Dangers of the Heel Strike When Running

 It is estimated that 40 million Americans participate in some form of running on a regular basis. From this population, it is reported that between 50-70% suffer from a running related injury (Cook). The number one cause of these injuries is improper running technique, and the heel strike is the movement most noted for its harmful effects on the entire body. The heel strike occurs as the heel of the foot hits the ground and sends shockwaves all the way from the heel up the body until it is finally absorbed by the spine. This [...]

By |2022-05-09T20:57:43-04:00October 8, 2013|Conditioning|

5 Reasons Why You Need to be Stronger by Louisville Personal Trainer Brad Longazel

5 Reasons why you need to be Stronger In what I thought was just a normal training session, I was proposed an interesting question that froze me. Why do I need to be any stronger? I paused briefly, this was a client I personally considered for his age group and training history to be very strong. I asked myself what application and need does this desk jockey have for lifting heavier loads. My personal goals and desire for optimal lifting performance where creeping into his program. I wanted him to squat heavy. But did he [...]

By |2022-05-09T20:57:43-04:00October 8, 2013|Conditioning, Fat Loss, Lifestyle, Motivation, Strength Training|

The Everyday Athlete

What is the difference between an athlete and the general population? Sports skills and the elite physical shape they are in. Not every person in the world is going to have amazing talent at a sport, but everyone can reach a high level of physical conditioning. Most people work out to look good and stay healthy. Athletes, for the most part, have very desirable bodies and shapes and stay healthy and functional. Which is more attractive to you? I assume most of you chose the pictures on the left. So if we all workout and [...]

Get Healthy: Non-Boring Cardio…. Interval Training

Non Boring Cardio aka Interval Training Imagine yourself walking into the gym after a long day of work. The last thing you want to do is move mindlessly on a treadmill or elliptical for an hour or so to burn off those unwanted calories from the cookies you ate last night. But you have to get that weight off for the big cruise you have set in two months, so off to the treadmill it is. What if there was another way you could burn those calories and maybe even more and do it in [...]

By |2022-06-10T10:16:44-04:00October 7, 2013|Conditioning, Fat Loss|

Death of Static Streching?

Developing an active and full range of motion (ROM) in our relationships between muscles and joints is vastly important for optimum performance. It not only allows for greater strength and power development, but it has been shown to limit injuries as well (1). So the question arises—what is the best way to produce and maintain a full ROM in our joint complexes? Dr. Sam K. Morton at the Department of Physical Education, Exercise, Science, and Wellness at the University of North Dakota took the steps to answer this question. If proper resistance training is performed [...]

By |2022-06-10T10:03:52-04:00September 28, 2013|Conditioning, Movement|
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