Wednesday, January 27, 2021

It's Time For Clearer WOD results.

If you're like me, you roll into the box, and immediately look at the whiteboard to see the WOD results from the early morning classes.

Unfortunately, these numbers don't always tell the full story.  Below we've listed some examples of results that might help people plan their workouts more efficiently, and scale more appropriately.

WOD #1

Fran
21-15-9
Thrusters
Pullups

Traditional Result:  4:38 RX
Clearer Result:  1.3 Liters of vomit

WOD #2

Karen
150 Wall-balls for time

Traditional result:  8:43 RX
Clearer result:  8 subsequent days of moaning while sitting, standing, or walking.

WOD #3

Murph
Run 1 mile
100 Pull-Ups
200 Push Ups
300 Air Squats
Run 1 mile

Traditional result:  43:17
Clearer result: 197 curse words

So There You Have it...

These are just a few to get you started.  With a little extra effort, we'll be able to help people make more informed pre-WOD decisions.

We'd love to hear your "WOD results." Just respond to this post if you've got some to share :)

Here's one more for the road...

Annie
50-40-30-20-10
Double Unders
Sit Ups

Traditional result:  5:38
Clearer result: Coolest jump rope in the room :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The Key Component to Balance Training

Find out the key component to all athletic balance training.

“Really? One key component.” I can hear everyone say. Yes, one key component.

A little background. When you are standing perfectly still, or so you think perfectly still, you are not in fact still. Little stabilizer muscles all through your body are contracting and releasing in little tiny ways to keep you upright. When I say “all over” I mean all over your body from your neck to your arms to your feet. It ain’t just your core!

If you have good balance and someone were to push you hard from the side you would throw your arms out to the side and move them to help get your balance back. If you have bad balance, your arms will immediately go out in a straight stiff position to break your fall. Most likely breaking a wrist, arm, elbow or shoulder. The body is designed to sacrifice any of those to protect your chest cavity of major organs or your head during a fall.

I have clients who come in with great looking bodies of nicely shaped gym built mobilizer muscles. When I put them through their first balance challenges, they can not engage their upper bodies while trying to balance. They have bad balance. Once they can release their upper bodies their balance gets better. This sometimes can take weeks.

So when you do a true balance challenge exercise you need to feel your arms and upper body move. You need to keep them free. No weights. Balance Is Power!

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

GET MOVING AGAIN WITH THESE HELPFUL TIPS!


Did you know that 80 percent of the U.S. population falls short of the Physical Activity Guidelines recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services? Millions of Americans are risking serious health consequences simply because they do too much sitting and not enough moving around.

You may not find that information shocking, especially if you’re one of those 80 percent. What really might surprise you, however, is just how easily you can give your daily activity level a dramatic boost. Here are seven simple tips from our physical therapist for adding some much-needed additional exercise to your life.

1. TAKE YOUR DOG FOR A WALK.

Have you ever marveled at the sheer energy and endurance displayed by your dog? Dogs love to walk, run, play catch and explore.

Join in these activities, and you’ll find that your dog gives you one heck of a workout.

2. GET YOUR WORKOUT IN WHILE WATCHING TV.

There’s nothing wrong with spending some quality time watching your favorite TV shows or movies – but you don’t necessarily have to spend all those hours sprawled on your couch, motionless.

Consider getting a stationary bike or treadmill that you can use while you’re catching up on your stories. You’ll have just as much fun, but you’ll be working out instead of sacking out.

3. OPT FOR A STANDING DESK.

Standing desks have become all the rage in workplaces, and for good reason.

Standing at your desk instead of sitting can help prevent unwanted weight gain, regulate blood sugar levels after meals, ease back pain, elevate your mood and energy level, reduce your heart disease risk, and add years to your life expectancy. You may even find that you get more work done!

4. FIND A YOGA STUDIO NEAR YOU.

Physical activity isn’t always a matter of running or jumping around at a frenetic pace. Yoga offers profound benefits to body and mind by releasing stress, stretching muscles, increasing your range of motion, and helping you master your breathing.

A yoga class offers structured learning as well as a positive social environment.

5. DISCOVER THE FUN OF A NEW SPORT.

Getting that extra activity doesn’t have to be a chore; it could just as easily take the form of new fun.

Have you thought of taking up tennis, golf, surfing, swimming, running, or a team sport such as soccer or softball? These sports all offer different physical benefits, and they all get you up and moving.

6. RIDE YOUR BIKE.

If that trip to the corner store takes too much time on foot, maybe it’s time you remembered how to ride a bicycle.

