How Ankle Weights Can Help You While Staying at Home
Exercise Basics

How Ankle Weights Can Help You While Staying at Home

During this time when gyms are closed, many people have been investing in equipment in order to get some exercise at home.  Perhaps you are lucky enough to already have a few items that you have been using or that have been languishing in a closet for awhile.  Here I would like to make a…

Can Doing Push-ups Save Your Life?
Exercise Basics

Can Doing Push-ups Save Your Life?

Recently there was a splash in the news that you may or may not have seen. Apparently, there was a research study done on over 1000 male fire fighters testing how many push-ups each could do. The fire fighters were then followed for 10 years to determine who had the most cardiovascular disease or actual…

One-Sided Exercise: Good Idea or Not?
Exercise Basics

One-Sided Exercise: Good Idea or Not?

Perhaps some of you have heard that, if you strength train with one arm, the other arm gets a bit stronger just by association. That is actually true! A huge analysis of studies on this has shown an 11.9% to 17.7% increase in strength of the non-trained limb, depending on the type of training. There…

Does Your Inner Thigh Jiggle?
Exercise Basics | Movement

Does Your Inner Thigh Jiggle?

Some of us spend a bit of time thinking about what is going on with our inner thighs. Probably mostly it’s women who do this.  Maybe it’s especially apparent during bathing suit season, but it can come to mind any time. This issue may send some of you to the gym to use the thigh…

The  Awesomeness of Warming Up
Exercise Basics | Mindset | Movement

The Awesomeness of Warming Up

If you watch professional sports you will notice that the athletes warm up like crazy. They roll around, stretch, scrimmage, practice throwing, get the footwork going, and on and on. And…get this…before Tiger Woods pulled out a win at the Master’s Tournament this year, he reportedly (by his own admission) woke up at 3:45 AM…

What Do Nerves Have to Do with Working Out?
Exercise Basics | Movement

What Do Nerves Have to Do with Working Out?

Here, I am not talking about the kind of nerves that make you nervous. It’s about the nerves that make your muscles work. Turns out that your nerves are a key component to any exercise you do. It is important to figure out what they are doing for you so that your workouts can have…