Why Not?

Some days I just love pushing those limits! Last night was a great weightless class! I decided to finish it out with something new for myself. This is not something I would suggest for a beginner.


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Balance Training

Regardless of your fitness level, balance training should become part of your training. Whether running down a soccer field, walking up and down the stairs or using a stability ball, balance training is key to functional movement. No matter who you are, as we age balance becomes a struggle, so training it now is important.


 Just like flexibility, poor balance is associated with risk of injury. It is important to understand that balance is vital in fitness. Balance is dependent on both external and internal factors to maintain the body’s center of gravity. Most people think of balance as being static or stationary, but it can also be dynamic. Dynamic balance is the ability to move and chance directions under various conditions without falling.

 I always like to suggest starting with static balance training. Start off with just standing on one foot and holding it. As you progress you can do the same static exercises on unstable surfaces. Exercises like this will also aid in building muscle balance. In all honesty, I start all my clients on stability workouts. Balance is key to every fitness style.

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Get Up On Your Hands

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Personal Trainer Ray Shonk Does Handstands At Quest Fitness

 

I’m finding that handstands are one of the best exercises you can do!

No, I’m not saying give up on your shoulder press or any other workout.

So why do I say this? Well first off handstands work your entire kinetic chain, from hands to feet. In this exercise you have to engage every muscle just like a baby first learning to walk.
At first it will be very difficult, putting a lot of stress on your shoulders and your deltoids, which are fairly small muscles. To  start you will for sure want to be good with planks and even pike pushups.

The strength in your core will be important. I helped myself a lot by doing Yogic stability poses. From there work into a handstand by walking your feet up the wall. Don’t be afraid of using the wall for some extra stability. Slowly decrease your need for the wall. This can take a while, but don’t give up. In time you will be amazed at what you can do with your balance.
I recently started working handstands on 3-fingers. I don’t recommend this unless you have also trained your fingers. Take your time and have fun with it.

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