New Resource Puts Parkinson’s Disease on the Defense

The diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is not an easy one. The Parkinson’s Playbook is a complete resource for Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers, providing them with the knowledge needed to proactively defend themselves against the progression of Parkinson’s disease with energy, vitality, and confidence.

Author and Parkinson’s patient Robert Smith has prepared an enlightening and engaging guide to help tackle Parkinson’s head on, including a pro-active offense of lifestyle improvements and defensive measures including cutting-edge medications and natural healing techniques. Continue reading

Tactical Mobility:  New Workouts Increase Performance and Prevent Injuries

Developed by former United States Marine Nick Benas, accomplished yoga instructor Gwen Lawrence, and Stew Smith, CSCS, USN (SEAL), Tactical Mobility is designed to increase your mobility, flexibility, and endurance to perform and sustain on an elite level in the military, law enforcement, firefighting and emergency services, and tactical professions.

With Tactical Mobility you will increase your readiness and survivability in the field, keep your training balanced and effective, excel in the physical requirements of your job smoothly and without pain, get to it, get through it, and stay with it… whatever is in store! Continue reading

The Hero Workouts: Tributes to Courage and Sacrifice

Bell, Gallant, Pike, Legion 8, Jenny. These are the names of workouts created as a tribute to men and women who lost their lives in service to their country. The Hero Workouts presents a collection of these honorific workouts dedicated to their memory.

The Hero Workouts features over 100 workouts each named for a fallen hero and includes the story of their personal lives and battle action. The story behind The Hero Workouts is one that needs to be told. Each workout is named after a fallen soldier or group of soldiers. Continue reading

Swim Your Way to Fitness and Health

Swimming is a great workout for your body. It works your lungs, heart and muscles. It is impact-free, great for injury recovery, and has a meditative benefit to boot. That said, the routine of swimming laps can be monotonous and boring, until now.

Expert and multi-sport coach Terri Schneider combines skill training with variations in speed, distance, and technique in The Swimmer’s Workout Handbook for an effective and easy-to-follow series of pool workouts designed to make you a stronger, faster, and more proficient swimmer. Continue reading

Top 5 Lower Body Mobility Exercises

These mobility exercises are best done as a warm up to your lower body workouts. They will prime the body for better performance by jump starting the correct muscles. These exercise will also keep you injury free and allow you to train longer and harder. Continue reading

Top 5 Mobility Moves for Golfers

Core Strength: Top 5 Mobility Moves for Golfers by Michael Volkmar, MS, CSCS, PES, CPT

Summer is here.  The Golf Clubs are out.  You vowed this summer to drop 3-5 strokes off your handicap.  I can help by getting more distance off the tee and building a healthier body that allows you to practice more. Continue reading

Core Strength: 3 New Moves You Have Never Tried

Core Strength: 3 New Moves You Have Never Tried by Michael Volkmar, MS, CSCS, PES, CPT

Add these exercises into your workout 2-3 days a week before your lift or run.  Think of me the next morning when it hurts to sneeze, cough, or laugh.  Those are your deep core stabilizing muscles that you have been ignoring. Continue reading

Sign Up for Your First Obstacle Race!

Sign Up for Your First Obstacle Race!
by Mike Volkmar, MS, CSCS, PES and Matt Carroll, USAW LVL 1, AFAA CPT

The rise in popularity of obstacle races is undeniable. The obstacle course race (OCR) community is growing every day with a plethora of different types of races becoming available. There are races for those in the best shape of their lives and there are also races designed to get people from couch to race day. Continue reading

5 Best Exercises for Knee Health

5 Best Exercises for Knee Health by Mike Volkmar, MS, CSCS, PES, CPT

Knee pain be the most frustrating injury to have.  It affects your daily activities.  It can take months to go away.  Of course it is best to add special exercises to prevent knee pain but sadly what do you do if you are already experiencing pain?  Your knee pain could be the result of two factors, muscle imbalances and overuse. Continue reading