All About That Core

So you want a stronger core. Who doesn’t? But what does that mean to you? In my experience, the majority of people who are trying to strengthen their cores focus solely on exercises that target their rectus abdominis muscle, commonly called the abdominals or abs. Think sit-ups: Some people will also do exercises that focus on their obliques. Think Russian twists […]

5 Excuses for Not Working Out—And How To Beat Them

You don’t need a reminder about the infinite benefits of daily exercise. And we all know you had every intention of working out yesterday, you really did! But you know what they say about good intentions: the road to watching reality TV on the couch is paved with ’em. (Trust me; I can see the […]

The Three C’s of Choosing a Personal Trainer

Personal trainers come in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life. Some are life-changing professionals and some are best avoided. So how do you know what to look for and who to choose? Here are my three C’s of choosing a personal trainer:   1. CREDENTIALS The first thing you should do […]

Goldilocks and the Three Glutes

Your glutes or buttocks are comprised of three muscles: Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Medius, and Gluteus Minimus. Together with a muscle called the Tensor Fasciae Latae (TFL), they make up the gluteals. One of the best ways I’ve come up with to explain the difference between your three glute muscles is to draw parallels between your […]

Tread Carefully

There are a three simple rules I think you should follow no matter what you are doing or how experienced you are on the treadmill. These are the rules all my clients follow and the rules I follow. They are easy and take almost no effort, but are still often ignored. I urge you not […]

Muscle Roles During Movement

Agonist: Any muscle that is the primary mover in a joint motion. Also called Prime Mover. Antagonist: Any muscle that acts against an agonist. Your muscles are paired around your joints in a push-pull relationship, so that if an agonist moves your body one direction, its antagonist moves you the opposite direction. When an agonist […]

Types of Muscle Contractions

There are three important types of muscle contractions: Concentric (muscle shortening): When your muscle exerts more force than is being placed upon it, your muscle is strong enough to shorten and therefore move the associated part of your body. This is also known as flexion and happens when you “successfully” contract your muscle(s). Isometric (neither […]