What is the TVA, or transverse abdominis? It was all the rage, the hot new thing, when I was a full-time trainer in the early 2000’s. But I’d venture most people still don’t know what it is or does. Continue reading “What’s A TVA???”
I know this seems a little out of place, but really. We all need to decompress sometimes. And my favorite way isn’t with a cold drink, an afternoon run, or an hour at the gym. It’s actually with a video game! Continue reading “My Favorite Way To Decompress”
Alright! Today I’m just going to show some groundwork. These are all simple exercises I like to do to help open up my hips. None of them require any equipment and can be done just abut anywhere.
There’s no instruction this time. Just a few reps of each exercise!
So often, I see someone who does not have the basic mobility and stabilization necessary to perform a proper squat. And her trainer is working hard to add all kinds of props to help the person do a barbell squat. If you can’t do a proper body weight squat, you’re not ready to do a weighted squat. Continue reading “Don’t Build Function On Top Of Dysfunction”
The military ruined me on push-ups forever! I avoid ’em like the plague. But I see so many bad push-ups I thought a little instruction could help.
There are a few things you need to remember with push-ups.
1. A solid plank position – if you can’t hold it for 60 seconds you’re not ready for a push-up
2. Start simple – start with an easier version of the push-up until you build some strength, then scale up as you get stronger.
3. Protect your shoulders – make sure your elbows aren’t flared out or you’ll put unneeded stress on your shoulders.
4. Don’t force reps – Stop the push-up workout when your form starts to breakdown
Discomfort is absolutely essential to our growth as a person. I’m not talking about that “no pain, no gain” kind of gym crap. I’m talking about the real discomfort of pushing your boundaries and challenging your long-held habits and beliefs. Continue reading “While It’s Not Popular, Discomfort Is Essential”
Too much tension across a joint can be damaging. Extra tension leads to too much pressure and too much friction. All this extra force makes the bits and pieces that make joints work smoothly wear out before their time. But the usual prescription may not be what’s needed to fix the problem. Continue reading “Do You Have A Muscle Strength Or Tension Imbalance?”
I love cooking on this Lodge Hibachi. It’s a great little grill that’s easy to take with you. I take it car camping with me almost every time. I also use it to cook a lot of my food every Sunday to get ready for the week!