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Jackie authors ALL of her Newsletters herself to help you learn more about living a life to your fittest! Here are some of the many newsletter topics she’s written in the past:
- Age Gracefully with Corrective Exercise!
- Meditation and Stretches for the Elderly.
- Get Happy Feet on the Path or on the Job!
- How to Eat Right to Live Right
- Be Fit at Any Age, It’s Never Too Late
- Banish Your Monday Mind and much, much MORE!
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Here is an excerpt from one edition which explains Jackie’s training philosophy:
Why Reactive Training Works by Jackie Kold
How Yoga Helps Sports Performance Too!
Fitness training in a gym typically consists of making the rounds of various fitness machines, looking at equipment diagrams and doing your best to adjust the weight for each one to meet your ability. If you are really dedicated, you may even try to adjust the seat to the appropriate height before using the machine.
While I’m a big supporter of taking advantage of any type of exercise program and the “use it or lose it” mentality, a good trainer knows that fitness equipment alone cannot provide the important stabilization skills and individual muscle isolation to properly strengthen and elongate all muscle groups.
In common terms, what does that mean? Exercises that are performed without machines involve movement through a full range of motion, and better utilize core strength and motor skills to positively impact factors such as balance.
Over time, your body’s muscles develop their own way of adapting to how you sit, stand and walk. Some of your muscles will become stronger as you use them more often and some will weaken due to less use.
For example, if you typically stand more on your right leg or side than your left, certain muscles are activated and others will become weak.
In a situation where you become unstable, the strongest muscles are activated first. Instead of the body responding to the fall in unison, certain muscles may encounter a deeper strain, leading to a fall and further injury.
Even if your are fortunate to remain stable, over time, impact to the body due to overactive muscle use or corresponding muscle inactivity may cause issues such as poor posture, shallow breathing, joint and back pain or injury as well as overall body discomfort.
Reactive training as part of a fitness program works because it provides the individual with the opportunity to perform various exercises that engage the muscles to work in unison and trains joints to stabilize under a variety of circumstances, otherwise known as dynamic joint stabilization.
The result is the ability to react quickly to unstable and unexpected external factors so you can avoid a trip and fall. It also trains muscles to be able to correctly respond and to produce needed force when necessary, such as when lifting heavy objects or performing tasks such as gardening or lifting a small child. But the added benefit-having a body that is well-proportioned with a sleek, muscular appearance is for many the best reason.
Another plus of these exercises is that they are a lot of fun to perform, using a variety of “props” where the individual begins with a more stable exercise and then graduates to performing the movements on a less stable surface such as on a stability ball, Go Fit Disc, or Bosu Ball.
Speed and agility also improve, and muscles are engaged for a better caloric burn. You’ll happily notice a new feeling of strength and confidence.
If you love sports, you are likely aware that injuries come with playing, and these are often the result of repetitive motion, imbalances in your biomechanics, or in many cases, both! However, by practicing yoga, you are helping your body to reduce injury. That is one of the many reasons why yoga is a part of my training.
Yoga will definitely benefit your sports performance. Enhanced flexibility and balance, better breathing and focus are just a few of the many benefits to improving your game. One often overlooked benefit is how yoga allows you to take inventory of your body as you practice. The more awareness you have of how your body feels from day to day and from pose to pose, the more likely you are to notice tight or injury prone areas of the body that need attention before full-blown injuries can occur.
In addition, yoga offers a combination of active and passive stretches that are especially helpful for keeping injuries away. When you train to get stronger or faster, you will naturally become tighter in those muscle groups, which reduces your range of motion and limits the power you have. This can result in greater injuries.
Sun Salutations, where the body moves dynamically, will warm up your muscles and help them to be more supple. Holding poses for a minute or longer, (a form of passive stretching), allows you to work deeper into connective tissue to lengthen them more.
The overall benefit? Not only is your body more flexible, which helps it deal with stress from sports, but you have greater awareness in how it moves and functions to keep it healthy not just for sports but in life.
Taking time to breathe on the yoga mat also helps you breathe better for sports and fitness. I also hear frequently from clients how their breath practices has helped them deal better with stressful situations and sleep better. Research proves better breathing equals a happier, healthier life.
Remember to train hard, eat to be fit and most of all, make time for what you love to do in life!….Jackie
JACKIE KOLD, CPT; CYT, RYT