Our clients work hard to develop shoulders that are aesthetically pleasing, and learning how to spot shoulder impingement and other dysfunction is an integral part of the big somatic “picture.”
Though your body makes it look easy, dynamic shoulder moves are the result of several muscles and tendons in the rotator cuff anatomy.
Research offers insight into how much and what type of exercise may help reduce systemic inflammation and promote a healthy immune system.
The risk of ACL tears may be highly influenced by genetic predisposition, according to a study reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Most people think of the “baby boom” as a huge uptick in the birthrate following World War II, and while that’s true, here’s another view: By the end of 2030, all baby boomers will be over the age of 65 (United States Census Bureau 2018), resulting in a “senior boom.” As this shift occurs, it’s increasingly likely that fitness professionals will need to work with people who are experiencing normal age-related physiological changes. Understanding how these changes impact seniors is essential for trainers and instructors wanting to best serve this population’s unique needs.
With a tailored regimen that includes muscular power training, adults can keep their bodies fit and functional well into their later years.
Fitness professionals understand how critical functional feet are for training. After all, the feet and ankles act as “shock absorbers” for the body.
Researchers found that not performing repetitions to failure may be more effective at increasing muscle size and endurance in untrained individuals.
Lower-body and multijoint exercises appear to be more appropriate for developing maximal strength than single-joint, isolated, upper-body exercises.
Polish researchers evaluated the effects of adding pelvic-floor muscle education and training to a prenatal high-/low-impact exercise program.
You may not be familiar with the sartorius muscle, but you’ve no doubt flexed it during countless lower-body exercises, stretches and yoga poses.
It turns out we may be able to “bank” muscular training benefits from our younger selves to help maintain muscular strength as we age. One caveat: We must train again to reap those benefits.
New research shows that single-leg cycling drills may be a valuable way to address dominant/nondominant leg diﬀerences. University of Calgary researchers in Canada investigated aerobic performance in relation to leg dominance.
Hamstring injuries are frequent and costly for professional soccer players and important for all active people to avoid. Medical professionals with the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) developed an injury prevention program that blends evidence-based methods and practical considerations. It emphasizes the need for individualized training that targets an athlete’s specific risk factors, based on ongoing screening and monitoring.
When you think about exercising core muscles, do you remember your diaphragm? Its two main functions involve breathing and biomechanics, and it’s one of the most important muscles for maintaining intra-abdominal pressure (Nelson 2012). Intra-abdominal pressure is like a weight belt applied from the inside. If your body can’t regulate this pressure, you may experience poor motor control and lack of spinal stability. Plus, when the diaphragm is not properly engaged, other muscles must compensate, increasing your risk of injury.
Water exercise is a great alternative to treadmill or outdoor walking for people who experience discomfort when training on land.
The mental aspect of strength training is often given short shrift, but now a systematic review has analyzed relevant research to determine which most benefits weightlifting performance: focusing externally on the intended weightlifting result, focusing internally on the body or having no specific focus.
Here’s motivating news for older adults and those who train them. New research shows that older men, even in their 80s, can build muscle mass regardless of training background.
Resistance Training for older adults is pivotal for thwarting the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle and aging.
Muscle cramps can stop athletes in their tracks. Although they usually self-extinguish within seconds or minutes, the abrupt, harsh, involuntary muscle contractions can cause mild-to-severe agony and immobility, often accompanied by knotting of the affected muscle (Minetto et al. 2013). And cramps are common; 50%–60% of healthy people suffer muscle cramps during exercise, sleep or pregnancy or after vigorous physical exertion (Giuriato et al. 2018).