Turn and Tilt for Better Shoulder Mobility

Tightness in the upper back tends to create a lot of  problems. Turning the shoulders to hit a golf ball, a tennis shot, or even just to look behind the car when backing out of a spot becomes difficult to do. Shoulders and neck are jeopardized too because they work in synergy with the upper back during a variety of movements. The Turn and Tilt is one of my go-to exercises to improve upper back mobility and function. Setup Sit with your hips and knees at about 90 degrees and a foam roller between your knees and feet. If you […]

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5 Ways to Help Your Golf Game

The Golf Season is almost over here in New England. Most golfers are putting the clubs away for the winter to wait for the first opportunity next Spring to head back to the driving range to “knock the cobwebs” out of their swings. But now is a great time to work in the gym to improve your swing for next season. In recent years, there has been much research on specific training techniques which can help add more distance to your drives and set you up for success. So this off-season, take a quick look at these research driven tips […]

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Do a Body Tune Up Before Training

Consistent exercise is one of the keys to lifelong health and fitness, and exercise consistency relies (in part) on avoiding exercise related injuries. Muscle strains and joint pain squash consistency by sidelining ambitious exercisers. One way to stave off injury is being able to move well. For many people in our society, moving well requires a body tune up. So, what exactly does it mean to move well? The ability to move joints through their full range of motion with the right alignment and control is a big part of it. For example, being able to do a squat without excessive forward lean: When people spend […]

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Sitting-Rising: A Test of Mortality Risk

Good physical function improves the quality of life, and it may also predict quantity of life. The Sitting-Rising test is an easy way predict premature mortality risk and appraise physical function.

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The Single Best Thing You’re Probably Not Doing

I’m typically very skeptical (if not cynical) about fitness trends and gimmicks.  Did anyone ever get anything from the Thighmaster other than a lingering feeling that they were swindled? Slender thighs for 3 easy payments of 19.95….really? Lots of products and programs have come and gone over the years with very few standing the test of time.  But, there is something that will be with us for good – foam rolling.  Let me introduce you to the single best piece of fitness equipment I’ve found in my 17+ years as a trainer: That is a high density, molded foam roller.  […]

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