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3 Benefits of Base Training Aerobic Workouts cycling endurance exercise exercise running endurance the pain free athlete Nov 11, 2013

If you are a competitive summer athlete, your cardiovascular training focus shifts during the fall and winter to over-distance and endurance aerobic workouts. Most people refer to these workouts as Long, Slow Distance (LSD). Through my interactions with people, I have noticed that athletes...

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Cross Train for Better Posture and Performance posture alignment posture fitness class posture therapy strength training training Nov 06, 2013

Not enough motion or too much of the same, repetitive movements can cause one major issue: postural deviations. For example, because I spent years hunched over a bicycle, along with a desk job, my shoulders and upper back took on a rounded position. This hunched-over position also tightened my...

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Transitioning Through Loss exercise heal yourself self self healing self-compassion Oct 31, 2013

Two weeks ago my mother passed from this life. It has been a difficult period and a dramatic transition that has been defined by changes like helping my Dad pack, sell and toss over 50 years of life together. This blog contains advice that I wrote after my beloved dog, Coral, passed. As I deal...

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How to Prevent Cycling Injuries alignment cycling interval training nutrition posture alignment Oct 26, 2013

So you want to stay pain and injury free on the bike? Well, it all depends on the fitness of the body you bring into cycling and your approach to riding. Let me explain.

Body Fitness

More fundamental than your VO2 max or power output, total body fitness includes multiple things. These include...

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Are you racing out of fear? pain free athlete pain free body racing self the pain free athlete train Oct 16, 2013

Why do you race? I have been asking my friends, teammates and clients this question for years. Yet, I have not heard a satisfactory answer. Recently, I had a conversation on this topic with a client. This caused me to write this blog.

Let me elaborate. There are many motivations that may be...

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Run, Walk and Hike Pain Free with These Exercises hiking pain free pain free athlete running the pain free athlete walking Oct 10, 2013

Running creates impact forces of up to 10 times your body weight! When your body is not stacked in a strong, aligned posture against the forces of gravity and ground reaction, guess what? Your body will suffer! With each foot strike, you hit the ground. Then,  the ground hits you back with...

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Phased Strength Training for Athletes periodization resistance training strength training the pain free athlete Oct 01, 2013

For warm-weather athletes, the start of the fall season, with its shorter days and cooler temperatures, typically marks the beginning of the off season. During this time, we emphasize strength development during our training. However, how you lift weights actually depends on your goals. As the...

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High Intensity Intervals, Best Exercise for Your Waist Line exercise afterburn hiit metabolism the pain free athlete weight-loss Sep 25, 2013

Okay, let's be open about this . . . If you're female, part of your motivation to exercise is weight management or weight loss. Also, your desire may be to eat what you want. Or, maybe you just want to lose a few pounds to look more attractive. Regardless, we all know that weight is a factor in...

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What to Eat and Avoid to Reduce Joint Pain anti-inflammatory inflammation inflammatory foods the pain free athlete Sep 20, 2013

What's one of the main causes of joint pain? Inflammation. And did you know that the foods we eat affect inflammation? If you'd like more information on inflammation and lifestyle-contributing factors beyond nutrition, please read my blog, 4 Steps to an Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle. If you read...

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5 Recovery Lessons I Learned from My Dog healing pain injury recovery injury rehab the pain free athlete Sep 12, 2013

 

A few years ago I had to say good bye to my beloved 13 year old yellow Labrador retriever, Coral. At seven and a half Coral became paralyzed in her hind end from pouncing too aggressively on a tennis ball during a game of fetch. Through months of canine physical therapy, she regained her...

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Are you an athlete? the pain free athlete Sep 03, 2013

 

With the business name, The Pain Free Athlete I often have people commenting that they are not an athlete and therefore do not qualify to work with me. I respectfully disagree. 

 

The word athlete in our society often brings up images of muscle bound, ultra fit...

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Can you heal yourself? heal yourself self healing the pain free athlete Aug 28, 2013

 

During a discussion with a potential client, I made the statement that we could heal ourselves. She admitted that she had heard this wisdom but did not know if she could believe it. As she described it, she had been dancing around the idea but wasn't sure she was ready to accept it for...

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