Blogs about Balance Training

Exercise That Transforms Lives: Resistance Exercise and Aging Older Adults

I was excited to read another article this month by Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., in the 2nd. Quarter issue of ACSM Certified News about the benefits of resistance exercise for older adults and elderly individuals. An enormous amount of research has been done since the 1980's on the benefits of muscle strengthening exercise and the aging body.

The Not-Really-A-Program Program

If you play a winter sport like hockey or football...any sport where you have much of the summer off...you know that after taking a few weeks off at season's end, it's time to start thinking about some sort of off-season training to prepare your body for the new season. If you have kids, you may even consider sending them to sports camps. They are great, no question, but they can be very expensive and often time comsuming.  

Improve your balance today

 Walking, running, going up and down stairs or playing your favorite sport. What do all these have in common? To some degree, all involve single leg balance. Putting one foot in front of the other.

Balance is Key to an Efficient Golf Swing

 TPI philosophy of the swing: “We don't believe there is one way to swing a club. We believe there are infinite numbers of ways to swing a club, but we also believe that there is one efficient way for all golfers to swing a club, and it's based on what they can physically do.”

5 Reasons To Try Resistance Band Training

Resistance Band Training can help you look better, feel better, and move better so, ultimately, you can live better. “big claims from a 'simple rubber resistance band.' Yes, whether you want to get stronger, faster, lighter, leaner or more mobile, improve your balance or your back-hand, Resistance Bands are the ultimate functional training tool. 1) You want to be able to workout anywhere • No need for a gym membership. Bands are light weight and totally portable, Just throw them in your bag and you can take your “gym” with you.

Multi-Planar Hop with Stabilization (ankle and knee stability)

Ankle Stability and Balance Exercise of Week Single Leg Hop to Balance in 3 planes of motion

Do You BOSU?

Do you BOSU? You should…it’s kind of cool and it could be what your routine is missing. Many people tend toward the same fitness routines of lifting weights or hop on a treadmill and go home. If that’s you then give yourself a pat on the back…you’re doing something good for your body and you’re improving your health. But, there’s so much more you can do.

Don't Be That Person...Start Smart!

At a local hockey arena there is a space that folks use for fitness activities. Some days they have martial arts lessons, some days they have kid’s fitness and so on. I usually glance in as I walk past the area…nosey guy that I am, not really giving their activities a second thought but the other night I noticed some type of a bootcamp going on. As a Personal Trainer it peaked my interest to see what they were doing so I stood and watched for several minutes. What I saw nearly made my eyes bleed.

Functional Fitness Classes.... What is that??? Functional fitness is nothing new, really, it's just basic calisthenic style exercises that help to improve strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, stimulate brain memory, create happy hormones for improve mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and aid in fall prevention, reduce injuries, and identify signs of dehydration... and this is just a few of what my LIFT 2 THRIVE Super Seniors learn about in my on going classes.  

Seniors Fitness Classes LIFT to THRIVE Spring Registration

Spring Quarter Class Registration for LIFT 2 THRIVE starts MARCH 17 at 7:00am, but just a little note, eager new members start lining up as early as 6:30am to get a spot. Open to all adults 55 and over, class fee is $10 for 10 classes, one every week. If you want to take my Tuesday & Thursday classes you have to register for both classes.