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Improve Muscle Balance & Stability for Increased Performance - Part 3

Improve Muscle Balance & Stability for Increased Performance - Part 3

  • April 3, 2011
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  • Sam Visnic

Welcome back for this third installment of the article series. If you have read up on the previous topics and applied what you have learned, you should notice a few results already starting. Your clients should be much more aware of their posture, their weaknesses should be improving, and if your new found expertise has caught on, you have a few new clients who are impressed with your knowledge.

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Improve Muscle Balance & Stability for Increased Performance - Part 2

Improve Muscle Balance & Stability for Increased Performance - Part 2

  • March 15, 2011
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  • Sam Visnic

Welcome back for the second installment of my three-part series on muscular imbalance and its effects on performance. I hope you took the opportunity to read the first part of this article and perform the assignment. Did you take a look at the postural alignment of your clients? Did you notice the faults that I had mentioned? See anything common amongst them?

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Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder Injuries

  • February 11, 2011
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  • Disa Hatfield

At some point in their careers, most powerlifters will experience some form of shoulder pain or injury. Most lifters think of shoulder pain and injury as a normal part of the lifting experience. Still more self-diagnose pain as being a rotator cuff strain and try to work through the discomfort and pain. However, there are several possible reasons for shoulder pain, and very often the rotator cuffs aren’t the only key.

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Improve Muscle Balance & Stability for Increased Performance - Part 1

Improve Muscle Balance & Stability for Increased Performance - Part 1

  • February 7, 2011
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  • Sam Visnic

What is Muscle Balance? This concept, unfortunately, is the most underemphasized aspect of many fitness programs everywhere. What is muscle balance really? How do you test it? What the heck does it have to do with stability and performance? Well, let’s take a moment to explain why this concept is important.

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Obesity. Who's to Blame?

Obesity. Who's to Blame?

  • February 3, 2011
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  • Diane Fields

We’ve all heard the message. Lean bodies produced by sound nutrition, cardiovascular exercise and resistance training will reduce the risks of cancer, stroke, heart disease and type II diabetes. Now, new research shows that caloric restriction can stop the cell death process associated with age. As a result of a continuing multi-media message, countless numbers of people are dieting. 

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Deadlift: The Forgotten Exercise

Deadlift: The Forgotten Exercise

  • November 15, 2010
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  • Disa Hatfield

The Deadlift is an integral, yet often missing component of a strength building program. That’s not to say that everyone should be performing this movement or one of its variations, but the benefits of the Deadlift for a power or strength building program are innumerable.

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Protein Supplements Vs. Protein Foods!

Protein Supplements Vs. Protein Foods!

  • November 2, 2010
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  • Patrick Gamboa

Many aspiring bodybuilders are hoping that this is the year that their bodies will transform into the bodies of their dreams. Unfortunately, bodybuilders love for protein puts them at the mercy of protein manufacturers and vulnerable to protein manufacturers marketing ploys. Fledgling bodybuilders may not know as much as veteran bodybuilders but they inevitably know that protein plays a role in their future bodybuilding success.

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Training Tips: The Pectoralis Major

Training Tips: The Pectoralis Major

  • November 1, 2010
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  • Dustin Parsons

The pectoralis major is without question one of the most frequently trained muscles in fitness and sport. Despite it’s popularity, few people know much about the anatomy and kinesiology of this important muscle. Knowing this information will make your training more effective for you and your clients while minimizing the risk of developing muscle imbalances in the shoulder area. Let’s take a closer look at what you need to know to train this muscle safely and effectively.

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Rest periods Between Sets: Everything you ever needed to know!

Rest periods Between Sets: Everything you ever needed to know!

  • October 15, 2010
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  • Dustin Parsons

Rest periods between sets is an integral and often overlooked contributor to the success of any strength training program. Chances are, you are not optimizing this crucial variable. So what is the trick to get the most out of your rest? Well, it depends on your training goals and level of conditioning. Optimal rest periods between sets can vary from 30 seconds or less up to 5 minutes!

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