The Fitness Fixer
The Fitness Fixer
  • Fast Fitness - Strengthen by Changing Your Plank

    Here is Friday Fast Fitness - fix your plank (hold pushup position) to strengthen core and wrists, and train standing neutral spine posture. In yoga the plank is done in high and low positions called chaturunga.A sagging inward curve to the lower ...

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  • Thank you Grand Rounds 3.53

    Thank you to KevinMD for hosting Grand Rounds this week and recommending my post Good Life Works Better Than Bad Ab Exercise, which introduces why you can get better exercise without abdominal crunches (curl-ups or sit-ups) and why they harm your ...

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  • Fast Fitness - Fourth Group Functional Training Exercise, Functional Upper Back Stretch

    Here is Fast Friday Fitness from the 2009 Black Belt Hall of Fame. I am here teaching and learning.In my "Stretching Smarter" workshop here, I teach healthier ways to move and stretch for daily life and sports. One is the fourth Functional Fitness...

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  • Is Bad Martial Arts Good Exercise?

    This week marked several beginnings. The equinox began the journey of the sun away from the northern hemisphere bringing longer nights. The festivals of Ramadan, St. Sophia, Navarati and others celebrate origins and understanding. The university s...

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  • Thank You Grand Rounds 4.10

    Thank you Prudence MD for hosting Grand Rounds 4.10 this week.In a hospital Grand Rounds is a lecture on a teaching topic or specific case. On the web, Grand Rounds is a post that selects the best medical posts of the week.Grand Round 4.10 include...

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  • Fixing Discs by Fixing Causes

    Reader Laraine P writes,"Thanks so much for your help."I wanted to let you know that I have had a herniated disk in my lower back for eight months. Had physical therapy & injections, but still needed medications-pain pills, etc. I never exper...

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  • Instantly Better Hip and Quadriceps Stretch

    The purpose of the quadriceps stretch is to lengthen the front hip muscles. It is often done in ways that do not stretch the front muscles. The standing quadriceps is done by bending one knee to clasp the foot in your hand behind you (or rest it o...

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  • Fast Fitness - Isometric Abs Training

    Here is Friday Fast Fitness - learn how to use your abdominal muscles for what they need to do in real life - hold your spine in neutral position, even against resistance:Lie flat, face up. Legs out straight, as if standing up. Hold a weight a few...

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  • Your Fitness Fixer Requests in the Works

    Thank you for the many e-mails. I am sorting through the piles. Readers are sending success stories, long and short, of improving their lives and fixing injuries and the moves that produced them. They changed their mindset so that exercise is not ...

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  • Do You Lose Most Of Your Heat Through Your Head?

    Losing most of your heat through your head is a popular myth. Head heat loss is not the majority of body heat lost. Not even close.Years of my career in research have been to study how the human body performs in extremes - exercise, injury states ...

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M.Ed, PhD, FAWM

Dr. Bookspan is an award-winning scientist whose goal is to make exercise easier and healthier.

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