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Vacation Workouts Made Easy–Part 4

Vacation Workouts Made Easy--Part 4 One Leg Romanian Deadlift About once a month, I get requests from clients for a training plan they can do using minimal equipment while traveling in order to stay on track with their fitness program.  While it’s impossible to reap all the benefits of training with the diverse equipment found at a good training facility, exercising while traveling can help people maintain the habit of exercise and prevent the loss of fitness gains, especially during extended time away from traditional training.  One of the simplest things that can be done is to just be active.  Use the stairs instead of the elevator when traveling, park at the back of parking lots, walk or ride a…

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A Powerful Pair of Rip Trainer Drills

A Powerful Pair of Rip Trainer Drills Ten Minutes to Better Core Strength, Balance, and Posture A rip trainer is a four foot long bar with resistance tubing attached to one end.  The tubing can be anchored at different levels, and the rip trainer used to provide three-dimensional resistance for many different movement patterns.  Over the years, I have found the pairing of two rip trainer drills produces excellent results with nearly all fitness clients.  Many clients find the carry over to real life activity is so pronounced that they have purchased rip trainers for home use.  Read the remainder of this article and watch a video demonstration of each of the drills. If you are new to the rip…

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The Change Challenge

The Change Challenge For the Next Twelve Training Sessions Go into any gym and you will see people working their biceps and pectoral muscles one day, deltoids and triceps the next day, and occasionally some form of leg press or knee extension for a leg day.  This “muscle isolation” training comes from the drug enhanced world of bodybuilding.  For the average fitness client and any athlete, isolating muscles is of little value.  The muscles are slaves to the orders sent from the brain.  Your brain recognizes movement patterns--crawl, hip hinge, squat--not individual muscles.  The drivers of performance and fitness are the neural and hormonal changes produced by exercise.  Isolation exercises dampen that neural response.  For many fitness clients, isolation exercise…

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Listen to the Athletic Trainers

Listen to the Athletic Trainers NATA Guidelines for Sports Participation The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) has released new guidelines for children’s sports participation.  Athletic trainers are on the front line of the growing youth sports injury battle.  Trainers work in the school setting and they see all of the injured children--not just the ones with insurance coverage.  More than any other profession, they witness the results of year round, single sports participation. The recommendations from NATA are more stringent than the ones handed down by various physician groups.  As a physical therapist that has witnessed an exponential increase in youth overuse athletic injuries, I agree with all of NATA’s suggestions.  Go online and read the New York Times article,…

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Vacation Workouts Made Easy–Part 3

Vacation Workouts Made Easy--Part 3 Split Squats About once a month, I get requests from clients for a training plan they can do using minimal equipment while traveling in order to stay on track with their fitness program.  While it’s impossible to reap all the benefits of training with the diverse equipment found at a good training facility, exercising while traveling can help people maintain the habit of exercise and prevent the loss of fitness gains, especially during extended time away from traditional training.  One of the simplest things that can be done is to just be active.  Use the stairs instead of the elevator when traveling, park at the back of parking lots, walk or ride a bike whenever…

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Vacation Workouts Made Easy–Part 2

Vacation Workouts Made Easy--Part 2 Prone Swimmer's Row, Prone Y Lift Offs, and Prone T Lift Offs About once a month, I get requests from clients for a training plan they can do using minimal equipment while traveling in order to stay on track with their fitness program.  While it’s impossible to reap all the benefits of training with the diverse equipment found at a good training facility, exercising while traveling can help people maintain the habit of exercise and prevent the loss of fitness gains, especially during extended time away from traditional training.  One of the simplest things that can be done is to just be active.  Use the stairs instead of the elevator when traveling, park at the…

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