Benefits of Martial Arts

Taekwondo, Kung Fu, Karate, Jujutsu, Muay Thai, and Judo. To the uninformed critic, these activities encourage violence and aggression. However, practitioners of these martial arts will tell you that they are much more than self-defense mechanisms. Aside from paying homage to long-standing traditions, martial arts promote both physical and spiritual / ethical health. Children (and adults) who pursue these sports are challenged on their strength, stamina, flexibility, balance and aerobic prowess. So if you’re looking to change up your workout routine, click here to read more about the benefits of martial arts.

 

Martial Arts

The Benefits of Pilates

Pilates is a total body workout that emphasizes muscle strengthening and flexibility. It’s a balanced fitness routine that won’t burn you out as it is low-impact, yet still challenging. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, variations in the routine will constantly push you within your limits. To find out more benefits of doing Pilates, click here. Happy workout!

Pilates

Calf-Strengthening Exercises

Our calves are the muscles we rely on the most when we climb an incline or go down steps. They help propel us forward and keep us from falling on our faces. They also seem to attract a lot of attention from the ladies… or so I hear… Whether you’re improving your fitness or appeasing your vanity, click here for four calf-strengthening exercises. Happy workout!

 

Calf-Strengthening Exercises

10 BOSU Ball workouts

Have you ever gone to the gym and wondered what that half ball, half platform thing was called? They’re called BOSU balls and as it turns out, they are extremely effective when training your balance, control and strength. Watch the video below to learn 10 different BOSU ball workouts that will kick your butt (in a good way). Happy workout!

 

Tendonitis Stretches: Peroneal Edition

Tendonitis is a medical condition that refers to when a person’s tendon (tissue that attaches a person’s muscle to a bone) is inflamed. It is a common condition that affects people who overuse certain areas of their body, particularly those who complete repetitive motions over a long period of time. Peroneal Tendonitis refers to micro-tears that occur in the tendons that attach a person’s calf muscles to their foot. If left untreated for a long time, Peroneal Tendonitis may be dealt with surgically, but luckily for those with this issue, there are stretches that can help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with this condition. Click here for a list of four tendonitis stretches that will have you good as new in no time.

 

Peroneal Tendonitis

Motivating Gym Playlist

Exercise is as much mental as it is physical. To push to the next level, you need strength, stamina, will-power, and a killer playlist. Anyone who has ever done cardio will tell you that a steady beat with a climactic chorus is great for interval workouts and maintaining a good pace throughout the routine. So what are you waiting for? Beat your best with this amazing 2017 gym playlist. Click here to listen. Happy workout!

 

Gym Playlist

4 In-Gym Soccer Workouts

Without a doubt, soccer players are some of the most athletic athletes in the world. Their sport requires speed, agility, power, balance, and specifically endurance to be successful. For those of us who love the game, but don’t always get a chance to play on the field, we’ve got a solution. Here are 4 in-gym soccer workouts that will challenge your core, glutes and legs to have you ready for game day. Want to learn more? Click here for your routine. Good luck!

 

Soccer Workouts

How to Use a Foam Roller: Glutes

If you’re feeling tight or achy after sitting or walking all day, try out a foam roller to relieve tension in your glutes. Feeling a bit lost on how to use a foam roller for this area? No problem! Watch the video below for techniques for your glutes. Remember, always modify your stretching and pressure to the level you’re at. Best of luck!

 

Park Workout Routine

Looking for a change of scenery? The gym is a great place to get all of your routine done, but when the weather’s nice and the ‘eau-de-B.O.’ in a tight space isn’t cutting it for you, try out the park or the playground for a change. All you need is an open space, a bench, monkey bars and/or a swing for a full-body workout. And hey, you might even get a couple of kiddies to join in the workout as well. Click here for a park workout routine.

 

Park Workout Routine

20-Minute Arm Workout

Ladies… There’s no denying that we usually focus on our legs, bums, and abs when we go to work out; often forgetting about our arms. And it’s no surprise why! Anyone who goes to the gym can tell you that the massive barbells with 100 lbs can seem super daunting (and will send some of us running to the cardio machines instead). So if you’re looking to build upper body strength, look no further than this 20-minute arm workout. The best part? You can do it at home to build up that foundation to take on those barbells at the gym. Right on!