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Try These Bodyweight Exercises for a Quick No...
Bodyweight exercises can be done any time with no equipmentand are ideal for traveling and home workouts or adding a bit of variety to your regular exercise routine.
Don't Waste Your Time with Ab Crunches. Try...
Core exercises should focus on the entire torso, from head to feet, in order to develop strong, solid core strength.
Save Your Knees and Hips with These Exercises
Strengthening the muscles that surround and support the knees and hip joints can help reduce pain and injuries.
Fast and Slow Twitch Muscle Fibers May...
Does muscle fiber type determine an athlete's strength, power, speed and endurance or athletes respond to training?
Study Ranks the Best and Worst Exercises for...
Researchers and scientists have measured and listed the most effective exercises for working the gluteus muscles and building a stronger butt.
Pulled a Muscle in Your Calf? Do This!
A pulled or torn calf muscle, also called a calf strain, causes sudden pain in the back of the lower leg.
5 Ways to Get Your Butt in Shape
Glute Activation Exercises: If you sit much of the day, you may have weak glutes, tight hamstrings and tight hip flexors. Use this glute activation program to get your backside firing properly during before and during exercise.
What Causes Muscle Spasms and Cramps? It May...
A muscle spasm or cramp is a painful involuntary contraction that can stop athletes in their tracks. Here's how to deal with cramping muscles.
Complete Guide to Ab Health
In order to develop strong, flat abs, you need to understand what the abdominal muscles do, where the abs are and how to get the most from your ab-exercise routine.
What Is VO2 Max and Why Do Athletes Care?
VO2 max or maximal oxygen uptake is one factor that can determine an athlete’s capacity to perform sustained aerobic efforts. It refers to the maximum amount of oxygen that an athlete can use during maximal or exhaustive exercise.
What Does Muscular Endurance Mean, Anyway?
What Is Muscular Endurance? Sports Medicine.
The 7 Most Effective Exercises for Your Butt
Build a better butt. Get you glutes firing with these exercises to activate and strengthen the glutes.
The Top 5 Tips for Proper Treatment of Groin Pain
These five tips can help you treat groin injuries such as a groin strain or pull.
Plantar Fasciitis Heel Pain
Plantar fasciitis, describes heel pain that occurs from irritation or injury to the plantar fascia along the bottom of the foot.
When To Worry About Groin Pain
Groin pain can be caused by a muscle pull, strain, tear or a hernia.
Can Too Much Exercise Decrease Your Immunity?
Moderate exercise may boost the immune system function, but intense exercise can have the the opposite effect.
8 Quick Ways to Work Out Your Core
Quick Core Workout Exercise 1: The Plank
The Best and Worst Exercises for Athletes
Looking for the best ab exercises? Research shows which ab exercises are the best and worst for a stronger core.
How to Properly Perform The Plank Exercise to...
The plank is an abdominal exercise that builds core strength and stability. Learn how to properly perform the plank with step by step instructions.
7 Questions To Ask Before Starting A New...
The Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire is a self-screening tool that can be used by anyone who is planning to start an exercise program.
Why You're Sore After Workouts
Muscle pain, soreness and stiffness that shows up a day or two after a workout is common if you changed or increased your workout intensity.
Relieve a Painful Hamstring Injury with the...
Hamstring Pull, Tear, or Strain - the most common injury among runners.
Use These Four Simple Stretches to Ease Groin...
Groin pain can be caused by many things including tight, weak groin muscles, or pulls or strains. This stretching program can help reduce groin pain.
Why Rest and Recovery Is Crucial After Exercise
Most athletes know that adequate rest after exercise is essential to high level performance. The body repairs and strengthens itself in the time between workouts, and continuous training can actually weaken the strongest athletes. Follow these tips to get the most from your rest and recovery days.
Have Tight Hips? Learn 4 Ways to Stretch the...
Tight piriformis muscles can lead to knee pain and lower back pain. Use this simple piriformis stretch to open your hips and keep the piriformis limber.
Easy Treatments Help Relieve the Pain of...
Achilles Tendonitis is generally considered a chronic (long-term) injury that and occurs primarily from overuse. The primary symptom is heel and calf pain
What Exercises Cause Eccentric Muscle Contraction
An eccentric muscle contraction is a type of muscle activation that increases tension on a muscle as it lengthens.
