Category Archives: Exercise of the Week

TWISTING MOVEMENTS & TORNADO TRAINING BY PAUL CHEK

Below is a great article and new style training from Paul.  Please be advised to start with the basic rotation movements first.  Any  questions please send me a quick message. Listen to body and have fun!

Tornadoes are violently rotating columns of air capable of destroying towns, uprooting trees and causing havoc anywhere they go. They are nature’s most violent storm, but what makes them so devastating? It’s their ability to rotate!

Think about it… If a tornado didn’t rotate, it would only be a strong wind.

If we can learn anything from a tornado, it’s this: The stronger our rotational ability, the more powerful and stable we will be and improving rotational strength directly applies to everyone. In fact, everyone makes use of the twist Primal Pattern® during their daily lives, whether they’re a baseball player swinging a bat, a mother turning to pick up her child or a farm worker pitching a pumpkin into the back of a truck.

While there are numerous muscles recruited during trunk rotation, but the two primary muscles are the internal and external obliques.

Synergistically, they work together to rotate the trunk, stabilize the pelvis and side-bend the trunk (the external obliques also stabilize your rib cage). Because of the insertion into the thoracolumbar fascia, the internal and external obliques also provide stability to the lumbar spine.

Exercises for rotation

There are hundreds of exercises that will improve rotational strength, ranging from the beginner to highly advanced practitioner. I’ve included a few exercises here to give you an idea of what’s possible in the world of rotation.

Swiss ball Russian twist

Begin the exercise by lying supine on a Swiss ball with your shoulders in the middle of the ball. Put your hands together with your arms and hands outstretched toward the ceiling and place your tongue on the roof of your mouth just behind your front teeth. (If you’re uncertain where to place your tongue, swallow and pay attention to where your tongue goes. That’s the position.)

Gently draw your belly button in and begin rotating your torso left to right, making sure you don’t drop your hips.

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Wood chop

Secrets of Tornado TrainingThe wood chop is one of the most effective exercises for oblique conditioning. Begin by standing next to a cable column apparatus with a single-handle attachment placed high up the column.

Reaching across your body, grab the handle with the hand furthest from the cable and then place your other hand over the first one. While keeping your arms straight with a slight bend in your elbows and knees, draw your belly button in and pull the cable diagonally across the body finishing when the handle is just outside your opposite foot.

Slowly return to the starting position and continue performing the movement for the desired number of repetitions.

Introducing the Tornado Ball

In the world of rotation, few things can compare with the Tornado Ball! Made of polyurethane rubber, this medicine-ball-on-a-rope will take anyone’s rotational training to a new level of intensity and effectiveness.

There are numerous exercise variations that are possible with a Tornado Ball that will aid in improving dynamic stability, agility, flexibility, coordination, strength, power and speed. I’ve included one such exercise below.

Tornado Ball wall chop

Secrets of Tornado TrainingIn addition to being an incredible exercise for anyone wanting to improve rotational power, this exercise will help any athlete who swings a club, bat or stick.

Begin by standing a couple of feet from a sturdy wall. Bend your knees while drawing your belly button inward and make sure you have a good grip on the rope. Once you’re in your position, start swinging!

As you pick up speed and bounce the ball off the wall harder and harder, you will likely have to bend your knees even further to lower your center of gravity. If you don’t, the centripetal force of the ball will be enough to pull you forward away from the wall.

Because this is a ballistic exercise, you should only perform it for approximately 10 seconds. The goal is to target the explosive fast twitch fibers that fatigue quickly. The faster you swing the more challenging this exercise becomes.

You can also swing the Tornado Ball diagonally or perform a multi-directional chop, but these are highly advanced tweaks to this basic exercise and should only be used by people with lots of experience.

Tornadoes get their force, power and strength from their tremendous ability to rotate. By improving your rotational ability and strength, you’ll improve your athletic ability and most importantly your health as a more functional and fit person.

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Paul Chek

Founder at C.H.E.K Institute

Paul Chek is an internationally-renowned expert in the fields of holistic health, life coaching, corrective and high-performance exercise kinesiology.

For over thirty-two years, Paul’s unique, holistic approach to treatment and education has changed the lives of countless people worldwide, many of his clients, his students and their clients. By treating the body-mind as a whole system and finding the root cause of a problem, Paul has been successful where traditional approaches have consistently failed.

Paul is the founder of the C.H.E.K (Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiology) Institute, based in California, USA and the Chek 4-Quadrant Coaching Mastery and P~P~S Success Mastery Coaching Programs.

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Shari

How Strength Training Balances Your Hormones

Kristen doing barbell push press

How Strength Training Balances Your Hormones
BY ANDREW HEFFERNAN | JULY 24, 2017

Looking to regulate your sex hormones and increase insulin sensitivity? Try weight training.

