Working Out with a Cold: Debunking the Myths

By: Meredith Butulis, DPT, CIMP, ACSM HFS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, BBU Pilates,
Life Time Academy Instructor

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The changing of seasons can bring about the onset of colds, viruses, and even flus. Some of these illnesses can last several weeks, sidelining your hard work. Myths from “sleep it off” to “work it out” are plentiful. What is the right recommendation? Does regular exercise help prevent such illnesses? This article will examine the research to dispel the myths and offer some practical guidelines. Continue reading

Catching More Air

By Fabio Comana, MA, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, NASM Faculty Instructor

Watching Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watts (6’5” or 1.96m; 289 lbs. or 131.4 Kg) complete a plyo box jump of 59.5 inches (1.51 m) is impressive, especially when you consider that the height of the box is approximately level with his chest. Obviously, this not only demonstrates amazing power, but also great technique in harnessing this power. Continue reading

Having Fun with Agility and Reactivity

By Fabio Comana, MA, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, NASM Faculty Instructor

Although agility drills should always emphasize good body alignment, movement mechanics and efficiency, don’t forget that a little creativity and fun can add an experiential element to your training programs. Whether conducting open-skilled (reactive) drills or closed-skill (pre-determined) drills, give some thought to some simple ideas to add a fun element, especially when working with groups. Continue reading

Corrective Strategies for Basketball

By Fabio Comana, MA, MS, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, NASM Faculty Instructor

March Madness is back again. A time of basketball fervor, crazy bracketology science and an array of wagers regarding who will make it to the dance and win it all. With many hopes and dreams riding on the shoulders of teams and individual players, sometimes it might just be one simple injury on your favorite team that can dash your entire pool strategy and tournament. What follows might be a brief period of deflated enthusiasm, denial, and anger, before accepting that life must go on. But what about for the athlete who suffers that injury? How does he or she move on and cope? More importantly, how might this injury have been avoided in the first place? Continue reading