A study published in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy found that the clamshell exercise is one of the best for hip strengthening, to help with injury treatment and prevention. The clamshell exercise is often used in physical therapy to help with back pain and sciatica. It helps
The first time I was exposed to this newly-introduced concept of rolling on a piece of foam was during my initial visit to Cornell University. As I entered the hockey dressing room for the first time, I watched Sean Collins, now a member of the Washington Capitals Organization in the
What’s so great about the glute bridge? It’s simple, it’s versatile, and everyone who sits on their butt for hours or wants to be stronger and more powerful stands to benefit from it. The classic glute bridge is great to perform anytime, especially towards the start of a workout. Remember to
Most of us have been caught in that skin-cringing, and often dreaded moment of being the last one to shower. If you haven't then chances are that you've had someone walk into the bathroom, and flush the toilet mid-shower, leaving you covered in bone-chilling cold water. In these moments, instead
Mens Health: The trap bar isn’t new: It’s been around since the 80s, when according to legend, powerlifter Al Gerard invented it to reduce the stress on his back during deadlifts. The barbell is shaped like a hexagon in the middle, allowing you to stand inside it rather than
The dumbbell squat is a great exercise for beginners. This movement engages numerous muscles in one exercise. Minimal equipment is needed and you can literally do this anywhere. The main muscle getting worked is the quadriceps. Other muscles in this exercise include calves, glutes, hamstrings and lower back.
The calf muscle, on the back of the lower leg, is actually made up of two muscles:
The gastrocnemius is the larger calf muscle, forming the bulge visible beneath the skin. The gastrocnemius has two parts or "heads," which together create its diamond shape.
The soleus is a smaller, flat
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While training and racing I have often thought about the most important components of fitness in order to perform in the sport of triathlon. Is it endurance? Speed and power? Nutrition? Technique and skill? Mental toughness? The reality is that they all are important. Any given one can be the
So, what is lactate and lactate threshold? Both are very important terms to understand in the world of endurance training. Lactate inflection point (LIP), is the exercise intensity at which the blood concentration of lactate and/or lactic acid begins to exponentially increase. Often expressed as 85% of maximum heart rate