Exercise of the Week:  Dolphin

Exercise of the Week: Dolphin

Coach Kristie demonstrates this week’s exercise of the week, Dolphin. This pose has been called the “forgotten pose” in yoga.  It isn’t used as much as it used to be.  It is an excellent strength and stability exercise.  It strengthens arms, core, lower back and legs.  Stretches the legs, arches and opens the chest and shoulders. Begin by placing forearms in front of you.  Close enough that the opposing hand can “hug” the other arm.  Then clasp hands in front.  Place feet down and slowly walk to the front of the mat.  Relaxed shoulders, pulling belly button in to your spine.  Coach Kristie is demonstrating a beginner level of this pose.  For increased difficulty the feet can be even closer to the front of the mat. Once in the start position drive forward moving the head and shoulders over the clasped hands.  Return to start position.  For increased difficulty you can drive forward and down, resting the top of your head on the mat between your arms.  Repeat this move working up to 20...
Exercise of the Week:  Bird Dog

Exercise of the Week: Bird Dog

Coach Kristie demonstrates this week’s exercise of the week, Bird Dog.  This exercise targets all of the abdominal muscles and lower back. On your knees looking at the floor, have hands on the floor beneath the shoulders, neck and spine should be relaxed.  Extend opposing arm and leg, your arm should not be seen in your peripheral vision. Hold for 4 sets of 30 seconds (each side), working up to one minute.  Once you are are able to master the timed bird dog, for increased difficulty, laterally move the extended limbs 10 degrees to the side. This is a small, controlled, movement. Return to start.  Work up to 4 sets of 20 reps each side....
Exercise of the Week:  Hydration

Exercise of the Week: Hydration

This one bears repeating- guest blog from Dina Griffin on hydration: A couple of hot topics in the sport nutrition world lately relate to fluid and electrolyte needs for athletic individuals (no matter whether recreational or more elite in abilities). I want to address a few issues related to hydration in this article, some of which have also been questions previously posed by KRE teammates. Fluid and water recommendations for athletes have run the gamut in the context of daily needs and needs during exercise. As an example of this, check out the following list of recommendations that have circulated in recent years: 8 x 8-ounce glasses of water daily Drink 1/2 of your body weight in water daily Drink fluids until your pee is clear in color Drink fluids until your pee is pale in color Males: 15.5 cups of fluids; Females: 11 cups of fluids (Adequate Intake as set by the Institute of Medicine for healthy 19-70+ year-olds) 0.154 to 0.185 ounces of water per pound of body weight during exercise 3 to 8 oz of fluid every 15 minutes during exercise Drink ahead of thirst Drink to thirst Which one is right? The short answer is: none of them have been proven scientifically to be the “one and only way” for all healthy athletic individuals. What it really gets down to is figuring out what YOU need. Like most things when it comes to being an athlete, right? Before I present some hydration tips, let’s review some of the important benefits of hydration: 1. Aids in digestion and absorption of nutrients from the food we eat...
Exercise of the Week:   Sun Safety and Training in the Heat

Exercise of the Week: Sun Safety and Training in the Heat

Fall racing season typically means one thing, training in the heat of summer.  I say often to the athletes I coach “Hot Summer = Fast Fall”. Summer is fast approaching, days getting longer, and temperatures will begin to rise. Training in the heat is inevitable and in some cases practically unavoidable (I live in Las Vegas where heat is “normal”). If you are faced with training in the heat there are a few things to consider keeping yourself cool and safe while training. The sun is at it highest point between the hours of 10am and 4pm. It is best to avoid these times. Always wear sunscreen and reapply. Rule of thumb, level of SPF = time of coverage.  30 SPF, reapply every 30 minutes.  Wear white or light UV protective clothing (the Coolibar cooling fitness shirt I am wearing in the photo below is a perfect example) to reflect the sun’s rays. Dark colors absorb the heat. Wear a hat and UV protective sunglasses. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Know your sweat loss rate. Weigh yourself before and after a workout to know how much sweat you lose and replenish with this amount as well as taking in electrolyte sports drink during activity. Cramping is a sign of mineral loss so make sure you are taking in an electrolyte sports drink to keep you hydrated and replenish minerals lost in sweat. Help keep the body cool by pouring cold water over pulse points in the wrist and back of the neck. Also pouring over the top of the head. A majority of the body’s heat is released through the top...
Exercise of the Week:  Plank

Exercise of the Week: Plank

Coach Kristie’s son, Ty, demonstrates this week’s exercise of the week:  Plank A plank is one of the best core exercises that targets all of the abdominal muscles.  This exercise can be done anywhere.  There are a few variations of plank.  Ty is demonstrating hands together, elbows on the mat.   You can also have arms parallel, elbows on the mat and shoulder width apart.  Another variation is called “high plank” where your palms are on the mat, shoulder width apart and arms are straight and under your shoulders (similar to push-up starting position). Very important to lock your core, keep your spine straight, neck neutral.  You want your core to hold and stabilize this exercise. Start with a 30 second hold and work your way from there gradually adding time in increments of 10-15 seconds....