Student nerves are high this week at FPTI as our Theory and Application class begins the first round of practical testing: Student assessments. Although this will be their first official practical testing grade of the semester, we’re nice in that we let them have a practice run on each other before we throw them in front of real clients next week.
This past weekend, FPTI sent a team of six out to Merrick, Long Island to compete in the RPS Powerlifting meet at CrossFit Strong…and we returned home with a TEAM total of 10 lifetime PRs! What’s even better is that everyone who competed got at least one PR, so it truly was a team effort.
Between last week and the week to come, we here at FPTI will be putting our stamp of approval on A LOT of new trainers and sending them out into the field with the trust that they will represent the Focus name well by embodying our mission statement: “To educate and develop personal trainers who demonstrate technical proficiency, integrity and professionalism.”
This is the first time in FPTI history that we will graduate THREE cohorts at one time: Both our full-time and part-time Theory and Application students will graduate at the end of this month, as will our full-time Master Course students.
You may have seen the ‘Core Challenge’ we recently posted on the FocusNYC Facebook page involving everyone’s favorite core exercises: Planks and side planks.
I’ve said this so many times that I feel like a broken record, but these are great exercises to train the primary function of the core muscles: To RESIST movement, NOT create it.
The standard plank trains the anterior core to resist spinal extension – at least when done correctly. Just this week, I made a point to emphasize an import cue for the plank that is often forgotten: “Squeeze the glutes.” Sure, we all know we’re supposed to “squeeze the abs” or “pull our bellybuttons in,” but when we start to get tired in a plank and gravity begins to force the lumbar spine into extension, thereby tilting the pelvis anteriorly (remember lumbo-pelvic rhythm?!?), squeezing the glutes will help you hold on a little longer by tilting the pelvis back posteriorly to maintain neutral spine in that plank.
Remember back a couple of years ago when Vibram got sued for making false claims that their FiveFingers shoes prevented injury and increased foot strength? (If not, you can read about it HERE.)
Well, it looks like the company has finally agreed to pay back millions of dollars to the people – many of whom got injured – who believed these claims and purchased the shoes (although Vibram denies any wrongdoing). Check it out HERE!
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter, so feel free to chime in with a comment.
Personally, I think the idea of minimalist running shoes is a good one, just a little premature. We do have some research supporting lesser impact forces when landing on the midfoot versus the heel, but nothing on the carryover to injury rates or performance. And the real problem arises when one jumps into a pair after having run for years in more supportive footwear and never actually changes his/her foot strike pattern… Other thoughts?
As you know, yesterday marked the 118th Annual Boston Marathon. But to the runners, spectators and anyone who has ever called Boston home, it marked a much greater victory. Not only did the community pull together to rise above last year’s tragic bombings that stopped the race short, it came back bigger and stronger than ever.
Anyone who has been around training for any length of time has had (or seen) that client who simply doesn’t go low enough in the squat. Sometimes this is due to restrictions in mobility, and sometimes it’s not – and there’s an easy way to tell. Enter the squat-to-stand.
While great for improving hip mobility and thoracic spine extension, this exercise also serves as an effective assessment: It can tell you whether someone has actual musculoskeletal limitations or is simply just afraid to go lower in a squat – often times for no other reason than that he/she has never been down there before.
Founders of FocusNYC and Focus Personal Training Institute, Joe Masiello and Gabe Valencia – curious to see what the fitness industry has in store for us next – were lucky enough (kind of…) to make it out to San Diego last month for the annual IHRSA trade show. According to them, a Hungarian line of cardio equipment called Infrashape takes the cake for most useless, er…innovative equipment. Here are a few of the highlights:
A new twist on vibration training, this infrared total body vibration machine apparently also either tans you or melts away your fat with UV light (we can’t tell which.)
You may have heard foam rollers referred to as ‘the poor man’s massage;’ well, this is ‘the lazy man’s foam roller.’ Motorized and all. You just sit there.
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