Cycling exercises different muscles than walking, making it a valuable complement to that discipline when you need to go a little farther and a little faster. It also provides you with a significant cardio workout.

7. WHEN POSSIBLE, WALK INSTEAD OF DRIVE.

Many people automatically get into their cars even for a brief trip to the mailbox or corner store. What if you spent an extra few minutes each day walking instead of driving?

It might not sound like much of a workout, but walking increases the circulation, exercises your legs and feet, sheds excess pounds, keeps your joints limber, and helps to release stress.

LOOKING FOR MORE TIPS? ATHLETIC TRAINING COULD HELP!

People most commonly turn to physical therapy after sustaining an injury. You’re in pain, looking for relief and recovery, and trying to find the motivation to push yourself to get there.

Physical therapists are trained to help you bounce back from your injury, with just as much strength (if not more!) than you had before the injury. They are dedicated to always helping you reach your peak, whatever that may be.

You can discover the benefits of athletic training with our physical therapists. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Overcoming injuries. Physical therapy treatments are some of the best ways to overcome an injury and find relief for your pain. Each treatment is designed specifically to the needs of each individual and the condition of their injury, consisting of exercises and strength-building activities that are unique to their recovery.
  • Refocusing strengths. A physical therapist can help you focus on improving your strength in areas that you may not have considered. Many parts of the body influence each other, and strengthening one can help with the function of another. Rather than jumping directly into a new form of activity, it makes sense to train your body to react to the new form of stimulation by improving your muscular strength and range of motion.
  • Developing healthy habits. While a physical therapist can help you reach physical goals, they can also help you work on general wellness goals, as well. For example, regular exercise, a healthy diet, and a strong focus on hydration are fundamental in improving your physical fitness level. A physical therapist is a great resource to have when focusing on increasing strength and muscular functionality, as they can help you improve in all aspects of health and wellness.

Monday, January 4, 2021

FIND HELP FOR YOUR ARTHRITIS PAINS TODAY

If you have arthritis, then you know all about the difficulties with moving and functioning in daily life that it can present. What you might not know, however, is that physical therapy can help you find relief from your arthritis pain. There is no cure for arthritis, but by using the exercises and techniques that your physical therapist can teach you, the onset of arthritis can be slowed and you will experience less pain overall. 



HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP WITH ARTHRITIS

Arthritis attacks the joints of the body, so the goal of physical therapy will be to restore the use of those joints and improve your ability to move around and engage in daily activities. This will be achieved through a combination of exercise to strengthen the support structures around the joints, and teaching you how to move and engage in activities without worsening your symptoms. The exact course of treatment that your physical therapist will prescribe will depend on how advanced your arthritis is and which parts of the body are impacted.

The physical exercises your therapist will teach you will be directed toward improving your mobility, range of motion, flexibility and coordination. Additional treatments for your arthritis may include:
Posture: Your therapist will teach you various body mechanic techniques that will improve joint function and reduce pain. You will also be taught ways to use your strongest muscles and joints to relieve pressure on arthritic joints.

Education: Sometimes arthritis in the hip or knee will require the use of assistive mobility devices, such as a cane or walker. Your physical therapist will teach you the proper way to use these devices.
Treatments: Modern physical therapy has a broad range of treatment options available to assist with arthritis pain. Hot and cold therapy can relieve the pain and stiffness in joints; braces or splints can help to stabilize and support arthritic joints; shoe inserts can relieve arthritis pain in the lower extremities; and so on.

Environment Modifications: Your physical therapist can make specific recommendations for additional therapeutic aids based on your type of arthritis. These can include ergonomic furniture or cushioned mats in areas of your home or at work where you tend to stand on your feet for long periods of time.


HERE’S WHAT A PHYSICAL THERAPY SESSION LOOKS LIKE

Physical therapy visits are often short in duration. Your therapist will be focused on spotting problems with your physical function that are related to the arthritis, and teaching you methods you can employ at home to relieve pain. The way to actually achieve pain relief from your arthritis is to keep up with the teachings for the long term. The improvement will be gradual, so it’s important that you follow your physical therapist’s instructions.

In order to help your physical therapist to provide you with the best advice possible, think carefully about different physical goals that you might have. For example, you might want to be able to do your daily job without straining your hips or knees, to reach things high up on a kitchen shelf, or to simply get in and out of your car without pain. Expressing these goals to your therapist will aid in ensuring that your treatments are as specific to your goals as possible.