Q: Sometimes, especially after playing sports, I feel muscle spasms and tightness in my stomach. Is it because my usual ab routine is pretty "crunch heavy." Are there any better alternative exercises?
Having trouble getting that washboard stomach you want? When striving for a six-pack, focus on these three key elements.
The Performance Life
Gabby Reece is training for her next big challenge, but these days it doesn’t involve skying for blocks on Manhattan Beach, but winning a game in her own kitchen.
Q: I recently purchased a 20-pound weighted vest. Is it wise to perform agility and footwork drills while wearing it? If so, what are the potential benefits and or drawbacks to using this piece of equipment? Any input would be greatly appreciated.
The Performance Life
Sometimes you find inspiration when you least expect it. After making quite a dramatic change in my life a week and a half ago, I kept looking for a new challenge.
I was considering running track for my college, joining a local men’s soccer team, and even trying out as a pinch runner for our baseball team, all of which seemed like good options.
But nothing gave me that spark of enthusiasm I needed, and it showed in my daily routine: I stopped following my exercise regimen, was falling back into bad eating habits, forgot about my multivitamin, and as a result had no energy and felt sick. I had hit a rough patch.
One of the training methods used to improve speed in sports is known as sprint-assisted training. The idea behind sprint-assisted training is to increase your stride rate by forcing your body to perform at a higher level than would be possible without assistance. Sprint-assisted training produces this effect by getting the nervous and muscular systems used to higher contraction rates. After several weeks, the nervous system allows you to continue these higher rates without any help. Research shows that your number of steps taken per second and the length of your stride can improve after 4-8 weeks of sprint-assisted training.
Q: My doctor recently diagnosed me with "jumper's knee" and told me that my knee tends to move in. What exercises should I be doing to strengthen my knee and the muscles around it so I can stop missing time on the basketball court?
When Warren Sapp joined the cast of “Dancing with the Stars,” many people scoffed. How would a former defensive lineman who has weighed more than 330 pounds possibly compete on the dance floor?
That Sapp has become the latest former NFL star to thrive on the show does not surprise Ken Croner. The Athletes’ Performance coach, who has worked with NFL pros such as Brett Favre, Matt Hasselbeck, and Deuce McAllister, believes the moves on the football field translate well to the dance hall.
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As the first female physical therapist in Major League Baseball, Sue Falsone helps the Los Angeles Dodgers players avoid injury and stay in the game with the same methods used at Core Performance. In this video, she talks about what it feels like to make history, and what it takes to keep your muscles and joints strong and healthy.
The Performance Life
This past week, I was forced to make one of the toughest decisions in my life. Because I felt like I was compromising my academic success by playing soccer, which had turned from a stress release to a stress factor over the past weeks, I met with my coach to inform him I would not be playing for the rest of this season. The move, surprisingly and to my happiness, was met with understanding from my teammates and many people I have talked to since my decision.
So what’s next? Physical activity will still be a way for me to clear out my head, as evidenced by the 30-minute run I went on this morning.
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