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Morning Folks! We’re back on the YouTube today offering some more help for those of you with neck and shoulder pain. This time we’re talking Mobility 101, how you can tackle the most common problem we see in people struggling with shoulder and neck pain. Enjoy and have an awesome day!

Training Kids

Outlining the Restore/Thrive Approach

Morning Folks! We’re back on the YouTube Channel today. This time we’re talking training philosophy. One of the questions we answer most often is “What sports are your kids doing?”. The simple answer-none. Why? That’s the topic of discussion today. If your kids haven’t mastered these basics, getting them involved in sports may actually hinder their athletic development.

More YouTube Goodness

Optimizing your conditioning work on the bike.

Morning Folks! We’ve got another video up on the Restore/Thrive YouTube Channel. This time we’re going after all you head-chasers and back-rounders on your bikes. The example we used today is on an Airdyne bike, but scales across the board-whether you’re Soul Cycling by candlelight, road biking, or conquering the trails, get your body and your mind right with our primer before you head out.

YouTube Update

Saving your knees, one video at a time.

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Morning, Folks! Today on the Restore/Thrive YouTube Channel, we’ve got some tips for those of you who are dealing with pain in your knees. Specifically, the kind of creaky, stiff, hurts to squat, kills going down stairs, takes-an-Act-of-God-to-get-off-the-floor-type knee pain. That’s no way to live. Click here for some help.

Training Files: Conditioning

Some weekend conditioning fun for all.

Ahead of the opening of the Restore/Thrive Gym later this summer, we wanted to give you a glimpse of the type of training we’ll be doing in our gym.

“Conditioning” as a general fitness term, can mean a variety of things to a variety of people. As a primary pillar of training in our gym, conditioning refers to the development of the physical ability to perform primary movement patterns under the strain of increased working volume, intensity, and metabolic demand.

Practically applied, a conditioning day at our gym can look like this:

  • 5 to 10 minutes warm-up
  • 9 rounds for time, 5 Deadlifts at 65% of estimated max, 20 second Airdyne bike sprint
  • Cool Down

Whether you’re a field athlete or a hard-working parent wrangling a handful of kids, our primary goal is to make you more physically efficient and resilient at performing the fundamental patterns of human movement in a variety of contexts. It’s one thing to execute a perfect hip hinge/Deadilft when you’re just training that pattern and giving yourself plenty of rest between sets. It’s a completely different animal when you’re stressed, breathing hard, or thinking about the 12 other things you have to do today and asked to pick up something heavy. The goal of our conditioning program is to hard-wire the most efficient patterns into your brain and body so that when the heat is on in competition or in the kitchen as you wrestle 3 kids and try to get dinner on the table at the same time, you default to the best patterns of movement.

The Training Template

Are you getting the most out of your training or fitness program?

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There are endless iterations of training programs, workout plans, fitness regimens, get-fit-quick schemes and the like littering the internet. While you, the would be consumer and user of said things, may think that the secret to better health, performance, and body composition is hidden within the depths of internet land, there is in fact a very simple way to understand and apply critical reasoning to any program you may be considering starting.

The human body is complex in many regards, but the primary patterns of movement it is capable of do not fit in the category of high complexity.

In terms of human movements we can divide them into a few primary categories. Let’s start with the upper body.

UPPER BODY PATTERNS

  1. Vertical Press
  2. Vertical Pull
  3. Horizontal Press
  4. Horizontal Pull

LOWER BODY PATTERNS

  1. Hip Hinge
  2. Step-Up
  3. Lunge

Perform quick test of these movements and you’ll notice that you can do all of them under a doorway. Hence, the reason we call them “Doorway Movements”. Now, layer on top of these primary patterns of upper and lower body movement, the three primary planes of human movement, pictured below:

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It should be obvious that we can move in more than just the direction straight through the doorway. Moving side to side and rotating are not just available motions, they’re necessary components to train in order to develop well-rounded strength. Being strong in the Coronal (a.k.a. “Frontal”) Plane and Transverse (a.k.a. “Rotary”) Plane actually contributes to better Sagittal (a.k.a. “Doorway”) Plane strength. For you meatheads and bros out there, being strong in all three planes means better bench, squat, and deadlift totals.

APPLICATION

Throughout our warm-up, training, and cool-down, we can apply these primary human movement patterns. You don’t have to focus on just one area per-session. And you don’t need to spend 30 minutes on activating every muscle in your body before you feel comfortable picking up a weight. Your warm-up should look like your workout. For example, if you’re going to barbell back squat, it’s a good idea to do a few body weight squats rather than just bend over to touch your toes or grab your foot and pull it to your butt. The warm-up should send a clear message to your body and your brain you’re about to do something similar with more intensity. If your workout is primarily full of horizontal pressing or pulling (i.e., bench pressing, or rowing variations), mix in a few movements that force your arms to move out to the side, or even diagonally across your body. The cool down should flush your body and your nervous system in such a way that you stimulate the recovery process. Here, once again, body weight movements are a great idea.

Developing better strength, fitness, and athleticism is only possible when employing training that encompasses these fundamental laws of human movement. There is a skill component to these movements, but a quality coach will challenge and improve all of these patterns, shoring up weaknesses and building better depth to the individual’s strengths along the way. Anyone, athlete or not, who employs a plan such as this will experience exponentially better results than someone stuck in a plan that doesn’t address the multi-dimensional character of human movement and performance.

Paraphrasing a popular quote:

“Smart work beats hard work when hard work doesn’t work smart.”

If you need some help figuring the ins and outs of a quality training program, give us a shout here through our “Consulting” page.


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YouTube Update

For our golfers.

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Morning, Folks! We’ve got a new video up on the Restore/Thrive YouTube Channel. Today we’re getting after golfing fundamentals. Do you have the requisite mobility and stability to swing the club well, play your most consistent golf, and come out unharmed on the other side? Our quick screen and exercise recommendations will get you headed the right way.

More YouTube Goodness

Your warm-up and cool-down routines need an upgrade. It’s here.

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Morning, Folks! We’ve got another video up on the Restore/Thrive YouTube Channel. This time, we’re tackling the concept of “stretching” and expanding your mind on what warming up and cooling down is all about. Enjoy!

YouTube Update

Stiff neck, sore shoulders, or numbness in your hands after you lift? This one’s for you.

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Morning, Folks! We’ve got a new video on the Restore/Thrive YouTube Channel today. This time we’re tackling neck pain, shoulder pain, and numbness in your arms and hands. If you have any of these problems when you train or throughout the day, check out today’s video.

YouTube Update

Tackling your wrist & hand pain.

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Morning, folks! We’ve posted our latest video discussing some do-it-yourself ways to deal with common aches and pains. Today we’re taking on your wrist and hand pain-something all of you blogging, texting, and scrolling jockeys know all about.

Apologies for the video quality. Technology!