Archive for January, 2008

Having trouble with pushups?

Monday, January 7th, 2008

If you are just starting an exercise program, pushups provide a great upper body and core workout. The problem is…they can be difficult to perform as a beginner. Most beginners don’t have the upper body strength to correctly perform a pushup. I like to start my beginner clients off with an elevated pushup, e.g., stable bench, counter top, wall, etc. Having your body in an elevated position will relieve stess/weight off the shoulders, making it easier to recruit the chest, shoulder, and tricep muscles; as well as the core and stabalizer muscles.

Don’t forget to STRETCH!

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

One of the most common problems I’ve noticed with peoples’ exercise programs is that they do not include stretching in their routine. Stretching helps to lengthen the muscles, increases flexibilty/range of motion, increases blood circulation, and can even reduce the chances of injury. Being more flexible makes it easier to target the proper muscles during exercise. For example, tight hamstring muscles during a squat movement can reduce the depth of the movement, affecting glute recruitment and development. Tight triceps can limit the bicep’s range of motion during a curl, reducing bicep development. So…don’t forget to STRETCH!