Episode 17 – Mike Kearney – Unleashed Podcast

Strength training is the best and fastest way to build muscle. Strength training equipment allows you to hit a specific muscle, execute more reps or add more weight. This is a much safer way compared to exercising with free weights.

Strength training equipment evolves constantly, and today we have the chance to experience the latest innovation in the industry.

In this episode of Unleashed Podcast, host Yuri and guest Mike Kearney talk about PRIME Fitness Equipment. PRIME features the most innovative, versatile, and effective strength training technology in the world.Mike explains that PRIME uses Smart Strength Technology, which gives the user the ability to manipulate the resistance profile of a given exercise. Users are able to place the peak resistance at the desired location, taking their exercise to a whole new level.

The resistance can vary through 3 different ranges of motion: beginning, middle, and end. This changes how challenging the exercise is at different portions of the rep, which allows stimulating the muscle in different ways.

Furthermore, this technology gives tons of versatility, flexibility, mobility, and ensures efficient hypertrophy training.

PRIME equipment offers many different racks and machines. 

The Prodigy series consists of four rack options, a half rack, a power rack, an HLP plate loaded rack, HLP selectorized rack, and the Prodigy single stacks. Each piece of PRIME is hand-crafted, robust, made from steel, and built to last.

The Prodigy series covers everything that a fitness enthusiast or an athlete would need from gym equipment.

Many people nowadays are looking for reliable and functional home gym equipment because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why PRIME launched their single stack, which is the perfect all-in-one tool for people that don’t have much space at home and don’t want to spend too much on equipment.

The single stack covers the bases of a product that could be applicable in a home gym and exceeds users’ expectations. This cable machine includes a lat pulldown seat, low row footplate, dip bar, and single-leg roller pad. It also comes with a 350lbs weight stack with built-in band pegs, which makes it a universal piece for home users.

Considering the fair price, the innovative Smart Strength Technology, and the high quality of the PRIME products, this equipment is the best on the market for both gyms and homes. It is equipment that lasts and helps users perform the most efficient workout faster.

Do you want to listen to the full interview of Yuri and Mike and learn more about the PRIME equipment? You can do that on YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Podcast!

Are you excited to try the Smart Strength Technology yourself and challenge your muscles in many different ways? If you are from Allen, Dallas, or Plano, you can experience the PRIME fitness equipment at Hidden Gym!

Hidden Gym is the place where you can always find the latest fitness innovations, while the motivating environment will empower you to give your best at every workout.

Still not a member of Hidden Gym? Claim your free day pass and start working towards your goals!

Episode 16 – Dr. Michael Mash – Unleashed Podcast

Recovery after an injury or surgery is a long and process. Physical therapists play a huge role in people’s journey back to pain-free movements and happy life. They guide the patients through every little obstacle on the way and teach them how to enjoy exercises and move safely.

Today’s guest of Unleashed Podcast is Dr. Michael Mash. He is a physical therapist with many years of experience helping people recover from injuries and falling in love with exercise. He noticed that there was a gap between barbell exercises and therapy, which is usually the missing piece in one’s recovery.

This is how Dr. Mash got inspired to create his Barbell Rehab Certification course. The course aims to teach personal trainers and strength coaches how to work with clients that are in pain or have a history of injuries.

Furthermore, it is also a great way to introduce physical therapists to strength training and teach them how to use barbell exercises in their patients’ recovery. The Barbell Rehab Certification course brings together coaches and therapists and shows them a different point of view, where they combine their skills and knowledge.

On the personal trainers’ side, one of the biggest wins about this course is to help coaches realize that there are no ‘bad exercises’ that will bring pain to clients. Deadlifts are not bad for the back and squats don’t hurt the knees. The tricky part is that the movements should be executed correctly and people’s individualities must be taken into account when teaching the right technique.

According to Michael, it is about time to end the myths about complex exercises and start seeing more and more people adding a variety of movements in their workout routine, regardless of previous injuries. Such exercises can bring a significant positive impact to trainees in their recovery state and after.

