School is back in action, so if you have kids, you can schedule some gym visits. You probably have more free time to fit in those workouts you missed during the summer.
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Butter is a tasty ingredient. Any experienced baker will tell you that butter works best in recipes when it’s room temperature. Trying to get cold butter to thoroughly mix with ingredients is a test of patience and strength.
I once knew a girl in her early 20s who blew her rotator cuff shampooing her hair. How could that happen? She wasn”;t lifting or performing out-of-the-ordinary tasks.
Sometimes it can be difficult to get the family involved in fitness. Between schedule conflicts and long days at work, making it into the gym seems to get moved to the back burner.
“How did it feel?” I asked one of my athletes last week as I coached him during a lift.
Some gyms have a hard time keeping rubber resistance bands stocked. They are small, portable and versatile, making them easy to stuff in a gym bag and take out the front door. For this reason, gyms may require you to check out bands from the trainers or the front desk.
I like exercises that work many body parts at once. They teach muscle activation patterning that is valuable to proper technique and safety when exercising.
Have you ever had to function without the Internet for a few days? It can be miserable. Just like that, you are stranded from the shores of lightning fast communication. There is no way to check www.lvrj.com for the news. Paying bills online is difficult if the browser won’t load. Being disconnected from your social media and clouds of information can make you feel shut off from the world.
As a kid I would read comic books and watch superhero cartoons. I thought it would be cool to have a latent superpower that I could practice and develop over time. I could then use my mastered ability to save the day and win the girl.
“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.
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.