Osteoporosis, Age, Parkinson’s decrease dynamic balance and increase fall risk

Motor abilities influence an individual’s success in the performance of certain motor skills (Magill & Anderson, 2013). A motor ability of interest is dynamic balance, or the ability to maintain stability while one is in motion, as there is a strong correlation between poor balance and falls (although it is not the only factor), whichContinue reading “Osteoporosis, Age, Parkinson’s decrease dynamic balance and increase fall risk”

Will Power and Healthy Habits

Psychological deterrents to exercise and healthy eating adherence are of great interest to me. We’ve previously discussed that people who are more skillful may be more likely to be active, and self-efficacy research reveals that an individual’s belief in his or her ability to successfully do an activity is a large determinant of if heContinue reading “Will Power and Healthy Habits”

Why it’s important to expand your movement comfort zone!

Clark (1995) theorizes that there is a positive correlation between one’s motor skillfulness and daily activity level. This is important because of the rising obesity- and inactivity-related diseases in our society and the decreases in activity among everyone from children to adults. Low self-efficacy toward movement abilities and diminishing movement comfort zones play a roleContinue reading “Why it’s important to expand your movement comfort zone!”

Sprint Development and Motor Programming Theories

Sprinting is a motor skill used by many athletes to achieve goals in their particular sports. Soccer players sprint up and down a field chasing a soccer ball or opponent player and making breakaways. Baseball players sprint from base to base, and football players sprint to get the ball into the end zone or toContinue reading “Sprint Development and Motor Programming Theories”

Practice makes perfect

I grew up to the sound of instructors reciting the mantra, “Practice makes perfect.” I was taught that all I had to do was practice hard and often, and one day, I’d be a master of whatever task I was working at. Unfortunately, research shows that the process isn’t that simple. One must deliberately practiceContinue reading “Practice makes perfect”

A Case For Crawling…In Your Workout!

When was the last time you crawled? On your hands and knees or hands and toes? Forward, backward, sideways, clockwise, counterclockwise? Many haven’t crawled since they learned to walk as babies. Go crawl right now. On your hands and toes, down and back in the nearest hallway. I DARE YOU! I bet it’s harder than youContinue reading “A Case For Crawling…In Your Workout!”

Excuse #1: I don’t have a plan

“I don’t have a plan.” “I don’t know what to do.” You walk into the gym. What machines do you use? What exercises do you do? Reps? Sets? Weight? What about in your workout tomorrow? I’m going to make it easy for you and outline exactly what you need to do in the gym. Your tasks:Continue reading “Excuse #1: I don’t have a plan”

Reflections

Last week, two significant events occurred in my life: I celebrated my 25th birthday   My uncle tragically and unexpectedly passed away Needless to say, my mind is full of overwhelming thoughts and emotions as I reflect on a quarter of a century of my life and everything my uncle meant to me and my family. IContinue reading “Reflections”

All About That Bass!

Everyone loves a nice, strong booty but getting one takes work! Activation Drills The first challenge many face on the road to booty gains is muscle activation. A great percentage of our days are spent, not generating power through our bums but sitting on them! For many, getting those gluteus muscles firing properly takes someContinue reading “All About That Bass!”

A Warm Up and A Workout

I write a lot about the pieces of the workout puzzle. For a change, here is a workout to try! Dynamic Warm Up Start with some foam rolling. Get 4 positions on your thighs:  front (quads), outside (IT Band), inside (adductor), back (hamstrings). Then, roll calves, glutes, upper back, lats and pecs. Only spend 10-20Continue reading “A Warm Up and A Workout”