On the physical therapists’ side, this course brings awareness about barbell movements as a way to boost recovery. Most of the physical therapists don’t use weights in their practice and their facilities don’t even have a barbell. It’s time for a change and incorporating fitness with therapy can bring amazing results to patients.

We are starting to see a nice trend in the physical therapy industry where more and more clinics are adding free weights and squat racks in their facilities. This means that therapists and patients are gaining more knowledge and understanding that weight training can be beneficial when used correctly. Hopefully, this will result in more people becoming passionate about fitness and health.

Moreover, patients aren’t as broken and weak as they think they are. The best way to become more resilient and strong for your daily activities is to start loading things up even in the presence of injury or pain.

The barbell recovery method is different for everyone, depending on whether the patient suffers from an injury, chronic pain, or needs post-surgery recovery. The whole process differs in many ways for the individuals and their previous physical activity and lifestyle should be considered as well.

Besides healing and recovery, the main goal of the barbell rehab method is to empower the patients, help them see their potential, and fire up their passion for weight training.

Do you want to listen to the full conversation and learn more about improving performance? You can do that on YouTube, Spotify, and Apple!

If you are a coach or physical therapist in the area of Allen, Plano, or Dallas, you can sign up for the upcoming Barbell Rehab Certification at Hidden Gym! You can find more information about the event here.

Are you a fitness enthusiast looking for a motivating place to work out? Claim your free day pass and visit us at Hidden Gym!

Episode 15 – Mark Diaz – Unleashed Podcast

We all want to feel good in our skin, look fit and healthy, and perform at our best. A combination of proper nutrition, physical activity, and recovery is the key to achieving this.

However, staying on track and hitting your fitness goals becomes more and more difficult as we age. Metabolism and recovery start slowing down significantly after a certain age. This is an inevitable part of life but it doesn’t make your goals impossible – you just have to make more adjustments to your nutrition and training plan.

In this episode of Unleashed Podcast, host Yuri and guest Mark Diaz discuss how you can stay in the best shape of your life after 50, the importance of developing a strong mindset, and the challenges that older fitness enthusiasts face.

Mark is 57 years old and even though he has been active for many years, he had never paid much attention to his nutrition plan or appearance. One day he decided he wanted to look, move and feel better. This is how he committed to his new fitness goals and completed a couple of transformation challenges. Now he feels amazing about his body, not only because of the lean appearance but also because of the improved nutrition plan that he follows.

Mark admits that he was never as disciplined and devoted as he is now. He learns new things about food, micronutrients, and macronutrients every day while enjoying the process of becoming the best version of himself.

Most people think that in order to be really lean they should be hungry all the time and give up their favorite and not-so-healthy foods. Even though a calorie deficit is important for weight loss, it does not have to be extreme. Mark shares that he still enjoys a pizza, burger, and beer every once in a while but he adjusts his nutrition plan accordingly. As long as you keep up with your workouts and your diet is on point most of the times, eating such foods occasionally won’t erase all of your efforts so far.

Mark really emphasizes on recovery. He says that when you get older, recovery should be your priority in order to stay consistent with your workouts. Visiting the chiropractor more often, eating enough protein, and adding recovery therapies to your routine, such as massages, can make a significant difference in your performance. Remember that investing time and money in your health is always worth it and pays off.

Body and mindset transformation does not happen overnight, especially at older age. Mark’s advice is to find a coach who not only supports you and tells you what to do, but also educates you. Mark worked on his goals with coach Greg McCoy at Hidden Gym.

Greg is a personal trainer with many years of experience and gym owner. He helped Mark adopt new habits and achieve sustainable results. While you are responsible for your success and having a strong mind is crucial, the lessons from a coach save you a lot of time and mistakes, and last a lifetime.

The number one recommendation from Mark is to commit to your goals and align yourself with somebody that you trust and give you good information on nutrition and training. Instead of overthinking and overcomplicating every little detail, just get started and keep putting effort. Once it becomes a habit, eating the right food and working out consistently will feel natural.

Mark proved that it’s never too late to start your fitness transformation and change your life!

