Why my Lactate Threshold Training is better than any other Strength Training System. Written by Deborah Caruana RN, MES, CPT
It's a very simple training system. Consisting of using your body in space with simple counts. Music is optional. With every position and exercise your concentration is focused on alignment, form, breathing, pacing, contracting or relaxing. You can move easily and flow from one exercise to next with no wasted time or effort. Because it flows so well, you can make it cardiovascular or take designated controlled strength training time breaks. Imagine you can do a whole hour of cardio without getting on boring, dreaded treadmill or elliptical machines. At same time you can tone and strengthen your core as well as every other muscle in your body. Strength training and cardio all in one! Since you are using your own body weight in different positions you can go deeper into muscles for better sculpting and strength enhancement by holding positions, changing rhythms, or altering positions slightly. You are always in total control of how much energy you exert for each exercise. If you want to sculpt deeper into muscles, you simply arrange your positioning deeper into exercise position. If you want to lighten up load you simply release contraction to a more comfortable exertion level. You will learn specific breathing techniques to help you sustain more difficult positions, to make them more tolerable. Because you are using only your body in space there are no limitations to positions or exercises you can do. You are limited only by your own imagination. You can work every and any muscle in your entire body to its maximal exertion levels. There are no machines to waste time arranging and dismantling weights or changing positions. These exercises can be done anywhere with little or no equipment. You may want some privacy but if there is room for your body and available oxygen, you can do workout! If you've ever used those gym machines, how do you think they translate into real life everyday activities or even sports? Maybe you get stronger? Maybe, but study after study has proven that training with traditional gym equipment doesn't carry over into day to day functioning or sports performance improvement. Lactate Threshold Strength Training does though. You are imitating with exertion simple everyday movements and from those positions holding, breathing and correcting alignment and perfecting form. So it completely translates into day to day movements of life and living. Of course you can imitate your specific sports as well. Helping you make incredible sports performance gains. Lactate Threshold Strength Training also carries over into postural awareness and correction. We all know that correcting posture can make you look inches taller and years younger. Holding your body in specific positions with no distractions or machines to lean on puts you face to face with your postural habits so you work on them consciously with effort in every single exercise challenge.
Rebounding to Good HealthWritten by Candice Pardue
An exercise that's often overlooked is one that can be fun for whole family - and healthy! It's called rebounding and is performed using a rebounder (also known as a mini-trampoline).
Rebounding, an effective aerobic exercise and cardiovascular workout, is not only therapeutic, but burns calories as well. This exercise also increases strength, is good for legs and joints, and is also known for improving digestion system and organ functions.
What is Rebounder?
Developed 23 years ago by Al Carter, an exercise specialist, rebounder looks like a trampoline, only much smaller. It contains a round mat which is attached by thick springs to a stand. During early 1980s, rebounding became a popular fad for working out. Rebounders were selling like hotcakes! Though fad faded eventually, rebounders continue to spark interest in media through new, innovative videos/DVDs being offered by fitness celebrities. Rebounders are still recommended for health improvement and fun exercise.
Combined Workouts to Help Entire Body
Other exercises can be combined with rebounding workouts such as arm movements, jumping, twisting, etc. to maximize effects of routine. Simply bouncing a few minutes a day can have a positive affect on a person's body by helping them to defy gravity and burn some extra calories in process. The more movement and more body parts that become involved in exercise, better. Rebounding helps to strengthen cells in body including bone and muscle cells.
How Do Beginners Use a Rebounder?
By starting with a simple bounce, beginners can move up and down without their feet leaving mat. The rebounder will move for them. Anyone can benefit from this low-level activity until they feel comfortable with faster or higher movement. Once familiar with bouncing, one can begin to introduce various movements into their routine such as jumping jacks, arm flex's, chest exercises, etc.