Balance is very important in every day life. No matter what activities we perfrom on a daily basis, it all involves balance and stability. Having good balance is especially important with the winter months when sidewalks and driveways become slippery or icy. Here are 3 exercises that work the core and also balance.
Step ups are a great exercise, regardless of how high the step is. Step ups work the whole leg, particularily the quads, hips and glutes while also working the core. It is very important to keep the core engaged during the whole exercise, when stepping up and off the step. If you are just starting out with step ups, make sure to have a wall or something near you to grab on to, until you develop the core strength and stability.
Calf Raises are another great exercise to perform to help with balance and stability. They predominately work the calf muscles but also work the core, if performing them properly. You want to keep the core engaged while lifting onto your...
There will always be excuses for not working out, eating nutritionally healthy, etc. Whether it's schedule, state of mind, responsibilities, or otherwise, it doesn't take much searching to find an excuse.
However, what separates those that are successful is the ability to put their reasons above their excuses. They still have excuses, but they don't let them control their life. They keep coming back to why they're working out/eating healthy/etc., using those reasons to ground them and keep them committed.
Our challenge to you is to identify your excuses and your reasons. Which outweigh the other? If the excuses win, it's time to sit down with yourself and reassess what you want and why you want it. Find those reasons that trump the excuses, and your commitment and success will rise to new levels!
Continuously working towards a goal, will start to become a part of who we are. Instead of the goal feeling like something that we have to do, it will start to become a habit and part of your routine. Excellence is achieved by what you repeatedly do, day in and day out!
We've had a lot of questions recently on electrolytes and why we need them. What are they? Why/when do we need them? How much do we need?
What are electrolytes? They are essentially minerals in your blood and other body fluids that carry an electric charge. The body needs these charges in order to facilitate many chemical reactions that make our bodies run properly, namely fluid balance/hydration, muscle contraction, and pH balance. The main electrolytes are sodium, potassium, chloride, bicarbonate, calcium, and phosphate. Magnesium, copper, zinc, iron, manganese, molybdenum, copper, and chromium are also present but less essential. Studies estimate there are 37 billion trillion chemical reactions happening in our bodies every second, with almost all of them being dependent on electrolytes to run smoothly.
For most people, you get enough electrolytes through your normal diet. Electrolyte supplementation usually only becomes needed when you are participating in...
We all have that negative voice that always says "you can't". Remember, that voice is only right if you allow it to be! Whatever your current situation is, your future isn't determined by the voice in your head, but by the actions you take.
We are excited to announce that we have a new member on the team! Meet Cristian Cardona!!
Cristian grew up in Medellin, Colombia and moved to the United States right after graduating from high school. He played collegiate soccer in St. Charles, Missouri and finished his Bachelor’s in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Central Florida (UCF). After that, he got certified as an Exercise Physiologist by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Cristian combined working as an exercise physiologist and soccer coach while playing professional soccer for several years. He has been working in the fitness industry for 11 years and recently completed his Master’s degree in Kinesiology from UCF. Cristian is also certified as a Sports Nutritionist by the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN).
Cristian was working as a coach and youth director for the Orlando City Soccer academy and as a research and teaching assistant at UCF before moving to the...
Do you find yourself struggling more and more with functional movements, like standing off a chair going up stairs?
The glutes are the largest muscles in your body, and are essential for almost every functional movement.
Here are 3 exercises for well-rounded and strong glutes!