Definitions

Posted by Hans Lindgren DC on 10 November 2011 | 2 Comments
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There is a vast amount of confusion regarding some of the most frequently used phrases and concepts in the fitness industry. There is a complete lack of universally accepted definitions regarding what constitutes the core as well as proper descriptions of core-stabilization and core-strength. ...read the full post

Try to make it harder

Posted by Hans Lindgren DC on 21 October 2011 | 0 Comments
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The best advice I can give to anyone who wishes to take their training to the next level is to start making the training as hard as possible. It is far too common to see gym-goers standing around doing absolutely nothing else other than talking to friends or doing some strange exercises with minimal weights. Sometimes it is a difficult task even trying to figure out what they are training. ...read the full post

A new exciting group is emerging

Posted by Hans Lindgren DC on 15 September 2011 | 1 Comments
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Most professions are steadily evolving as a result of new discoveries, research and internal and external demands. The health and fitness industry is definitively no exception, rather the opposite. Not only do the entire health professions change, but new groups are also developing within the different disciplines based on personal interest, exposure to new ideas, and personal experiences. ...read the full post

Busting the core myths … again!

Posted by By Hans Lindgren DC on 5 August 2011 | 0 Comments
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Over the last decade we have been inundated with different methods of strengthening the core, and not long after has there often been others describing them as ineffective and have been calling it “busting the myths about the core”. ...read the full post

Boot-Camp Lecture

Posted by By Hans Lindgren DC on 23 July 2011 | 0 Comments
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We held a lecture for a group of personal trainer/boot camp members at Good-Life Alexandra Hills today. It was a great group to work with since most of them were experienced trainers and were keen to learn new things. ...read the full post

What is wrong with isolated exercises?

Posted by Hans Lindgren on 12 July 2011 | 0 Comments
There has been a lot of criticism against the traditional body-building type of training lately and as a result of that the “functional training” concept has emerged. Don’t get me wrong I am not going to claim that isolated muscle training is in any way superior to “functional” type of training. My aim is to show that training with muscle isolation is not as bad as it has been accused of being. “Train movement not muscles” is a phrase that has been frequently used. First of all we cannot train a muscle without a movement unless we perform isometric exercises. Instead of regarding it as isolated muscles let us call it isolated joint movement. Secondly to achieve isolation there has to be……Stabilization! ...read the full post

Introducing the Biceps-plank

Posted by Hans Lindgren on 12 July 2011 | 0 Comments
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A frequently used core stabilization exercise is the Plank-exercise. If you haven’t been exposed to it previously I will give a short description: The individual is supposed to lie on the floor face down supporting the body on the elbows and toes. Tensing the abdominal wall to keep the body straight like a plank is said to strengthen the core and there has even evolved a core stabilization test out of this exercise. The test a timed challenge where the ability to remain in this position for a certain period of time is used to evaluate core-strength. One method of evaluating the plank test is a straight time trial in stationary plank position. Another version of testing includes the lifting and holding of limbs for certain periods of time in a specific pattern. Both these testing methods are using quantitative measurements to evaluate core strength. There is never any mentioning of proper joint position, neutral spine, good stabilization patterns and evaluation of breathing. Of course it will exercise the abdominal wall but I do not consider it to be a good core-exercise. ...read the full post