Books that help with Posture

August 28, 2019

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I own a lot books. I find value in each of them. With Posture being this week’s theme, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites books on the subject. Any one of these would be a great read. Each book has ample stretches and exercises to improve posture and flexibility for beginners and beyond. Two of the four books above were written by Katy Bowman. I love her writing. She has a number of books in print, as well as two other eBooks about foot health. If you sit most of the day every day, you do NEED to do some things to help counteract all the inactivity. It doesn’t take too much time or effort. But it does need to happen and happen consistently… Why not do something now instead of waiting till things get really bad? #bssbbooks #posture #posturecorrector #posturecorrection #heathandwellbeing #healthandwellness #healthandfitness #austinpersonaltrainer #austinpersonaltraining #blueskystrongbox

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Mike Boyle book(s) recommendation…

January 18, 2019

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This week’s book recommendation(s) is Mike Boyle’s NEW FUNCTIONAL TRAINING FOR SPORT. This is a must have for any trainer or coach that works with an athletic population. Mike has been a huge influence for me and I’m lucky enough to call him a friend. He has worked in the realm of Strength & Conditioning for almost 40 years and was in fact one of the first official Strength & Conditioning coaches (which was an unpaid position when he first started). His experience and insight is next to none. He has learned from some of the very best. A big reason I respect and value Mike’s positions on various subjects is because he never stops asking why, thrives to acquire the best knowledge and is never afraid to change his mind. He reads, watches and listens to everything. He’s worked with countless athletes of all ages, including Championship Seasons with both the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins as well as countless other Professional and Olympic athletes. I own most of his vast collection of work but I must say that NEW FUNCTIONAL TRAINING FOR SPORTS is my personal favorite. Although I don’t train many athletes, the knowledge can easily be translated across all populations in the hands of a competent, caring health & fitness professional. The “big rocks” as Mike says do not change. Thanks Mike for your contribution. FAVORITE QUOTES/IDEAS: “No one cares how much you know till they know how much you care”. “When in doubt, think Strength & Conditioning”. “Keep it simple stupid (KISS Rule)”. “Remember the big stones”. #bssbbooks #blueskystrongbox

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Great book for leaning SELF-MASSAGE.

January 8, 2019

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Since it’s a brand new year, starting this month I plan to do regular posts of my favorite and most referenced books. Many of these books will be geared more toward Fitness Professionals but would be great editions to any health-fitness nerd’s library. THIS WEEK: The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Clair Davies. Not a day goes by working with clients professionally as a Personal Trainer do I not use this book. If I lost all my books tomorrow, this would be one of a few that I would replace immediately. It’s only about $15 on Amazon. It is basically a book about how us normal folk can decrease and/or eliminate most of our aches & pains by learning and using the basics of self-massage. In my experience, most of the pain that we all will experience throughout our lives will be due to overuse injuries to our soft-tissues. Soft-tissue is nothing more than all the stuff in the body that is NOT bone, organs or fluid. Think muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, etc. Because we are creatures of habit, many of us tend to repeat movement patterns and postures over and over again which tend to cause “issues with the tissues”. This book can help. I recommend finding the area of the body that has pain or discomfort and reading about that particular areas as needed rather than attempting to read the whole thing in one full sweep. Think of this book as a reference, an index. The author, Clair Davies, was a piano restoration specialist in his younger years and later went on to become a licensed Massage Therapist, not for the money but because he genuinely wanted to help others eliminate pain as he did years before. #bssbbooks #blueskystrongbox

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The best book for BACK PAIN

January 8, 2019

 

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If you have any serious issues with your neck, back or spine, I recommend that you get this book. It’s written by Dr Stuart McGill, Canadian back doctor for over 30 years and considered one of the world’s leading experts on all things spine related. He knows his stuff. The book is very easy to read and answers many common questions and concerns. It also outlines the do’s and dont’s for the long term health (and short term) of your spine. At least once a year, I typically manage to strain my back. This book has helped a lot in recent years. To put it mildly, back issues can be debilitating and scary. Knowing how to take better care of it is worth its weight in gold. #bssbbooks #blueskystrongbox

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