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Better Ab Exercise Training

Vertical Leg Crunch

 Great abs need more than crunches and planks. If you want to build a better, stronger and more functional midsection, you'll want to exercise your core through a variety of movement patterns that include more than forward flexion.

Ab and Core Exercises
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Essential Workout Moves

Wednesday April 16, 2014

If you want to build more functional fitness that helps you perform real world activities, play a variety of sports, and trains a wide mix  of movements through a bigger range of motion, it's important to incorporate a variety of different movement patterns into your regular workouts. Mixing it up and doing several different types or exercises during your workout will ultimately allow you to build better muscular balance, flexibility and will reduce your risk of injury or burnout.

Workout Tips For Functional Fitness

The movement patterns you practice become the way your body moves and functions, so mix it up and add multi-joint movements, compound exercises, a variety of patterns and speeds, and work several muscles or muscle groups at one time. Compound exercises the use several movement patterns are a great way to build functional, well-rounded fitness.


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Make Your Workouts Count

Saturday April 12, 2014

Most of us want to get the most from our exercise time without logging endless hours sweating it out at the gym. It's possible to the more benefits from a workout in less time by increasing your workout efficiency. Following t training concepts that are universally accepted as effective, efficient and powerful is the best way to avoid wasting your workout time.

With a bit of practice and planning, you can easily adopt these same habits to get more out of each and every workout you perform.

Ten Tips To Make Your Workouts Work

Is That Muscle Ache Serious?

Sunday April 6, 2014

Many sports injuries are the result of nagging aches and pains that go ignored because you think "it's not that bad." But this mentality can set you up for a chronic problem that really is that bad. Some aches are the body's first warning that a chronic problem is developing. Ignore it for too long and you could find yourself battling tendonitis, arthritis or even recovering from stress fractures or worse.

Exercise should not cause pain, so if you constantly find that you are 'pushing through pain," or waking up with aching, stiff joints or discomfort, you may want to take a good look at the list of warning signs for serious injuries.

If you are a runner with aches and pains, review this checklist of  common causes of running injuries and a few treatment recommendations.

Keep in mind that pain is not the same thing as muscle fatigue or muscle soreness from exercise, which are sometimes necessary in order to build strength, power and endurance. Pain is a warning sign that something is wrong, and athletes should always take it  seriously or risk being side-lined for a season.


Five Tips for Treating Groin Injuries

Wednesday April 2, 2014

A wrong move, a quick start or a sudden change of direction while running are common causes of groin injuries in athletes. The most severe injuries are unmistakeable. Groin pulls or tears can cause sudden, acute pain and often have obvious swelling or bruising. They are painful to the touch, and hurt when you try to walk or stretch the inner thigh and hamstrings. Groin strains, while less dramatic, will also cause obvious symptoms and will make walking or stretching a bit uncomfortable.

Groin injuries are especially common in field or court sports. And while the best treatment for groin injuries depends upon the severity of the strain, rest, ice, compression and elevation is the immediate first aid treatment. Rehab and healing may take a few days or months, depending upon the extent of the injury, so immediate treatment is essential for a full recovery.

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