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Getting More Out Of Your Strength Training Workouts Through Focus

I can remember reading the exercise literature over 20 years ago and learning the impact of mental imagery on strength gains.  Participants who solely thought about their strength training workouts over a study period demonstrated strength gains compared to a control group.  In addition, these mental workouts could also limit the amount of atrophy observed...

What Is The Least Amount Of Weight Training I Can Perform And Still Benefit?

In our Boulder Physical Therapy and Lafayette Physical Therapy clinics cardio is king for many of our patients.  Although gaining in popularity, weight training unfortunately falls behind cardiovascular training in training frequency, intensity, and duration.  Patients not performing strength training can run the risk of reduced bone density, loss of muscle mass, reduced performance, and...

Novice And Experienced Weight Training Participants Are Not Lifting Heavy Enough

Strength training participation is increasing as more and more Americans realize the health benefits of this form of exercise.  Current research continues to support the mental, emotional, and physical benefits of strength training.  Strength training principles require participants to select a weight designed to fatigue a given muscle within the desired reps.  For example, if...

Using High Intensity Workouts When Time Is Limited

Interval training has been well-researched over the years and there is considerable evidence to show that interval training can provide similar if not better health benefits compared to continuous moderate-intensity exercise. One type of aerobic interval training, HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training), may be effective for improving VO2 max, endurance capacity, resting metabolic rate, blood pressure,...

The Most Overlooked Area Of Your Exercise Prescription

I can remember meeting with a physician in the past about the tremendous health effects of exercise for his patients. He responded that the effects of exercise don’t last if the patient stops their program. Despite the irony found in his treatment approach using medications with short term effects to manage chronic diseases, I responded...

How Much Exercise Do I Need A Week To Improve Knee Arthritis?

Knee arthritis is one of the most common knee pain conditions treated in our Boulder Physical Therapy and Lafayette Physical Therapy offices. Physical Therapy remains the gold standard of care for the conservative treatment of knee osteoarthritis. Multiple research studies support the utilization of manual therapy and exercise for patients with this condition. Including articles...

What are the best exercises for gluteus maximus?

Whether you want to increase your back squat, shave some time off your Fran score, or take fewer breaks on your uphill skin, you will need to focus on glute strength. The gluteus maximus is the largest and most powerful muscle in the human body, and is responsible for hip extension, lateral rotation, and abduction...

What Are The Best Exercises For A Return To Running?

At our Lafayette Physical Therapy and Boulder Physical Therapy clinics we are continuously working on getting runners back to the sport they love. There is great research available these days for examining the best ways to get athletes back to running. The article “External loading of common training drills: Ranking drills to design progressive return-to-run...

Should I Perform Front Or Back Squats

The squat is one of the most commonly prescribed exercises in our Boulder Physical Therapy and Lafayette Physical Therapy practice. With so many variations of this strength training exercise you may be wondering which exercise prescription is best for you. The squat in particular has two primary variations, the front squat and the back squat....

Which Squat Variation Is Best?

Squats are an integral part of lower body strength training and Physical Therapy from injury or surgery. At our Boulder Physical Therapy and Lafayette Physical Therapy clinics we also place emphasis on the importance of squats in helping reduce lower extremity injury. This exercise remains one of the foundations of exercise programs because of its’...