Three Variations of Thoracic Extension

Improve upper body posture with thoracic extension exercises. The thoracic spine is the medical name for the midback. Combat slouching and upper cross syndrome by strengthening the thoracic paraspinal muscles. A strong thoracic spine is vital to proper upper body posture, neck health and shoulder function.

Isometric Prone Thoracic Extension

Isometric exercise.

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Neck Strengthening Exercises

Develop powerful neck muscles with manual and banded cervical spine strengthening exercises. Strengthen the cervical paraspinals, trapezius, levator scapula, scalenes, sternocleidomastoids and deep cervical flexors. The cervical spine is medical terminology for the neck. Strong cervical spine muscles may help decrease the risk of concussions and post-concussion syndrome. Perform each exercise slowly through … Read the rest

Neck Strengthening Exercises with a Harness and Weight Plate

Build powerful neck muscles with a head harness and weight plates. These are advanced exercises that should be used by intermediate and advanced level trainees. Begin with manual cervical spine strengthening exercises, gradually increase the intensity with banded cervical spine strengthening exercises then advance to neck strengthening exercises with a head harness and weight plates.Read the rest

Posterior Deltoid Strengthening Exercises

Strengthen the posterior head of the deltoid muscle to develop proportional shoulder strength. The deltoid possess three heads anterior, lateral and posterior. Often times the anterior and lateral heads are stronger than the posterior head. Powerful shoulder require all three heads to be trained properly.

Posterior Deltoid

Origin: Scapular spine

Insertion: Deltoid tuberosity

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Four Shoulder Strengthening Exercises

Strengthen the entire posterior shoulder muscles to develop joint stability, proportional strength and reduced injury risk. Build strength and endurance in the scapular retractor muscles, (Rhomboid major, rhomboid minor, middle trapezius and lower trapezius) with isometric resisted scapular retraction. Enhance strength, coordination and endurance in the scapular retractor muscles, posterior deltoidRead the rest

Four Hamstrings Strengthening Exercises

Build strong hamstrings to improve athletic performance and prevent injuries. The hamstrings are a powerful muscle group located on the back of the thigh. This muscle group consists of three muscles spanning the entire length of the posterior thigh. From the inner to the outer region, the semimembranosus, semitendinosus and the bicep femoris muscles … Read the rest

Health & Fitness Goals

Health and fitness goals can be started anytime but the beginning of the year is a great time to start working toward the achievement of goals. One year is an excellent measuring period for health and fitness goals.

Years can easily be compared to past and future years. Years can be broken down into weekly, … 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