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Resistance Training

Train Like You Play

There are many variables that exist in the world of strength and conditioning, most of which athletes and avid exercisers are familiar with adjusting in order to get the desired effect from their exercise.  For example, someone looking to build muscle size may primarily perform their resistance exercises in a certain repetition range and at a certain percentage of their…

3 Myths About Physical Activity

Excuses, excuses, excuses…well, there’s really no excuse to not be moving and grooving throughout your day!  Being physically active is SO BENEFICIAL FOR SO MANY REASONS!  Please don’t use the excuses below to avoid doing something that can actually save your life! 1. It takes too much time: FALSE Does this sound familiar to you? Often times we get busy…

Avoiding “Chronic Cardio”

The term “Chronic Cardio” came into my awareness while reading a book by Mark Sisson titled Primal Endurance.  This term is used to describe the exercise patterns that some of us get into while pursuing our goals, whether they be weight loss, better fitness, or an upcoming race.  The description of this pattern in Mark’s book hits close to home…

How Effective is Blood Flow Restriction in Rehabilitation?

Blood flow restriction (BFR) training is a training method that utilizes a pneumatic cuff (like what’s used when taking blood pressure) or elastic straps to reduce blood flow to muscles during low load strength training. While wearing the cuff with moderate pressure (40% arterial occlusion), patients exercise at 30-40% of their one rep maximum. During heavy load strength training patients…

Resistance Training in Older Adults

National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Position Statement on Resistance Training in Older Adults Resistance training can be intimidating to anyone with limited experience in a gym. There are obvious concerns about technique, parameters, exercise progression, and ultimately safety. For anyone who has not had the luxury of a professionally-assisted introduction to managing these variables it can be overwhelming to know…