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    Yoga Pose of the Day: Boat Pose

    By Mandy Ingber

    Boat Pose (Navasana)

    Benefits: Strengthens your abdominal muscles, and your sense of self and willpower. Builds up your core strength.

    Sit up with the soles of your feet flat on the floor. Hook your hands behind your hamstrings and lean back slowly until you are balancing up on your sit bones. Lift your feet off of the ground and, with bent knees, raise your feet up, so they are aligned with your knees. Press your lower back in and extend your chest up to the sky. Release your hands from behind your hamstrings and reach your arms out in front of you, palms facing together. Make sure you keep pressing your shoulders down, pressing your lower back in and extending your heart up. Hold the pose for 5 breaths. Advanced practitioners can extend their legs straight, making a “V” shape.

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      Posted by admin on Wednesday, February 22 @ 12:24:25 EST (126 reads)

    Why you MUST definitely pay attention to your strength and conditioning

    Softball Performance

    By Marc Dagenais, MHK, CSCS, ChPC Softball's Top Strength & Conditioning Coach

    You will...

    (1) Pitch faster and throw harder
    (2) Swing the bat harder and hit the ball further
    (3) Steal more bases
    (4) Get better jumps off the bases
    (5) Explode out of the batter's box
    (6) Run down more balls in the field
    (7) Reach, stretch and get more of those "oh-so-close" balls
    (8) React faster
    (9) Have more stamina for long games and tournaments
    (10) Stay healthy and avoid injuries
    (11) Tolerate heat better and perform when it's really hot
    (12) Practice longer without being tired or losing your focus
    (13) Be much more consistent and have less "ups and downs"
    (14) Get it faster when learning or refining a skill because of increased body awareness
    (15) Be much more confident and feel stronger
    (16) Be mentally tougher
    (17) Get more extra bases when running
    (18) Develop an athletic body
    (19) Recover faster between innings and games
    (20) Be more dominant in all aspects of the game

    Don't you think it's time to be much more serious about your conditioning and train like the best players in the world do?

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      Posted by admin on Tuesday, February 21 @ 07:49:09 EST (91 reads)

    Say Good-Bye to Your Love Handles

    If you're not in love with your muffin top, use this easy guide to amp up your cardio to burn those fat pockets and sculpt the muscles that lie beneath.


    By Madeline R. Vann, MPH Medically Reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH

    They’re called cutesy names such as muffin tops and love handles, but let’s face it, no one loves the roll of flab that pops over the waistband of your jeans and ruins the sleek line of fitness clothes, clingy sweaters, and tailored shirts.

    “Love handles are one of the most common reasons people exercise and hire a personal trainer,” observes certified trainer Jason Keigher CSCS, CPT, who works with clients in New York City. It’s often after an ab workout consisting of thousands of crunches that frustration finally leads people to get help from a fitness pro.

    “Most people think that doing crunches will get rid of love handles, but they are misinformed,” Keigher says. When done properly, crunches do tone muscles, but the problem is, love handles don’t contain an ounce of muscle. They're fat, and to burn fat you need a healthy diet and a rigorous cardiovascular program, he explains.

    Work your body correctly, and you will certainly see results, says Sylvia Nasser, a certified personal trainer on Long Island, N.Y. Read on to learn how to trim the fat.

    Getting Rid of Love Handles: Your Strategy

    Nasser recommends...

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      Posted by admin on Sunday, February 12 @ 17:16:34 EST (104 reads)

      Fitness A great softball players needs a strong group of core muscles. These muscles are used in every aspect of the game for a player. The core muscles are the muscle in and around the belly button.

    The following video is a simple 10 minute series of core exercises. Do them every day until there seems to be no challenge from them. Once you reach that point, you still need to keep focus on your core muscles but with different exercises and more of an every other day routine.

    Enjoy 10 Min Abs Workout -- At Home Abdominal and Oblique Exercises

    For more suggested Strength and Conditioning videos click here

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      Posted by admin on Sunday, January 29 @ 12:50:23 EST (100 reads)

    Core Training More Important Than Ever
      Fitness SOURCE
    Softball Performance

    Hey, It's Halloween day! Are you doing anything special today?

    Tonight, I'm going to my sister's place. My mom will her special halloween dish and then, we're going trick or treat with all the kids (i got 6 nieces and nephews under the age of 9) while my mom stays behind and opens the door and gives treats to little monsters and princesses. It's our family tradition. I'm really looking forward to it. It's always fun!

    Let's talk about softball training for a minute. I don't want to ''scare'' you but if you're not doing any core training, you're shooting yourself in the foot.

    I had the chance to work...

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      Posted by admin on Saturday, July 23 @ 11:10:33 EDT (264 reads)

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