Blogs about Stretching

Stretching Strategies

I have over twenty years of experience in fitness, and my opinion is that you should only stretch muscles that are too tight, shortened from too much flexion, or otherwise imbalanced. You should get a functional movement assessment from a fitness professional to determine which muscles are short and tight.  Those muscles are the ones you should stretch before and after exercise.  You can stretch them every day, and once a day is enough.

Taking Care of the Calf, Agility and a Great Recipe

A few ramblings all newsletter style.Read up on what I think is a forgotten calf stretch (at least I don't see anyone doing it) a new toy I bought myself and a GREAT recipe for the vegetables lovers. I made this dish the other night with some roasted chicken and Mmmm mmm! My wife loved it, I loved it and my two Pugs may have gotten a piece of carrot or two. 

OMG...TFL?

It may be that you didn’t even know you had one...or where it might be hiding...or how it can cause you to have an ankle sprain. Find out more by downloading the "blog" in .pdf format.  The document has videos embedded in it so to be able to view them make sure you open the document using Adobe. Opening it in your Internet Explorer or Chrome browser won't play the video properly. https://blog.ideafit.com/files/user_upload/2250478.pdf

Shoulder Health, Summer Tips and More

Something a little different this time. A small blog on the shoulder, some summer tips, a good stretch to try and a couple recipes...all in a Newsletter format. Here it is at the link below http://blog.ideafit.com/files/user_upload/2248686.pdf

To Stretch Or Not To Stretch...That Is The Question

            And the answer is clear…as mud. Back in the day, you would see everyone stretch before taking part in an activity. Life was good. Then, those darn scientists had to get involved with all their studies and facts and then people just got confused.

The Great Gumby Project

Let’s face it…sitting at a desk all day is no fun. Not only is it no fun, it is dangerous! Yikes…sorry to lay that one on you but it’s true. There are as many health risks associated with sitting all day as there are for smoking and being over-weight. Wow…I just brought the mood down a ton.

How and Why to Warm Up

Many people don't warm up--or don't warm up thoroughly--before exercise.  I think a part of the reason why is that they don't understand why you do it.  Today I'm going to talk about how and why to warm up. A number of things happen when you warm up: Joints move through a full range of motion.

Five Stretches You Need!

Five morning stretches is your topic for today. We live in a stressed and perplexed world today don't we? We go to bed wired and we wake up wired too, lol! Well, with the New Year approaching, it's time you started changing this routine.

bellicon Bounce

As a group fitness instructor it is very easy to become bored with the classes you teach. bellicon Bounce is different from any other format I have every taught. Instructors get tired too especially when they are trying to fill the room with as much energy as possible. With bellicon Bounce I can give the class my all without feeling the usual fatigue felt with other formats. Why is this the case? Because bellicon removes the impact felt with the majority of formats found in the fitness world today. bellicon Bounce is a great cardio class that lets you bounce to the beat.

These Workout and Diet Mistakes May Not Be as Bad As You Think

Do you have bad workout and diet habits?