Sep
14
2012

Swing to slim down

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Over the last decade or so, the kettlebell has enjoyed a successful reintroduction into the fitness industry. Kettlebell exercises are usually fast paced, are technically relatively simple, and tend to involve the whole body; the foundational kettlebell exercise, the swing, provides an excellent example of this.  The swing exercise is initiated by driving the hips [...]

Sep
13
2012

Tips to prevent bone loss

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Slips and falls are common with the ice and outdoor activities Lake Tahoe residents are accustom to. However, for people with osteoporosis falling down can lead to devastating results. Osteoporosis is the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time, and it is a major health concern.  According to a 2004 report [...]

Sep
12
2012

The muscle bound myth

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Ask anyone that has pulled a muscle and they will tell you the importance of flexibility. Flexibility can be defined as the ability to move a joint though it’s full range of motion.  Good flexibility is important for normal movement and injury prevention. Flexible hip and upper back joints help to maintain spinal alignment and [...]

Sep
1
2012

Chocolate milk: The new recovery drink

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According to the researchers at Kean University in New Jersey, the “ideal recovery beverage would provide both the carbohydrate with proteins needed for muscle glycogen synthesis and the fluid needed for re-hydration, be easily obtained, palatable and well tolerated.” A surprising beverage that meets all the criteria is the old-time favorite, chocolate milk. Chocolate milk, [...]

Aug
20
2012

Add varity with power training

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Power training has become increasingly popular amongst general population training.  Technically power is defined as the work divided by time, or the speed at which you can do a particular task.  In contrast strength is the amount of force you can generate at a specific force, and power is how fast you can generate that [...]

Jul
27
2012

Fitness for firefighters

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There are over 1 million firefighters that work in the United States.  The job requirements of the firefighter vary but can include actives such as extracting people from cars and buildings, being the emergency first responders, and general community service.  As fire prevention technology becomes more advanced the roll of the firefighter has evolved as [...]

Jul
11
2012

Natural ways to reduce muscle soreness

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If your goal is to become leaner, stronger, build muscle or increase performance in a given sport the most important variable is consistency.  If a workout leaves you so stiff and sore that you can’t move for a week, results will come slowly at best. However if you can reduce soreness and restore strength levels [...]

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