Training on the Go

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Jan 312013

Many people have professions where they live out of a suitcase; salespeople, pilots, security contractors, etc. All of those hours on the road, in a plane, or at meetings – being sedentary can add up. Here are 5 tips to follow to ensure that your fitness levels don’t drop off:

1. Prior to embarking on a trip, identify  the exercise facilities at the hotel where you are staying. If there is no fitness center at your destination, identify where the nearest gyms are located. Make sure to call the gyms to see how much it costs to train for the day or week.

2. No hotel gym, no nearby gym, what next? If the fitness facilities are nowhere to be found, look for outdoor parks or schoolyards. Everyone has the ability to walk, jog, or run. Weather permitting, find a place and start running. Many parks have fixed exercise equipment and space that are good for pull-ups, push-ups, hanging crunches, dips.

3.  Take the stairs at the hotel. If you are one or two flights up from the ground level; take the stairs. Avoid the escalators, power yourself up and down the stairs.

4.  Stuck in a hotel room – what to do? Push-ups in all of their varieties, crunches, reverse crunches, and planks – to name just a few exercises. Bathroom floors are generally slick so you can perform the following: a) stand with one leg on a hand towel on the floor b) slide your leg backwards as your body descends towards the ground c) engaging the muscles of your other leg, slide the leg on the towel back to the starting point. This exercise will work quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes and core muscles. Do about 10-fifteen repetitions each leg for 2-3 sets. You can also slide your legs laterally to work on adductor and abductor strength.

5. Bring your own equipment. Jump ropes, push-up handles, and a TRX kit are easy to take and affix anywhere. With the TRX you will need access to a crossbeam of some sort or a tree. For more information on a TRX kit, click on the banner to the right or the link below:

Holiday Shopping Fitness

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Oct 242012

Now is the time for holiday planning because once Thanksgiving comes around, the gloves come off and it is a free for all for the latest and greatest products, clothes, and toys. Am I talking about a shopping list, NOOOO! I am talking about preparing your body to be in prime physical condition to withstand the long lines at stores, the pushing, the shoving, and the running to the nearest open cashier. Every year we hear on the news about how people get trampled or beat up as the doors open for business at your favorite store. If you are a Cyber Monday type of person, be prepared to see the holidays come and go while you are still waiting for your gift to be shipped due to a backlog in ordering. Survival of the fittest is the name of the game.

The TRX Tactical Trainer offers a great solution to help you get fit for the holidays.


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Aug 242011

There seem to be a number of competing schools of thought regarding athletic foot wear. On one side we have the specialists who believe that a different shoe is needed for every type of activity. We have the running shoe, trail shoe, basketball shoe, tennis shoe, and then the different variety of cleats for baseball, football, and track.

Then we have the all purpose shoe – which many manufacturers of cross trainers (who also make specialty shoes) claim can be used for a multitude of athletic endeavors.

So what do you get if you engage in multiple activities yet don’t want to blow out your budget?

Follow these 5 tips:

1. Identify if the demands of your favorite physical activities are similar in scope. If you love basketball as well as tennis, these are court sports which require lots of jumping, sudden changes in direction, and explosive moves. A shoe with a small heel to toe ratio with great ankle support for lateral moving is ideal. Provided that you play a majority of your tennis on hard courts, then you can get away with using the same shoes for both sports. If you play much of your tennis on clay courts, then you will want to find shoes whose soles can grip the surface quite well.

2. Identify what type of gym goer you are. If you go to the gym and run on the treadmill, use machines, do most of your lifting on benches then you can get away with a cross trainer or running shoe. If you engage in olympic lifting, kettlebells, or cross fit type work outs, you will want a low profile shoe with little to no cushioning. The reason for having next to nothing in terms of support is so that the transference of force from your body to the ground is not inhibited by foam. If you are a runner and by that I mean you are running like 20-30 miles per week, then you want a nice light but cushioned shoe.

3. Comfort -If you are wearing athletic shoes because of they are “in” yet cause you pain, they are not for you and you are doing yourself a disservice. If you feel more comfortable running in cross trainers than sport specific running shoes, use them. Try out several brands in stores before purchasing.

4. Keep your athletic shoes for athletics –  This is a big one. You can extend the lifetime your shoes by reserving them for your time in the gym, court, or field of play. If you want get shoes to go everywhere with, buy a pair of casual shoes, don’t use your Under Armours, Nikes, or Rebooks for  walking around town.

5. Identify your level of seriousness about your sports – If you are only playing basketball once a week, tennis once, and casually run 1-5 miles per week.You don’t need to get a super engineered shoe for each sport, a cross trainer will do you righteous. These days the major shoe manufacturers are designing cross trainers that are lower to the ground reducing the incidents of people turning ankles while participating in reactive sports. If you are playing very competitive basketball games or tennis matches multiple times per week, run or part take in power/ballistic type  sports then invest in a specialized shoe.

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