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September 2022

I get a little bit irritated when I hear someone say they heard a particular exercise is dangerous. Part of the reason I get frustrated is because we ALREADY have enough roadblocks to exercise. Exercise is ALREADY scary enough for many people. We don't need anymore narratives that dissuade people from engaging in actively moving their body. Particular exercises get a bad reputation for a few reasons. 1. Competency of the exerciser (or trainer) in knowing when to perform a particular exercise and how to effectively program said exercise. 2. Too advanced for a given individual,

If you want to gain muscle, it's important to understand that it's going to take A LOT of work. If you don't want to gain muscle, can I kindly suggest you reconsider? I'm not talking about getting bulky (although if you're an athlete or avid exerciser you can include that). I'm talking about adding lean tissue and preserving muscle as you age. There are a few different qualities you can develop when lifting weights. You can work on developing endurance, strength, or power. But more difficult than all three of these is adding muscle. Part

A recent study from the FASEB journal found that the effects of aerobic activity prior to strength training may improve the effects of hypertrophy (i.e. muscle growth). Aerobic activity increases capillarization which is simply the formation and development of a network of capillaries to a part of the body. This increase in blood vessels and subsequent blood flow has been linked to muscle growth. Thus, in connecting the dots, it's theorized that by engaging in aerobic activity prior to lifting weights, individuals can better realize muscular gains. From an anecdotal perspective, I've found

If you want to get stronger, spend time prioritizing your joint health. The best way to do this is to dedicate time to mobility work as well as committing to strength training through a full range of motion. When you train through a full range of motion (e.g. deep squatting, reaching, pulling, deep lunging, etc) you allow your muscles to get stronger at their weakest points. Subsequently, this helps protect your knees, hips, shoulders and more. The reason for this is because proper muscular balance helps to ensure the joints are not