Category: Functional Training

Hard Abs: Advanced Core Exercises on a Pulley Strap

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Whenever you train your core, other muscle groups get dragged into the exercise.  I love the options that pulley training provides because it rarely  isolates one muscle group.  Pulley exercises often train the entire body. Most regular exercisers are familiar with TRX straps.  In which case, you know that you can get a total body... Read more »

Favorite Fitness Gear From Club Industry Show

Here is a great way to diversify the use of the wheel.  It is commonly used for wheel barrow exercises.  But this hamstring curl is a sure way to tighten up the back of your legs and strengthen your lower back.
As I mentioned, the Club Industry Show was at the McCormick Place this past week.  It is a mix of educational seminars and lectures on all topics relevant to running or owning a fitness business, and then there are practical application classes and demos that are part of the expo.  The expo is free to... Read more »

Latest Trend in Yoga: Acrobatic Yoga Has Hit Chicago, FREE class Tonight, Tuesday, October 4th

Acrobatic yoga is an amazing practice that builds core strength, flexibility and joint stability.  It is an evolved application of yoga.  I find it to be quite athletic.  In fact I like it because makes yoga more athletic.  I have taught and practiced yoga since 1996.  I have tried all types and everyone’s system of... Read more »
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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 »

AcroYoga, My First Lesson

I tried AcroYoga for the first time today. AcroYoga is a partner based physical activity.  I believe it is more appropriate for an individual who has done yoga, gymnastics or circus sports.  There are seven elements to the practice of AcroYoga: Circle ceremony The asanas- poses Partner flow Thai Massage Therapeutic flying Inversions Spotting Partner... Read more »

Exercise of the Week: The Most Important Plank

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The plank is probably the single most important exercise.  It  is fundamental to the push-up, mountain climber, vinaysa yoga, burpie, bear crawl, wheel barrow and so many more.  Kim Samborski, a personal trainer for Equinox and POW! MMA felt it was crucial to teach how to do the plank properly.  She offers biomechanical tips.  These... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

Kick'in Glutes Can Be Yours With 5 Exercises: Here's the 20 Minute Program

Allison Stokke from Sports Illustrated Yesterday I gave you a description of the 5 best exercises for firming the butt, hips and hamstrings.   1.  Roundhouse Kicks 2.  Side Kicks 3.  Lunges Stepping Back 4.  Plie Jump Squats 5.  Step Up with a Side Leg Lift (Abduction) The bonus of these exercises is that they... Read more »
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Want a Nice A**? Kick'in Glutes Can Be Yours: Exercises of the Week

With control extend the leg out ot he side.  Keep the foot flexed and think of pressing your heel into a target.  If you focus on the flex of the foot while extending the leg your will get more glut action.
So with the summer ahead and everyone starting to look at cute swim suits and shorts that hug our butt like your best pair of jeans, you might be wondering how you can tighten up the rump.  The truth is,  if I were standed on a desert island and needed to stay firm, strong, athletic,... Read more »