Strength training Archives - Core Matters

Our Champions!

As 2018 wraps up, I want to take the time to tell you a couple of our best success stories.  These are about clients who kept coming back whenever LIFE knocked them off the track or who made small changes with large impacts. When M started with us, she couldn’t get up and down from the floor,

Dec 27, 2018 / by Ann-Marie Giglio / No Comments

Why Do So Many People Have Sore backs?

“Everything should be made as simple as possible—but not simpler.” ~Albert Einstein Quite simply, it’s a matter of alignment. Or really, mis-alignment. Form always follows function in our bodies. If a body is misaligned, it will change to accommodate what it needs to do. Bones and tissue ALWAYS remodel along lines of chronic stress. Think

Dec 14, 2018 / by Ann-Marie Giglio / No Comments

How I trained for my 30-mile bike ride: NOT!

By Ann-Marie Giglio, Owner and CEO CoreMatters I knew about this trip for months. I planned it myself, with my daughter and son-in-law. I knew she wanted to rent bikes and ride “around” on the Dingle peninsula in Ireland. “Thirty-miles” was never a part of the conversation…but honestly, I should have known these Pacific NW

Sep 26, 2018 / by Ann-Marie Giglio / No Comments

Is it Time For You?

By Ann-Marie Giglio, Owner and CEO CoreMatters Autumn is fast approaching.  It’s that time of the year when our thoughts turn away from summer fun and back to business… We make fourth quarter plans.  We take stock. Did your health go off the rails a bit this summer?  Worried about the approaching holiday parties? If you’re feeling a

Aug 16, 2018 / by Ann-Marie Giglio / No Comments

Are you over 50?

By Ann-Marie Giglio, Owner and CEO CoreMatters “If only I could fit in my clothes—or  just feel like myself again!“ Sound like you? I know exactly how you feel. Once I turned 50, everything changed. I realized I was counting fewer days ahead of me than behind and suddenly, an old prayer began to haunt me:  Let me not

Aug 16, 2018 / by Ann-Marie Giglio / No Comments

First Step Can Be The Hardest

Everyone wants to change their health and fitness habits. So why is taking the first step so hard? What stops us? Mostly our brains.  One problem is a law of physics: simple inertia.  Overcoming inertia takes energy.  But brains hoard energy.  They need a whack from an outside force like a mean dog bearing down

Feb 28, 2018 / by Ann-Marie Giglio / No Comments

What’s Next?

Lately, I’ve been noticing ads for fitness programs that promise things like bikini bodies or getting ripped or losing 15 pounds–all in only two weeks. Those sound like goals, but my first thought is: What’s next? After you get that ripped, 15-pound lighter bikini body, what’s the next target—-a smaller bikini? My second question is

Aug 02, 2017 / by Ann-Marie Giglio / No Comments

What’s Stopping US?

Everyone wants to change their health and fitness habits. So why is taking the first step to hard? What stops us? Mostly our brains.  One problem is a law of physics: simple inertia.  Overcoming inertia takes energy.  But brains hoard energy.  They need a whack from an outside force like a mean dog bearing down on us,

Aug 02, 2017 / by Ann-Marie Giglio / No Comments

Stronger Muscles Make Stronger Brains

People who exercise probably know they are doing something good for their brain. After exercise, they feel good or happier or calmer. They think more clearly. Runners talk about the “runner’s high”.  Most of those brain results come from cardiovascular exercise—raising your heart rate and keeping it raised for some length of time. Working your

Mar 29, 2017 / by Ann-Marie Giglio / No Comments

5 Reasons SFG-style Kettle Bells Are Good for Your Back

1. SFG Kettlebell work strengthens your glutes. The late Vladimir Janda, MD from Czech Republic observed that people with low back dysfunction often exhibit “gluteal amnesia.” An improper recruitment pattern leads to increasing back problems as the back has to take over the lifting task of the glutes. The glutes are strongly emphasized in SFG

Oct 06, 2015 / by Ann-Marie Giglio / No Comments