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A soaring vertical leap is a valuable asset for just about any athlete, regardless of their sport. The secret to a sky-high vert isn’t Michael Jordan’s shoes, or even his genetics (although they would definitely help). Like almost everything in sports, it boils down to hard work. If you want to increase your vertical jump, here are four things you need to do: 1. Foam roll regularly. You might already be familiar with some of the benefits of foam rolling, but did you know it can also improve your vertical leap? That’s because your legs are full of knots, which [...]
Six minutes left to go in the third period. The home team is down by one, with Number 24 skating swiftly toward the goal. Look out - here comes defenseman Number 9, and he is skating hard to stop this shot. 24 can’t slow down to shoot; he tries to go around the net, and- OH- he takes a hard check into the boards by Number 9. 24 is now being led off the ice by the athletic trainer, and it looks like his shoulder got the brunt of it. That might be a game-ending injury… It’s no secret that [...]
A lot of things get easier with age, but staying active isn’t one of them. As we get older, exercising slides down the list of priorities, and our bodies simply don’t recover as fast. With that said, it is still important to make time for physical activity during the week. It doesn’t have to be a lot, just a little bit can go a long way. Here are a few ways that older adults can stay active, courtesy of your friends at Insports Centers. Plan Family Activities Don’t use your family as an excuse for why you can’t exercise. Instead, [...]
Whether you are a certified fitness couple, or you are just looking to burn off some of that holiday chocolate, these five active date ideas are the perfect way to spice up your Valentine’s Day… Ice Skating Ice skating is the ideal Valentine’s Day date. Not only is it a great wintertime activity in general, it pretty much forces you to hold hands. Not to mention, it gives you a great excuse to grab some coffee afterwards. Indoor Rock Climbing Take your romance to new heights with an indoor rock climbing session. Trying new things together is always great for any [...]
Every muscle in the human body plays an important role in movement, especially when it comes to sports. Yet, many athletes do not treat every muscle with the same importance when they are working out. Glamour muscles, like the chest and biceps, garner most of our attention, while smaller, stabilizing muscles are neglected. This can lead to muscular imbalances, which don’t just make you look disproportionate, they can also increase your risk of injury. Here are three commonly overlooked muscle groups, and what you can do to strengthen them: Hamstrings When it comes to weight training, many people neglect their legs [...]
After good hand-eye coordination, a powerful swing is a batter’s best friend… and a pitcher’s worst nightmare. If you are looking to add distance to your hits, you need to add speed to your swing. These three exercises can help you do just that: For your legs: Barbell Squats Your swing starts in the legs. Strengthening your legs will help you generate more power from the beginning of your swing. There is no better lower body strength-building exercise than the classic barbell squat. Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width, take a deep breath, and descend until your [...]
Don’t believe everything you hear; especially if it is about nutrition and especially if it is online. With the vast amounts of conflicting information available, it can be tough for athletes to separate the facts from the fiction. Luckily, Insports Centers is here to help. Here are some of the most common myths about sports nutrition, and the truths behind them: Myth: Carbohydrates make you gain weight. Eating a surplus of calories (no matter where they come from – even grilled chicken) makes you gain weight. Carbohydrates have earned a bad reputation from the fitness community, but they are the body’s [...]
Image credit: Flickr user nostri-imago It takes an immense amount of athletic ability and technical skill to play one sport professionally, but multiple sports? That requires a generational talent. These six remarkable athletes were able to maximize their abilities en route to their domination of two (or three, or four) sports. 1. Michael Jordan Widely regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time, MJ’s athletic skills extended well beyond the hardwood. In addition to his six NBA championships, ten scoring titles, five MVP awards, and two olympic gold medals, Michael Jordan also enjoyed a brief stint in the minor leagues [...]
It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you, but do you know about all the ways that exercise can improve your health? Check it out: Improved cardiovascular health. The heart is a muscle, it needs to be worked out! Regular exercise can help improve the overall health of your entire cardiovascular system. Lowers risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. A healthier heart means reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes. Helps manage weight. Not only does physical activity burn calories, it also improves your metabolism in the long run. Reduced blood pressure. Physical activity keeps your [...]