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Look Here to Get Stronger

A few blogs back I wrote about the importance of vision and how it helps dictate posture and movement. In this blog, we will explore how the direction you look toward can help improve your strength. Considering that we receive 70-90% of the stimuli from the world around us through our eyes, it makes sense that our body would react …

Walk this Way

Developing an exercise program, without knowing how you move and what is missing in your movement, is just rolling the dice and hoping for the best.

Love your Feet

August 17th is National “I love my feet” day. How awesome!?! In the spirit of loving each little piggy here are a few things you might not know about the part of your body that touches earth more than any other, which you continually hide inside sweat socks and luxury earmuffs otherwise known as shoes.   By the Numbers: Each …

Playing the Percentages

When considering how the body moves, it may do well to think of it in terms of percentages. To travel in the most efficient manner from point A to point B, every joint must participate at an ideal percentage. Typically the larger the joint, the higher percentage of motion. The smaller the joint, the less of a percent of movement. …

Training Symmetry Creates Asymmetries

The purpose of strength training should be to encourage the entire body to have stronger, more controlled, and efficient movement with the least amount of restriction and wasted energy. The current approach found in most gyms often falls short of achieving this. The goal for many is to create symmetry: a balance of tension, shape, and size to the muscles. …

The Eyes Have It!

Did you know that the only living tissue of the body exposed to the world are your eyes? Your hair, fingernails, toenails, and outer layer of skin are no longer living. With the exception of your eyes, all living tissue is protected by a barrier of dead cells. The eyes do so much for us it is hard to list …

Recapping my 99 Blog Posts

When I began writing blogs, my goal was to create a discipline of writing one a week. Although there were times when I skipped a week, there were also times when I wrote two or three in a few days. Now here we are at the hundredth blog. Seems like a nice time to look back at some of the …

Going in Circles

When we are brand new to this world, our options for movement are boundless. It is like standing in a very long hallway with infinite doors going on forever. Each door represents some type of movement. However, every time we sustain a physical injury, an emotional trauma, or endure surgical procedures, a door closes. Eventually, over time, many, many doors …

Movement as Medicine

One of the more common injuries to the knee is tearing the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). The ACL connects the top front portion of the tibia (shin bone) to the bottom rear part of the femur (thigh bone). Ligaments are tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect bone to bone. Compared to muscles, ligaments stretch very little and do not …

Preventing ACL Tears

One of the more common injuries to the knee is tearing the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). The ACL connects the top front portion of the tibia (shin bone) to the bottom rear part of the femur (thigh bone). Ligaments are tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect bone to bone. Compared to muscles, ligaments stretch very little and do not …

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Rocky's Fitness Center

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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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