Do you want to listen to the full podcast with Mark Diaz and learn more about his motivating story? You can do that on Apple, Spotify, and Youtube!

Are you ready to start your fitness transformation? Claim your free day pass here and visit us at Hidden Gym! You can work with professionals like Greg McCoy, or train by yourself in a friendly and supportive environment! Don’t waste more time procrastinating and start working towards your goals today!

Episode 14 – Yussef Luna – Unleashed Podcast

Olympic weightlifting is a great way to build muscle, strength, endurance, stability, and power. This sport engages the whole body and helps you lose body fat and improve body composition.

In this episode of Unleashed Podcast, the guest is Yussef Luna who shares his story about the journey to becoming an Olympic Weightlifting competitor. He is also a personal trainer and Olympic lifting coach. Yuseff and host Yuri cover the importance of proper training and recovery and reveal information on an upcoming Weightlifting seminar at Hidden Gym.

Yussef’s lifting journey began when he was in high school. He first started training CrossFit and then met an inspiring strength coach that suggested he tried Olympic Weightlifting.

Once Yussef got into Olympic Lifting, he started noticing many mistakes CrossFit lifters do. While CrossFit workouts require you to move fast through the exercises and perform as many reps as possible, Olympic Weightlifting focuses on performing each rep with perfect technique and building strength.

Yussef believes that from a biomechanical standpoint, Olympic Lifts are a lot more efficient and natural because you only need to do 1 to 3 reps, you take the time to take a deep breath before each lift, and don’t feel the pressure to do it fast. While CrossFitters can also have a perfect lifting technique, they might not be able to execute it every time throughout their workout, as they have a whole bunch of different movements in a single session, such as sprinting, boxing, rope climbing, jumping, etc.

This increases the chances of injury as the body becomes fatigued and exhausted but you still need to perform the movements as quickly as you can.

Yussef shares that one of the most important aspects of weightlifting is visualization and mental preparation. The heavy lifts are 10% physical strength and 90% mental toughness. You have to want to move this way and visualize success before each lift.

The physical part should consist of a proper training plan and enough recovery. The basic lifts, such as clean and jerk, snatch, power clean, etc., should be trained consistently.

However, other movements contribute to building strength and improving technique as well, so a combination of basics and various exercises is key. Yussef explains that he includes snatch rdls, clean rdls, push press, overhead press, and a lot of pulling movements off the floor. Kettlebell exercises, landmine work, and even cable exercises can also be beneficial for eliminating any imbalances or instabilities.

If you are interested in learning more about weightlifting, improving your technique, or just getting started with it, you can visit the Weightlifting Seminar at Hidden Gym on Sep 18. Yussef and his coach from Atlanta Robert Hall are going to share their knowledge with everyone who joins the event. Robert was a national weightlifting champion back in the early 2000s and understands the sport on a very deep level.

If you are from Allen, Dallas, or Plano, don’t miss the opportunity to attend the seminar and learn from the best.

Besides theoretical explanations of the movements, you’ll have the chance to do some corrective exercises, practice basic lifts and get feedback from Yussef and Robert.

Do you want to listen to the whole conversation of Yuri and Yussef? You can do that on Youtube, Spotify, and Apple Podcast.

Still not a member of Hidden Gym but always wanted to work out in a motivating and friendly environment? Claim your free day pass here and start working towards your goals today.

Episode 13 – Brian Pickowicz – Unleashed Podcast

The diversity of sports and workouts is fascinating. Whether you are into team sports, bodybuilding, CrossFit, running, HIITs, weightlifting, swimming… there are countless opportunities to be active and enjoy it.

Oftentimes, our passion for a particular sport changes, as we change as well, and it transitions to something different. This is the story of today’s guest of Unleashed Podcast – Brian Pickowicz.

Brian has a background in team sports, including baseball, football, and basketball. After playing football for three semesters in college, his passion for bodybuilding starts growing and he quits the football team. After four years of competing in bodybuilding, he discovers his new passion again – marathon running.

Host Yuri and Brian discuss the process of changing and evolving as an athlete. They also talk about the importance of making transitions and always going after what you want most.

