Hips are often overlooked when working on strengthening routines, but they play an integral role in our everyday life. Your muscles and connective tissue can be easily damaged from running, walking, or even just sitting for long periods of time, when other muscles work harder to compensate. Without strong hips, your posture and stance can be affected, leading to improper form that can result in pain or injury.
You’ve probably heard the term ‘double-jointed’ right? And though you might think the term means super flexible and crazily bendy, it’s actually so much more than that. Hypermobility, the official term, is a common condition that affects more than just your joints – it can also cause extreme pain in several parts of the body.
Whether playing sports, pushing a shopping cart around or just sitting at your desk all day, your core is always there to support you. No matter your level of fitness expertise, strengthening your abs is key. From bringing balance to your body, to preventing injury and improving posture, the core does it all.
As the holidays approach, it’s time to start checking off your gift list. But if you’ve got fitness lovers in your life, it can be hard to know what to get – because chances are, they already have the latest and greatest in workout gear. Even when you do find something new, how do you know they’ll actually use it? Our Activ5 isometric training device, for example, makes a wonderful gift because it’s easy to take anywhere, so it’ll never just be sitting on the shelf. With the holidays fast approaching, here are our top picks of fitness devices that any workout-buff will love.
You might want to sit down for this…well actually, get up!
Because recent studies have shown that sitting in one place for long periods of time is even more dangerous than we thought. Prolonged periods of sitting have been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. And yet, most of us have to sit at our office, for an average of 6 to 8 hours every day.
The posterior chain is an important, yet often neglected, group of muscles that everyone should be training – whether you’re an athlete, bodybuilder, or just someone who spends most of their time sitting down. The posterior chain is responsible for maintaining your balance and posture, as well as protecting against injury. But because it’s not considered a “mirror muscle,” (meaning that it won’t necessarily change the way you look), it’s usually left out of workout routines by regular gym-goers and newbies alike.
Rock climbing is on the rise in popularity, with new climbing gyms popping up in every city. This is for good reason – rock climbing is one of the most physically intensive workouts you can get, that involves every part of your body, even your fingers. Not to mention it’s fun, pushes you out of your comfort zone, and is a great way to get outdoors!
When we’re young, the only time we ever think about our bones is when we break them. But as we get older, and the risks of serious fractures and falls come into the picture, we need to make our bone health a top priority. Our bones are living organisms, that naturally break down and rebuild themselves, but when the bones cannot rebuild as fast as they break down, we develop a disease called osteoporosis.
With the World Series happening this month, we’d like to shine a spotlight on America’s favorite pastime. Unlike many other popular professional sports that tend to rely on explosive speed or bulky, brute strength – baseball is unique, involving specific skills, techniques and finesse. In fact, when it comes to strength training for baseball players, traditional exercise routines like weightlifting and cardio need to be augmented for baseball. And there’s no better way to do that than with isometrics.
Since it’s Pain Awareness Month, we’d like to address how you can reduce the typical aches and pains that people get after a workout: it’s called delayed onset muscle soreness, AKA DOMS.