The Dumbbell Snatch – a Safer Power Exercise!

The Barbell Snatch is unquestionably one of the most amazing exercises you can do to develop power – the ability to produce lots of force quickly!   Power is king in athletic performance and it helps us mere mortals in many situations as well.  There are several popular power exercises but the barbell snatch is thought by many professional conditioning coaches to be the best exercise to develop total body power.  Unfortunately it is not an easy exercise to learn, and it can take months of work with an experienced Olympic Lifting Coach to master the movement.   More importantly if you do not do it correctly or if you have…
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Ventilatory Threshold – What is It and Why should you care?

If you have ever done a series of sprints then difficulty breathing or labored breathing is a familiar concept.  The technical term for this phenomenon is “Ventilatory Threshold”.    This corresponds with that level of exercise intensity where you feel that you can’t get as much air as your body needs. As your exercise intensity increases your breathing deepens gradually, but as you continue to increase intensity there is a sudden change and your breathing accelerates dramatically.    So what is going on when this occurs?   As exercise intensity increases you rely more and more on pure carbohydrate/glucose for energy and are forced to use more anaerobic energy pathways to deliver enough…
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The Facts on Safe Sun Exposure and Vitamin D

If you are confused about whether exposure to the sun is good or bad or somewhere in the middle – you are not alone!   There is a ton of conflicting advice and information being given on Sun Exposure.   On the one side we are being told to completely avoid all sun exposure and wear heavy duty sun screens at all time and on the other being told that sun exposure is vital and good for us. As always the real answer is somewhere in the middle and it is critical to evaluate the validity of information you receive based on the source and if they have a commercial stake in…
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Blackberries – The Unsung Berry!

Fresh blackberries were recently identified as a top cancer fighter. Blackberries are actually cluster of fruits, similar to grapes, and the seeds inside contribute to the berry’s nutrient value. Blackberries have one of the highest antioxidant contents per serving of any food tested. In a 2006 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the authors found that blackberries’ antioxidant content was far above other foods. This means that regular consumption of blackberries may have a positive impact on health, athletic performance and disease risk. One of the many phytochemicals in blackberries is Anthocyanins. This flavonoid gives blackberries their dark color.   Anthocyanins have been shown to protect the brain…
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Mastering the Kettlebell Swing

Kettlebells are all the rage in fitness, and when used properly they are fantastic tool!   However not everyone needs or should do all the exercises possible with a kettlebell and like all things a mastery of the basics is the necessary foundation for advancement.     For the kettlebell that foundation is all about mastering the Kettlebell Swing. The swing is a hip hinge movement NOT a squat!    Most people do not know the difference which is the first challenge.    The following shows an unloaded hip hinge using a dowel (can use a broomstick or anything light) to keep the spine in perfect alignment which is key! Start by doing hip hinges…
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The Dumbbell Snatch – a Safer Power Exercise!

The Barbell Snatch is unquestionably one of the most amazing exercises you can do to develop power – the ability to produce lots of force quickly!   Power is king in athletic performance and it helps us mere mortals in many situations as well.  There are several popular power exercises but the barbell snatch is thought by many professional conditioning coaches to be the best exercise to develop total body power.  Unfortunately it is not an easy exercise to learn, and it can take months of work with an experienced Olympic Lifting Coach to master the movement.   More importantly if you do not do it correctly or if you have…
Read More

Ventilatory Threshold – What is It and Why should you care?

If you have ever done a series of sprints then difficulty breathing or labored breathing is a familiar concept.  The technical term for this phenomenon is “Ventilatory Threshold”.    This corresponds with that level of exercise intensity where you feel that you can’t get as much air as your body needs. As your exercise intensity increases your breathing deepens gradually, but as you continue to increase intensity there is a sudden change and your breathing accelerates dramatically.    So what is going on when this occurs?   As exercise intensity increases you rely more and more on pure carbohydrate/glucose for energy and are forced to use more anaerobic energy pathways to deliver enough…
Read More

The Facts on Safe Sun Exposure and Vitamin D

If you are confused about whether exposure to the sun is good or bad or somewhere in the middle – you are not alone!   There is a ton of conflicting advice and information being given on Sun Exposure.   On the one side we are being told to completely avoid all sun exposure and wear heavy duty sun screens at all time and on the other being told that sun exposure is vital and good for us. As always the real answer is somewhere in the middle and it is critical to evaluate the validity of information you receive based on the source and if they have a commercial stake in…
Read More

Blackberries – The Unsung Berry!

