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Muscle of The Month: Psoas - Core Power or a Pain in the Back?

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Muscle of The Month: Psoas - Core Power or a Pain in the Back?

PSOAS - CORE POWER OR A PAIN IN THE BACK?

The muscle of this month is a powerful, awesome and very important muscle for basic and athletic functions alike, but also a pain in the back (literally!). When strong, it will power many of the things we do at the gym or in life. When weak and shortened (tight), it will cause an array of imbalances and even back pain. 

Meet your body's most powerful hip-flexor on this week’s post and read on to learn about the good it can do for you, its effects on the spine during seating and walking as well as how to strengthen and release this key muscle. 

 

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Paleo Diary: Staying Committed

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Paleo Diary: Staying Committed

My Tips on Sticking to the Plan and Loving It

It was two months ago when I dived in with full force into the Paleo, well Paleo(-ish), world. By full force I mean that I gave up cow milk in my coffee, the one non-paleo thing I held on to until the very end of my Paleo warm up. Not to say that it's been easy or that there hasn't been any slips. But there has been rewards on feeling more alert, more energized and capable every time I do stay committed.

So here's a quick run down of 6 easy things that helped me stay on track and in love with the Paleo diet.

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Transverse Abdominis – The Natural Corset Around Your Waist

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Transverse Abdominis – The Natural Corset Around Your Waist

Muscle of The Month  >> Transverse Abdominis

The first post of this new series is featuring one of our most foundational muscles. 

 

"Tighten that corset around your waist!" 

If you've taken a Pilates class, you've certainly heard these words before. 

That's because your body actually has its own natural corset, your deepest abdominal layer, the Transverse Abdominis. If you've ever dreamed of having a narrower waistline, healthier lower back, stronger core, better balance and more strengthening this muscle should be your first priority. 

 

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