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
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.
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
Get it right, Get it tight (Pt 2): Do you know squat?
So let’s get back to that picture I painted in “Get it Right, Get it Tight, Pt1." You are rushing to get those 50 squats in under the timer. Instead of doing the movement correctly, you fall prey to the competitor inside you. You are not going low enough. You are shifting onto your toes. You are letting your knees collapse in. This is not only counter-productive, but dangerous. As a physical therapist, I very rarely have a patient that can perform a squat correctly. I evaluat
It's all about that base: Here's why you need a better butt
Strutting your stuff or losing your butt? All that sass but no ass? Okay, enough with the corny one-liners and let’s get down to the BASE-ics. Ha. Ha. Ha. Okay butt seriously… Getting a hint as to where this one is going? Yes, it’s the butt. I promise I have a lot more coming your way other than notes about the booty, but they always say write what you're passionate about, right? One of my absolute favorite areas to work out is my butt. Yes, I do my squats, lunges, and donkey
Specifics of Movement Prep
Any good at Legos? Great! Then you can excel in fitness. A good fitness regimen is all about degrees of freedom. Minor constructions and deconstructions to your plan that keeps the whole thing going smoothly. I remember being 16 and learning how to be an ocean lifeguard during our "hell week." One of our instructors taught us, "Slow is smooth; smooth is fast." It's a tried and true military quote. Often, the very impulse that drives us to improve our fitness can be the same o