September 17, 2018

Ladies, this is possibly the best way to protect yourself against dementia…

I lost my Mom a little over 10 years ago. We called her Gigi. She was beautiful in every way. She died suddenly of a heart attack. Gone in a heartbeat, literally. Over the past several years I’ve worked with countless older folks at preserving and rebuilding their health. I’ve often wondered what Gigi’s would have been like had she lived into her golden years. Some recently published research has demonstrated that dementia is significantly less likely among women in midlife who enjoy a high level of fitness.  I have often pondered whether it was a blessing that she passed away […]
September 6, 2018

The Functional Fitness Secret

Before I mentioned had you ever heard of “functional fitness”? I learned about it the hard way… through injury and frustration. Well, as I mentioned in yesterday’s note, I’ve tried all sorts of methods to get and stay in shape and nearly every approach that I tried left me injured and frustrated. What I really wanted was to look fit and lean… to feel strong, confident, and capable… and to be able to enjoy the fruits of my labor by doing all the activities that I love to do. Ultimately, I wanted my hard work to pay off in some […]
September 6, 2018

Want more mobility? Move…

I have always had really tight hamstrings. Like drum tight. The only time I ever remember feeling flexible was when I was about 15-16. Back then I did Taekwando. For those who aren’t familiar with this martial art form, it originated in Korea and grew very popular here in the 1980’s. The style involves quite a bit of kicking, front-kicks, side-kicks, roundhouse kicks, all-sorts-of-kicks. Taekwando can teach a kid a lot of great stuff such as discipline and focus. But one thing for sure that it improves is flexibility. We spent a ton of time stretching our leg muscles so […]
September 6, 2018

How Functional Fitness Changed Everything

Have  you ever heard of “functional fitness”? I learned about it the hard way… through injury and frustration. I’ve tried all sorts of methods to get and stay in shape and nearly every approach that I tried left me injured and frustrated. What I really wanted was to look fit and lean… to feel strong, confident, and capable… and to be able to enjoy the fruits of my labor by doing all the activities that I love to do. Ultimately, I wanted my hard work to pay off in some way that made me happy and more fulfilled outside of […]
September 6, 2018

Is there a method to this madness?

I’ve designed our workouts to follow a plan and a pattern that I’ve found can help us to cover all the various aspects of the functional fitness continuum and optimize the development of our functional fitness. We include 10 distinct components of the Functional Fitness continuum. They are: Strength Power Muscular Endurance Aerobic Capactiy Anaerobic Capacity Flexibility Speed Agility Coordination Balance All of them are important. Neglecting any one area will almost inevitably result in, if not an injury, imbalance and disfunction. Each of our daily workouts involves most of this continuum. When you train consistently throughout the week, you’ll […]