Brian shares that it was not easy to become a runner after being a bodybuilder for so long. He reduced his weight from 230 pounds to 205-210 but this is still way above the average marathon runner’s body weight.

However, he did not give up and managed to complete half marathons, marathons, and even an ultramarathon. An ultramarathon is any race that exceeds the regular marathon distance of 26.2 miles.

Brian completed an ultra marathon of 62.5 miles under 17 hours. He managed to finish 6th out of 13, which is an impressive success not only for a former bodybuilder but for anyone who is into running.

He shares that setting his mindset for success was key in completing the race. Even though a background in bodybuilding does not develop your marathon running skills, according to Brian there were still positive sides to it. The discipline and mental toughness obtained from his experience with bodybuilding and competing helped him a lot through the run.

Despite his lack of solid experience in marathons, period of dehydration, and a knee injury, Brian finished the race strong giving it his best efforts. He admits that he didn’t feel defeated when other racers passed by him, but he knew he would feel defeated if he didn’t push himself as hard as he can. This is how he managed to focus on his thoughts instead of his body’s exhaustion.

Brian’s ultramarathon experience is proof that the mind is so much stronger than we think. Getting clear about your goal and staying focused along the way might sound too simple but it works.

However, his strong mind and willpower are not the only reasons behind Brian’s success. Consistent hard work and preparation are what built the foundation of his accomplishment.

Brian explains that he made many changes to his workout and nutrition plan in order to get ready for the race. He increased his carbs intake, incorporated long-distance runs in his exercise regime, and even took a trip to the place of the race, so he can train there in advance.

Brian’s number 1 tip to everyone transitioning from one sport to another is to build your habits around what you need to. Consistent habits ensure that everything will go smoother.

Do you want to listen to the whole episode of Unleashed Podcast and find out more inspiring tips? You can do that on Youtube, Spotify, and Apple!

Are you from Allen, Dallas, or Plano? Do you want to work out in a supportive and friendly gym, and meet motivating people like Brian? If yes, come for a visit to Hidden Gym!

Still not a member of Hidden Gym? Claim your free day pass here and start working towards your goals!

Episode 12 – Aaron Wedel – Unleashed Podcast

Fitness goals take time, patience, dedication, and hard work. While strength and endurance progress are easy to notice during a workout, this is not the case with weight loss and weight gain progress.

To stay on track with your body composition goal, you should have a reliable way to track your results. Most of the time when we want to lose weight and/or build muscle, the scale is not the best measurement tool.

In this episode of Unleashed Podcast, host Yuri and guest Aaron Wedel talk about the importance of proper body composition evaluation. They discuss two options – hydrostatic body composition assessment and a Fit 3D scanner.

1. Why hydrostatic body composition assessment?

Hydrostatic underwater weighing gives a great understanding of how much lean mass and body fat you have. It can also provide information about how much water you are carrying, which is often an underestimated factor in body composition.

Every measuring method has a certain percentage of error but hydrostatic underwater weighing is considered to be the most accurate test.

For example, if you compare it to the caliper method, which is also known as a pretty accurate test, underwater weighing has e serous edge. While body fat calipers measure only the subcutaneous fat (hence, the visible fat under the skin), hydrostatic weighing gives information about the fat inside your body and by the organs. 

This data can be really beneficial if your goal is to improve your health, decrease your body fat and/or gain muscle. With such accurate measurements you will always know exactly where you are on your journey and save yourself all the guessing and poor estimations.

2. Why Fit 3D body scan?

Another reliable method that Aaron suggests is Fit 3D body scanner. It can be used separately as the only measurement tool to track your progress, or combined with the hydrostatic weighing for maximal accuracy.

The Fit 3D body scanner usually displays higher percentage of body fat, compared to the hydrostatic weighing, but its real advantage is actually the detailed 3D body image it provides. The image and the highly accurate circumference measurements acts as a wake-up call for many people. 

People often underestimate or overestimate their efforts at the gym. As a result of underestimating, you think your body image is further from your goal, than it actually is. This can lead to feeling like nothing works for you and decrease your motivation.

