Whether you're completely new to fitness or it's simply been awhile, getting started is both the scariest and the riskiest step to take. Walking into a gym for the first time can be intimidating if you're not sure where to go or what exactly to do. In addition to not wanting to look silly by doing something wrong, you also want to be sure that you don't end up hurting yourself. With that in mind, let's cover a couple major...
Unnatural Footwear = Unnatural Movement I could easily have made an hour long video on this topic (but don't worry, I didn't!) - in the video below, I cover the 3 basic areas in which cushioned, supportive shoes do harm to your body and your workouts. For those who aren't able to go fully barefoot, or just prefer not to, I also cover 2 of the only true minimalist footwear options that successfully mimic the benefits of going barefoot. For...
The approach you take to progressing the difficulty of your workouts is one of the most important aspects of any program. Unfortunately, the most common approach is one of the biggest limiters of people's results, and is even the cause of countless injuries. A Flawed Approach The mistake? Incorrectly thinking that results come from doing better exercises, not doing exercises better. Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely a place for progressing to more challenging exercises, but the bulk of your...
One week into 2016, while everyone's New Year's Resolutions are still fresh, I can't think of a better time to talk about what it takes to be one of the few who sticks with it. Every year, it takes about a week for the guilt to set in and then people flock to gyms like a stampede, only to leave them exactly as they were by the time February comes along. If you want to be the exception, and set...
There have long been 2 completely separate worlds within the health & fitness field. You have the free-thinking mind-body types who lean toward holistic and often spiritual practices like yoga, and then you have the crowd that prefers the Western science approach and lean more toward a purely physical and highly mechanical approach to exercise. Both sides have valuable things to bring to the table, but luckily you don't have to pick a side because it's very possible to...
When putting together a health & fitness program, we create an incredibly common dilemma of priorities between emotions and logic. Do you listen to your emotions and insecurities that desperately want to help your self-image by focusing on things like burning fat, building muscle, or setting new personal records? Or do you listen to your logic and reasoning that tells you to focus on things like minimizing your stress levels, risks for disease, and physical aches & pains? The...
Do you have rounded or tight shoulders? When I meet with a new client for the first time, the shoulders are easily the most common area that people complain of tension or mobility issues with. While this is often the result of imbalances lower down that went unnoticed (esp. the hips and ankles), once the problem is there is still needs to be addressed. Your shoulders play a role in just about every exercise you do (including holding the weight...
Are you a human who occasionally sits down? I'm going to go out on a limb and say that you, like the rest of us, probably sit down more than you'd like to. Whether it's 8 hours a day at a desk, commutes in the car, sitting on a couch at night (nothing messes up your hips faster than a couch!), or any other seated activity, the more time we spend sitting, the more time we need to spend opening...