The Appendix may be more important than we thought.

The Appendix: To be or not to be… That still seems to be the question. We were always taught in school that the appendix was a vestigial organ that seemed to have no apparent purpose and should absolutely be removed if inflamed. This still seems to be the general consensus, but there are varying arguments that the appendix may influence …

John Pecora

Dr. John Pecora

ELIVATE Vice President, Managing Editor, Communities and Education

Consider all 30 muscle groups when training the core

Often times we hear “core” used interchangeably with “abs”. Although the abdominals are a large contributor to the core, there are many more muscles that compose the core— nearly 30 depending how you define the core. Think of the core as a cylinder of muscles around your spine. All these muscles have a role to protect, stabilize, or move your …

Bryce Taylor

PT, S&C Coach, SFMA

Matcha Tea: A Healthy Way to Increase Natural Energy and Focus

Known for its mellow, soothing flavor, matcha green tea is the ultimate superfood that can be infused into cooked dishes or taken as a tea. In addition to helping with natural energy and restoring the body’s well-being and balance, it also provides the following health benefits. Matcha Tea Health Benefits Assists in weight loss, boosting calorie and fat burning 130 …

Thomas DeLauer

Nutrition and Business Performance Coach

Sample TRX Workout: The TRX Total Body Burn by Brett Klika

The TRX is undoubtedly one of the most popular suspension training systems on the fitness market – and with good reason. The simple set-up can be used by beginners or advanced members for total body training. TRX Master Trainer Casey Stutzman recently talked about the benefits derived from a TRX workout and personal trainer Brett Klika shared the above TRX circuit with us. …

Brett Klika FitQuest Performance Center CSCS

Brett Klika

CSCS, Co-Founder of SPIDERFit Kids, Author, IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year (2013)

Breathing Techniques to Access Your Performance Potential

Accessing your 100 percent performance potential requires you to have a good breathing practice. We typically only become conscious of our breathing when we are breathing hard or can’t breathe at all. But adding in a breath practice before, during and after competition and training can help performance and recovery. It can also make you a healthier, more conscious athlete, …

Brian Mackenzie

Founder & Creative Director at Power Speed Endurance, Co-Founder of SportsFuel, Co-Founder XPT Life

Exercise Progressions: Why, When and How?

One of the targets of a rehabilitation program is the strengthening of muscles that are inactive or weak and thus create muscle imbalances. In order to strengthen a muscle it must be overloaded, which creates stress and adaptation, which will then lead to muscle growth. Once you can master the prescribed sets and reps of a given exercise, it needs …

Friederike Aprea

Vice President of Marketing Strategy and Business Development at WebExercises, Inc.

DNS Exercise 1 – Surf Movement Training

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Exercise/Sport Course Part 1 DNS Exercise 1 – Surf Movement Training August 2–4, 2019 Southern California Course Objectives: Introduction to the basic principles and concepts of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) and Surf Movement training Developmental Kinesiology Sequence – Integrated Stabilizing System of the Spine – Demonstration/participation – Ipsilateral and Contralateral patterns – Centration – DNS Flow Learn …

Zombie Cells – That Just Won’t Die

Immortality might not be as much fun as it sounds – especially when it comes to your cells. Zombie cells (or senescent cells, as they’re more properly called) are cells that have ceased to divide. Normally, a healthy cell has a limit to how many times it can divide and replicate itself; this cellular crossroads is often referred to as …

Matt Kraft

Matt Kraft

Nutritional Consultation Specialist for ELIVATE

Noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews wants young athletes to STOP

I have been very blessed in my career to learn and work with some of the very best in sports medicine. It is always humbling to see professionals at this level so passionate about helping to reduce injuries in youth athletics. Therapists, doctors and parents of athletes and coaches, this is a must watch and a must read about Dr. James Andrews. …

Dr Trent Nessler Personal Trainer Physical Therapist

Dr. Trent Nessler

MPT, DPT, Founder/Developer the Athletic Movement Index™ and Developer TheraBand CLX ACL Kit

Helping support Wounded Veterans…one wave at a time

Hello my friends! With Memorial Day just a couple of week behind us, I thought I’d share some info on an amazing organization I’m working with called Operation Surf. Operation Surf came into existence as a result of one wounded hero’s desire to learn to surf and to overcome the pain and mental trauma of war. Now we are helping more …

Dr. Tim Brown

Dr. Tim Brown

Co-Medical Director for the World Surf League (formerly the ASP)