Thursday March 6, 2014
There are as many ab exercises as there are personal trainers. The abs and the core have a variety of functions, and therefore, a variety of ways to exercise them. But no matter what exercises you choose, there are some basic ideas you'll want to keep in mind. Getting strong, stable abs takes more than lots and lots of crunches.
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.
Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions about the ab exercises?
- Can You Exercise the Upper and Lower Abs Separately?
- Can I Lose Belly Fat by Doing Lots of Crunches?
- What Is the Best Abdominal Exercise?
- Does the Order of Ab Exercises Matter?
- Can I Use Weights When Exercising the Abs?
- How High Should I Lift Up During a Basic Crunch?
- How Often Should I Do Abdominal Exercises?
- What's the Best Pilates Exercise for the Abdominals?
- How Does the Captain's Chair Exercise Work the Abdominals?
- Do Standing Side Bends Exercise My Abdominals?
Sunday March 2, 2014
If you have a sports injury that takes you out of your normal workout routine, you may wonder if physical therapy is worth the time and cost. What exactly happens in PT? You might assume you could easily find some rehab exercises on your own and be your own physical therapist.
While you may be able to fully recover on your own after basic injuries including sprains and strains, the benefits of visiting a qualified physical therapist are many. For an athlete, physical rehab is an important part of an injury treatment plan because the therapist will not only help you recover faster, but will provide a thorough assessment and help correct any specific muscle imbalance or weakness that may have lead to the injury in the first place. A skilled therapist will not only help you get back in the game, but will help you boost your game by improving your overall strength, flexibility and biomechanics.
Going to PT consistently after an injury can help you regain the strength and mobility lost due to your injury. For athletes, working with an expert sports physical therapist can help you not only regain function, but move to a higher level of conditioning than before your injury.
Learn more about the benefits of Physical Therapy.
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Everyone can use a good dose of balance training, but for athletes better balance can help reduce the risk of ankle sprains. Adding a few balance exercises to your training routine can be as simple as practicing one-leg standing, and then closing your eyes. This simple, but effective exercise will engage the fine proprioceptors and help you learn to react and recover more quickly when your balance is challenged.
For more targeted balance training, you can add a few tools, including balance boards, balls, and foam pads. As part of a regular balance training program, they will keep you on your toes, and keep your workouts fresh and fun.
Here are a few products to consider adding to your balance training workouts:
Top 10 Balance and Proprioception Training Products
Saturday February 22, 2014
Athletes often experience aching, weakness, or a slight twinge in the knees. Sometimes this pain can be the result of overuse that causes some soreness along the front, or sides of the knee. Often, rest is all that is needed to treat this sort of pain. But how do you know when knee pain is serious and when you just need some time to recover?
There are some red flags that indicate it may be time to see a doctor for your knee pain. Among the most obvious warning signs of serious knee pain is any pain or swelling of the knee joint that persists for more than 48 hours.
Read More About Knee Pain