During the past decade the use of foam rollers (a form of self-myofascial release or SMR) has emerged as a popular flexibility technique used within the fitness industry. In fact, there are even dedicated foam rolling classes! However, in our experience the majority of people do not fully understand the concept of SMR. This article simply explains what SMR is, what it’s used for and how you use SMR tools effectively.
The topic of movement competency (ability) has received little attention in the scientific literature away from elite level sports performance. However, there are a few dedicated professionals who are striving to bring this ‘missing link’ to a wider audience with a view to increase people’s awareness of its importance for the reduction of unnecessary injuries and increased performance.
Squats are, in my opinion, an awesome exercise for just about anything! However, as with all exercises this is only the case when the squat is performed correctly. With this in mind here’s my take on why most people have difficulty squatting. For common squat faults click here.
Ankle mobility is essential for efficient and correct movement. As with spinal mobility, I’ve yet to come across someone who doesn’t need to mobilise their ankles before exercise. Whether you’re an athlete or just a weekend warrior include these drills in your warm-up routine for a better workout.
By Gillian Farren
For healthy meals in minutes, pack your freezer with nutrient-rich frozen foods. Frozen foods are often cheaper than their fresh alternatives, and because of their packaging, they are often less wasteful because you can take only the amount you need, leaving the rest for another occasion.
By Spencer Brown
Try these challenging muscle activation exercises as part of a warm up of corrective exercise regime to really get your muscles ‘charged’. Muscle balance is very important for physical function without dysfunction and by incorporating these into a weekly programme will keep you in balance for optimum performance.