Archive for April 2018

8 Benefits of Unilateral Exercises

8 Benefits of Unilateral Exercises
Many trainers design programs based on the number of joints being used during the exercise. Compound exercises use more than one joint (and therefore one than one muscle) and isolation exercises target one muscle and have one joint in action. Another characteristic to program is whether you perform an exercise isolating one side of the... Read more »

Importance of Lateral Exercises for Runners

Importance of Lateral Exercises for Runners
Performance training programs for runners have changed over the past decade.  Today’s best runners have shifted from logging just their hours, to organizing medium and long runs with cross-training and mobility sessions.  Lateral movement-based exercises need to be added to every runner’s training regiment.  Linear athletes, like runners are prone to overusing the quadriceps and... Read more »

Master Chef Junior Contestant, Beni Shares Her Experience on the Show

Master Chef Junior Contestant, Beni Shares Her Experience on the Show
Chicago loves its home-grown celebrities. Recently blossomed out of the eclectic Pilsen neighborhood, is Master Chef Junior contestant Beni Cwiakala. Beni is part of the 6th season cast of aspiring young chefs that range in age from 8 years to 12 years old. Since the wee-age of 3, Beni has been cooking with her parents,... Read more »
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The importance of the vertical jump test for athletes

The importance of the vertical jump test for athletes
The vertical jump is a key athletic skill set. Most athletes associate the vertical jump with basketball and volleyball players. An athlete’s vertical jump is a key indicator of their overall explosive capabilities. Despite that this test demonstrates power in the vertical plane, it is still indicative of an athlete’s potential. Even the NFL uses... Read more »