Posts Tagged "muscles"

Check Yourself (Workout Checklist)

Check Yourself (Workout Checklist)

In honour of January being the month that more people than usual have fitness on their minds, I’d like to round that out with some details of working out that I will hope you remember to apply. Many of you will know these things, but some don’t, and some will have simply forgotten. I know this because when I run into people at social gatherings or when people tell me what they do for their workouts, as they love to do, I have that internal battle of “Do I risk sounding annoying and correcting them so that they aren’t wasting their time in the gym?” Ooh, I hate that circumstance. So I’ll use my platform here, and then when I run...

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It's Never Too Late: Older Adult Fitness

It's Never Too Late: Older Adult Fitness

Needless to say, the majority of my readers are on the younger side of life. This is because this whole blogging thing is still quite new for most of us (I still have a long way to go in getting it perfect). So, are many 60+ people going to be reading my blog? Potentially not. But that isn’t to say that there aren’t some who are, as this information does apply to everyone. And, that isn’t to say that my younger readers don’t have older friends and relatives to whom this post will apply. I was inspired to write this entry because of beginning work with an 84 year-old client – what satisfying work this is! As we age, our muscles diminish /...

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GET YOUR BEST BUTT!

GET YOUR BEST BUTT!

These are my three top exercises for the GLUTES! Gluteus minimus, gluteus medius and gludius maximus. In other words – your ass. If you want it HIGHER, ROUNDER, TIGHTER or SMALLER, these exercises will essentially sculpt it to its best possible shape – and burn fat at the same time! (Always do a warm-up before performing these or any strength exercises. All are exampled using the left leg first.) STEP-UPS: Repeat all repetitions on one leg, before switching legs. Begin with left heel on a bench in front of you (so leg is bent). Dig through the heel to step up – only tapping right toe on the bench if you need to for balance. Try, however, to force...

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Execute Your Best Pull-Up

Execute Your Best Pull-Up

Listen – it’s not just about getting yourself up there, one way or another. Most people will have to start with a small number of reps or an assistant when doing a pull-up. It is a very difficult move to master. And once you put everything in its place in order to execute it correctly – eliminating momentum and the misuse of the muscles – you will have REAL strength to show off! 1. Make sure you are exhaling as you lift, inhaling to lower. That exhalation is really going to help you power the concentric contraction of the sub-scapular muscles and the lats in the back. 2. As you lower, extend your arms fully and with control (fighting...

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