DOMS

Why Do Workouts Cause Sore Muscles?

Why Do Hard Workouts Make You So Sore? Vigorous exercise will give you sore muscles, no secret there.  Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, also known as DOMS, is a fact of life when embarking upon any new exercise program. And with so many new gyms focusing on high-intensity interval training (HIIT), people are experiencing a whole […]

HIIT and Achilles Tears

HIIT and Achilles Tears Many people worry about High-Intensity Interval Training and Achilles tears.  While it can be a devastating injury, it is fortunately very rare.   Achilles tendon tears are common in sports where the athlete jump and move in quick short bursts.  Tennis, basketball, and volleyball carry a higher risk than HIIT.  But the […]

Which is Better: High Weight or High Reps?

High Weight or High Reps, Which is Better? This is a question from a reader and one that coaches hear frequently.  High Weight vs. High Reps – both workouts have their place.  Most people think that high weight workouts will increase muscle size, and high rep workouts will lead to a thin, toned look.  And a […]

HIIT WOD Injury

Common HIIT Injuries

Common HIIT Injuries and How to Prevent Them While High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts are safe and carry no higher risk of significant injury than any other sport, that doesn’t mean that they are free of risk.  Like any sport, there are certainly chances for minor HIIT injuries.  These include any injury that causes pain […]

Coaching Seniors

Coaching Seniors in Functional Fitness

Coaching Seniors in Functional Fitness People are continually searching for ways to look and feel younger.  The most important of the two is the “feel younger” goal.  That’s where you come in.  As the population ages, many gyms are starting to realize that there is plenty of work to be done by coaching seniors.   Walking […]

Use It or Lose It: Exercise After 60

Getting Older Without Getting Old Picture two 75-year-old individuals.  One lives in their own home, works a part-time job at a hardware store and enjoys tossing a ball for their golden retriever.  They love spending time with their grandkids and are easily able to get up and down from the floor to play with them.  […]

Pull-ups

Are Pull-Ups Harder for Tall People?

Are Pull-ups Harder for Tall People? Are pull-ups ACTUALLY harder for tall people?  That would be the better question. Every tall person says that pull-ups are harder for them than for short people. Most tall people you know have probably been terrible at pull-ups.  You certainly don’t see many tall gymnasts at the Olympics, right? […]

Importance of Sleep

Sleep – The Ultimate Recovery Method

Sleep Before Anything Else Sleep is one of the best recovery methods we have.  And yet it is often the most overlooked, with good reason.  Competitive athletes prioritize sleep and nutrition 100% of the time, but not everyone has this luxury.  Professional strength-athletes often do little except workout, eat, and sleep.  They will typically get […]

Muscle Up

Is Your WOD Leading to Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder Pain from Working Out The most common problem I see in the office is shoulder pain.  People worry that the new fad of high-intensity workouts will cause shoulder injuries.  Heavy workouts won’t injure your shoulder if you do them right.  And learning to lift with proper form can actually protect your shoulder.  Most people […]

CrossFit Injury, sling after rotator cuff surgery

Are HIIT Gyms Dangerous?

One of the most frustrating things about treating patients is their resistance to exercise.  It’s even harder to accomplish our goal of keeping people active when their friends, family, and even their own family doctors tell them the popular High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts are too dangerous.  Everyone is worried about a WOD injury.  In […]

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