Fresh blackberries were recently identified as a top cancer fighter. Blackberries are actually cluster of fruits, similar to grapes, and the seeds inside contribute to the berry’s nutrient value. Blackberries have one of the highest antioxidant contents per serving of any food tested. In a 2006 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the authors found that blackberries’ antioxidant content was far above other foods. This means that regular consumption of blackberries may have a positive impact on health, athletic performance and disease risk. One of the many phytochemicals in blackberries is Anthocyanins. This flavonoid gives blackberries their dark color.   Anthocyanins have been shown to protect the brain…
Read More

Mastering the Kettlebell Swing

Kettlebells are all the rage in fitness, and when used properly they are fantastic tool!   However not everyone needs or should do all the exercises possible with a kettlebell and like all things a mastery of the basics is the necessary foundation for advancement.     For the kettlebell that foundation is all about mastering the Kettlebell Swing. The swing is a hip hinge movement NOT a squat!    Most people do not know the difference which is the first challenge.    The following shows an unloaded hip hinge using a dowel (can use a broomstick or anything light) to keep the spine in perfect alignment which is key! Start by doing hip hinges…
Read More

The Dumbbell Snatch – a Safer Power Exercise!

The Barbell Snatch is unquestionably one of the most amazing exercises you can do to develop power – the ability to produce lots of force quickly!   Power is king in athletic performance and it helps us mere mortals in many situations as well.  There are several popular power exercises but the barbell snatch is thought by many professional conditioning coaches to be the best exercise to develop total body power.  Unfortunately it is not an easy exercise to learn, and it can take months of work with an experienced Olympic Lifting Coach to master the movement.   More importantly if you do not do it correctly or if you have…
Read More

Ventilatory Threshold – What is It and Why should you care?

If you have ever done a series of sprints then difficulty breathing or labored breathing is a familiar concept.  The technical term for this phenomenon is “Ventilatory Threshold”.    This corresponds with that level of exercise intensity where you feel that you can’t get as much air as your body needs. As your exercise intensity increases your breathing deepens gradually, but as you continue to increase intensity there is a sudden change and your breathing accelerates dramatically.    So what is going on when this occurs?   As exercise intensity increases you rely more and more on pure carbohydrate/glucose for energy and are forced to use more anaerobic energy pathways to deliver enough…
Read More

The Facts on Safe Sun Exposure and Vitamin D

If you are confused about whether exposure to the sun is good or bad or somewhere in the middle – you are not alone!   There is a ton of conflicting advice and information being given on Sun Exposure.   On the one side we are being told to completely avoid all sun exposure and wear heavy duty sun screens at all time and on the other being told that sun exposure is vital and good for us. As always the real answer is somewhere in the middle and it is critical to evaluate the validity of information you receive based on the source and if they have a commercial stake in…
Read More

Blackberries – The Unsung Berry!

Fresh blackberries were recently identified as a top cancer fighter. Blackberries are actually cluster of fruits, similar to grapes, and the seeds inside contribute to the berry’s nutrient value. Blackberries have one of the highest antioxidant contents per serving of any food tested. In a 2006 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the authors found that blackberries’ antioxidant content was far above other foods. This means that regular consumption of blackberries may have a positive impact on health, athletic performance and disease risk. One of the many phytochemicals in blackberries is Anthocyanins. This flavonoid gives blackberries their dark color.   Anthocyanins have been shown to protect the brain…
Read More

Mastering the Kettlebell Swing

Kettlebells are all the rage in fitness, and when used properly they are fantastic tool!   However not everyone needs or should do all the exercises possible with a kettlebell and like all things a mastery of the basics is the necessary foundation for advancement.     For the kettlebell that foundation is all about mastering the Kettlebell Swing. The swing is a hip hinge movement NOT a squat!    Most people do not know the difference which is the first challenge.    The following shows an unloaded hip hinge using a dowel (can use a broomstick or anything light) to keep the spine in perfect alignment which is key! Start by doing hip hinges…
Read More

The Dumbbell Snatch – a Safer Power Exercise!

The Barbell Snatch is unquestionably one of the most amazing exercises you can do to develop power – the ability to produce lots of force quickly!   Power is king in athletic performance and it helps us mere mortals in many situations as well.  There are several popular power exercises but the barbell snatch is thought by many professional conditioning coaches to be the best exercise to develop total body power.  Unfortunately it is not an easy exercise to learn, and it can take months of work with an experienced Olympic Lifting Coach to master the movement.   More importantly if you do not do it correctly or if you have…
Read More

Ventilatory Threshold – What is It and Why should you care?

