How much is too much when it comes to core work? That’s a tricky answer. You’d be hard-pressed to do a workout that doesn’t involve your core in some way. That’s because the core is your body’s powerhouse. Your “core” includes the muscles that lie below your chest and above your knees (abdominals, back, quads and hamstrings). Your core allows you to balance and execute intense cardio and strength movements. Many people tend to focus on just the abs. That’s a mistake!
Get outdoors for your next workout to celebrate the summer season before chillier days come your way. Here’s a 20-minute Last Blast Interval Workout that will challenge your heart and muscles. You’ll spend 3 minutes on a cardio drill, followed by a minute of bodyweight strength work. The no nonsense- basic, but not bland- movements can be done on grass or pavement wherever you want, whenever you want. You’ll be walking, running and skipping. No equipment needed other than a stopwatch and an attitude that’s as brilliant as the shining summer sun!
There’s nothing like trying to open a feisty jar of pickles or protein powder to remind you about the importance of grip strength. But, did you know that along with helping you satisfy your kitchen cravings and deliver a firm handshake, a strong grip can make the difference when it comes to hoisting a heavy barbell, delivering the winning shot on the tennis court and helping you achieve a host of athletic and fitness goals?
Have you ever heard of “sleeping glutes” or heard someone talk about their diminished lack of push-off in their big toe or a calf muscle that doesn’t “fire” when they need it? Though these conditions might sound minor at first blush, it’s serious stuff. Experts have realized that many injuries, chronic pain, and less-than-stellar athletic performances can be linked to inactive or underactive muscles. What’s the solution? Muscle Activation Technique (MAT®) Training!
Sleep better to exercise better. Exercise better to sleep better. It’s a reciprocal relationship that can lead to a lifetime of fitness.
Imagine that instead of sitting on your desk chair, you were required to wear the chair around your neck for a few hours a day. That sort of encumbrance would not only make it difficult to sip your coffee, it would likely cause you pain. Yet, when you gaze down at a smart phone or anything for a prolonged period of time, it’s akin to asking your neck to support 60 pounds of hanging weight. Compound that with the rounding of the shoulders that occurs when you sit at an office chair in front of a computer, and you have the makings for poor posture.
Being called an uptight yippee when you’re trying to concentrate is not much of a compliment unless you’ve been busting your butt in your workout kingdom and focusing on core strength and toning up. Then, being called out for having rock hard glutes or the tightest of tight tushies when you walk in the gym door will make you nod, smile and secretly thank the staple of kettlebell exercises you’ve perfected; kettlebell swings.