DB Step-ups, Hip Activation and Knee Stability

What factors impact hip activation and knee stability? How are these altered in clients who are post-rehab for ACL tears? What should we look for as signs that an activity should be changed or adjusted to ensure that the desired training effect occurs? As it relates to glute/hip activation in relation to knee stability during… Continue reading DB Step-ups, Hip Activation and Knee Stability

What is Intuitive and Reflexive Exercise?

Intuitive exercise. Reflexive exercise. As Strength & Fitness Coaches, we’ve all heard these terms before. Intuitive exercise allows the body to “load into dysfunction” in order to permit the neuro-muscular system a chance to discover functional pathways, or strategies, to complete the task, with correction of the postural or movement pattern dysfunction becoming part of… Continue reading What is Intuitive and Reflexive Exercise?

Hormonal Response to Cardio and Weight Training

Every day a lot of people cycle to and from work or visit the gym to lift heavy weights. Regardless of the form of training they choose, almost everyone does it to improve their health. But we actually know surprisingly little about exactly how different forms of training affect our health. However, now researchers from… Continue reading Hormonal Response to Cardio and Weight Training

Stress, Brain Size and Personality: A Study

Do you, or did you, breeze through tests in school? Or were you stressed about every quiz? Does risk-taking make you excited or make you hide in the corner? Are you fearful of the future or striding boldly into it? As it turns out, the difference may lie in the size of your brain. Well,… Continue reading Stress, Brain Size and Personality: A Study

Women’s Cells Stay Young on a Healthy Diet

Every woman wants to feel and look younger. Let’s face it, so does every guy. But this isn’t about men. Sorry, fellas. This is about the recent study that indicates that women who eat a healthy, varied diet tend to have cells more resistant to cellular aging. According to a study published in the American… Continue reading Women’s Cells Stay Young on a Healthy Diet

Strawberries Reduce Colon Inflammation, Help IBD Sufferers

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a set of painful conditions that can cause severe diarrhea and fatigue. Treatments can include medications and surgery. But now researchers report that a simple dietary intervention could mitigate colonic inflammation and improve gut health. In this case, a strawberry — or rather, less than a cupful of strawberries —… Continue reading Strawberries Reduce Colon Inflammation, Help IBD Sufferers

Obesity, Diabetes and Healthy Fat Cells

About 422 million people around the world, including more than 30 million Americans, suffer from diabetes. Approximately 90-95% of them have type 2 diabetes. These people cannot effectively use insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas that helps the body turn blood sugar (glucose) into energy. Insulin resistance, or the inability to use insulin, results… Continue reading Obesity, Diabetes and Healthy Fat Cells