Plantar Fasciitis Stretch
Learn how to safely perform a standing Plantar Fasciitis Stretch
In an Isometric Muscle Contraction There is no...
An isometric muscle contraction, or static exercise, is one in which the muscle fires but there is no movement at a joint.
Boost Your Speed and Endurance with This Simple...
Interval training workouts are a great ways for athletes to improve both speed and endurance.
Are You Exercising Too Much?
Overtraining syndrome occurs in athletes who train beyond the body's ability to recover and results in decreased performance.
There Are Generally Accepted Values for Normal...
Although there is variability among individuals, there are generally accepted values for normal range of motion in individual each joint.
What's Causing Pain My Outer Knee Pain?
Iliotibial band syndrome, also called IT band syndrome often causes pain on the outside of the knee.
How To Recover Faster After Exercise
To recover faster after a workout, start by following these tips.
Quick Tips for Treating Cycling 'Road Rash'
Best treatments for skin abrasions, cuts and scrapes and road rash.
Do You Have Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow is a common cause of elbow pain. Learn about the cause, symptoms, and treatment of tennis elbow.
The Bruce Protocol is a Common Method for...
The Bruce Treadmill Test Protocol is a common fitness assessment used by athletes and coaches to measure VO2 max, and aerobic endurance.
What Is a Meniscus Tear?
Meniscus Tears often require arthroscopic surgery. Learn about the cause and treatment of a meniscus cartilage.
What You Eat Can Make Or Break Your Workout....
What athletes eat does matter. Learn how your diet influences the energy you have for exercise.
How to Get the Benefits of a Sports Massage at...
Learn how to soothe tight muscles by using a foam roller to release tight fascia.
Here's What You Should Eat Before Exercise
Eating before exercise. Whether you are eating before an athletic competition, or a basic training workout, what you eat can make a difference in both your performance and recovery.
Got Muscle Pain? Here's How Anti-Inflammatory...
How to treat inflammation due to sports injuries and relieve pain due to swelling with the use of over the counter anti-inflammatory medications.
Experiencing Shoulder Pain? It Could Be for One...
These conditions are closely related and may occur alone or in combination.
Sports Injury? Try the RICE Treatment Method
RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation and is recommended for the immediate treatment of most soft tissue sports injuries such as sprains and strains.
Increase Your Agility with 10 Effective Exercises
Agility drills can help athletes improve coordination, speed, power and specific sports skills.
Common Sources of Knee Pain
Knee pain can have many causes, so before you treat your pain, it's critical to diagnose the specific cause of your pain.
What Pelvic Pain Means
A sports hernia is something men often develop and treat quickly. But for women, a hernia can go undiagnosed for months, or even years, and cause unbearable abdominal pain.
Injure Your Tailbone? What You Should Know...
Treatment tips for tailbone pain and injury
How to Heal a Broken Collarbone - Rehab...
A clavicle fracture (broken collarbone) is a common sports injury that requires a comprehensive rehab exercise program to return to sports quickly. Here is a general rehab exercise program for a fractured clavicle.
The Super Simple 7-Minute Workout
Use this super simple seven-minute workout for a quick pick-me-up or do a few rounds for a more substantial workout.
How Much Water Should You Drink During Exercise?
Adequate fluid intake is essential for athletes before, during, and after exercise. Whether to use sports drinks or just water depends upon your duration and intensity of exercise.
A List of the Top Running Shoes for Those Who...
Cushioned running shoes provide more flexibility and cushioning than typical running shoes. They tend to be more comfortable than regular running shoes.
The Best Ways to Boost Sports Endurance
Endurance training improves the circulatory and respiratory system's ability to supply energy to the working muscles and support sustained activity
What to Expect if You Undergo Arthroscopic...
Arthroscopic surgery is the standard outpatient treatment to repair a torn meniscus. s.
Stretching Basics Everyone Should Know
Stretching is a fundamental way to improve your overall health and fitness, and a complete stretching routine can take as little as ten minutes.
Lateral Band Walking Exercise
The lateral mini-band walking exercise strengthens the hip abductors, particularly the glute medius, and improves hip and knee stability.
The Most Common Methods for Measuring Body...
What's the difference between body composition and percent body fat?
Should You Worry About a Sports Hernia?
A sports hernia is an injury seen in athletes in a variety of sports. The sports hernia occurs when there is a weakening of the muscles of the abdominal wall. Treatment of a sports hernia may require surgery if the symptoms do not resolve with conservative treatments.
