THE MOTHER OF ALL LIFESTYLE DISEASES “As we all know, humanity is experiencing a planet-wide wave of lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and neurological disorders. There’s a lot of hand-wringing going on, but the epidemics only seem to be getting worse. We’re quick to pin the blame on the usual culprits of sedentary living, sugar, fat and stress, but as we go deeper, we begin to see that our problem is actually one of orientation, attitude and responsibility. That is, far too many of us hold a passive, victimized stance in relationship to our bodies and our lives. By giving away our power to perceived perpetrators and rescuers, we give up our vitality and our ability to control our health destiny. This is the root of today’s public health nightmare.“—Frank Forencich, Exuberant Animal
We’re getting numerous questions lately about this topic from women. The above article by Nick Tumminello was re-posted because he offers the best explanation of why you may need to include muscle isolation work in conjunction with compound exercises like squats and deadlifts and he has included videos to demonstrate the exercises selected.—George
“Strong glutes are essential in almost every sport. They are responsible for accelerating, decelerating, changing directions and creating explosive power in jumps.”
“Developing strong glutes is not only essential for optimal performance, but also can decrease your risk for injury in the knees, lower back, hamstrings and groin. Weak glutes can cause an imbalance in the hip, which may lead to excessive medial rotation of the femur and lateral tracking of the patella, thus potentially causing knee pain, notes Mark Young, exercise and nutrition consultant. Strengthening your glutes decreases your risk for back injuries in exercises such as the deadlift and squat by taking some of the pressure off your lower back. Furthermore, weak glutes may also contribute to pulled muscles in your hamstring or groin.“—Heather Hitchcock, The Advantages of Strong Glutes, LiveStrong.com
We chose to re-post this article, courtesy of About.com/Sports Medicine, because of the description of what the core actually is. As is stated in this article by Elizabeth Quinn, “Most people think of the core as a nice six-pack, or strong, toned abs, but the truth is that the abdominal muscles are a very small part of the core.”
The core is much more than the abs! The women attending this Saturday’s Fit Chicks seminar presented by Jon Belmonte will be learning this point in great detail! There is still time to get in on the seminar. Contact us.–George
Workout of the Day
Find your 1 rep max.
[Note: Power=NO SQUAT]
Open Workout 13.5
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 4 minutes of:
15 Thrusters 100/65#
15 Chest to bar Pull-ups
If 90 reps (3 rounds) are completed in under 4 minutes, time extends to 8 minutes.
If 180 reps (6 rounds) are completed in under 8 minutes, time extends to 12 minutes.
If 270 reps (9 rounds) are completed in under 12 minutes, time extends to 16 minutes.
Post your scores to the Whiteboard.