Category Archives: Older Adult

Variations of the Pallof Press

  As you probably already know if you follow my blog, the Pallof Press is one of my favorite exercises for improving core stability. It’s basically an anti-rotation exercise can be modified to suit any ability from frail elder to elite athlete. Since the spine remains stationary throughout the exercise, I’ve used it successfully with […]

Strength Training for Seniors

Many of the physiological changes we once thought were an inevitable part of aging are now known to be the result of de-conditioning rather than age. There are certainly some age related changes that occur to our bodies, such as hormonal changes in middle age that can affect muscle mass and body composition. But strength training programs […]

Osteoporosis Exercise Guidelines

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that affects men and women of all races, but white and Asian post-menopausal women are at higher risk. Bone is living tissue that is constantly remodeling itself: breaking down the old and being replaced with new (which is how we are able to recover from fractures). Osteoporosis occurs […]

5 Benefits of Barefoot Training

Barefoot and minimalist training has become all the rage over the last few years, especially among the running community. As a certified Barefoot Training Specialist who specializes in corrective and post-rehab exercise, I must remind you that barefoot running and barefoot training are NOT the same thing (though folks who are interested in transitioning to […]

Personal Training for Older Adults

As a professional Personal Trainer who specializes in special populations, corrective exercise, and orthopedic post rehab, I have been offering personal training for older adults in the Minneapolis area since 1997. While this is not the only population I work with, it has become a bigger part of my client base over the last 6-8 […]

How to Master the Hip Hinge

No matter what your age or gender, you need to be able to pick stuff up and put it down. Whether it’s a load of laundry, a small child, or a sack of groceries, people lift things (sometimes heavy things) and set them down again on a daily basis. To do this involves being able […]

4 Most Common Excuses for Not Working Out

Now that January is over, so are most people’s New Year’s Resolutions. They start with the best intentions every year, but the vast majority of folks don’t know how to properly identify what their true goals really are, why those goals are important to them, or how to set up an effective plan to actually […]

What Are Your Fitness Goals for 2015?

What are your fitness goals for 2015? Are they the same as last year (meaning, you didn’t accomplish what you hoped you would)? Consider learning more about goal setting for success and how to set SMART goals. If you didn’t achieve what you set out to accomplish last year, why not? What’s going to make […]

How Much Exercise Do I Need to Do to Get Results?

One of the things that I ask prospective clients during their initial consultation or fitness assessment is how much time they are willing to devote to their exercise program? This isn’t how often they’re going to meet with me; this is how often they are actually going to engage in meaningful physical activity appropriate for […]

How to Regress a Push-Up

Most of the new clients I see struggle to do a basic push-up correctly, yet they are frequently quick to want to move on to more challenging variations even though they aren’t ready. Men typically have more upper body strength than women, but push-ups are a total body exercise that actually rely more on core […]