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What Your Daughter and Malia Obama Have in Common

Mmm. Intriguing title isn’t it? Can you think of one thing both young ladies may have in common? Of course your daughter and Malia are great kids, getting older, becoming teens, playing sports. But, aside from this, can you guess? No? Well, suprisingly, it is a high risk for knee injury during sports. Last week, I was watching video of Malia and her family disembarking from a helicopter at The White House. As Malia was descending the stairs, her left knee caved in on each stair. This is called “medial deviation” and is a sure sign that Malia’s knees are not “prime time” ready. As a strength and conditioning coach, and a high school sports coach, I see knees like […]

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Fall- The Perfect Time For Goal Setting

Fall has always been my favorite time of year. To me, it signals a new start, a new season, the end of the lazy days of summer. Cool crisp air, beautiful foliage, fresh pencils, organized notebooks, new school clothes! These are the things I think of when I think of fall! Summer can be a time of vacations and overindulgences, which are welcome after the long winter, but summer can also be a time of too much sun, too much food and drink and lots of lazing around at the beach.  I feel we are so lucky to have the seasons here in Massachusetts, as each season can end, and a new season can start, giving us opportunities for change and […]

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Complete Abdominal Training- It’s not about crunches!

When most fitness enthusiasts think of training the abdominal muscles- part of the “core”, they automatically think about crunches, the old standby. However, exercise physiologists and most knowledgeable personal trainers know that crunches are NOT the best, nor safest way, to train the abdominals. First and foremost- a reminder- abdominal exercises DO NOT burn the fat over the abdominal area. ANY infomercial or product that claims to do so is lying. You can not spot reduce any body part- abs or otherwise. To lose fat over the torso/waist area, you must eat well and expend more calories in activity than you take in for nutrition. The End.  A “six pack”, unachievable for 90% of us, is ONLY due to leanness. […]

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Training For Balance- Getting Through Winter Safely

Winter is upon us, and this has been a particularly wicked winter for ice and snow. Perhaps you have already had some falls or slips, or near misses, if you are lucky? While this seems like a hazard of the season, it is not a foregone conclusion. With some consistency and dedication, you could improve your balance and stability within just several weeks of time! When most of us think of fitness, we may not think of balance as something we can train, but rest assured, it is very trainable! Balance can be improved with simple practice and some core stability training. For example: Take a few minutes every day to practice standing on one leg. Challenge yourself- if you […]

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