What’s Up with Kettlebells Anyway?
Exercise Basics

What’s Up with Kettlebells Anyway?

Kettlebells have been around for a really, really, long time. They have been used in rehab, to improve athletic performance, and to help lots of people with their fitness. How does using them differ from strength training with dumbbells, barbells, or a circuit of machines? Should you consider using them to kick your workouts up…

How’s Your Stability?
Exercise Basics | Movement

How’s Your Stability?

Ever wonder how it is that some people can seemingly balance forever, and others can’t? Or why we tend to lose our ability to balance as we get older? Or, does having good balance mean that your ability to stabilize is awesome? OK, that last question was a bit geeky, but I wanted to get…

3 Ways to Make “The Twist” Work for You
Exercise Basics | Movement

3 Ways to Make “The Twist” Work for You

Remember “The Twist”,  the dance that Chubby Checker popularized back in the early 60’s? It was quite the sensation for several years, and persists to this day, often as a fun interlude to other dance moves. To underscore this point, I would like to share with you an excerpt from a Wikipedia article describing “The…

Why Rowing Is So Good for You!
Exercise Basics

Why Rowing Is So Good for You!

Just so you know, I am not talking about rowing a boat, or even working the rowing machine in the gym. That kind of rowing is great in a lot of ways too. But, for today’s purpose, I am talking about picking up a weight, and pulling it towards your back. Check out the visual…

Ways to Prevent Low Back Pain.  Get on the Ball!
Exercise Basics

Ways to Prevent Low Back Pain. Get on the Ball!

So, what is the deal with Low Back Pain? How come so many people have it, and so many others are likely to get it sooner or later? Why are low backs so vulnerable? Is that why you hear about “working your core” so much? What exactly does that mean, and what is the connection?…

Do You Have Wrist Pain?
Exercise Basics

Do You Have Wrist Pain?

Wrist pain can be a killer. It can keep you up at night, stop you from doing even simple things, and may even be the end of a career. I have known people who literally had to change careers because of severe carpal tunnel syndrome. Even with mild wrist pain, your ability to do many…