If you haven't used a jump rope since elementary school, then you may be missing out on a super effective and fun training tool. Popular within CrossFit, boxing, wrestling, and other sports, jumping rope offers a huge range of benefits that even the everyday athlete can enjoy.
The standard plank exercise is an exceptional way to build core strength while supporting spinal health. But if you're looking for a way to jazz up your typical plank day routine, give the following three variations a try. These twists on a classic will target your abs, obliques, and core in new and super challenging ways.
The changing of the seasons equals new beginnings, pumpkin spice EVERYTHING, and perfect sweater weather. But, if you're bumming about disappearing sunlight and lower temperatures, keep the following list handy.
Growing up doing chores on a farm in rural Michigan is a surefire way to develop discipline and an appreciation for hard physical labor. But take a job at a local gym in high school, then progress to a career in the U.S. Coast Guard, and you come to possess the kind of strength and expertise that Olive Timms brings to her work as a personal trainer at HealthSPORT.
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!
If you have knee pain or a history of knee problems, you should consult with your doctor, physical therapist, and/or trainer for guidance and professional treatment as indicated. In the meantime, here are a few specific exercises you can do to help stabilize your knee joint so that you can stand strong at the gym, at work, or anywhere in life.
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?
By now, pretty much everyone has heard about how refined sugar and processed carbohydrates (think cheat meals: bread, bagels, pasta, crackers, alcohol, and candy) are bad for your health. But the sweet stuff may be seriously holding you back from your fitness gains, too!
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!