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Common Causes of Injury

Written by: Caitlin Gaudreau It’s a fair bet that at some point in your life you have dealt with pain. I sat down with Coach Tom and discussed the common causes of injury in our bodies. Read on to learn what I discovered! Most often, pain is related to either overuse or underuse. Overuse can happen while playing sports, where you are operating at your max capacity and putting that load on your joints, like ankles, knees, and hips. It can also include old injuries, where you have either never let them fully recover, or have developed compensation movements that put stress on the body. Underuse happens when everyday life cramps the style of our bodies’ natural design. For instance,...

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Do Home Workouts Really Work?

By: Caitlin Gaudreau We’ve all heard the skepticism about home workouts, so I sat down with Coach Tom to hear his honest thoughts on the often criticized “home workout”. So, are home workouts effective? The answer is, YES! Depending on your goal, home workouts are just as effective as hitting the gym or a group class. If your goal is to run a marathon, only working at home on your mat may not be the most effective approach. However, if your goal is to stay healthy, manage day-to-day pain, gain muscle or lose weight? A home workout can do that for you.  What about equipment, you may ask? Ideally, some weights would be grand, but other household items can be...

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Accountability

Written by: Dave Trough The main reason why people will purchase personal training sessions is to have accountability. This was one of the first and best lessons I’ve learned in over a decade of training experience. As much as we have needs and goals to achieve, it can be hard to facilitate those goals into action. Here enters personal training.   Your personal trainer will hold you accountable to your health and fitness goals. It can be hard to get yourself out of bed, pack up the gym bag, drive to the gym, workout for an hour, shower, drive to work. Now to do this on a daily basis 3-5 days per week, forever.... Motivation is definitely needed, but having an...

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Mobility vs. Stability

Written by: Dave Trough   I often look at my clients as either mobility-centric clients or stability-centric clients. First, we must discuss what the difference is between mobility and stability. Mobility is having the ability to move freely and easily. This means that we move without restriction; we can move from point A to point B without compensating.   As human beings, we are amazing at adapting. However, if we stop expressing certain ranges of motion (e.g. squatting, hinging, etc.), then eventually we develop compensatory movement patterns that result in certain muscles becoming restrictive and tight. This hinders our ability to move freely and easily. For a client lacking mobility, we focus on stretching and fascial work. This helps  mobilize the...

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5 Incredible Benefits of Thai Massage

Written by: Andrea Price  Most of us agree that it feels good to get a massage, but do the benefits go deeper than just making you feel good? Research suggests that YES, they do! The benefits are many, but here I'm just going to focus on five of them. First, let me explain what Thai massage is, and what the difference is between this massage style and regular massage.  Thai massage is a 2500 year-old practice that actually originated in India around the time of the Buddha and eventually migrated over to Thailand, where it got its name.  Also known as "Lazy Man's Yoga," Thai massage involves many of the same movements as yoga. It uses stretching and pressure on...

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