Friday, April 29, 2011

Grab Your Foam Roller

I got a confession.  I've been stingy with my knowledge.  I haven't shared what I know about foam rolling with my clients and how it can benefit them.  Now before you start say, "Wow Jerry, YOU SUCK!!!"  Give me a chance to come up with a excuse for my reason for holding back.  Crap, I don't have.  I just have to admit I've been either lazy or used poor time management in programming my clients workouts.  I've known about the benefits of foam rolling and how it  can help people improve quality of movement but recently started using it with my clients.  I first started teaching to a client of mine name Mariah Lee (one of my star clients) and she instantly loved it. She even figured out a way to foam roll her thumb, just kidding.  Well, I eventually started teaching my other victums how to foam roll.

Enough with all the ranting, the goal of this blog is to teach you what the foam roller can do for you, give you a video of some popular exercises to use on the foam roller, and some tips on using the foam roller.

Foam rollers offer many of the same benefits as a sports massage, without the expensive price tag.

What the Foam Roller Does

  • Increases flexibility in muscles and tendons
  • Breaks down soft tissue adhesions and scar tissue all which restrict muscle movement, causes pain, and soreness.
  • Breaks up trigger points, and soothes tight fasica while increasing blood flow and circulation to soft tissues.

click to view the video on how to use the foam roller ->-> <--<-

Tips for Using the Foam Roller

  • Always check with your doctor before using a foam roller for myofascial release.
  • Perform foam roller sessions when your muscles are warm or after a workout.
  • Keep your first few foam roller sessions short. About 15 minutes is all you need.
  • Rest a day between sessions when you start
  • Drink plenty of water after a session, just as you would after a sports massage.
  • After a few weeks you can increase your session time and frequency if you choose.
  • Do not use a foam roller without your physician's approval if your have any heart or vascular illness or a chronic pain condition.

Yours in health and performance,

Jerry Babbage CSCS, PES


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Thursday, April 28, 2011

The World's Healthiest Foods

Good nutrition isn't as simple as popping a daily multivitamin. But it is as simple as eating the right foods. You see, research shows that there's no better way to absorb the essential nutrients your body needs than by consuming them from real food—not pills. That's why we created this list of The World's Healthiest Foods, organized by the vitamins and minerals your body needs most

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Friday, April 15, 2011

15 Rules on how to lose weight fast!!

I have to admit when I first started this blog site my orginal intentions were to share information about performance training for athletes and performance minded individuals.  I had not intended it to be a resource to help people lose body fat, but I discovered it is the goal of the majority of the people who seek out my help.  With that being said, I have focused a lot of my time trying to teach the importance of nutrition because lets face it, you really are what you eat.  If you eat a lot of crap, you generally will feel that way and the same is true if you eat strong foods like veggies, fruit, and lean protein.  For many, exercise is a easier habit to develop.  Unfortunately, exercise alone will not fix the problem of fat loss unless you are a high level athlete and being fit is how you make your living.  Another aspect of obtaining your goal is your mindset.  Lets face it, losing weight, bodyfat or whatever you want to call it is Fucking hard!  Excuse my language but its true.  More people fail at this than trying to do a cart wheel to impress a baby.  It requires a lot of Focus, Determination, and Consistency. It requires a person to be honest with themselves about what they really want.  For example, when a person ask me what they can do to lose bodyfat, I tell them to start keeping a fitness and nutrition journal and thats where are the excuses start to begin.  A popular excuse is, " I don't have the time to do it,"  which is a lie.  If you can find time to balance your check book, schedule appointments to get your hair done or more importantly check your pay stub at work to make sure you got paid all that was due to you, you can keep a journal to accomplish your health goals.  But enough with the preaching, I found a article that really drives home the fundamentals of how to accomplish your weight loss goals, take what you can from it and apply it as quickly as possible.  Weight loss like, Father Time waits on no one.  Its like debt, it only stops growing when you stop doing what increases it. 


To your success,

Jerry Babbage, CSCS, PES

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Best Resturants for Every Meal

Hello, hope all is well and you are well on your way to accomplishing your health and fitness goals.  I found a great article for when you are out on the town and need to find a resturant to eat at that offers some healthy options to choose from.  Hope you find it helpful. 


To your health and fitness,

Jerry Babbage

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

30 "Healthy" Foods that Aren't

Hello, this is Jerry.  I want to apologize for sending so much information this week, but when I read this I though it would be perfect for you.  Its about meals or snacks we have been led to think are healthy for us.  Naturally, I'm always trying to look out for the best interest of anyone I care about so I wanted to make sure you got it.  Hope you find it helpful in your quest for greater health and fitness.


To your health and fitness,

Jerry Babbage

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Monday, April 4, 2011

The 10 Best Supermarket Dinners

Hello, its Jerry and I hope you are having a great day today!  I have a article I want to share with you.  I'm a big believer in the basics when it comes to fitness and nutrition, but sometimes it just doesn't work out that way for me and I'm sure you probably feel the same.  Check out this article, it highlights some good choices you can make at the grocery store when  you need options for dinner.

To your fitness and health,

Jerry Babbage

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