The Fitness Fixer
The Fitness Fixer
  • The AmaSan Japanese Diving Women

    My husband Paul and I had trained in the martial arts together since our teens. Years later, we were both black belts, teaching martial arts. One day I asked Paul what was his life dream. He told me he wanted to train in Japan. I found work there ...

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  • Fast Fitness - Handstand Dips

    Here is Friday Fast Fitness - Dips upside down holding a handstand, for shoulder and arm strength, balance, agility, and fun.Readers Dave, Nine-Volt Terry, and others asked about dips. You don't need weights and equipment to increase strength. Bod...

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  • You Can Fix Your Own Knees

    E-mails have been coming in how readers quickly fixed their own pain and got better strengthening using the simple principle here on Fitness Fixer and my website.Last week's post Each One Teach One showed how reader Ivy from New Zealand fixed a ne...

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  • Contest Winners - How To Sit Up Straight

    What does it take to sit up straight? Is it possible that the numbers of physicians, surgeons, instructors, and trainers who entered did not know? We now have five winners:Paul J was first to write in to the contest with understanding, "Brains are...

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  • Healthy Aging Starts Now - Part II

    Reader Robert Davis sent a well-written summary in last Thursday's Healthy Aging Starts Now. Here he adds about our view of aging, and improving physical skills as years pass rather than letting them slip away from lack of use:"I forgot to mention...

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  • Wishing All Readers Happy Mothers Day

    Wishing you functional exercise on Mother's DayIdeas for Family, Friends, All People, Mother Earth:Mothers Day and New Parents Back and Neck SaversHealthy Mother's Day Fast Fitness - How Abdominal Muscles Prevent Hyperlordosis When CarryingWhat I...

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  • Fast Fitness - Double Arm Strength, Endurance, Balance, Stability, and Free Inversion Table

    Here is Fast Friday Fitness - build on the handstands you have already been doing with Fitness Fixer.Do a handstand against a wall. An easy way is to stand with your back about a foot or so from a wall, crouch down and put one foot, then the other...

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  • Ancient Shoe Exercise for Hip Stretch and Balance

    Readers have been asking what happened to the weekly reports of my martial arts classes. Others wanted to hear about my other classes including yoga. My martial arts students continued becoming skilled and disciplined. Next semester I will post so...

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  • Black Belt Hall of Fame

    This week is the 20th annual Eastern USA International Black Belt Hall of Fame event. Hundreds of martial artists and instructors will attend from all over the world. Soke John Kanzler and Kim Harper work all year to prepare each event. In the bes...

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  • Overhead Lifting, Reaching, and Throwing Part I - Shoulder and Rotator Cuff Injury

    The photo at right shows one main contributor to shoulder and rotator cuff pain, and one for lower back pain. Can you see them? Can you see why the person in red is not getting as much stretch in the shoulder as they think?I see patients for shoul...

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About the Author


M.Ed, PhD, FAWM

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

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