Monday, October 10, 2011

Ski and Snowboard Conditioning Classes

 Ski and Snowboard Conditioning Classes
GET READY for a fun and safe snow season in a small group class. Develop the fitness to ski or snowboard at your best.

The class will improve your performance and make injury less likely by addressing:
Mobility- This is similar to flexibility, but is movement based and dynamic
Balance and Stability- Maintaining control of your body while in an unstable and changing environment
Strength- Focus on lower body and core
Endurance- Build the energy to enjoy long runs without tiring

Contact me for details.

Workouts will be challenging and fun, and the payoff is how much more you'll enjoy your skiing and snowboarding by being in shape

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fitness links from the past month

Roundup of recent links from my Facebook page. Typically I post here, then it is automatically sent to Facebook, but lately I've been putting links there first.

Here's a great example of pre-season training combined with FMS. For those wanting the training without becoming a ski bum, I have a Palo Alto ski and snowboard conditioning class that I'll announce soon:

Ski Bums Wanted: Northstar Job Fairs

"Due to previous years’ success, the Northstar Resort Ski & Snowboard School will again offer training opportunities including dry-land, pre-season training for ski and snowboard instructor candidates. This training includes aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, functional movement screen analysis and corrective exercise, and PSIA and AASI pre-certification prep and clinics."

Vegan Calisthenics : Featured Athlete Frank Lalanne

Full Vegan. Been Vegan for about four months now and loving it. I have a plant based diet so I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, beans and whole grains. I feel a lot stronger and faster now and my workouts are simply amazing. My muscle recovery has also increased tremendously and I have noticed increased energy. My training is mostly consisting of bodyweight training in which I incorporate some calisthenics.

No, wobbly shoes don't work. Try squats and deadlifts instead.

Reebok Agrees to Pay Out $25M Over "Better Butt" Claims
Shoemaker will offer refunds to EasyTone customers to settle FTC's false advertising claims.

This is a version of the Functional Movement Screen from an article by Gray Cook in the October issue of Men's Health

I talk about this a lot, here's another perspective to reinforce the lesson.

Forward Head Posture Correction (Anti-Ageing Must)
Reverse the anti-ageing affects of forward head posture

"Golf Digest Combine" , Gray Cook, Functional Movement and TPI Screen
In the September 2011 "Athlete's Issue" of Golf Digest, readers found a combine. TPItv's Lance Gill ran down TPI Senior Advisory Board member Gray Cook to discuss the article in which, "Staff Writer Max Adler and Functional Movements Cook test your fitness with basic competency, core stability and balance exercises."
From the magazine article:
"'Equating strength or flexibility with such stunts[eg. swinging a golf club standing on a physio ball] is all well and good, but with golfers I'm most interested in coordination,' says Gray Cook, founder of Functional Movement Systems and a leading author and lecturer on physical therapy. As evidenced by the myriad of body types that have succeeded in professional golf, swinging a club correctly and consistently requires harmony of movement, not necessarily brawn."

And even when having brawn is important, movement quality(harmony) improves performance and reduces the chance of injury. Which is why I use the Functional Movement Screen and exercises.

Another look at how mental state affects physical performance.

A Little Deception Helps Push Athletes to the Limit
A look at why most people run or ride or swim faster in a race than they can ever manage to do in practice.

Ongoing news about vitamin D.
Vitamin D deficiency has been known to cause an assortment of health problems. Now, a new study suggests that lack of the vitamin might also increase the chance of muscle injuries in athletes, specifically NFL football players.

It takes more effort, but here's evidence of the health benefit of more intense levels of exercise. It's also more fun!
Intense exercise adds more years to your life than more moderate activity, researchers said after studying the bicycle commuters who fill Copenhagen’s streets.