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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Personal trainers play an extremely important role in both preserving and improving the health and safety of clients’ bodies and lives. Most individuals see their doctor only once or twice a year, but see their personal trainer once or twice a week. So, the quality of the information and the recommendations that we provide in our practice must be well researched, tailored and proven effective.
A solid combination of advanced education and valuable experience are key components in building a successful and safe training practice. At DIAKADI we require that our trainers have a minimum 3 years of experience in their career and that they maintain a higher than normal standard of fitness continuing education. With the overwhelming number of options out there, how can you be sure you are selecting the most reliable and strongest fit for your initial certification and education? We hope that the information we share will assist beginning trainers as they select their best education path. We also hope this deep-dive will help our clients understand the different paths our trainers have taken to become the coaches they are today.
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.
Whether we are ready to change careers, decide to travel the world, or start working out to get healthy or in the best shape of our lives, we know that it helps to have a support group to change our habits or achieve a goal.
My friends and family encouraged me to start a career in personal training after I left the biotech industry. Their support and little kicks in the butt were exactly what I needed in those moments of self doubt about my new direction.
However, this support didn’t happen overnight. Some of the same people who gave me the confidence to follow my new career path were the ones who years earlier, when I started body building and paying attention to what I ate, tried to sway me back into old habits with a glass of wine or a delicious cookie. Comments like, “ Come on, you can afford that cookie” or “Live a little, have a shot with us” were common during social events.
The hard truth is that people might not understand how to deal once it hits home that you are actually changing. It was frustrating to not receive support and it made me feel like an outcast at times. I know that was never anyone’s intention, but it sure could feel lonely. Judging by the stories my clients share every day, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced it, too.
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."
WE ARE CROWNING THE ‘NUMBER ONE HEALTHY HABIT TO PROVIDE A WELL-TUNED BODY AND HEALTHFUL LIFE’
We here at DIAKADI love a good championship bracket. So when Yale BUSTED all of our March Madness brackets, we decided to put our 16 favorite healthy habits head-to-head. The Bay Area’s most educated fitness trainers and performance coaches have voted, and the results are in.
You Have tried everything to avoid the holiday weight gain and the slow slide to a bigger waist band during the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years. Usually it is a valiant effort with minimal and often depressing results. This year, try something different. START NOW!