What Is the Principle of Specificity?
Principle of Specificity - Definition
10 Benefits of Treadmill Workouts
Running purists may eschew the treadmill, but there are some reasons a treadmill workout may be right for you.
What You Should Know About Foot Anatomy and...
A brief overview of foot anatomy and physiology.
The Basic Bridge Exercise for a Better Butt
The bridge exercise helps strengthen the glutes, hamstrings and core.
7 Shoe Inserts to Banish Foot Pain
Not every athlete needs an insert, but if you are prone to overuse injuries, or have foot, knee or back pain or instability, you may benefit from one.
5 Tips for Eating Right After You Exercise
What you eat after your workout is critical to exercise recovery. Use these tips to determine the best meals after exercising to stay healthy.
Learn About Concentric Muscle Contraction and...
A concentric muscle contraction is a type of muscle activation that increases tension on a muscle as it shortens.
Work the Whole Core with 17 Effective Ab...
The best ab exercises for athletes should work the entire core, not just the abdominal muscles.
Can You Tell the Difference Between a Sprain...
Sprains and strains can be painful and cause severe swelling. Learn how to treat these common injuries can speed your recovery.
Prevent Achilles Tendon Injuries with These...
Learn how to safely perform a standing Achilles tendon and heel stretch
Does Ice Water Really Boost Workout Recovery?
Many elite athletes use an ice water bath as a standard way to recover from intense workouts. What does a dip in an ice water bath do and can it improve exercise recovery and performance?
Blast Your Abs With This Exercise
The Captain's Chair or vertical knee raise exercise came in second on the list of best exercises for the rectus abdominus. Here's how to perform it.
How's Your Aerobic Fitness? Try This 12 Minute...
The 12 minute run test is a basic test used by coaches, trainers and athletes to assess their current fitness and to monitor their progress during fitness training.
The One Thing Your Should Always Do Before You...
A proper warm before exercise has many important physiological and psychological benefits for athletes.
Should You Ice or Heat a Sports Injury?
Confused about when to use ice and when to use heat on your injuries, aches and pains? Here are the guidelines for deciding on ice or heat for injuries.
The Best Abdominal Exercise Equipment Choices
Can exercise equipment help you get better abs? Here are a few items that just might.
What Is Piriformis Syndrome?
Piriformis Syndrome - what it is and how to treat it.
Try This Test to Measure Upper Body Strength
The push up fitness test is a basic test used by coaches, trainers and athletes to assess their current fitness and to monitor their progress during fitness training.
Why Carbs Are Important for Exercise
Carbohydrate is arguably the most important source of energy for athletes. No matter what sport you play, carbs provide the energy that fuels muscle contractions.
Can You Pinch an Inch? This Simple Method...
The skinfold measurement test is one common method of determining a person's percentage of body fat or body composition.
Side Stitch: Why It Occurs and How to Prevent It
What causes a side stitch or side ache while running
Best Choices for Stability Shoes
Stability running shoes give athletes a mix of comfort and stability and are a good choice for athletes without major pronation and supination issues.
Should You Exercise One Muscle or Many Muscles...
For most people compound exercises provide better results than isolation exercises and should be the core of any weight training routine.
What is Eccentric Achilles Tendon Strengthening?
Learn how to safely perform an eccentric Achilles tendon strengthening exercise.
10 Reasons Your Hip Hurts
Here are some of the most common causes of hip pain or injury in athletes. Learn how to prevent and treat hip pain during sports.
How Overloading Can Improve Your Fitness
The Principle of Overload - Definition
Take This Test to Measure Your Flexibility
The sit and reach test is the most common measurement of lower back and hamstring flexibility.
Top Tips for Overcoming Performance Anxiety in...
Overcoming Performance Anxiety with Sports Psychology. How to psyche yourself up, calm yourself down and overcome performance anxiety.
What's the Best Pain Reliever for Sports...
What pain medication should you take for sports injuries?
Stretching Appropriately Has a Variety of...
Soccer is a demanding sport. Warming up and stretching appropriately can have a variety of benefits for soccer players no matter what the skill level.
Build Quad Strength and Endurance with the Wall...
The wall sit exercise is a quad burner. It is generally used for building isometric strength and endurance in the quadriceps, glutes and calves.
Treadmill vs Outside Running - Is it the Same...
Is Running on a Treadmill As Good As Running Outside? Is outdoor running better than the treadmill? Well, there are pros and cons to each.
