Exercises

Exercises

Outdoor Fitness - The Four Basic Stretches

Try these four basic stretches to prevent injury and enhance recovery.

With Outdoor Fitness workouts you may find that your hips, hamstrings, quadriceps and calves get a little tight due to the variety in terrain - inclines, declines, steps, stairs, traversing on rocky surfaces.

Quick Workout 5 - Balance and Proprioception

Autumn is the time to start thinking about and preparing for winter sports. Most winter activities like skiing, skate-skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snowshoeing and the like, require good balancing skills. At the core of this type of athletic movement is kinesthetic awareness and proprioception. Proprioception is the neurological component to kinesthetic awareness.
 
The Quickie Workout - Proprioception and Balance - 10 minutes

How to Develop Mental Focus Control

Develop a "focus practice" to improve your performance on and off the trail.
 
My Story: Rabbit Trails
I first learned about the power of my thoughts while jogging on my favorite wooded trail in Mill Valley. One moment, I’d be moving along at a steady clip, running smoothly and getting the job done. Then, the next moment, I found myself moving at a snail’s pace, unsteady, head down and in deep thought. Sometimes my thoughts were about the past and some painful mishap. I’d find myself replaying the tape of this past event, as if I could somehow change the plot. Most often, though, the thoughts were about the future, and “what if” questions about things that will never happen. I call these fear-based, emotionally charged, anxiety producing thoughts “Rabbit Trails.” 

Not Your Average "Core"

"Core" is one of the most overused words in the fitness industry. Find out what it really means to have a strong, balanced core.
 
What do you think of when you hear the word “core?” Immediately most of us think of the general “center” of the body between the pelvis and the lower ribs. When we work out to strengthen our core we focus mostly on the abs, the glutes and the low back muscles believing that the harder we work on them the more protected from injury we’ll be. So why are so many people in pain despite putting in so much work to strengthen their core?

Create Maximum Strength in Minimum Time with Compound Exercises

Compound Exercises are a fast and efficient way to get a lot done in a little time.
 
What are Compound Exercises?
Compound exercises are multi-joint exercises that work several muscle groups at a time, and move your body in natural ways - pushing, pulling, and lifting.
 
For example:
You can create two exercises out of one repetition - try a Row with a Triceps Kickback. See the video below.
 

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