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Waking Up the Glutes

The gluteal muscles (buttocks) are the largest muscles in the body, yet often they have a tendency of being “sleepy.” Perhaps it is because we sit on them far too much and they are not asked to per…

Training to Extremes

Over the next two weeks, I invite two colleagues on to the Zelos Podcast. They are experts in training for extreme sports. Christoph Wyss is the Strength & Conditioning Coach for Red Bull athle…

Plank’s Constant

For several years people have been using the plank to encourage a “stronger core.” Holding one self up in a push up position and holding still for minutes at a time. Did you know the world record f…

Two Shoe Sizes

Feet come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes that applies to even one single person. Aside from the obvious, one left and one right, it is not out of the question for someone to have two distinctly…

The Path

Next week I have the opportunity to travel to the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) National Conference in Las Vegas. This will mark my 30th anniversary with the organization….

Perform Better Training Summit

This week, the RFC team pursues continuing education in the form of the Perform Better Training Summit in Long Beach, Ca. Three days of lectures and hands-on instruction in the world of rehab, stre…

Cali-Strength

We began a new classes this year called Cali-Strength. It is all about getting stronger using bodyweight exercises and calisthenics. Calisthenics dates back to ancient Greece and is all about the e…

The Opposite of Sitting

The catch phrase, “Sitting is the new smoking” has been getting a lot of traction lately. Too much of anything is not ideal and sitting is no exception. The body can adapt to almost any environment…

Caretaker vs. Caregiver

So many people come to use our services after caring for a loved one. They find themselves exhausted and often in a painful state from years of physically moving a person in and out of bed, giving …

A Fresh Start

A while ago I came to the sad realization that there are more personal trainers and health clubs in the world than ever before. And yet there are more people who are overweight, obese, sedentary, a…

A True California Biathlon

On May 7th, I got to check one more thing off of my bucket list. For many years I have wanted to snowboard and surf all in one day. This winter has been one for the record books. The Central Coast …

The Best 10K Race Around

On the fourth Sunday of July tens of thousands of runners and walkers participate in the annual Wharf to Wharf race in Santa Cruz. The race begins near the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf out in front o…