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Kicking Ass with the DIAKADI Difference

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Kicking Ass with the DIAKADI Difference

 

The beginning of the  DIAKADI Difference Program, which allows a participant to work with trainers once to twice a week for three months, focusing on fitness, diet, and lifestyle choices.

DDP focus: The Medea Project: Theater for incarcerated women  

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 Top 5 Ways to Stick To Your New Year's Resolutions

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Top 5 Ways to Stick To Your New Year's Resolutions

Somehow the New Year has come and gone, and we're now on the fast track to February. How did that even happen? Nevertheless, the "new year, new you" mantra is in full swing and if you are the type of person to make resolutions, let's do a quick check-in. How are they going? If they're no longer going, don't stress. Our DIAKADI trainers say it's time to regroup, start over, and get this show on the road. 

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Top 5 Most Shreddable Snowboard + Ski Runs in Tahoe

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Top 5 Most Shreddable Snowboard + Ski Runs in Tahoe

Looking to hit the slopes this snow season? DIAKADI team members have some of the top recommendations for snowboarding and skiing in Tahoe this season! From secret runs, to ideas on fun family activities, this is truly the inside scoop to the best spots in Tahoe. Read below for some of the best recommendations in the Bay Area.

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FIT for HER: Raising Funds for Clean Water

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FIT for HER: Raising Funds for Clean Water

Every December I set intentions to strive for in the upcoming year. While writing my intentions in 2015, I had this desire to REALLY give back and spend time working with an organization that speaks to me. I discovered The Her Initiative through the power of Instagram seeing the lovely Jenna Kutcher talk about her experience. Since then I kept 'Her' on my radar and was inspired by their efforts, grace and compassion. 

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Are They Straight or Are They Out:  Foot Position for the Squat

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Are They Straight or Are They Out: Foot Position for the Squat

As  fitness professionals, we have been squatting for a long time. We learned to squat with “proper” form, and that form was reinforced by certifying organizations like NASM, NSCA, and CHEK.  As part of the certification process, we’ve been trained on not only how to squat properly, but how to evaluate other people’s squats.  And you know what?  Other people have different squatting forms—particularly with respect to their foot position—depending on the form their trainers or coaches or health gurus favored.  As a fundamental building block of fitness, you might think there was consensus as to how a squat ought to be done.  But, if you scratch the surface, you’ll find that the fitness industry has its very own “Cola Wars”, and depending on their background, trainers can be just as passionate about the correct foot position for a squat as any child of the ‘80s was about Coke vs. Pepsi.    

Some lifters position their feet straight ahead and others use some degree of external rotation (outward turn) for foot position.  How does foot position effect the mechanics of the squat?  In other words, should I squat with my feet straight ahead or should they be rotated out?  If you ask a panel of kinesiologists, physical therapists, and biomechanists—professionals who are best qualified to opine on form—you’ll find that even within disciplines there’s not a clear favorite.

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5 Ways To Train as an Olympian

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5 Ways To Train as an Olympian

The Olympics Games are the holy mecca of athleticism. As the world's largest and most watched sporting event, only the best of the best individuals and teams get to represent their country and compete. So how does one become an Olympian? Great genes and luck, of course. Just kidding. But seriously- the answer is actually pretty straightforward, just ask Sean O'Brien, one of DIAKADI's very own trainers. Sean comes from a background of competitive running and even competed in the 2004 Olympic Trials, making it to the semi-finals. According to Sean, the road to Olympic glory can be broken down into 5 components: 1) Train  2) Recover 3) Focus 4) Keep it fun 5) Find your gift. Read on and let Sean's wisdom inspire you -- whether it's to become an Olympic athlete or just be the best version of yourself. 

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The Next Frontier in Training: P-DTR

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The Next Frontier in Training: P-DTR

Fitness and wellbeing are about more than regular exercise and good nutrition. While those play an important role, we’ve always believed in focusing on the whole person. That means bringing the latest in equipment, research and techniques to our clients – lately, our clients and trainers have been raving about P-DTR, a new form of therapy that eliminates lingering and chronic pains.

What is P-DTR?

Proprioceptive – Deep Tendon Reflex (P-DTR) is a new form of therapy that addresses musculoskeletal problems (injuries, lingering pain, etc.) by focusing on our body’s receptor system. Sensory receptors throughout our bodies provide our brains with the information they need to move our muscles.

 

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Exercises To Do On a Treadmill That Aren’t, Well, Running

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Exercises To Do On a Treadmill That Aren’t, Well, Running

Treadmills are notorious for epic running workouts because that’s what they were designed for. If you’ve avoided them for that very reason, then prepare to be taken outside of the thinking box. These exercises require a treadmill but don’t include any mileage, which means you’ll be getting a full body workout while adding a little bit of variety to your routine.

Kaveh says, "Skateboards on the treadmill are one of my overall favorite exercises. The exercise allows you to work your legs unilaterally, which serves as a very functional form of sport-specific training. I also love that your upper body and core are used for stability while your target leg gets an awesome workout."

Jesse says, "When consciously working your core, the goal is to have those muscles fire up while you're going about in your daily life. Aim to incorporate these movements at least three days a week. This actively trains your core to come to life from shoulder girdle to gluteus while protecting the spine."

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Top 5 Valentine's Gifts Turned Workouts

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Top 5 Valentine's Gifts Turned Workouts

Valentine’s Day can rack up quite a big bill. According to the U.S. National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to spend at least $116.21 on this holiday, a number that can skyrocket when gourmet chocolates, bouquets of flowers, and a fancy dinner get involved. Instead of showering your loved one with big materialistic gestures today, try taking part in something more memorable and intimate: a sweat-inducing, heart rate increasing, and endorphin empowering workout.

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The Best Just Got Better

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The Best Just Got Better

DIAKADI Announces Expanded San Francisco Facility and New Cutting Edge Equipment 

Award Winning Personal Training Gym Now the Single Largest and Most Comprehensive Facility in San Francisco

San Francisco – April 9, 2015 – DIAKADI,

San Francisco’s most comprehensive fitness, performance, and life facility, today announced it has expanded its SOMA headquarters by an additional 2,400 square feet, making space for new equipment, including an obstacle course, speed training tools and small group training facility.  

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Top 5 Habits to Embrace this Year

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Top 5 Habits to Embrace this Year

Bad habits are difficult to break. Let 2015 be the year that you conquer your goals and live the life that’s best for you! Don’t think for one second we are about to begin the new year by emphasizing only the things you should stop doing. Instead, we have put together a list of good habits to start in the new year allowing you to reach the ultimate goal of happiness...  

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

- Leonardo Da Vinci

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