“Death of the Diet” is my own nutrition philosophy that I enjoy sharing. It means to quit dieting. Just eat better, one step at a time.
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I remember as a kid watching the Disney version of “A Christmas Carol.” Goofy, representing the ghost of Jacob Marley, was doomed to wear heavy chains as punishment for his greedy ways during life. I recall thinking how difficult it would be to walk around with heavy chains all the time. Lesson learned, I tried to share my toys more and not be greedy.
If you’re reading this paper that means you got it off your driveway before it was incinerated by the sun. No doubt about it, summer is here. So let’s work on those beach muscles: biceps, triceps and abs.
I’ve never been one for cliff diving. It’s the fear of the unknown. What is under the water? Rocks, sewer-gator, nothing? I don’t know nor do I wish to find out.
Fitness is universal. Good principles and proper techniques are evident in talented trainers across the Las Vegas Valley. Different coaches have different ways of explaining and illustrating proper technique, but the underlying principles are virtually the same.
Have you ever accidently bumped your elbow into something on just that right spot? It hurts, but makes you laugh at the same time.
Working out has many positive effects on your body. Besides keeping it in good shape, your body’s chemistry will see benefits. After a while you may even decide to help your body out by eating better.
There are a few areas in my gym that give me 20 to 60 feet of empty space in which to do some challenging exercises. I’m talking things such as walking lunges holding dumbbells, inchworms, farmer’s walks and even today’s exercise, dragon crawls.
I am a fan of the standard Olympic bar for lifting weights. Gyms wouldn’t be the same without them. Don’t get me wrong, machines are swell. But I prefer the feel of an old-fashioned barbell. The cold steel coated in nickel with a knurled finish is like a 45-pound vacation from the world. It brings out my inner caveman, grunts and all.
It’s OK to admit it. You’re afraid of the stability ball. More so of falling off the ball. I’ve seen it before. It is a real concern for new gymgoers.
Done right, no problem. But do them wrong, and functional movements -- squats and dead lifts, for example -- can be the reasons for injury.
Yes, Laura really can do pistol squats. After the pistol squat column (March 18), gym members wanted to see if she could really do them. Even after teaching two group classes back-to-back, she demonstrated single-leg squats to prove the point.
One of my favorite sights at the gym is parents teaching their children the importance of fitness. Many times it is a father teaching a son, or mother working out with her daughter. Seeing the tandem warm-ups and subsequent lifting is a thing of beauty to me.
‘Chris, I’m going to eat broccoli and drink lemon water for six weeks! Does that sound like a good diet?”
Have you ever driven a car with the emergency brake on? How about trying to get a tan wearing a coat? Absorb the information in a textbook by osmosis? Exercising with tight muscles can be just as frustrating.
When you’re young, you feel invincible. You have speed, strength, power and quick recovery. Knowing then what I know now, I could have avoided some gym pitfalls that cost me time.
Some gyms don’t have large barbells. I know, it’s a shocker. So how are you going to work on your dead lifts without a long bar loaded down with plates?
Put aside that isolation routine for one day and try working all your muscles at once.
You know you love your stability ball when it becomes a functional part of your living room decor. You may even have one to replace your computer chair. My 6-month-old likes it better than the rocking chair for falling asleep.
My stretchy bands are anchored to the hinge side of the bedroom door. Sure, I could take them down but, then where would I put them? What good would they do me in the closet or a drawer? Keeping your resistance bands out in the open also can serve...
Old, but not forgotten. No, not you. I'm talking about today's exercises. They are classics for a reason. Way back when I attended Earl Elementary, once a year we would have a few weeks of physical education devoted to jumping rope. As a kid,...
Things coming to an end aren't always happy experiences, unless the thing ending is back pain. In this final column of a three-part series on back pain, massage therapist Brigitte Papp shares some useful pointers that may help ease back pain. If you...
Last week, I started a three-column series on back pain featuring Brigitte Papp, a Las Vegas massage therapist specializing in orthopedic massage. Today we dive into the upper back. Brigitte often works on clients with problems in their upper back...
Many readers commented on how they liked the column on foam rolling the back.
Try these core exercises today and this column will be the first thing you think of when you wake tomorrow morning. Laura Salcedo is to thank for the pain of muscle fatigue that forces you to roll out of bed instead of sit up like normal. She was...