Stephen Burmann

Benicia, CA 94510

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What is your favorite core exercise?

31 Answers | Asked by Monica Foster on Nov 01, 2011

Answered by Stephen Burmann on May 26, 2013

High bar back squat. Hands down.

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What are safest, most effective yoga-core movements?

4 Answers | Asked by Penni (Everinghim) Niles on May 26, 2013

Answered by Stephen Burmann on May 26, 2013

The standing stomach vacuum is one of the safest, and most functional exercises I know. My answer may seem a bit funny, but exercises like this are tremendously beneficial. Focus on deep abdominal breathing and standing with good posture, and you've got a solid foundation for any fitness program.

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Do you put your clients thru stretches before a workout, or do you just put them thru a dynamic warm-up, then static stretch at

10 Answers | Asked by Melissa Sigler on May 24, 2013

Answered by Stephen Burmann on May 26, 2013

I never instruct clients stretch when cold. My warm ups often include dynamic flexibility drills, and joint mobility drills, but never static stretching. There are cases where stretching before an exercise is a good idea. If a client has difficulty with ROM in a certain movement, I incorporate s...

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Can anyone suggest some great games/drills for kid's boot camp

8 Answers | Asked by Melisa Stoner on Nov 06, 2012

Answered by Stephen Burmann on May 26, 2013

Kid's love relay races! I like to use bear crawls, crab walks, and other full body movements that allow kids to do what kids love to do. Keep it fun. Games and sports are where it's at for youth.

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What equipment do you suggest for a personal trainer to have to train clients at home?

71 Answers | Asked by Kym Peterson on Jun 15, 2011

Answered by Stephen Burmann on May 18, 2013

Your clients' goals and needs should determine what you bring. Almost everyone can benefit from body weight exercises though, so in most cases you can work with the environment around you!

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Best core exercises and strength conditioning for people with lower back pain.

11 Answers | Asked by sirguy chambers on May 23, 2012

Answered by Stephen Burmann on May 24, 2012

The 4 pt ab draw in is a fantastic exercise. Stand with your back to a wall, and make sure that your heels, glutes, shoulders, and head are all touching it. Try to pull the belly button to the spine, and press the low back against the wall. Hold as desired, and repeat.

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