How to Feel Great Every Day with Stretching

In the past few months, I’ve been working one on one with a physical therapy mentor who has been teaching me the ins and outs of manual stretch therapy. We all know we should be doing some stretching, but how much? Which stretches? What techniques work best? Let’s start by exploring the basic types of stretching, and how they work. Continue reading How to Feel Great Every Day with Stretching

Beginner’s Guide to Foam Rolling

One of the fitness trends that has been growing in popularity over the past handful of years is foam rolling. You see foam rollers in stores and see people using them at the gym, but why? What are they for and how exactly would one go about using them? Without going too deep into the science behind it, I’m going to break down what foam rolling is and why you should consider adding it to your current fitness routine. Continue reading Beginner’s Guide to Foam Rolling

Staff Stories: My Recovery Without Surgery

As the newest member of the Elite trainers team, I thought it might be relevant to outline the path that helped facilitate my participation in a lifestyle of health and fitness.

I was in involved in a rather serious motorcycle accident years ago, that left me with a specific lower back injury that could only be described as complex and very debilitating. After years of enduring many types of physical therapy and countless chiropractic adjustments, I was unable
to function normally, even losing a dream job because of the inability to sit at a desk. The unpredictable nature of the injury and the intensity of the pain that could be triggered by even the simplest movement, started to negatively impact my life mentally, emotionally, and physically. Continue reading Staff Stories: My Recovery Without Surgery

Sports Injury: A Mini Guide to Maximum Recovery

by Susan Madden- Member, Mom, and Guest Blogger

No pain, no gain, right?  Wrong! 

It seems as if these days, we are constantly running.  Today more than ever before, we are bombarded with inspiring quotes, miraculous YouTube videos, and poignant blogs encouraging us to overcome our pain, stress, and anxiety by trucking on and toughing it out.  But sometimes, it’s necessary to stop, think, and take inventory of what is really going on with our bodies, especially when it comes to pain.  Continue reading Sports Injury: A Mini Guide to Maximum Recovery

Recovering from a Meniscus Tear: A Non-Athlete’s Experience and How I Bounced Back

by Susan Madden: Member, Mom, and Guest Blogger

“Confidence is the feeling you get before you understand the situation”-Anonymous

If you told me 10 years ago, I would be a snowboarder, I would have laughed in your face, right after making sure that you weren’t blatantly mocking my athletic ability (or lack thereof).  Although I do enjoy being active, sports have never been my specialty.  The peak of my athletic glory was the high school swim team.  Therefore, when invited to play on a softball rec league, or run the 5K du jour, you can count on me to be the first one to offer up an excuse to refrain.  But 8 years ago when my boyfriend (now husband) asked me to go snowboarding, I was all in.  Sure, I wanted to impress him, but I realized this was an opportunity to try something completely out of my element.  I also wanted to impress myself. What better way to test my inner athlete than by soaring downhill with your feet strapped to a board?

Continue reading Recovering from a Meniscus Tear: A Non-Athlete’s Experience and How I Bounced Back