Archive for September 2011

Are you Ovetraining?

Are you Ovetraining?
written by Piotr Lewkowski, a UIC Senior in the Department of Kinesiology and an Intern at POW! in Chicago Overtraining syndrome sounds like something athletes or hardcore fitness enthusiasts do to push their bodies to the next level. Technically that might be correct but it’s a level down, not up. What this means is that... Read more »

Do You Know How to Protect Yourself & Family? It is Time to Learn

Did you now there are 8,000 cameras installed throughout Chicago?  I realize that they serve an important purpose.  Some say it is deterring crime or that they help to identify criminals.  Whether you believe they accomplish either of these goals, recent research has shown that in some areas crime has been lowered by 12% and in others it has not made a difference at all(information taken from Fox news story). ...

Exercise of the Week: Knee Tucks on Pulley Straps

Position Two
Core, core, blah, blah.  Everyone is talking about how their core is worked.  I don’t mean to be sassy about it.  But the truth is, if you are properly doing any athletic movement, your core/abdominal area should be involved.  There really isn’t a sports movements that eliminates the muscles in your abdominal area or lower... Read more »
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Roasted Okra, Only 30 Calories

Roasted Okra, Only 30 Calories
Okra is a originally an African vegetable.  Of course it is most known for being part of  Southern American cuisine.   When you cut this green veggie is has a sticky substance that comes out that can be used in soups and even stews.  As far as nutrition goes, okra is great for you.  It is... Read more »

How Do You Tell If You Have a Cold or Allergies?

How Do You Tell If You Have a Cold or Allergies?
The first week of school started for me like all of you.  And yes, we all got IT.  IT – is the cold that knocks you down for days and then passes it to anyone that looks in your direction.  It started with my daughter who brought it home, then me, then the boys ,... Read more »

5 Reasons Why I Am Grateful to Be a Fireman's Wife

5 Reasons Why I Am Grateful to Be a Fireman's Wife
I am the wife of a 4th generation firefighter.  My husband has been a fireman for 20 years.   He is a truck guy, which means he’s part of the ladder company and he also drives the fire truck. I realize that how I feel on many levels has no relevance to those women whose husbands... Read more »
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I Think Football, Hockey is More Dangerous for Kids Than Boxing

How do you feel about boxing for kids?  I am a fan of the sport and feel that it is an excellent choice for kids who do not blend well in the team play dynamic.  Sports like the martial arts, golf and tennis offer kids an amazing athletic experience and team-training environment without the pressure... Read more »

Exercises of the Week: 6 Pack Abs, 10 Min, No Back Pain

This is a great illustration of the abdominal muscle structure.  Notice how there are several sections.  You want to include exercises in your routine that engage all sections and often in combination.
There is so much involved in getting a 6 pack.  As honest trainer will tell you that it is more about diet than it is about exercise, with the exception of those who have it in their genes.  You know the 24 year old guy, who drinks 4 nights a week, and only eats crap.... Read more »