Pre-Activity Stretching

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Stretching before activity has recently come under increased scrutiny after several studies showed sustained stretches used during warm ups actually increased the risk of injury and reduced performance. Sustained stretches have the effect of down-regulating a muscle. Meaning that far from readying the muscle for…

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Want To Lose Weight? Sleep!

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Sleep plays a crucial role in hormone regulation and an inadequate amount could impact your chances of losing weight. In two recent studies lack of sleep was found to influence two hormones that control hunger; leptin, which tells you when to stop eating and grhelin…

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Do Multivitamins Work?

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A recent report from Harvard Medical School has concluded that women supplementing their diet with multivitamins received little or no protection from cardiovascular disease or cancer. They even suggest that taking supplements in higher than recommended doses may have a harmful effect. Most experts now…

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Trigger Points

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Trigger points are areas of dysfunctional muscle tissue that are painful when touched and contribute to muscle shortening. They are most common in sternocleidomastoid, upper trapezius, levator scapulae, infraspinatus, thoracolumbar paraspinals, quadratus lumborum, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. They are interesting because when treated they…

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Bench Pressing and Shoulder Injuries

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In our experience the bench press causes more shoulder injuries than any other piece of gym equipment, let’s look at why. Any biomechanically correct pushing movement should involve both retraction (shoulder blades moving back) and protraction (shoulder blades moving forward). The problem with the bench…

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Running Shoes and Running

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As I mentioned in the previous post, modern running shoes are currently coming under increased scrutiny in relation to their role in preventing running injuries. Despite all the technology deployed 30% of runners will become injured this year. Foot strike patterns. Try this experiment. Run…

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