After suffering a spine injury or becoming aware of an unknown spine ailment, you may feel stuck, literally. The simplest of tasks have become the most difficult to perform. In an effort to avoid disappointment or worsening your injury, you decide to stay as inactive as possible. This may seem like the best option at the moment, but the last thing you want to do is become completely immobile. It is vital that you stay active — in moderation — if you wish for a speedy and effective recovery from your back condition. (more…)
Successfully performing a split jerk in a weightlifting competition can be the deciding factor in the clean and jerk portion of the contest. The slightest mistake from an individual attempting to perform a split jerk can cause the barbell to be dropped prematurely, resulting in a missed lift. There are multiple causes of a missed lift, the most common of which is an improper recovery. (more…)
The first energy drink was invented in 1960 in Japan by Taisho Pharmaceuticals. It was introduced to the masses as a medicinal tonic with the purpose of increasing concentration and energy. This drink was the first of its kind so it came of no surprise that the everyday person was apprehensive in consuming this beverage. It wasn’t until 37 years later that the next and arguably most popular energy drink would be created. Dietrich Mateschitz would add sugar and caffeine to the original recipe to create Red Bull. Red Bull would then be introduced to America in 1997, opening the floodgates for energy drink innovation. (more…)
Many people choose to work out to gain a more athletic physique or simply to stay in shape. While both of these are viable reasons to exercise, there is one key benefit that you may have been overlooking. It may come as a surprise that pumping iron and running miles could provide anything other than physical results, but they can. Your immune system is one of the greatest benefactors from a consistent workout regimen. There are several theories out there that have yet to be proven, but results have shown that exercising and a stronger immune system are linked. (more…)
The feeling of an effective training session can be intoxicating. After an amazingly intense session, you may feel they need to come back the next day and they day after to continue to get that workout “high.” While there is nothing wrong with consistent training, it does run a fine line with overtraining. It may be hard for you to realize that you need to take a break from the heavy weights or high intensity sessions, that’s why we’re here. We have outlined 4 distinct signs that indicate that you may need to take a rest day. (more…)
There are many methods of detoxification. These can range from increasing your liquid intake to avoiding processed foods. Other methods of detoxification include increased exercise and the use of saunas to promote body purification through sweating. Whether you are considering or just want to gather some facts, here are the top 3 things to know about detoxing. (more…)
We all go to the gym with the common goal of getting in shape. We jog, lift weights, do squats and sweat our lives away achieve this goal, but leaving your hard earned sweat on the mat is not the way to go. For all you gym rats out there, here are the top things to know about proper gym etiquette. (more…)
Free weight exercising is the most original and common form of weightlifting. Whether it be a bench press or dumbbells, free weights have long allowed fitness enthusiasts to push their brute strength to the absolute limit. While the effectiveness of many modern exercising tools such as resistance machines are still in question, the kettlebell has a proven track record of improved strength. (more…)
Our shoulders are not usually on the top of our lists as a priority to exercise, however if you were to injure your shoulder, you would immediately notice its importance. Shoulder injuries are usually the result of repetitive motions or athletic activities which involve an overhead motion. This is also a common problem who people who constantly lift and carry heavy equipment for work.
Stretching is a good way to improve your flexibility, mobility, and range of motion. It also helps in preventing muscle soreness, lowers your risk of injury and promotes good blood circulation. Unfortunately, if not done correctly, you run the risk of long-term harm. Lucky for you, we have some tips on stretching safely that can help you avoid injury.