Tag: Foam Rolling

  • Workout Wednesday

  • Weekend Warrior Challenge

    Challenge #2 Flexibility “My muscles are so tight.” “I am so sore, I can’t move!” “If only I could move easier…” Do these statements sound familiar? Try this weekend’s Flexibility Challenge!  You have heard about it… You have seen other people do it… But, what is it? Self-Myofascial Release, or commonly known “foam rolling,” is a type of corrective exercise designed to […]

  • Tone Up Tuesday

    How well do you S-Q-U-A-T? Do your feet flatten and/or knees move inward? Does your low back over arch? Do you lean forward excessively? SQUAT:  How to Correct Muscle Imbalances Feet Turn Out Overactive (Tight) Muscles Soleus Lateral Gastrocnemius Biceps Femoris (short head) Underactive (Weak) Muscles Medial Gastrocnemius Medial Hamstrings Gracilis Sartorius Popliteus Flexibility Exercises (SMR –> […]

  • Quick Morning Workout

    WAKE UP, Sleepyhead!! It’s Time for your Quick Morning Workout! Duration: Less than 20 minutes! Step 1: Warm-Up (6 minutes) Arm Circles: 30 seconds Chest Expander: 30 seconds http://youtu.be/oBy28yST0jg via JakesHomeWorkouts Calf Raises: 30 seconds Running in Place: 30 seconds High Knees: 30 seconds http://youtu.be/bZUfaLxJ36M via Howcast Butt Kicks: 30 seconds http://youtu.be/D_qMNWY0tHo via Howcast Backward Lunge with Front […]

  • Test Your Posture: Part 3

    The last post of this three part series will cover your shoulder complex and upper body positioning.  I will discuss the three common postural distortions observed in my clients, and recommend flexibility and strengthening exercises to combat these asymmetries, or muscle imbalances.  Arms Fall Forward Overactive (tight) Muscles Latissimus Dorsi: O –  T7-T12, Iliac Crest (pelvis), Thoracolumbar […]

  • Test Your Posture: Part 2

    The second post of this three part series will cover your low back and hip positioning, also known as the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex (LPHC).  I will discuss the three common postural distortions observed in my clients, and recommend flexibility and strengthening exercises to combat these asymmetries, or muscle imbalances.  Excessive Forward Lean Overactive (tight) Muscles Soleus: O […]

  • Test Your Posture: Part 1

    Sit up straight! Stand up straight! Shoulders back!  Chest out! Abs in! You have learned the importance of good posture since you were a kid.  But, how do you assess your posture? “Do I have good posture?”  “Do I have poor posture?” “How do I improve my posture?” Your questions will be answered in this Test Your Posture […]

  • Exercise Session #20

    What is your fitness goal this year? More strength and core training? More cardio? Engage in a Spinning program? Participate in Cross Fit? Or, just join a gym? Regardless of your goal, try this mixed exercise circuit! For fitness beginners, it will give you an idea of your likes, dislikes, and overall fitness level  –  What […]

  • Exercise Session #6

    Phase 1:  Corrective Flexibility & Stabilization Endurance Warm-Up Self-Myofascial Release (SMR) Calves (Gastrocnemius/Soleus), Tensor Fascia Latae (IT Band), Adductors, Quadriceps, Hip Flexors, Latissimus Dorsi Gently foam roll each muscle group until tight (sore) region is felt, and then press and hold foam roller on this region for 30 seconds Static Stretching Static Gastrocnemius Stretch, Static […]

  • A Circuit Training Work Out to Try this Week!

    Circuit train your way to a hot new bod! Circuit training, a type of cardiorespiratory training, improves fitness levels without spending long hours at the gym.  In addition, research has shown that circuit training increases post-exercise metabolic rates and strength levels.  A circuit training program is very time-efficient and consists of a sequence of strength-training […]