Digging Deep with Self-Myofascial Release

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Using foam rollers and other self-massage tools to eliminate aches and pains and improve flexibility is becoming more mainstream for good reason: Self-myofascial release is one of the best things you can do for your muscles and joints. When your muscles are tight and and your range of motion is decreased, joints and muscles don’t function properly. The result is often pain and even injury, sometimes occurring “out of the blue.” For example, if your hips are tight from sitting all {Read More…}

Just Do It: How to Protect Your Shoulders

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If you could see into the future and knew your strength training workouts would be shut down by a shoulder injury, would you start doing things differently today? Not many people spend time maintaining shoulder health, but a lot of people spend time being injured. Shoulder injuries are ridiculously common, and those of us who lift weights should be focused not only building strength and size but on keeping our shoulders healthy. It’s a relatively delicate joint that we punish {Read More…}

How to Beat Tennis Elbow or Tendinitis

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When lifting a coffee pot is painful, hoisting iron in the weight room is pretty much off limits. This was my reality for months after I was diagnosed with lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) in my right arm. All in all, it took a year to feel 100% with that arm again. Tennis elbow is pain on the outside of the elbow that is worsened by cocking back the wrist, grasping or lifting objects, or simply extending and flexing the arm. This is {Read More…}

Got Injury? Choices for Continuing Training

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We all get them: inflammation, pain, injuries, or a mere “tweak” in a joint or muscle. These are roadblocks to our goals, motivation, and all that we’re striving for. So we don’t like to think about them. Ironically, the choices we make about how to train around injuries can impact us as much as the actual problem. Continuing to ignore a small, chronic pain can result in a more serious, acute one, so seeing a doctor early on is always a good {Read More…}

Fitness Fails: Getting Real and Getting Help

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Why can’t we take care of ourselves? And, where are our priorities? These are two questions I ask myself a lot these days. I see people doing one or two personal training sessions and quitting because of “finances.” Not to cast judgment, but these same people have smart phones, eat dinners out, and go skiing. These same people are also carrying way too much extra weight and lack lean muscle mass. Why can’t they take care of themselves, or more {Read More…}

Step Up to Strong, Sexy Glutes

When you think of your beauteous backside, which of these comes to mind? A cushy place to sit A part of your body you’re working on Swingin’ it The strongest prime movers in your body There is some emotional baggage to our backside. Most of us think it’s too big. Some of us like it but want to improve it. But most of us really don’t care that the gluteus maximus is the largest, most powerful muscle in our body and that weak {Read More…}