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Tag: Increase mobility
Lengthened v. Shortened Muscles
At Urban Fitness, it is not just about working your muscles, it is also HOW you work your muscles. Whether it be through formal education or your own self-education about exercise, many of us think that muscles must contract and shorten in order to create movement and become stronger. However, several types of contractions […]Read More
Injury prevention is a necessary part of any functional workout! Injury prevention is important because, at best, injuries are no fun. They disrupt our lives and leave us in miserable pain; and one injury often leads to more injuries. Besides the physical pain, injuries can increase or cause depression or other mental health issues. Therefore, […]Read More
Improve shoulder mobility in all directions with this great scapula, or shoulder blade, mobility exercise! Should blade mobility is important for more and easier movement of the arms and shoulders. Immobile shoulder blades can cause clicking or sticking shoulders and they can cause pain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back. This exercise helps create […]Read More
Decrease shoulder pain through increased shoulder mobility! Immobility can create a great deal of pain, especially in the shoulder. This exercise helps improve your shoulder blade mobility, which can help decrease neck and shoulder pain. It can also help with upper back pain through the stretching of the back muscles between the shoulder blades. The […]Read More
Mini Swans/Cobra – Exercise to Improve Posture
Improve your posture; build upper back strength; improve your scapular stability; reduce neck and shoulder pain; reduce widows stoop…This exercise has SO many benefits! This exercise it great, when it is done correctly. Frequently, people do this exercise using their traps (upper shoulders) and hang into their low backs which destroys all the benefits of […]Read More
Flexibility v. Mobility
Mobility and Flexibility: Equally important. Not the same thing. While in some ways, these two things are compatible, they are not exactly the same thing. An individual can be flexible but immobile or can be very mobile but not very flexible. What are they? Flexibility refers to the elasticity of your muscles. Mobility, however, refers […]Read More
Bow and Arrow with a Theraband
Work on your spinal rotation, your arms and your back all in one exercise! This Pilates exercise is a reformer exercise that you can also do on your mat at home. This exercise is primarily an arm and back exercise, focusing on your lats and your triceps. However, it is also great for spinal mobility […]Read More
13 Reasons we ♥ Pilates
Joseph Pilates first brought his namesake form of exercising to the US in the 1930s. In his approximate thirty years of living and working in NYC, Joseph and his wife, a nurse, helped many people improve their health, recover from injury and prevent new injury. The same benefits that the Pilates’ students found from Joseph […]Read More