The "Core"... more than just for the beach

When someone mentions training the core, one of the first thing that pops into most peoples heads is getting that six-pack ready for beach season. However the "core" serves a much greater purpose than simply aesthetics. The musculature of this area of our body includes the muscles of the abdominal wall, the back extensors, the quadratus lumborum, as well as the psoas and gluteals. These muscles function much differently than the muscles of the limbs so they need to be trained differently as well. A common misconception is that performing repeated flexion of the trunk is an effective way to strengthen the core. A good core strengthening program includes movement through all 3 planes of mo

The Art of Warming Up

One of the best ways to increase strength, prevent injuries, and increase overall athletic performance is to complete a thoughtful warm up prior to your workouts. The warm up is often one of the most overlooked portions of a workout and some skip it completely. While skipping or cutting short your warm up could save you a few minutes, you will probably find that, as a result, your workout isn’t as productive as it could be and the time saved may be wasted when you end up losing days or even weeks to an otherwise avoidable injury. A warm up should not just consist of hopping on the treadmill for 5 minutes and then performing a few stretches that you learned way back when. This actually does

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