Posts in category "exercise for children"

3 Tips to Improve Your Kid's Running & Change of Direction Skills

3 Tips to Improve Your Kid's Running & Change of Direction Skills
Most sports require the need to change directions.  When training this specific skill, you will discover you are working all the muscles in your legs and in your feet.  When developing this skill in children the intensity should be fairly moderate.  The goal for young children, ages 5 to 8 years old who have just... Read more »

Made in Chicago: KoreFit, An all-in-1 fitness tool.

Made in Chicago: KoreFit, An all-in-1 fitness tool.
I have the pleasure of meeting so many different people in the fitness industry.  The great thing is that they all contribute to the industry in different ways.  I recently met the guys over at KoreFit.  They are located at 2023 W. Carroll Ave in the Kinzie Industrial Quarter of Chicago.  They were kind enough to drop off  a KoreFit apparatus at my gym POW! .  Whenever I have new toys, I ask students that work in the fitness industry to play with them and give feedback.  One of my students Deanna Bellamy, who also owns her own training business, Body Revolution was the perfect student to have test out the KoreFit.  She is a personal trainer who conducts training sessions often outside, using the elements of her surroundings as a means to build strength and unique fitness exercises.  Because of the adaptability of KoreFit, I thought she would love to take it on the go and give a try.   Here is her review. KoreFit has impressed me with the rebound and balance training capacity on this innovative fitness apparatus.   The combination is very exciting because of it’s variety in preventive, rehabilitating, and dynamic exercise opportunity.  Both cardiovascular and strengthening, numerous body needs can be accomplished on this piece. ...

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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North Ave Beach Offers My Favorite Summer Sport: Paddle-Boarding

Are you looking for a fun activity that offers you a peaceful experience? Try paddle boarding. I did a paddle-boarding event this weekend at North Ave beach. It was part of our summer social event for my members at POW! MMA & Fitness. It started with a beach workout at 10am and transitioned into a... Read more »

Juice Plus+ My Favorite Vitamin

I give Juice Plus+ vitamins to my kids.  They really love them.  I believe in the product and think they are better than the other gummy type vitamins for kids.  Here is a recent article written by John Blair from the Council for Responsible Nutrition. We all know that these are challenging economic times.  While there... Read more »

Exercise of the Week: Basic Lunges, Avoiding Knee Injuries

I promised a couple weeks ago that I would feature the proper form for lunges.  I named lunges as one of my top 5 favorite exercises for tightening and toning the butt.  So if you are still working on getting a shapely bottom for summer-time, there is still time. The routine I wrote  2 weeks... Read more »
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Exercise of the Week: Wheel Barrow & Be a Kid!

The wheel barrow is an exercise you did as a kid.  If you remember correctly, you probably did it to simply just kill time and play outside.  This is a great core exercise, but is it also fantastic for building speed and agility.  On a more in depth level, it is also a progression from... Read more »

Parents:Advise From a 4 Time Black Belt on Picking a Martial Arts School

How do I pick a martial arts school for my child? This is the most common question I get from parents.  Besides owning POW! MMA (over 10 years in the West Loop) and POW! Kids, I teach at the Montessori Academy of Chicago (MAC). My classes there are athletic driven and focus on developing children’s... Read more »

5 Biggest Exercise Mistakes

When hanging out with my fitness colleagues, we often discuss perceptions that many of our clients still have about exercise.  We are happy to always field any questions about exercise, even if they have obvious answers.  But we do wish that there was more accurate fitness information absorbed by gym users and exercisers so they... Read more »
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Michelle Obama Announces New Fitness Opportunities for Military Families

Michelle Obama Announces New Fitness Opportunities for Military Families
First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed military families to a fitness event at the White House yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Obama ran around with children that attended this active day in the beautiful gardens of the South Lawn. Athletes including Billie Jean King, Grant Hill, Dominique Dawes and Michelle Kwan were present for the announcement made by... Read more »