In contrast, when you overestimate your efforts, you might believe that you are a lot closer to where you want to be, while in reality you have more work than you think. This overestimation can impact your workout plan negatively and could result in disappointment.

The body scanner 3D image helps you see the how you really look, motivates you to keep working out, and helps you monitor your efforts.

Note that no matter which method you choose to track your results, you should be consistent with it and always do it on the same time of the day as the first time. 

3. How often should I do body composition testing?

When it comes to frequency of testing, there is no ‘one size fits all’ rule. Some people feel better when they do the tests once every 4 weeks, while others prefer to see bigger changes and perform the tests once every 90 days. It is all about personal preferences, goals, and needs.

If you’d like to listen to the full episode of Unleashed Podcast and learn more interesting information about the tests, you can find it on Youtube, Apple, and Spotify!

If you are from Allen, Dalllas, or Plano, and you are ready to find out your body analytics, come visit us at Hidden Gym! The best way to reach your destination is to know exactly where your starting point is and check out your progress every once in a while.

Still not a member of Hidden Gym? Claim your free day pass here and start working towards your goals!

 

Episode 11 – Henry Thomason – Unleashed Podcast

Powerlifting is a strength sport that produces stronger muscles, bones, and joints. It makes you tougher, leaner and helps you build confidence.

Three main exercises are performed during a powerlifting meet – bench press, squat, and deadlift.

In this episode of Unleashed Podcast, host Yuri and guest Henry Thomasan talk about powerlifting and how to be successful in it. Henry shares his personal experience with powerlifting and provides fundamental information for beginners and everyone into this sport.

Here are some of the practical tips he explained:

1.Figure out how often you want to train. 

Setting up the right frequency of training and rest plays a key role in your progress.

Henry suggests starting with a 3-day workout plan:

– Monday – Squat training
– Wednesday – Bench press training
– Friday – Deadlift training.

He explains that this plan is the basis of good performance and you can always add low-intensity extra exercises on your free days.

Furthermore, you should change the number of sets and reps you do every month.

For example, if you plan a 3-month regimen, you can focus on doing 4 sets of 10 reps of each exercise during the first month, 5 sets of 5 reps for the second month, and 3 sets of 3 reps for the third one. Remember to gradually increase the weight too.

2.Add a variety of exercises. 

Even though the focus of each training day is a squat, bench press, or deadlift, you can still do many other exercises that support those movements.

Let’s say it’s Monday and you do your Squats training. Spend enough time on the squats and the right technique, but add other lower body exercises too. Leg curls, leg press, and leg extensions are only some of the movements you can do to finish a killer squat workout.

3.Pay attention to your nutrition. 

Unlike bodybuilders, powerlifters have a lot more freedom with their diet and don’t have to be too strict about each calorie.

However, you should still get enough protein, carbs, and healthy fats to fuel your body. Lifting heavy weights requires plenty of nutritious food and rest, so make sure your diet is sufficient.

4.Choose carefully your first powerlifting meet. 

You should try to reduce the stress around your first meet as much as possible.

There is no reason to chose an expensive event that is too far away. Henry suggests picking a meet that is in your local gym or in your area within driving distance. Your first meet should be fun and memorable, so choose an affordable event and bring your friends or family with you to enjoy it together.

Instead of stressing about it, be present and willing to learn and improve.

On the meet day, try to think and act one step ahead. Talk to someone experienced, create a schedule in advance and follow it. This will eliminate a lot of mistakes and poor decisions.

5.Spend enough and quality time warming up. 

Last but definitely not least, it is worth mentioning the importance of warming up before any workout or meet performance.

A great warm-up ensures more blood flow to the muscles and helps you perform an efficient workout. Some of the exercises that Henry includes in his warm-ups are shoulder press, battle ropes, lunges, box sit-to-stand, etc.

Are you from Allen, Dallas, Plano, or somewhere in the area? If yes, there is great news for you! You can attend a powerlifting meet at Hidden Gym on the 24th of July, 2021. Click here for more information and registration.

Do you want to listen to the full episode of Unleashed Podcast? You can do that on YouTube, Apple, and Spotify!

