Ashley G. tells all about how she got into amazing shape for her wedding. She credits training here at ATOMIC, eating right and getting adequate sleep. She also should be commended for going hard everyday and making the commitment to make the most of her big day. It definitely paid off.
There’s nothing special about the standard, boring, run of the mill gym. No wonder no one sticks with their new year’s resolutions. In nearly every chain gym across the country we find rows of machines, cardio equipment and dumbbells. With the popularity of Crossfit, Soul Cycle and yoga; barbell lifting, spin classes and generic yoga are being rammed down the uneducated consumers throat as well. If you have never worked out before the standard gym is as good a place to start as any. On the other hand you could just as easily skip it.
To the uninitiated barefoot running comes across as a fringe sport reserved for the rare combination of ultra athlete and super hippie. Still there are benefits to be gained for even the casual participant. Barefoot running or running in minimalist footwear can promote improvements in biomechanics and in some cases relieve running related injuries.
Deadlifting should be intuitive and simple. Remember, in the most basic sense, you are doing nothing more than picking something up off the ground. If you keep your back stable and the weight close to your body there’s little room for error. Problems arise when one lets ego take over and attempts to lift more weight than they are able. Work the form, practice higher reps at lower weight and in no time you’ll be deadlifting with increased confidence and strength.
Rules by nature are rigid. Pursuing the ideal of total fitness means breaking rules and embarking on a lifetime quest for truth and excellence. Continually we attempt to separate fact from fiction, look for what’s tried and true, then employ the distilled elements to our benefit. With so much information out there, it’s easy to become confused. Thankfully common ground can be found in basic, fundamental, principles.