Running, while a popular activity and good cardio, can be notoriously hard on the joints. And a running injury can affect people's training for weeks, if not months. For decades, researchers have studied the biomechanics of runners to understand how to minimize injury. Most of that research has looked at vertical forces through the leg … Continue reading Change Your Running Gait to Minimize Risk of Injury
Some of the world's best tennis players grunt almost religiously on their big hits. Often distinct, its nuances reflected in the type of shot, the grunt was an extension of the player; a piece of their personality—one which critics have claimed is unnecessary and a tarnish on an otherwise quiet, gentlemanly sport. Studies, however, … Continue reading Hiyah! The Performance Advantage of Grunting in Sports
Powerful legs are an indispensable tool in any athlete's kit, regardless of the sport they play. From golf to football to MMA, a player's performance benefits from a lower body capable of explosive movements. And, yes, it helps with traditional lifting in the gym, too. Most people start building leg power through heavy barbell squats … Continue reading How to Develop Fast, Powerful, Explosive Legs
While lower body work is often a majority of most athletes' training volume, the upper body is of similar importance. There is a great variety of muscles in the upper body, each serving a purpose (or several) and deserving of attention in the gym—which means doing more than vanity-weight bench presses and bicep curls in … Continue reading 3 Upper Body Exercises No Workout Routine is Complete Without
Losing weight—fat, specifically—is a common goal for many, especially as summer approaches. Being within a normal weight range not only allows you to look good, boosting confidence, but also staves off potential health concerns; obesity is linked to increased chances of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, among other issues. Getting healthy is always an admirable … Continue reading What’s More Important When Losing Weight: Diet or Exercise?
Running is still the most commonly associated activity with cardio—but, for many, it's not the optimal route. Running, especially on older treadmills and pavement outside, can be hard on the joints, especially the knees and hips. And while many find it quite enjoyable, for others running is a total bore, which means they are less … Continue reading Save Your Joints With These Five Low-Impact Cardio Alternatives
Caffeine. Have you heard of it? Many of us consume this precious resource daily, often via coffee or tea, and increasingly via energy drinks and supplements. However you get caffeine into your system, the effect is the same: this central nervous system stimulant is best known for increasing alertness. That alone is reason enough for … Continue reading Four Reasons Everyone Should Consume Caffeine Regularly