Nutritional Overview - an Introduction
There are a number of articles preceding this one that helped set the Physical Activity foundation of our Performance Pyramid. Now, we move on to nutrition. Before we get into any details, I want to reiterate something important: "Life is for living." When it comes to eating that can be interpreted as, "food is to be enjoyed." Over the years, as I have counseled with great success countless people from top CEO's and business owners to teenagers on their exercise nutrition, co
Proprioception and Closing Notes on Physical Activity
Happy Summer! Wow, that was fast. The NBA Finals were over in five games, the Tennis's French Open and Golf's US Open came and went, and we are already nearly through June, heading towards MLB All-Star weekend. We must be having fun! Can't wait to see who is named NBA MVP tonight (better be Westbrook!). Quick Finals recap: "May the most proprioceptive team win" isn't exactly a battle cry, but wow, the level of fine- and gross motor skills and agility is at an all-time high in
From Latin proprious, meaning "one's own," "individual," and capio, capere, "to take" or "grasp." The sense of of relative position of one's own parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement. Simply put, the ability to perceive yourself in space. Once again, I make my own luck in terms of timing, as there are several important things to cover concerning proprioception before moving on to our wider, societal proprioception or awareness. First, the NBA Fin
Death, Taxes, Cardio and Uber
A few things in life are certain: death, taxes, cardio (I suppose diets fit here also, but we're not talking nutrition for another few weeks) and Uber. Eventually, you and I will die. Every year around this time, we also have to pay our taxes (or hopefully get a refund!). If you ever visit or live in an urban or metro area (even suburban areas now!), you will almost certainly ride in an Uber, even if like me, you have never personally downloaded the app and called for a ride.
Aerobic CV Exercise and Toys
As a youth, my philosophy on communication was simple: speak the truth. In recent years as a health professional and college educator, the value of situational euphemisms has become more apparent. Now, a healthy communications outlook may be, "Try to say things nicely, but above all speak your truths." Besides, if we sugar-coated everything, we would all have cavities and diabetes! With that being said, let's be politely blunt. Strap on your helmets! We're going full-on esote
How are Tapas Similar to Cardio?
Variety is the spice of life. Your fitness routine is no exception to that phenomenon. "What type of exercise should I be doing?" Steven, Mike and I have been asked this question several thousand times over the courses of our respective careers. Our collective answer? "The one you like to do." This blog, in its entirety, is steered more towards those who may not exactly know what they want to do in fitness, or if they even want anything to do in fitness. It is also for those
The Big Mistake You Might Be Making With Your Workouts
My Pain in the Butt Let me tell you a little story about my biggest PAIN IN THE BUTT. How many of you have taken a SoulCycle, Peloton, or FlyWheel class? Then you know why it is so easy to fall in love with. The pumping music, flashing lights, instructors with the enthusiasm that I could only achieve with a quad shot of espresso…It’s a dance party on a bike with low lighting to hide my lack of smooth moves. Perfect. Back when unlimited ClassPass was still a thing, I took spin
Strength Training and Goals - the Foundation
The next American revolution will be in the Quality of Life of its citizens. In fact, it is already happening. That is the reason we even formed Cado in the first place. To facilitate this revolution. Fitness and health in a holistic sense have become quite popular in recent years. Strength training is at the core of this quality of life paradigm shift. The greatest challenge is in focusing on the details to perfect each phase of the Performance-Based Model we are preaching h
Your Great, Mysterious Core
Bigfoot Lochness Monster Aliens Your core People claim to have seen it. There may even be blurry, photographic evidence from years past. But do you even have a core? I cannot speak for the other urban legends on this list, but your "core," in my opinion, does exist, and has a functional definition. We brought up this definition a few articles back in "Hips Don't Lie." The Core: In any given movement, "your core" can vary in its composition. The common thread is muscles associ
The Shoulder (doesn't have to be so) Complex!
One important relationship. Three planes of movement. Three major reasons it fails. One article to help you better understand. In order to move with power and grace (and less pain!) in your upper body, you need effective communication between your shoulder blade (Scapula) and your arm (Humerus). This is called glenohumeral rhythm. These two large bones and their tissues work together to guide all of the broad, upper limb movements we make, aka contribute to the majority of up