous evolutionary benefits so an inordinate amount of brain tissue is devoted to the evaluation of input from the feet.  As we age, develop medical problems, or become deconditioned, our feet can lose the capacity to send balance and coordination data up to the brain.  Training activities that enhance foot function will improve balance and keep us independent for a lifetime.  Read the remainder of this article and watch the video for a demonstration of a foot to brain retraining routine. Devote some fitness training time to restoring foot function.  Anatomically, we are talking about the joints, nerves, and…

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Focus Factor

Focus Factor Putting More F In Your Training Program I use a simple formula to assess a physical therapy patient or fitness client’s potential for success. The formula has two components. The first component is a percentage. For a physical therapy patient, it is percent compliance to home exercises/activity modification. For fitness clients, it is percent compliance with the prescribed training schedule. The second component is the focus intensity level created by the patient or client. The F factor is by far the most significant influencer of a rehab/training outcome. The Focus Factor is a whole number score from zero to fifteen. Observation of performance allows the therapist / trainer to make an educated assessment of mental effort. I often…

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Sledding Your Way to Better Fitness–Part 7

Sledding Your Way to Better Fitness--Part 7 Crawls Sleds have become an increasingly popular tool in the fitness world over the last decade.  No longer reserved for the football team, more and more individuals are finding the value of weighted sleds for a variety of fitness goals.  Louis Simmons started using them at his powerlifting gym Westside Barbell in Ohio as a means of active recovery and to build overall work capacity in the 90’s.  Since that time, you’d be hard pressed to find a decent gym that doesn’t have a space where you can work with a sled.  At Fenton Fitness, we’ve been using them with our athletes, general fitness population, and geriatric population for the last eight years. …

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Finding Focus

Finding Focus Four Time Tested Tips That Optimize Every Exercise Session Focus is the level of mental effort you exert with every training session.  Great athletes possess physical talents combined with the capacity to focus their efforts on improving a skill.  Focusing during an exercise session involves blocking out all other mental distractions. You become aware of the feed back signals your body produces during a training activity.  Focus is not unlike strength, mobility, or work capacity.  It is a performance parameter that can be improved with practice.  These are my four tips that will improve your ability to focus. Hire a Coach All great performers work with a coach.  A set of educated eyes and proper verbal direction can…

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Sledding Your Way to Better Fitness–Part 6

Sledding Your Way to Better Fitness--Part 6 Lateral Sled Walks, Anti-Rotation Walks Sleds have become an increasingly popular tool in the fitness world over the last decade.  No longer reserved for the football team, more and more individuals are finding the value of weighted sleds for a variety of fitness goals.  Louis Simmons started using them at his powerlifting gym Westside Barbell in Ohio as a means of active recovery and to build overall work capacity in the 90’s.  Since that time, you’d be hard pressed to find a decent gym that doesn’t have a space where you can work with a sled.  At Fenton Fitness, we’ve been using them with our athletes, general fitness population, and geriatric population for…

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