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Push Ups and Longevity

Push Ups and Longevity Recent Study Is A Biomarker Reminder Take a moment and read the recent New York Times article, How Many Push-Ups Can You Do? It May Be a Good Predictor of Heart Health. It appears that being able to perform well on a push up test is a better predictor of heart health than the traditional treadmill test.  The article postulates several reasons for the research results.  We only need to read the book Biomarkers for a thorough explanation. In the book Drs. Evans and Rosenburg looked at the measurable “biomarkers” that keep humans healthy, independent, and fit over an entire life span.  They have determined the top four biomarkers are: Muscle Mass.  What percentage of your…

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Get Up and Get Going

Get Up and Get Going Many physical therapy patients are unable to get up off the floor without the assist of a piece of furniture or a caregiver.   Not being able to transfer efficiently from the ground to standing upright makes us more likely to be injured and less likely to live independently.   Transferring from the floor to standing is an essential movement skill that responds very favorably to training.  For the last year, I have been using a simple three movement training routine with physical therapy and fitness clients.  Watch the video and give this routine a place in your training schedule. This three exercise routine requires some open space and a lot of concentration.  Perform the routine in…

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Robo Squat

Robo Squat Much like the collision avoidance computer systems built into automobiles, our brains run neural software that prevents us from overloading and damaging the spine.  Our neural software inhibits us from loading the extremities in positions that have the potential to produce a spinal injury.  Many people have the mobility necessary to perform a full depth squat, what they lack is spinal stability.  Improve spinal stability and the protective neural software will permit more graceful and efficient movement.  An exercise that will enhance spinal stability during an essential movement pattern is the leverbell squat. Leverbell Squat Hold a leverbell with a vertical alignment and the heavy end upward.  Use a stacked grip, push the chest up, and pull the…

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Pressurize Your Anatomical Inner Tube

Pressurize Your Anatomical Inner Tube Push Up Position Planks The center of the body is a cylindrical tube of interwoven muscle and fascia.  On the top and bottom, you have the diaphragm and pelvic floor.  The sides are reinforced by the oblique muscles and across the front by the rectus and tranverse abdominus muscles.  These muscles work together to create pressure inside the cylinder.  The tension capacity of our “anatomical inner tube” allows us to lift, carry, push, and pull loads that would overwhelm any single joint in the spine.  Developing better tension strength will improve athleticism and reduce injuries.  One of the best exercises to improve tension strength is the Push Up Position Plank. Push Up Position Planks –…

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May 2019 Newsletter

In this month’s issue, Mike O’Hara tells you which exercises to do to preserve your knees. We learn how reaching fitness goals can have its ups and downs in “The Straight and Narrow”. Jeff Tirrell tells the importance of getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. Download Here

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Be A Betta Pilla!

Be A Betta Pilla! The limiting performance parameter during an overhead press is often core stability strength. If you lack the capacity to keep a solid pillar under the load being lifted, your brain will shut down the exercise. A simple drill that will improve core stability during an overhead press is the half kneeling mobility stick overhead press. Half Kneeling Mobility Stick Overhead Press Place the right knee down on an Airex pad. Plant the left foot in front of the left hip with the tibia--lower leg bone--perpendicular to the ground. Tighten the left gluteals and keep the left foot pushed firmly into the ground. The toes of your right foot should be solidly positioned on the floor. Hold…

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