As I write this we are approaching the 100-day point before the running of one of the largest mini-marathons here in Indianapolis. Thousands of runners are training and making their preparations to run 13.1 miles including as stretch around the famous Indianapolis 500 track. They’re also getting injured. It’s a drawback of the inspiration and excitement of setting a goal and working toward it. Many runners just aren’t prepared to make such drastic changes in their physical workload to tolerate such training. Some tolerate it and finish the race. Some don’t because of injury. One of the most common diagnoses
Hello IFAST community! My name Jason Neal and I have recently been hired as a Strength Coach/Office Administrator. I have been visiting this site and reading this blog since I was a freshman in college so it’s surreal to be writing something for it. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of such a talented and experienced team. I began weight training when I was about 14 and my Uncle Joe wrote me my first training program. I loved the weight room in high school and the confidence it gave me on the ball diamond. I have always
I’m going to stray from our usual content this week, but only because we have a ton of cool stuff coming up here at IFAST that I want to make sure you know all about! Women’s Self-Defense Class When IFAST client Clint Cloys came to me years ago with the hope of holding a self-defense class at IFAST, I honestly didn’t know what to say. I’m all for people growing and evolving, and making their mark in the world. But I also know how hard it is to market events like this, and beyond just getting them excited, getting them
Every week at least one of my patients will remark that they think that their back still hurts because they have a “weak core” or they just have “a bad back.” You already know that what your x-ray and MRI show may have absolutely nothing to do with your pain, so it must be a problem with your “core”, right? First, there is no area of the trunk that is designated as “the core.” Many will use the term “core” as a substitution for the abdominal muscles but even these muscles are not limited to some magical protectors against lower
Another week, another question here are your favorite gym - Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training. This one is a doozy, and applies to literally anyone who works out: Question: How does stress impact performance, strength and/or body composition? This is a great question, and before I answer it, make sure to read this article for a bit of an overview: What is a Reset? And Why Do We Do Them? Now that you've got a frame of reference, allow me blow your mind. Training is Stress First off, here's something that most people never consider (trainers included): When you lift
You may have had pain for a very long time. It's not uncommon for your doctor to order an MRI to help determine the source of your ongoing complaints of pain. In the hopes of finding a cause for the pain it's not uncommon to default to the findings in an MRI as that source of pain. Perhaps they blame arthritis or a herniated disc in your spine for your back pain. Perhaps they find a torn meniscus in your knee and blame that on your knee pain. Perhaps they find a muscle tear and blame that for your pain.
With our Athletika classes rolling out this week, we've gotten a ton of interest about what they are, and who they're for. To make this super simple, I've done my best to get all of that information into one article. However, if you read this and still have questions, make sure to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 317.578.0998. But for now, let's talk about Athletika! What is Athletika? Athletika is the IFAST-approved version of "bootcamp" or team-style training. Instead of our standard small group sessions, Athletika is a larger group setting where we'll have up
Okay, finally back to answering reader questions - and this one is a doozy. Honestly, if I had THE answer to this one, I'd be sitting on my private beach somewhere drinking protein shakes and reading training books. But I digress. The question for today is a simple one: What set/rep scheme is best for size and strength? Now when I read that, I could take it in a couple of directions: What set/rep scheme is best for size? What set/rep scheme is best for strength? OR What set/rep scheme is best if you want a blend of both? To