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Core Progressions–Part 2

Core Progressions--Part 2 Landmine Rollouts At Fenton Fitness, we love training the core to be a strong, stiff stabilizer.  The stronger and more stable the core becomes, the lower the risk of injury to the spine, and the more strength and power the rest of the body can display.  Over the next few weeks, we will present five unique core progressions we’ve been using at Fenton Fitness over the last year that we’ve really been enjoying.  Check them out, give them a try, and let us know what you think.  All progressions will be posted on our website. Landmine Rollouts (LM)- Most fitness enthusiasts are familiar with ab wheel rollouts.  Here at FFAC, we start clients with Physioball rollouts, then…

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Core Progressions–Part 1

Core Progressions--Part 1 Side Plank on Bench At Fenton Fitness, we love training the core to be a strong, stiff stabilizer.  The stronger and more stable the core becomes, the lower the risk of injury to the spine, and the more strength and power the rest of the body can display.  Over the next few weeks, we will present five unique core progressions we’ve been using at Fenton Fitness over the last year that we’ve really been enjoying.  Check them out, give them a try, and let us know what you think.  All progressions will be posted on our website. Side Plank on Bench- This Side Plank progression is an anti-lateral flexion exercise like all side planks/hovers.  The goal here…

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The Forgotten Foot–Part 4

The Forgotten Foot--Part 4 Anyone who has spent any time thinking about improving their fitness or body composition has probably considered specific body parts or movement patterns that they would like to improve or change.  One area that never gets much attention is the foot.  Nobody ever talks about wanting to strengthen, improve mobility/stability, or address function in any other manner when it comes to the foot.  This is unfortunate as the foot is arguably one of the most important players when it comes to overall health and function.  There are between 100,000-2000,000 sensory receptors in the bottom of your foot.  This is 3rd only to the mouth and hands.  Dr. Emily Splichal DPM uses this fact to draw attention…

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The Forgotten Foot–Part 3

The Forgotten Foot--Part 3 Anyone who has spent any time thinking about improving their fitness or body composition has probably considered specific body parts or movement patterns that they would like to improve or change.  One area that never gets much attention is the foot.  Nobody ever talks about wanting to strengthen, improve mobility/stability, or address function in any other manner when it comes to the foot.  This is unfortunate as the foot is arguably one of the most important players when it comes to overall health and function.  There are between 100,000-2000,000 sensory receptors in the bottom of your foot.  This is 3rd only to the mouth and hands.  Dr. Emily Splichal DPM uses this fact to draw attention…

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Changing Priorities

Changing Priorities There are five components to any well-designed fitness program.  Cardiorespiratory capacity, strength training, injury prevention, mobility enhancement, and muscle endurance. Most fitness participants prioritize the five components in this manner: Cardiorespiratory Capacity Muscle Endurance Mobility Enhancement Strength Training Injury Prevention A typical training session consists of 30 minutes of cardio, multiple sets of high repetition muscle isolation exercises finished off with a series of stretches.  The top three components are involved in every workout.  Strength training and injury prevention are generally ignored.  This is the reason most people fail to achieve fitness results and often end up injured. Most fitness participants would be better served if they completely reversed that prioritization: Injury Prevention Strength Training Mobility Enhancement Muscle…

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Strong Memory

Strong Memory Neuroprotective Benefits of Strength Training The big reason to stay consistent with a program of exercise is the benefit it has on neural health.  More of our brain’s real estate is devoted to movement than language, math, reading, or texting.  Moving well and moving often creates the essential neurochemicals that keep our brains healthy.  The type of exercise that is most beneficial has been the subject of significant research.  Gretchen Reynolds has written an interesting *article on a recent study that demonstrated that weight training is “neuroprotective”.  Please take the time to read this article and consider adding strength training to your fitness program. Consistent exercise builds neural connections, immunizes us from depression, and greatly reduces pain.  Physical…

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