Are you looking for a fully equipped gym, a motivational environment, and experienced professionals? Look no further and visit us at Hidden Gym! Claim your free day pass here and start working towards your fitness goals!

Episode 10 – Chris Prosser – Unleashed Podcast

Weight loss is a common reason for many people to join a gym and start following a diet. Feeling overweight is bad for your confidence and self-esteem, and a more significant weight gain can lead to numerous health problems.

Looking and feeling good in your own body is the goal of every athlete and fitness enthusiast. Fit appearance is attractive and healthy, both for your mental and physical health.

However, it is not so easy to reach sustainable fat loss. Individuals following popular diets often fail, lose motivation, and eventually give up. But why is it so difficult to follow a nutrition plan for a long period?

In today’s episode of Unleashed Podcast, host Yuri and coach Chris Prosser talk about the journey of weight loss and the key role of the right nutrition plan. Chris is a nutrition coach and trainer at Hidden Gym, and he has helped many people reach their body weight and performance goals.

According to Chris, there are three main reasons for people to fail at weight loss.

1.There is too much information. 

Nowadays we can have a quick Google search and access tons of articles, videos, guides, and ebooks, explaining why a certain diet is “the best diet for weight loss ever”. Most people who search this information do not hold a nutrition or personal training degree and are not able to recognize what information is relevant to them.

They start feeling overwhelmed with it and decide they need to do take dozens of different and complicated steps in order to lose a few pounds. Most of the time, their actions are far away from what they need to do.

This process often gets too exhausting too soon and people simply get disappointed when they don’t see the desired results. Nobody wants to put effort and not seeing it pays off, right?

2.Focus on the wrong aspects of their diet. 

Finding out the adequate amount of food your body needs to lose weight in a healthy way is not an easy job. A lot of factors should be considered when determining the best macronutrients ratio, such as age, sex, physical activity, fitness level, medical conditions, and lifestyle factors.

The information online about different diets is simply not personalized enough. When it comes to nutrition and fitness, one size does not fit everybody. What works for somebody else, might not work for you the same way.

When creating a weight loss nutrition plan for yourself, you should focus on getting energy from whole, minimally processed foods. It is also important to meet your nutrients demand and be in a calorie deficit, without starving yourself at the same time.

3.Follow unsafe and unsustainable practices. 

Unsafe and unsustainable practices refer to quick fixes, short and unrealistic diet plans that promise massive success within a few days or weeks.

When you want to lose weight, you should practice healthy habits that elevate your energy levels and help you live and move better.

The word ‘diet’ should not refer to some sort of restrictive eating plan but to what you eat on a regular basis. 

A diet has five components:

  • energy (calorie) balance – calories coming in versus calories going out
  • macronutrient breakdown – how much protein, carbs, and fats are you getting
  • timing of your meals
  • meal composition
  • secondary things – e.g. supplements.

The right diet must contain all of these components. It should provide your body with enough nutrients and the amount of food must be tailored to your current goals.

Chris also shares that in terms of the nutrition approach, both flexible and structured dieting are effective. However, it depends on the person’s skills and needs, what more beneficial would be.

For example, a structured nutrition plan refers to a detailed plan that tells you exactly how much, what, and when to eat. It is a lot more suitable for individuals with specific goals, or athletes that are getting ready for a competition. Following a structured plan is also a great option for beginners, as it eliminates many potential mistakes.

Flexible dieting is more like macronutrient guidelines and provides a lot more freedom when making a choice what to eat. You might have a food list that you get to choose from but there is nothing too strict. Flexible dieting may be the right approach for people who already have developed some healthy habits and have experience with fitness and nutrition plans.

Another important aspect of a weight loss journey is the so-called ‘recovery phase’. After the person reaches their bodyweight goal, it is time to slowly bring up more calories to their diet. This delicate process aims to prevent excessive fat gain while getting back into maintenance levels of calories.

Do you want to listen to the whole episode of Unleashed Podcast? Chris and Yuri discuss a lot more topics related to body weight and performance goals that can be beneficial to anyone on a mission to lose fat or gain muscle. You can find the episode on Youtube, Apple, and Spotify!