Is a Ruptured Achilles Tendon as Bad as It...
A Ruptured Achilles Tendon causes sudden pain in the back of the lower leg.
Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain Treatment Tips
These tips can help you treat plantar fasciitis and heel pain.
Muscle Hypertrophy Refers to the Increase in...
Muscle hypertrophy is a term for the increase of the size of muscle cells. The most common type of hypertrophy occurs as a result of physical exercise.
Bicycle Crunches: One of the Best Ab Exercises
The Bicycle Crunch exercise tops the list of best ab exercises for activating the rectus abdominus.
Do Push Ups the Right Way with These Tips
The push-up exercise is a great upper body and core strength exercise that when done properly uses muscles in the chest, shoulders, triceps, back, abs and even the legs.
What Can I Do for a Pulled Quadricep?
Quadriceps Pull or Tear - a pain in the front of the thigh
The Athlete's Guide to Stretching and Flexibility
Do you know the difference between stretching and flexibility?
Learn About Principle of Progression in Weight...
The Principle of Progression implies that there is an optimal level of overload that should be achieved, as well as an optimal time frame for it to occur.
Can Fat Be an Athlete's Best Fuel?
Fat provides an essential fuel source for endurance athletes.
Create Your Best Interval Training Workout
Interval training workout routines can build fitness fast. Learn how to design a safe and effective interval training workout.
Check Out This Advanced Core Exercise
Credited to Bruce Lee, the Dragon Flag is an advanced core exercise
Do These Exercises for Better Abs
To get the most from your ab exercise, be sure to engage the entire core.
Joint Popping and Cracking - Is It Serious?
What causes Crepitus? Joint noise such as popping and cracking, and is there anything I can do about it?
Does Stretching Matter?
Learn what the research says about stretching before and after exercise.
Concussion Signs and Symptoms
Any blow to the head can result in a concussion or another serious brain injury, but knowing what to watch for can reduce your risk of head injury complications.
Try Weighted Step Ups for Stronger Quads and...
The weighted step up exercise is a simple way for both beginning and advanced athletes to build leg strength and power quickly and with a low risk of injury.
How to Stretch the Piriformis Muscle and Open...
Use these piriformis stretches to open your hips and keep the piriformis limber. Try the lying stretch as well as sitting cross-legged and a chair variation.
Sports Injury First Aid Treatment
First aid treatment tips for dealing with a sports injury on the spot.
Don't Let an Injury Wipe Out Your Fitness -...
If you have an injury, chances are you will need to take some time off to recover, but there are ways to maintain some fitness while recovering from many sports injuries.
This Exercise Works 6 Muscles at Once!
The lunge with twist exercise targets the quads, glutes and improves balance and core strength.
How 30 Second Sprints Get You Fitter Than Jogging
Want more endurance? Do some sprints! Just six workouts of 30-second sprints may be more effective in improving cardiovascular fitness than an hour of daily moderate activity.
Is strength training the fountain of youth for...
The fountain of youth? Your guide to strength training after age 50
Ganglion Cysts
Ganglion cysts are small round lumps typically on the wrist, but occasionally on a finger or top of a foot.
How to Measure Body Fat with Hydrostatic...
Hydrostatic Underwater Weighing is a method of determining body composition and body fat by weighing an athlete in a 'dunk tank.'
What's the Best Running Shoe for Your Foot Type?
Find the best running shoe for your foot type.
The Best Sport Watches for Athletes Hold Up...
A sports watch needs to stand up to extreme conditions and still offer the features you need. Here are some recommendations for watches athletes can use.
Top 10 Questions About Abdominal Exercises
Get answers to your questions about abdominal exercise.
Are you doing the V-Sit Ab Exercise right?
How to do the V-Sit abdominal exercise for core strength and the mistakes to avoid as well as ways to modify the V-sit for maximum results.
Why Do People Get Shin Splints?
Shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome) is a common running injury that results in pain over the shin bone.
Learn to Safely Stretch Your Iliotibial Band
Learn how to safely perform a simple IT band standing stretch.
Try These 5 Simple Ways To Ease Tight Painful...
This stretching program can help reduce hamstring pain and prevent hamstring pulls.
When Is the Best Time of Day to Exercise?
What is the best time to exercise? There are pros and cons of morning, afternoon and evening exercise and athletic performance, but research may uncover the best time for exercise.
