In a previous issue of Inner IDEA Body-Mind-Spirit Review, we asked: When teaching your Pilates students proper head and cervical spine placement, what is the most common mistake and how do you help correct it? Here’s what you had to say.
The average American spends at least an hour a day in his or her car -- and probably doesn't think of it as a place for physical activity. But those long commutes, maddening traffic jams and endless carpools for the kids can provide a surprising opportunity to tone those muscles and, maybe, relieve a little stress. Besides, drivers (and passengers) focused on tightening the muscles while wa...
Sabrina Aspesi straddles a wood and metal exercise machine that resembles a reincarnation of a medieval torture rack – complete with pulleys, chains and weight plates. Her torso bends forward and back, arms and hands pushing and pulling two large knobs in fluid, sweeping, circular movements – as if stirring a giant vat of milk.This is the Gyrotonic workout, a regimen that some fitness-in...
When you get sick with a cold or the flu, is the weight you lose fat or just water?A San Diego LPCer e-mailed me that question last week after she lost seven pounds in just a few days from being under the weather. Find the answer--as well as information about the sodium in some popular frozen dinners, stand-up desks for the office and electronic tools to track your calories and activity--in tod...
Power Training for the Core
By Tom Seabourne, PhD Karate masters have known for centuries how to harness core power, the next logical step to putting some punch into your client's fitness program.
ow many possible ways can a personal trainer serve up abdominal exercises before a client loses interest? Core programs once focused primarily on sit-ups and crunches, but creative adaptations today have...
CORE CONDITIONING TAKES CENTER STAGE
Today's core stabilization training programs are a far cry from traditional abdominal workouts.
BY AMANDA VOGEL, MA
An escalating interest in functional training has made core conditioning one of the hottest new fitness trends. But unlike some fitness trends, core conditioning is more than just a passing fad. In fact, health and fitness experts consider the ri...
BY BARON BAPTISTE
epetitive sports training, long hours of sitting at work, the activities of daily living or just a sedentary lifestyle. . . . All these can cause our bodies to become structurally and muscularly imbalanced. If chronic strain and imbalance continue unopposed, the body's systems start to break down and injuries begin to pile up. As the saying goes, "If you do what you did...
Michele Olson, PhD, FACSM, professor of exercise science at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama, and Cherie Wells, lecturer in physiotherapy and clinical education coordinator at the University of Western Sydney in Penrith, Australia, both lead investigators of multiple Pilates studies, offer the following research-based practical tips on what mind-body fitness professionals should emphasize to maximize Pilates benefits for clients:
This is the tip I give clients: Picture a string pulling your head up toward the ceiling. This helps to create space between the vertebrae; when you relax, the spinal segments can then realign.
My favorite way to teach proper pos- ture is to have people close their eyes and slowly tip their spine forward and back and side to side to find their true “good posture.”
Everyone’s spine is slightly different, and mirrors can only get us so far. Real posture is found within each person through body awareness.
The American workplace is not exactly the safest place to be these days. We are either sedentary desk jockeys who hear almost daily that sitting is the new smoking, or we are laboring, lifting, twisting, and performing repetitive tasks, all of which can lead to work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs). How can you prepare the occupational athletes among your clientele to work safely and to avoid injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff disorders and back