Is a personal trainer right for you?

Is a personal trainer right for you?

Maybe you’ve been looking to get healthier and more active, to be able to keep up on your weekend hikes, or maybe you just want to feel and look good when you wear your favorite clothes or take photos...

Personal training can be a great option for those who have important health goals to reach but just need a little bit of help or guidance.

HealthFit Personal Trainer Coach Allister Buchanan is here to speak on some barriers we notice people face when deciding if finding a personal trainer is right for you...

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Are Your Workouts Burning You Out? Mix It Up!

Are Your Workouts Burning You Out? Mix It Up!

Our athletes have begun to specialize at a younger and younger age. I often ask parents if their children play any other sports and many say that they focus on just one. This leads to an alarming number of repetitive movement injuries in our young athletes. Since no two sports are completely alike, children who participate in multiple sports learn to incorporate different movements, patterns that are inherent to each particular sport.

Basically they become more well rounded because they are required to use different skill sets. Children are also less likely to get burned out as frequently when they are doing a wide variety of activities. It really doesn't matter what the activity, just try to keep some variety in their programs.

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How Are You Celebrating Your Athletes?

How Are You Celebrating Your Athletes?

The sun was at its hottest and most intense point in the afternoon sky and showed no signs of letting up soon. My butt was getting numb from sitting on concrete seats after only 40 mins. Welcome to a typical invitational high school track meet in So Cal. Needless to say I was ill prepared for the day's events. No hat, no cushion and no water. Still it didn't seem to really matter. It had been years since I had actually been to a meet and I had forgotten what it was like to be around young athletes and feeling that electricity in the air. 

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My Back Pain Doesn't Get Better With Rest Anymore! What's Going On?

My Back Pain Doesn't Get Better With Rest Anymore! What's Going On?

If you’ve ever had back pain, you have probably experienced this same thought. There are different reasons why back pain can seemingly get worse over time so we’ll take a look at the common ones.I always like to ask people if they have ever seen a health professional for their back pain before? Often, people manage their back pain by doing what has always worked. Rest and anti-inflammatories. I’m not saying there isn’t a time and place for rest and anti-inflammatories (there certainly is!) but it can’t end there!

 

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Tracking Your Fitness... How Much Is Too Much?

Tracking Your Fitness... How Much Is Too Much?

The adage "The Information Age" loosely translated is the "gathering and almost instantaneous transmission of vast amounts of information"... We can pretty much find out anything at anytime. We are only limited by how fast our fingers can tap a key...

This ability to "gather" information can be both a blessing and curse....it really depends on your perspective.
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Horse Racing Jockey - Flavien Prat's Amazing Return After A Fractured Back

Horse Racing Jockey - Flavien Prat's Amazing Return After A Fractured Back

For those of you that do not follow horse racing, Flavien Prat is one of the hottest young riders on the circuit right now. With over 5 million in purse winnings in the first half of the 2016 season, he is currently ranked #11 in all of North America.

In August 2015, Flavien suffered a serious fall while racing at Los Alamitos resulting in several fractured vertebrae in addition punctured lung. He was put into a back brace which he would...

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Is your fitness program actually improving your quality of life?

Is your fitness program actually improving your quality of life?

Our individual and semi-private fitness coaching programs here at HealthFit Performance and Wellness in Pasadena, CA take a balanced approach to your training. This meaning we look at movement quality, balance, flexibility, mobility, strength, endurance, power and FUNCTION!

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Hip Mobility & Strength for Athletic Performance

Hip Mobility & Strength for Athletic Performance

Those of you who have trained under me are probably sick to death of how much I stress the importance of proper hip function. I truly believe that regaining proper function of the hip complex is a preventative measure for injuries as well as improved athletic performance.

Probably one the most fundamental movements we all need to master is a proper squat. It carries over to a majority of our daily functional activities such as getting out of a chair, walking up stairs, and lifting objects. It also pertains to the daily function of our athletes such as maintaining a good base position as a lineman, jumping for a basketball player, and exploding out of the blocks as a sprinter.

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Why are my hamstrings always tight?!

Why are my hamstrings always tight?!

Have you ever asked yourself:

“Why are my hamstrings always tight? I stretch them all the time!”

We often times see this in the office with a wide variety of clients, ranging from the man with the 12 hour desk job to the super flexible yoga practitioner that stretches 24/7.

Here are two very common underlying causes for your “tight hamstrings”:

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