The Definition of Isokinetic
An isokinetic muscle contraction is one in which the muscle contracts and shortens at constant rate of speed.
When To See a Doctor for Knee Pain
Most athletes will experience some knee pain from time to time, but there are some clues that indicate more serious knee pain that may need to be seen by a doctor for a complete evaluation and treatment plan.
Blood Doping and Athletes: What You Need to Know
The use of erythropoietin (EPO) is one recent way athletes have tried to artificially boost their red blood cell count and athletic performance, particularly in the professional cycling world.
Visualization and Mental Rehearsal Can Improve...
Many elite athletes routinely use visualization techniques as part of training and competition. Visualization is the process of creating a mental image.
Are You Drinking Enough Water During Exercise?...
Athletes need to hydrate, but how much water should you drink?
What are Tendonitis and Tendinopathy?
Tendonitis is a common sports injury that often occurs from overuse.
5 Great Fitness Tips for Every Woman Over 50
The top 5 tips for women over age 50 to get, and stay, fit.
Basic Strength Training Principles You Should...
There are many different ways to build muscle strength, but they all boil down to some very basic principles. These four principles are the foundation upon which to build an efficient and productive strength training routine.
Should Mitral Valve Prolapse Concern Athletes?
Athletes with mitral valve prolapse - Is there a cause for concern?
Can You Complete a Navy SEAL's Workout
The Navy SEALs Workout routine progresses you quickly to get results fast. Are you up to the challenge?
Herniated Discs
A herniated disc occurs when all or part of the soft center of a spinal disc ruptures through a weakened part of the disc and puts pressure on the spinal nerves.
Why Athletes Use Performance Enhancing Drugs
Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED) used in sports include any substance, drugs, procedures and even devices that are intended to improve athletic performance. Some of these substances are naturally occurring and completely legal while others are manufactured, illegal or banned by many sporting organizations.
A Superset Blends Two Separate Exercises...
In strength training, a superset occurs when the participant moves quickly from one exercise to another without taking a break between the exercises.
Athletes and Protein: How Much is Enough?
Athletes need protein primarily to repair and rebuild muscle that is broken down during exercise and to store carbohydrates in the form of glycogen.
How Are Ankle Sprains Caused, Treated, and...
Ankle Sprain - treatment and prevention of a sprained ankle and ankle pain
Your Quick Guide to Steroids in Sports
The use of anabolic steroids is banned in professional and organized sports. Steroids are a class of drugs that are legally available only by prescription.
Overhead Lunge Exercise Works Nearly Every...
This is a variation of the basic lunge exercise that works the entire body and has tremendous benefits for most athletes. By holding weight overhead while performing a lunge, you build upper- and- lower-body strength, increase the power and speed in the legs and improve core strength during movement.
9 Simple Ways to Do More Sit-ups for Super Core...
These tips will help you learn how to do more sit-ups, build your abdominal and core strength and endurance, and ace your next fitness test.
What to Do About a Torn Rotator Cuff
Symptoms include pain in the shoulder when the arm is raised or extended out from the side of the body.
When Should You Exercise in Pain?
Understanding the difference between pain and discomfort during exercise can be the difference between injury and progression.
Best Exercise Equipment for a Home Gym
Here are some of the best equipment picks for home gym.
Top 10 Recommended Sport Sunglasses
Sport Sunglass for men and women athletes come in a variety of styles and shapes designed specifically for sports. Here are some of the top selling sport sunglasses.
How You Can Assess Your Core Strength
The Core Muscle Strength and Stability Test is one way to assess your current core strength and gauge your progress over time.
What is VO2 Max?
VO2 Max - Definition: VO2 max is the maximal oxygen uptake or the maximum volume of oxygen that can be utilized in one minute during maximal or exhaustive exercise.
How Good is Your Shoulder Flexibility? Test It...
The shoulder flexibility test is the most common measurement of upper body and shoulder flexibility. Learn how to take the test on your own.
The Right Way to Use a Spin Bike
Good bicycle positioning, even on a stationary or spin bicycle, is critical to cycling comfort and efficiency. Here are tips for adjusting your bicycle to avoid pain or injury.
Reverse Plank Exercise
The Reverse Plank exercise helps strengthen the glutes, hamstrings and core.
Sports Concussions Signs and Symptoms
Any athlete can suffer a concussion either from mild and severe blows to the head.

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