Inner Thigh Strengthening Exercises

Copenhagen Adduction (CA) Protocol [AKA Modified Progressive Copenhagen Adduction (MPCA) Program]

Graduated eccentric training regime that strengthens hip adduction. Six progressive levels. Strengthens and builds endurance in the Hip Adductor Muscles (Adductor Magnus, Adductor Longus, Adductor Brevis, Pectineus, Obturator Externus and Gracilis) and the muscles that attach at the … Read the rest

Three Foot Strengthening Exercises

Strengthen the intrinsic foot muscles and extrinsic foot muscles to improve posture, enhance lower extremity function, increase balance and prevent injuries. Perform foot strengthening exercises consistently and correctly for optimum results. The foot and lower leg muscles are seldom trained. They are often the most neglected muscles in the body. Implement a foot strengthening program … Read the rest

Three Latissimus Dorsi Stretches

Stretch the big powerful latissimus dorsi muscles to reduce muscle tension, improve posture and increase back and shoulder motion. Tightness in the latissimus dorsi can lead to limited function, improper motion and poor posture. Use proper latissimus dorsi muscle stretching techniques to improve function, enhance motion and correct postural flaws such as Upper Cross SyndromeRead the rest

Two Techniques to Lessen Sciatic Nerve Impingement by the Piriformis Muscle

Stretch and foam roll the piriformis muscle to help lessen compression of the sciatic nerve under the piriformis muscle. The powerful combination of stretching and foam rolling helps eliminate the source of Piriformis Syndrome.

Anatomy: The sciatic nerve originates in the gluteal region and travels down the leg. The sciatic nerve is the … Read the rest

Two Protocols to Help Lessen Low Back Pain

Movement is an effective tool to help rehabilitate lumbar spine injuries. Moving in the correct directions is vital for each condition.

Execute the Williams Flexion Exercises to prevent and rehabilitate lumbar spine conditions such as lumbar sprain/strain and facet syndrome. These exercises will help stretch the erector spinae, quadratus lumborum and hamstrings muscles while … Read the rest

Creating New Health Habits

Implementing new health habits is easier when done one at a time. Multiple sudden changes in diet and exercises are often difficult adjustments. It is easier to begin one healthy habit at a time.

New Year’s is a time for resolutions and change. People frequently make New Year’s resolutions to get fitter, become healthier and/or … Read the rest

Build Explosive Power with Kettlebells

Utilize kettlebells to build explosive power.  Functional kettlebell training is beneficial for all athletes to increase cardiovascular and musculoskeletal fitness. Equally important, functional kettlebell training develops explosiveness. Most sports require short bursts of explosive power and kettlebell training delivers that necessity.

Characteristics of kettlebell exercises include large functional movements, multi-joint exercises, momentum, high repetitions, perfect … Read the rest

Squats for Athletes (Part 4)

Perform squats as the focal point of your strength training to become stronger. Learn proper technique and establish sound training practices by working with a knowledgeable strength and conditioning coach or a certified fitness trainer. A detailed warm-up and cool down are essential for optimizing results and minimizing injury risk. Sufficient rest and recovery between … Read the rest

Squats for Athletes (Part 3)

Squats are an incredible lower body exercise. Targeting a large number of major muscles, squats develop the muscles of the back, pelvis, hips and thighs. Training routines can be formulated to increase strength, power, endurance, stamina, cardiovascular fitness and respiratory health.

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Squats for Athletes (Part 2)

Become stronger by including squats in your exercise routine. Squats target the large muscles in the hips, back and thighs. These muscles propel us forward while walking, running and jumping. Increased strength and endurance in the hips, thighs and back optimizes athletic performance and lowers injury risk.

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