Exciting news happening just around the corner! CrossFit athlete, Elizabeth Terris, will be blogging on AbMat.com regarding fitness, AbMat benefits, health and nutrition. Professionally, Elizabeth is a registered, advanced practice, nurse currently working in the insurance industry. Personally, Elizabeth has been CrossFitting since 2007, 18 months after the birth of her second child. Before CrossFit entered her life she would run and use various machines to maintain strength. After children she needed to be more efficient and effective with her workouts to make use of her time. Serendipitously, Elizabeth walked into a CrossFit gym – tried it – liked it!
Elizabeth is a 50 year old athlete who took 11th place in her age division in the 2013 CrossFit Games. Stay tuned for Elizabeth’s blogs – coming soon!
One of the reasons we at Body Core are such huge fans of CrossFit is on display at www.crossfit.com today. The WOD (Workout Of the Day) is named “Bradley” after U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Bradley R. Smith, who was killed in the line of duty on January 3rd of last year by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. He was a local from Troy, Illinois serving his country in a distant place. He had not even been deployed a full month at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Tiffany, his parents, Gary and Paula, his brother and fellow airman, Ryan, and his daughter, Chloe, who had only been born just the October before his passing. She was denied the opportunity to know and be raised by an undoubtedly great American. › Continue reading
Protein consumption goes hand in hand with exercise and your diet. So inextricably linked are they that if you buy any type of exercise equipment, you have to give the code word “protein” before they’ll take your money at the register. Trainers have to tell you to eat or drink protein otherwise they get decertified. Fitness magazines have to stress the importance of dietary protein, usually in advertisement form, otherwise they go belly up. While I might be exaggerating a little, it’s an understatement to say that protein is important stuff to anyone pursuing physical fitness. The question that you might have is: “Why?” › Continue reading
The opening is a little on the gross side, but who can deny how truly inspirational this guy is? We all get injured at one point or another, and sometimes you might find yourself wondering, “Am I ever going to get over this? Am I ever going to get back to where I was…?” I don’t know about you, but this video makes me feel like I can do whatever I set my mind to.
What is your goal? Focus your efforts on it, and get after it! Don’t give up! You can do it!
You might be inclined to think that the participants in this video have done something devious to magnify their claims- like deflating the ball to make it flatten more than normal- but this is the reality of the fitness ball. What the fitness ball has become is largely the result of marketing genius. The claims and accepted uses of today go so far beyond the original intent and purpose for the ball. Is it okay for core training? It’s better than the floor, and it could be the difference between someone doing core training and not, so it’s okay, but it is not the best product for core muscle activation. Beyond the reasons stated in the video, fitness ball core training does not lend itself well to increased weight resistance, and the instability compromises workout intensity. The AbMat is the more effective core trainer.
If you spend any time at all doing cardio, you will eventually- if not immediately- hear the words “heart rate” as a point of interest or focus. Anyone would figure that it’s important. Afterall, if your heart rate is zero, that means you are personally extinct. It stands to reason then that it should factor heavily in the pursuit of personal health and fitness. Beyond the reality that zero is very very bad, you might be foggy on how the heart rate figures into the fitness equation. For instance, your heart monitor might tell you that you achieved an average heart rate of 145 during a 30-minute workout. Is that good? The answer is: for some, yes, and others, no. › Continue reading
This may come as a shock to you, but you need to know that some trainers and fellow workout enthusiasts want you to experience failure. There’s no denying it; it’s true. They want you to know what it is to be unable to complete that last repetition. The rest of the story is that this failure principle is part of a workout philosophy intended to maximize muscle growth stimulation. In this approach, with the help of a spotter (or two or three), you complete repetitions of whatever exercise until you literally cannot do one more repetition. The argument hinges on the premise that the last rep, whichever number that may be, is always the hardest and most productive. The question is: is training to failure legit? › Continue reading
There I was- my body worn out and sweaty, my throat raw, my stomach queasy. There was not much more I could give. I felt spent. The problem was that I hadn’t touched a weight or made the faintest attempt at upping my heart rate. No, it was just a summer bug come early. I had a healthy dose of nasal/sinus congestion, sore throat, fatigue, and a heavy chest. The onset was gradual over a day or two. I don’t know about you, but that’s usually when my struggle kicks in. “Should I work out feeling this way?” › Continue reading
If you’ve even semi-regularly watched television over the last few years, you’ve most likely seen the infomercials for the various electric abdominal stimulator belts promising six-pack abs with almost no effort. You can work out your abs while sitting at your desk, washing the dishes, lying on the couch while watching infomercials about abdominal stimulator belts, etc. The next thing you know, you’re a camera-ready model. There have been more than a few different belts offered in a relatively short amount of time. If they didn’t sell (and well), you would not be seeing the infomercials. The question is: for all of the units sold, do they actually work?? › Continue reading