Top most common mistakes people make when beginning a training program.

There are numerous mistakes made by a new gym goer or even someone who has recently made the decision to live a healthier life. Typically, the way someone eats is the most common area of mistakes. However, since that is very long complicated topic I will stick with the other top mistakes found in the gym clientele.

American Football is like just about every other sport, in that it has a history of coaches with a little understanding of the sport's demands on its players. Football is a constant stop-start style to play, with the average play lasting no longer than ten seconds, followed by a much longer rest period. It's demands are closer to traditional sprinting and weight training methods. Compared to sports like Rugby or Boxing, where there is a far greater endurance element required. With that said, the sport has a big element of lateral mobility and technical considerations as well.

By Shelley McClellan, D.P.T., C.S.C.S.

Pain on the medial (or inside) aspect of the elbow as a result on tendonitis is often referred to as golfer’s elbow. Like its counterpart “tennis elbow” (lateral epicondylitis), which is tendonitis on the outside aspect of the elbow, both conditions are generally the result of over-use of the forearm musculature. The symptoms include: pain emanating from the elbow and tenderness to the touch at the bony part of the elbow.

By: Jeffrey Miller

Everyday, hundreds and perhaps thousands of men and women think about taking martial arts lessons. I know because I hear from them constantly, either by way of email, phone, or in letters mailed to the academy. The vast majority are, more-often-than not, trapped in this "thinking about it" stage and will never take that next, most important step to making it happen. And, it's sad really. While the reasons vary as to why each person wants to involve themselves in the martial arts... 1. Self-defense... 2. Life skills... 3. An affinity for the East or the concept of Warriorship, and... 4. Many more too numerous to list here ...the point is that each sees what he or she needs to feel more confident, powerful, or in-control of his or her life through the study and practice of the martial arts. Why then, are these well-meaning individuals stuck in, what Dr. Seuss called, "The Waiting Place?"

Let’s talk about "mindset," which I consider to be an essential contributor to athletic success and a mental area. This topic is also where professional and Olympic athletes offer wonderful examples in which they use different mindsets to perform at their highest level consistently. As a kid, I would watch my older brothers play basketball all the time to the point it stuck my interest. Before I picked up a basketball, I thought I wouldn’t be able to play like them but I changed my mindset and gave it a try anyway. Practicing and working with my brothers helped me gain a competitive edge and confidence.

If you are a dedicated weightlifter, you have probably had to struggle with fitness plateaus at some point. What most lifters do when they reach a sticking point with their progress is they switch up the rep range or lifting technique in order to activate the muscles differently, but they usually won’t step outside the gym to explore other activities.

Right now there is a plethora of “sport specific” training tools out on the market. All of which have had some middling success. These devices and contraptions prey on the same people the fitness industry preys upon, the quick/easy fix population. Make no mistake though; there is no quick and easy way to get better at sports. Every aspect of getting better at sport is very specific and time consuming. So let’s cover a couple topics today, strength in sport and energy demand in sport.

How do you stay on track for success in your new gym routine?

I touched a little on this a few months back. Now that you have decided to join a gym, you've setup your membership, you're ready to go, but how do you stay on track, be successful, have fun, and not fall into the Resolution wheel? First, what is your goal?

Studies shows that those who kept a food diary for six months lost twice as much weight as those who kept no food record. Writing down what you eat makes you accountable for every bit of food that goes into your mouth, including high-calorie indiscretions. Keeping a food diary can also reduce or eliminate mindless eating, such as stuffing chips into your mouth while watching television.

Every year we have the opportunity to start fresh, with a brand new set of days to change our attitudes and tackle our goals. Many people start the New Year with resolutions to embark on diet and fitness programs in an effort to get into the best shape of their lives, improve their health, or perhaps enter a bodybuilding contest. New gym members will pack gyms this month, but the attrition rate will weed out many of these people.