Monday, April 27, 2009

Do You BOSU?

BOSU is an acronym for "both sides up". The BOSU Balance Trainer can be used with the platform side either up or down for different types of balance challenge. Two recessed handles on the bottom of and towards the sides on the platform make it easy to turn over or carry. This hybrid fitness product has its genesis in the field of medicine, as well as balance, functional and sports specific training. Neuromuscular physiology, which helps to define human movement, provides the science that backs this remarkably complete approach to training. The BOSU Balance Trainer offers a different means to make exercise more appealing and effective for average people, fitness enthusiasts and highly trained athletes.

For more information on how to use the bosu stop by Midtown Fitness Center for serious training. Please consult a professional trainer before using this device.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Ten Safety Tips For Weight Training

Please keep the following key points in mind when performing any strength training exercise:

* Never hold your breath while lifting weights. This can cause you to feel lightheaded, dizzy, and lead to fainting.
* Never lock your joints (knee, elbow, etc.) while lifting weights. Locked joints are put under an enormous amount of stress, which may lead to injury.
* Always use collars on the bar when lifting weights.
* Focus on controlling the weight. To avoid injury and maximize the effectiveness of the exercise weights should always be lifted and lowered slowly.
* Always have a "spotter" present when performing free weight exercises. Spotters can assist you with form and ensure that you avoid injury.
* Keep both hands at equal distance from the center of the bar when using free weights. Not doing so could result in harmful stress to one side of your body.
* Never excessively twist or bend the spine, which can cause lower back problems.
* When standing, always maintain a slight bend in the knees to reduce stress on the lower back.
* The knees should always remain in alignment with the toes when performing leg exercises.
* Always replace weights to the proper racks so that others do not trip over them. that others do not trip over them.