If you have ever done a series of sprints then difficulty breathing or labored breathing is a familiar concept.  The technical term for this phenomenon is “Ventilatory Threshold”.    This corresponds with that level of exercise intensity where you feel that you can’t get as much air as your body needs. As your exercise intensity increases your breathing deepens gradually, but as you continue to increase intensity there is a sudden change and your breathing accelerates dramatically.    So what is going on when this occurs?   As exercise intensity increases you rely more and more on pure carbohydrate/glucose for energy and are forced to use more anaerobic energy pathways to deliver enough…
Read More

The Facts on Safe Sun Exposure and Vitamin D

If you are confused about whether exposure to the sun is good or bad or somewhere in the middle – you are not alone!   There is a ton of conflicting advice and information being given on Sun Exposure.   On the one side we are being told to completely avoid all sun exposure and wear heavy duty sun screens at all time and on the other being told that sun exposure is vital and good for us. As always the real answer is somewhere in the middle and it is critical to evaluate the validity of information you receive based on the source and if they have a commercial stake in…
Read More

Blackberries – The Unsung Berry!

Fresh blackberries were recently identified as a top cancer fighter. Blackberries are actually cluster of fruits, similar to grapes, and the seeds inside contribute to the berry’s nutrient value. Blackberries have one of the highest antioxidant contents per serving of any food tested. In a 2006 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the authors found that blackberries’ antioxidant content was far above other foods. This means that regular consumption of blackberries may have a positive impact on health, athletic performance and disease risk. One of the many phytochemicals in blackberries is Anthocyanins. This flavonoid gives blackberries their dark color.   Anthocyanins have been shown to protect the brain…
Read More

Mastering the Kettlebell Swing

Kettlebells are all the rage in fitness, and when used properly they are fantastic tool!   However not everyone needs or should do all the exercises possible with a kettlebell and like all things a mastery of the basics is the necessary foundation for advancement.     For the kettlebell that foundation is all about mastering the Kettlebell Swing. The swing is a hip hinge movement NOT a squat!    Most people do not know the difference which is the first challenge.    The following shows an unloaded hip hinge using a dowel (can use a broomstick or anything light) to keep the spine in perfect alignment which is key! Start by doing hip hinges…
Read More

The Dumbbell Snatch – a Safer Power Exercise!

The Barbell Snatch is unquestionably one of the most amazing exercises you can do to develop power – the ability to produce lots of force quickly!   Power is king in athletic performance and it helps us mere mortals in many situations as well.  There are several popular power exercises but the barbell snatch is thought by many professional conditioning coaches to be the best exercise to develop total body power.  Unfortunately it is not an easy exercise to learn, and it can take months of work with an experienced Olympic Lifting Coach to master the movement.   More importantly if you do not do it correctly or if you have…
Read More

Ventilatory Threshold – What is It and Why should you care?

If you have ever done a series of sprints then difficulty breathing or labored breathing is a familiar concept.  The technical term for this phenomenon is “Ventilatory Threshold”.    This corresponds with that level of exercise intensity where you feel that you can’t get as much air as your body needs. As your exercise intensity increases your breathing deepens gradually, but as you continue to increase intensity there is a sudden change and your breathing accelerates dramatically.    So what is going on when this occurs?   As exercise intensity increases you rely more and more on pure carbohydrate/glucose for energy and are forced to use more anaerobic energy pathways to deliver enough…
Read More

The Facts on Safe Sun Exposure and Vitamin D

If you are confused about whether exposure to the sun is good or bad or somewhere in the middle – you are not alone!   There is a ton of conflicting advice and information being given on Sun Exposure.   On the one side we are being told to completely avoid all sun exposure and wear heavy duty sun screens at all time and on the other being told that sun exposure is vital and good for us. As always the real answer is somewhere in the middle and it is critical to evaluate the validity of information you receive based on the source and if they have a commercial stake in…
Read More

Blackberries – The Unsung Berry!

Fresh blackberries were recently identified as a top cancer fighter. Blackberries are actually cluster of fruits, similar to grapes, and the seeds inside contribute to the berry’s nutrient value. Blackberries have one of the highest antioxidant contents per serving of any food tested. In a 2006 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the authors found that blackberries’ antioxidant content was far above other foods. This means that regular consumption of blackberries may have a positive impact on health, athletic performance and disease risk. One of the many phytochemicals in blackberries is Anthocyanins. This flavonoid gives blackberries their dark color.   Anthocyanins have been shown to protect the brain…
Read More

Mastering the Kettlebell Swing

Kettlebells are all the rage in fitness, and when used properly they are fantastic tool!   However not everyone needs or should do all the exercises possible with a kettlebell and like all things a mastery of the basics is the necessary foundation for advancement.     For the kettlebell that foundation is all about mastering the Kettlebell Swing. The swing is a hip hinge movement NOT a squat!    Most people do not know the difference which is the first challenge.    The following shows an unloaded hip hinge using a dowel (can use a broomstick or anything light) to keep the spine in perfect alignment which is key! Start by doing hip hinges…
Read More