Category Archives for Fundamentals

New Guidelines Reveal Answer for Lower Back Pain

Approximate read time: 3 minutes NY Times: https://goo.gl/PR2ilX Saying active with lower back pain is not bad advice. But what does “staying active” mean? Dr. Weinstein suggests, “I know your back

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To Maximize Strength and Minimize Injury Risk, Follow This Rule

Estimated read time: 3 to 4 minutes The Champions tour used to be known as the “Seniors” tour but apparently “seniors” wasn’t the best description. Me either. When does that happen

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Aging and the Edges

I still have “use or lose it” on my mind… I’m 61 years of age now. How did that happen? I received an email from a former student, Darin, who is now CEO of a hospital in Idaho. A hollow gasp

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The Hardest Part of Running

Looking out her front window, she saw something very unusual. It was a man wearing very short shorts, sneakers and a t-shirt. He was moving quickly. Not really walking and not running. “What is he

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It’s Not How You Start. It’s How You Finish.

“You can observe a lot by watching.” – Yogi Berra I don’t like “average”. The typical, the common, the ordinary. No one has ever accused me of being “average”

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What Makes a Workout a “Tough” Workout?

Simple. When an exercise routine is at or near your physical maximum, you’ll call it tough. It doesn’t matter what the exercises are or what kind of tools you use. All that matters is one thing:

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Three Basic Components Every Good Workout Should Have

Somethings are supposed to be good even when they’re bad. Like a cold beer on a hot day or sex just about anytime. Well, lousy sex isn’t so hot no matter when it happens and I don’t care

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Question from a Reader: What Are the Best Exercises for Ab Toning?

The question for today comes from a reader who wants to know about ab toning: Hi Doug, I don’t believe I have ever seen a discussion of the vertical (flexed/extended) leg raise for ab toning. I

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What’s The Point of Working Out?

There’s a difference between how long you live (lifespan) and how well you live (healthspan). The International Health, Racquet, and Sports Club Association’s (IHRSA) survey of its members revealed

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What Leonardo da Vinci Can Teach You About Stretching Your Hamstrings

You begin your day stretching…on the advice of your doctor and therapist. Over the past few months, your lower back has ached and you’re stiff as a 2 x 4 in the morning. The problem it seems, as

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