Hitting the trail in 2022 for an evening run - let's CRUSH our health & fitness goals!
Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II
With more than 25 years of experience working in the health and fitness industry, I have had countless clients, friends, and family members tell me about their fitness goals.
Some want to lift more weights, others want to improve their marathon time and of course, the old classic – everyone is trying to lose weight.
One thing they all share is that they are outcome focused.
Unfortunately, despite the best intentions, I rarely see enough people ever achieve their goals.
I often end up in a conversation with someone about where they went wrong.
Was their goal too ambitious?
Were they lazy?
Did something outside of their control derail them?
Of course, it could be a combination of these factors, but I believe the real issue lies in poor planning.
Statistically speaking, only a whopping 3% of people ever actually achieve their...
Getting fit outside, more and more parks, and even hotels offer outside fitness (this photo taken at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida). Photo Courtesy of Charly Caldwell II
Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned veteran, there is nothing more satisfying than reaching your training goals.
However, to do this, you must be training efficiently.
If you’re part of the population who are working out non-stop yet seeing little results, this article is for you.
First, begin every training session or workout with mobility and activation drills.
Warm-ups are typically done haphazardly, if at all.
More often, we see people wander into the gym, walk immediately up to a squat rack and start pumping out sets.
If this sounds familiar, you’re not only drastically increasing the risk of serious injury but are also not exercising to your fullest potential.
Conversely, those who do warm-up, may be doing some cardio and a few stretches, but current...
There is no denying that we live in the ‘technological era’.
Consumers are constantly on the go, looking for new and improved ways to maximize time, energy and enjoyment. Whether this means streaming music, capturing that ‘award-winning’ picture, engaging in the latest Twitter debate, or texting friends/family, it’s all done on technological devices of one sort or another. In fact, most of you reading this article will own at least one technological device.
Take a second to add up the number of hours each day that you spend on your device. Is it one, two, five, or even ten?
That calculation isn’t of any real benefit for this discussion, but your posture is, and the awkward positions we find ourselves in while using these devices will not help.
I would like to introduce to you the term the ‘iHunch’.
iHunch is a term used to describe the common spinal problem at the level of the cervicothoracic junction (CT junction)...
Example resistance bands, easily found on Amazon or anywhere workout equipment can be purchased.
Whether you're rehabilitating a specific muscle group or just want to get more out of your workout, don't overlook the humble resistance band.
Resistance bands are an extremely common piece of equipment that you can find in most gyms, but many people are unsure of what to do with them.
Just like the weights around the gym, resistance bands come in all different sizes and intensities to suit you and your training.
Resistance bands are great for people in all stages of their training needs.
They can be great for beginners learning how to move, people recovering from injuries, elite athletes needing help engaging certain muscles or simply people wanting an extra burn.
Read on to learn some of the top benefits and practical applications of resistance bands.
Resistance Bands for Rehabilitation
A lot of clients still in the rehabilitation phase of their training can benefit from using...
Enjoy a beautiful fall day in Lakes Park, Fort Myers, Florida - where I've run with many from our beautiful GearedUp family. Photo courtesy of Charly Caldwell II.
Sometimes life is just plain busy.
Some people work long hours while others do shift work or travel often.
Regardless of your situation, your health and fitness training don’t need to suffer, nor should they.
As one who has the tendency to work more than I probably should, I know how hard it can get to find the energy for a workout, never mind the time to get outside and go for a ride or a run.
However, I always find time.
With the proper intention, anything is possible.
Be purposeful with each practice
Often we see people who want to do it all – golf, tennis, bike, run, yoga, weight train – and with the inability to fit everything in, they end up doing nothing. Instead of trying to do everything, focus your attention on your goals and purposefully spend the time you do have directed at...
"A great afternoon run in Lakes Park, Fort Myers, Florida..."
Fabulous temperatures, coupled with New Year’s Resolutions, inspire many an athlete to take their running to task and try a 5K, a new distance or set a new personal record.
Whatever your goal, heed a few top tips and running strategies to ensure your running success:
We are creatures of habit.
We rely on our daily routines to get us to and from our exercise programs/regimes on a consistent basis.
Anything that disrupts that routine, such as travel, can through that lifestyle into a tailspin.
However, with thought, planning and research you can keep right on track with your fitness goals. Going out of town doesn't have to mean getting out of shape.
Gone are the days when hotels fitness centers needed a little fitness finesse themselves. Nowadays, hotels need to stay competitive with one another, which in turn has led to big health pay-offs for the consumer. There is a fantastic book available in book stores or on line called “The Athletic-Minded Traveler”. It lists and ranks hotels all over the country based on their fitness facilities and/or nearby recreation/workout facilities. In fact, many hotels now offer mini-health clubs that can rival an actual gym in terms of both equipment and service. Additionally, many hotels have personal...