The Most Important Ability for Gymnasts

Last week Okanagan Peak Performance Inc hosted a seminar for the gymnastics community. The title was The Most Important Ability for Gymnasts – What it is and how to improve it. Below is a brief recap of the seminar.

Stretch For Increased Strength Gains

Did you ever have quizzes when you were in school?

I’m talking about surprises quizzes that were given without advance notice.

Foam Roll & Stretch For the Best Result

The little things really do make all the difference. You see examples of this repeatedly throughout history.

Back Spasms to Squats in 20 Min

The other day a client walked past the front desk and said ‘I’m done. My back is spasming and I can’t train today’.

Why stretching might be bad for you

It seems like there are certain things in life where there isn’t such a thing as too much of a good thing.

6 Benefits of Proper Diaphragmatic Breathing

There’s been lots of discussion recently regarding diaphragmatic breathing. Some people are aware of the benefits of this type of breathing and others are probably thinking ‘what’s the big deal?’

A Lengthened Spine For Optimal Perfomance

Necks are kind of interesting when it comes to training.

Depending on what a particular neck looks like it can either give us the impression of fitness or fatness.

And there are even images that come to mind to describe these two types of physiques. If someone is heavily muscled we can picture them with strong traps that run alongside a strong neck.

4 Easy Stretches to Warm up for Golf

Do you golf?

If you do then you are aware of the demand there is for good mobility through the shoulders, mid and upper back as well as the hips.

And we can prepare ourselves for performance in golf by the things we do off the course. This includes our resistance training program as well as a good stretch and recovery protocol.

But besides the things that will help us perform well in golf there are some things we can do which don’t help at all.

These would include:
* not following a resistance training program
* not stretching or foam rolling
* having poor posture
* improper and inadequate warm-up prior to playing

The third condition, having a poor posture, is the result of sitting for much of the day. This can be sitting in the car, at the desk, at school, in front of the tv, at the computer and unfortunately, after all this sitting, on a bike at the gym.

While many of the things which should improve our performance on the course should be done in between our play on the course there are still some things we can do to loosen up before our first shot of the day.

Especially if we’re running late.

Because if you think about it ideally we’d like to:
* hit some balls at the range
* figure out our stragegy for the hole if it’s a new course
* get any other instructions from the marshall

before we have to tee one up.

But that doesn’t always happen..

And if you find yourself running late for your tee time you’ll be:
* stressed
* with an elevated heart rate
* and tightened, restricted muscles

none of which helps you to hit a good first shot.

So what should you do if you only have 3 minutes before teeing off?

Check out the video below where I give you 4 short great stretches to loosen up your shoulders, mid and upper back as well as your hips in all planes before you hit your first shot.

This will give you the best chance of success and minimize the potential for injury.

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Before I sign off I have to give a big shout out to my nephew Samuel who acted as cameraman for this video. He wanted everyone to know he shot the video and that he’s 8 years old. I think he did a pretty good job for his effort behind the camera. Maybe I’ll bring him back for future segments.

Now let’s hear your comments below!

Chris ‘always moving forward’