Several factors influence the delicate balance of our hormones: aging, stress, nutrition, body composition, and insulin resistance, to name just a few. One of the most common expressions of this is “out of whack” sex hormones, specifically low testosterone or high estrogen in men and high testosterone or low estrogen in women. These imbalances can cause low energy, low moods, and low sex drives in both sexes, among other symptoms.

As a result, there’s a growing market for medical treatments such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT), a controversial approach that uses pills or injections to “rebalance” hormones. Taken over a long period of time, some commonly prescribed HRT hormones have been linked to heart problems and other chronic diseases.

When these hormones occur naturally, however, they can work wonders. For that, there’s no better medicine than strength training.

“Weight training is the only activity that creates hormonal changes that help both men and women burn fat while maintaining or gaining muscle,” says Jade Teta, ND, an integrative physician in North Carolina and longtime fitness coach.

In both sexes, he explains, strength training stimulates the release of human growth hormone, which aids in building muscle and burning fat. It also increases insulin sensitivity, which helps control blood sugar and reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Strength training has also been shown to help regulate sex hormones — testosterone and estrogen — especially as men and women get older. As men age, their testosterone level often drops relative to their estrogen level, which can affect muscle growth, energy levels, and sexual function.

Women commonly produce less estrogen as they grow older, which can increase the risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, and general hormone dysregulation.

Strength training has been shown to stimulate production of these sex hormones and help rebalance them for both men and women.

If you want a healthy hormonal profile without using drugs, strength training — independent of other lifestyle and nutritional changes — may be your best bet, says Teta. The hormonal effects can “produce the changes and the look of a healthy, fit physique.”

This originally appeared in “The Case for Strength” in the July/August 2017 issue of Experience Life.

Andrew Heffernan , CSCS is an Experience Life contributing editor.

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Shari

An exercise to perform for great knee health

I came across this exercise while helping some clients rehab there ankles and knees. This exercise helps fire and recruit correct muscles around the knee and leg if done correctly. Try It! Progression is a barbell on bask or 1 or 2 dumbbells in hand.

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My very best to you in health and fitness!
Shari

 

A video on how to help gain strength with your Pull-ups and Chin-ups

Understanding our posterior chain (back body). I work with many clients weekly on posture and gaining back strength to help with posture.  As we age we loose range of motion, flexibility and strength in our backs! It is very important to understand the mechanics of back exercises and how important form is in performing these exercises. I have found a video by Charles Poliquin on 2 good strength exercises! The pictures below will help you understand the muscle anatomy of these exercises.

chin-up chin-up2

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Have a wonderful day and keep lifting those weights.
Shari

 

WOD to jump start 2016

Try this fun workout I put together for a 45 min quick  in the gym high intensity workout!

Start with a 10 to 20 min. cardiovascular warm up (elliptical, Stepmill, walking or HIIT on treadmill).

warm up hips -Body weight squats hands behind head butt low 20 reps then barbell chest press no weight on bar.

then

3 exercises performed in a circuit minimal rest time 30 sec. or less.

Circuit 1

  1.  Drinking bird off a bench hold 1 25 or 35 lb plate in hand as same leg moving  15 reps
  2. Barbell bench press
  3. Power jump squats holding (2)  10 lb plates in hands ( no weight  1st set)

Circuit 2

  1. Incline Dunbell chest press 15 reps heavy
  2. Bulgarian split squats (back foot elevated on 10″box or foot on bench) hold (1) plate overhead
  3. Jumping split lunges holding (2) 10 lbs plates   (no weight first set)

Circuit 3

  1. Cable chest flys balancing or not
  2. 1 leg loaded pistol  3 reps
  3. Power jax holding (1) plate at chest level 10 reps hop up repeat 3X

SWEAT SWEAT SWEAT

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Great Study on HIIT how it works & suggested exercise protocol

I know your short for time for your work outs during the holidays! So am I! Try HIIT intervals that include the bike and weights for 20 min.  The variation on High intensity to active recovery! More and more studies show how effective HIIT training is.  “Keep it short sweet, effective & simple”.

Journal of Obesity
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dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/868305

High-Intensity Intermittent Exercise and Fat Loss
Stephen H. Boutcher
School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia

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Happy Holidays!

5 Full Body Strength & Core Moves!

Try these great exercises displayed in this short 3 min video. I do all these exercises but love the way this coach has filmed them. Do these exercises as a circuit repeating 3 – 4X. It should take you about 30 minutes. If you like this video leave me a note below or be so kind to share my website with infor. with your friends.

Happy Holidays, and keep moving for the love of your body and over all well being!

I am grateful for you and your loyalty and commitment to exercise!

Shari