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Posts by Jackie Wright

Lunges with unilateral overhead press: Amazing total body exercise

Lunges combined with a unilateral overhead press is an excellent compound, total body exercise. Three progressions of this compound exercise will be described so that you may perform it from the foundational level with body weight as the only resistance, progressing eventually to utilizing dumbbells and kettlebells significantly increasing the intensity level. Lunges alone are…

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Proper movement pattern initiation

When concentrating on performing movement patterns properly understanding where the movement itself originates from is crucial so that you will know how to initiate the movement. Using the analogy of planning a road trip, the same way you would research your route and refer to maps creating a logical progression for the trip, apply that…

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How does your fitness ‘Plan B’ look?

You are on the fitness road, you have been attending your training sessions consistently and are feeling great—your plan “A” is definitely working for you. But, then a transition begins in your life, perhaps it is a change in job, marital status, you have a baby, sustain an injury or relocate and the plan “A”…

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The Hip Abduction

The hip abductor muscles are located in the lateral, upper aspect of the hip joint. There are three primary superficial hip abductor muscles (i.e. gluteus medius/gluteus minimus and the tensor fascia latae {TFL}). The medius and minimus are the major abductors of the hip when the femur is in neutral and only abduct the hip…

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Performance Primer

So, you walk into your group exercise class or personal training session and complete your workout adequately. Your body is responding, but it seems to be more slowly than you would expect and you begin to wonder why this is the case when you feel that further progress should have been made at this point.…

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Three Great Ankle Cuff Resistive Tubing Exercises

The ankle cuff resistive tubing design includes a Velcro cuff for each ankle with resistive tubing between the two ankle cuffs. It provides light to heavy resistance, depending upon the gauge thickness and the length of the tubing excellent for strengthening the lower body. Therefore, add the following three great ankle cuff tubing exercises targeting…

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Creative Exercise Set Design

If you have been exercising regularly for a while, you may have noticed that your set organization (a certain number of repetitions—8-12-completed would be one set), has become a bit dreary and uninteresting.  This may be one of the reasons that you are not as enthusiastic about heading back to the gym or into your…

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Ten Daily Fitness Goals

Establishment of long term fitness goals is a fundamental aspect of fitness success.  However, daily fitness goals are also critical to set and achieve as these smaller, incremental micro steps may eventually lead to the long term macro results we seek.  Daily fitness goals include dozens of details that refine performance by enhancing focus and…

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Seeking Fitness Solutions for Physical Limitations

We all have physical limitations.  Obviously, some far more serious and challenging than others, but the reality is that every “body” has it limits.  And, this does not mean that we should not strive for fitness success, but simply to recognize our limitations and move forward. The spectrum of physical capabilities and limitations of our…

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