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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 • Posted July 25, 2014
I tipped you on how to begin pushing your body weight last time. Remember push, pull, rotation, squat and lunge? Now…what about pulling your own weight? That can be a little more challenging, for some. Just as some think of military style push-ups when thinking body weight push; many think of a pull-up or chin-up, when thinking body weight pulls.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 • Posted July 18, 2014
I tell my clients and class participants to move ‘like you mean it.’ That means, don’t throw your weight around, literally. Move your body (and/or your weights) slowly and deliberately. Our bodies are amazing and can do countless wonderful things. Even so, all human movement can be broken down into five basic movements: push, pull, rotation, squat and single leg (lunge) movements. Let’s talk push.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 • Posted July 11, 2014
Don’t look now, but… The tendency, when hearing this phrase is, of course, to look. It’s the power of suggestion. From yawning when someone yawns to smiling when someone laughs, it’s an amazing thing; “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7) Our tendency to follow suggested pathways is an interesting phenomenon in human behavior.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 • Posted July 3, 2014
Most of us are off balance and don’t realize how much. Many of us have movement dysfunctions and postural distortions from years of repetitive movement. We spend hours each day in front of a computer, seated at a desk, or behind the wheel of a truck or car. We don’t have enough of what’s termed ‘multi-directional, multi-velocity movement patterns.’ When muscles, and the tissues connecting them, are held in the same positions, and perform the same movements repeatedly, they often devel ...
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • Posted June 26, 2014
I had the choice opportunity to meet and get to know some of our volunteer and employed local heroes this past week. One lieutenant told me that the firefighters’ motto is: Adapt and Overcome. We’d all do well to adopt that, firefighter or not. If life isn’t about adapting and overcoming, I don’t know what it’s about.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • Posted June 19, 2014
I had the happy occasion to spend time with a woman last evening who was a vibrant and very colorful personality. One of the many attention grabbing things she said to me was this: “It’s none of my business what you think of me.” I had to laugh at that.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • Posted June 12, 2014
If you’ve ever had the feeling you’re just not on your game, you understand how most of my week has been. When we become injured, ill, discouraged, we get too busy, or face any number of other proverbial speed bumps we inevitably will encounter during the course of our efforts to achieve greater health and wellness, we may feel set back a little.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 • Posted June 6, 2014
I sustained various and sundry injuries today and have been left feeling as if I’ve been tossed about in a washing machine. During the process of sustaining my injuries, I cried out for help…you know “Help!” Funny thing is; the person to whom I cried out gave no aid. So I was left to manage unassisted.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 • Posted June 5, 2014
Not long ago I was taking my favorite dirt road run from my house, near Real Ale Brewery, down toward the square. From somewhere, I detected the sweet, very distinct fragrance of honeysuckle carried on the warm breeze blowing from the south, up the lane toward me. About 10 minutes later, rounding the corner at Live Oak and 6th, I saw the honeysuckle, blooming, growing along the fence to my left; beautiful, the scent heavy in the air.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 23, 2014
I’m thankful for bright readers who can read between my lines. In last week’s Fit Tip I told you about the beginnings of my personal journey, and how the first step in the process of changing your lifestyle, and thus your body, is to evaluate WHY you are in the ‘shape’ you are.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 • Posted May 19, 2014
I received an email from a reader asking how I did it. How did I begin to lose weight? The answer is between the lines of lyrics George Strait crooned in 2006 “(She) drove down to the beach he always said was too far. Sand sure felt good between her toes...she let herself go…” Too many of us let ourselves go in the wrong direction.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 • Posted May 9, 2014
How many times have you said or heard, “Time to do your chores?” Well, there’s something to be said for farm work, yard work and household chores. Think about it. For generations, the work of daily living revolved around moving our bodies under a load. Whether planting, hauling, squatting and lifting, climbing, harvesting; our bodies are made for movement.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 • Posted May 9, 2014
An interesting oxymoronic truth in training is this: in order to succeed, you must fail. (In some exercises, such as the inverted row, in order to increase the intensity, you actually lower the bar, as opposed to raising it.) Without taking muscles to failure, development is retarded. The idea that one must explore failure limits in order find success seems counterintuitive, especially to some of my clients who are professionally geared toward success.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Posted April 25, 2014
At one of my recent boot camps, a participant described the way she looked in a picture from before her weight loss as ‘gross.’ I empathized. I remember feeling unhappy and out of control because of the shape of my body. I still struggle with that. My client’s self-description reminded me of a conversation I’d recently had with two of my four daughters.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • Posted April 17, 2014
Do you want to lose weight? Or do you want to lose fat? “I want to lose weight first. Then I’ll start using weights to tone and sculpt.” These are actual words recently spoken to me by a sweet friend of mine. Let me offer some tips on this: A balanced program of strength and conditioning includes both cardiovascular and resistance exercises.