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Archive for 2014

Triad of Dysfunction in Youth Fitness and Sports

Sara Fleming and David Van Skike The youth fitness issues making headlines these days are childhood obesity and sports injuries.  According to the CDC, in 2012, over one third of children and adolescents were classified as overweight or obese.  At the seemingly opposite end of the spectrum, in 2009, over 2.6 million children were treated in hospitals for injuries related to sports or recreation.  This number does not take into […]

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Childhood Obesity

As some of you may know, in addition to being a coach/trainer/mom, I am a professor for the ISSA’s online college.  I also teach a seminar designed specifically for trainers and coaches and have written a book on training in the context of the bigger picture and how to utilize your training knowledge in the most effective and compassionate way.  Coming up in October, I will have the privilege of […]

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Coaches and Athletes and Why Four-Fifths Is Faster Than All Out

Sara Fleming My Practical Strength colleague, Dave Van Skike, has a saying he got from his father who used to race motorcycles: “Four-fifths is faster than all out”. This may sound nonsensical at first, but when we put it in the context of racing, you can start to understand that going as fast as you possibly can robs you of the control and precision you need to perform well. If […]

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There Is Nothing Wrong With Jogging

A whole lot of people genuinely enjoy running. There is nothing wrong with jogging, walking, biking, swimming, doing yoga or any of the other things that people enjoy.  The human body is capable of a lot of things and most sports involve a good amount of endurance based training.  However, jogging and running have lately gotten a bit of a bad rap.  There are some people who say a few […]

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Five Exercises for Your Best Bikini Body Ever!

This article isn’t what you think. Every time I see a title like the one above, I cringe a little bit. All the crunches, deadlifts, turkish getups, pullups, or burpees in the world cannot guarantee delivery of a perfect bikini body. A perfect bikini body, if we only consider appearance, is the combination of good bone structure, musculature, metabolism, and good skin. Feeling like you have a perfect bikini body […]

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Human Potential, Athleticism, and Play

Sara Fleming What do you think of when you hear the word “training”?  When we think about training, our ideas encompass both the broad and long term physical effects as well as very specific goals.  We believe that training is about honing the vast physical potential of the human body.  The truth is, the majority of folks enjoy that potential while they have it and watch helplessly as it slowly ebbs away. […]

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