How To Choose A Gym

So, as I was finishing up my fourth month of working out at home, it just so happened to be my birthday! I decided that joining the gym would be the perfect birthday gift for myself. It had been a long time since I was in a gym and things have changed a lot since then. I had to decide what I needed in a gym in order to make the right choice of which one to join.  These are the things I took into consideration while making my decision. Continue reading →

Excuse: The Weather Is Bad

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My backyard this past winter. Lots of snow!

I live in New England so I hear this one every day during the winter from at least one of my patients. After it gets cold, nobody wants to do much of anything around here. After there’s snow on the ground, it gets even worse. Many people just close up the doors and hibernate for the winter. No wonder we have so much depression around here. Anyway, you do not need to be like this. There are many things you can do even when it’s cold and snowy outside or even rainy. Continue reading →

Excuse: I Don’t Have Space

DSCN0298I don’t hear this excuse as often as the “I don’t have time” one, but I still hear it once in awhile. I understand that some people live in small apartments with other people and there is not much space for exercise. I don’t think it’s a good excuse not to do it, though.  Pic of me in small space…get it? :) Continue reading →

Excuse: I Don’t Have Any Exercise Equipment

4102797678_c24f5d17e5When I’m working with patients in the clinic, I have lots of different choices of equipment I can use with them. But when my patients go home to do the exercise on their own, they often don’t have the equipment they need. Some of them make the effort to go out and buy some equipment, but that is not an option for everyone. I work in an area where buying even cheap exercise equipment will be too much of a burden on the budget for many of my patients. Continue reading →

Excuse: I Don’t Have Time For Exercise

Over the next few posts, I’m going to discuss different excuses that people give me on a regular basis as to why they don’t exercise. Here’s #1:

I Don’t Have Time

I hear this excuse several times a day from my patients. These are people that came to me to learn how to improve the pain they are having from an injury. I give them the exercises they need to do to succeed and then they tell me that they haven’t done them because they don’t have time. It makes me wonder if they are really invested in improving their situation at all. Continue reading →

Learn To Do A Pushup

PushupOne thing that women struggle with is upper body strength. I think everyone, man or woman, should be able to do a pushup. Especially if you play a throwing sport because of the demands made on the shoulder during throwing. So if you can’t do a real, on the floor pushup, these tips should help.

My first set of workouts I posted includes pushups. If you find this task impossible, I’m going to teach you how to make it possible.

If you can’t do a pushup on the floor, it’s time to find a spot where you can do one. The on your knees girlie pushups are useless, so don’t even try it. Doing pushups from your knees will never transfer into doing them on the floor.

I’ve trained lots of people to do pushups again after all kinds of shoulder injuries including surgery and this method always seems to work, so let’s get started. Continue reading →

Which Muscle Is That? Part 1

As a physical therapist, I see many female athletes for post injury rehab.  I have noticed that a lot of them don’t know where certain muscles are located on their bodies.  When I say, “Now we’re going to stretch your hamstrings,” they ask me, “Is that the one on the front or the back?”  I can’t say that this is limited to adolescent athletes, either.  I have had just as many middle aged athletes, or those that may be called “weekend warriors,” ask me the same questions.

I don’t know why there is a knowledge gap between men and women when it comes to knowing which muscles are where and what they do.  The only thing I can think of is that men are usually introduced to weight training earlier and more often than women.

So, because of these experiences I have decided to write a short series on the basic muscle groups in the body and what they do.  I will try to keep it as basic as possible.  This first one will address the muscles of the legs, or what are called the lower extremities.  Let’s start from the top down. Continue reading →