Would you like to work towards your goals in a supportive and motivating environment? If you are ready to unlock your true potential, visit us at Hidden Gym. Still not a member? Claim your free day pass here!

 

Episode 9 – Dr. Mark Mathis – Unleashed Podcast

Recovery is a crucial part of everyone’s training regimen. It is the bridge from the hard work in the gym to optimal performance and outstanding results.

While it is often underestimated and neglected, proper recovery can play a key role in one’s progress. In order for the body to function and recover at its best, it needs to be aligned and free from any imbalances and musculoskeletal deviations.

In this episode of Unleashed Podcast, host Yuri and guest Dr. Mark Mathis discuss the importance of body alignment and muscle activation.

Dr. Mathis is a chiropractic with years of experience in helping people regain their right posture and move pain-free. He is a co-founder of Ignite Health & Wellness, where he and his colleague Dr. Alex Williams provide recovery treatment to their patients. Their wellness center is located inside of Hidden Gym, so anyone from Allen, Dallas, or Plano can schedule an appointment.

In his interview with Yuri, Dr. Mathis shared some interesting tips and insights that can benefit anyone, especially athletes and active people. Here are some of the key points he made.

1.You don’t have to experience pain to seek treatment from a chiropractic. 

Pain in the body is definitely a sign that something might be wrong. However, it is not the only sign.

People who spend most of their time sitting or performing repetitive movements experience misalignments and musculoskeletal deviations. Even athletes and active people can face such problems, due to the lack of diverse movements in their training programs.

A misalignment within the body causes interference within the nervous system, places stress on particular joints, and the body does not work at maximum efficiency. It can leads to poor muscle balance, poor flexibility, and it can predispose you to injury.

Fixing your body’s imbalances restores the proper functions of your body and the motion of the joints. This can contribute to longevity and get you closer to your performance goals.

2.Proper alignment can prevent you from injuries. 

If one body part is out of alignment, another body part must likewise get out of alignment in order to balance it. The body always finds a way to compensate for misalignments but this can cause serious injuries.

For example, if you have rounded shoulders, this can result in a variety of imbalances, such as tight anterior shoulder joint ligaments and overstretched opposing muscles. Consequently, the stress on the joint increases, and the risk of injuries is becoming higher.

A chiropractic can address the issue, either before it develops, or before it progresses. Taking good care of your body before an injury occurs can save you a lot of headaches in the long term and will help you stay on the top of your game.

3.You can benefit from different recovery treatments. 

Chiropractic adjustment treatment is an amazing way to ease pain, improve your posture and restore your muscles’ balance. However, there are other treatments as well, that are a great way to boost your recovery and prevent injuries.

Dr. Mathis shares that besides the adjustment treatment, their center offers other services as well. Some of the treatments include:

  • Scraping: This is a soft tissue mobilization technique where an instrument is used to scrape over the skin. It improves circulation in the area and promotes healing in the body.
  • Cupping: In this therapy, special cups are placed on your skin for a while to create suction. Cupping improves blood flow, reduces inflammation and pain, and enhances relaxation.
  • Active release techniques: This technique combines manipulation and movement. Once a muscle is contracted, the chiropractor pins the muscle, and then the patient stretches in the opposite direction.
  • Passive stretching: In this therapy, the chiropractor helps you increase your range of motion and improve your flexibility.

These treatments are all different but have the same desired outcome – to help the patient restore the proper function of their bodies, release pain, and minimize the risk of injuries. Not everybody responds the same way to the same things, which is why there are so many different ways to approach an issue.

A chiropractor will choose the best therapy for you, according to your individual differences and needs.

Key takeaway: If you want to enjoy being active and playing sports long-term, you should make sure you’re getting the right recovery and take great care of your body. Your efforts will pay off with progress, pain-free movements, longevity, and improved well-being.

Would you like to listen to the full episode of Unleashed Podcast and learn more about proper recovery? You can do that on Youtube, Apple, and Spotify!

Do you want to schedule an appointment with the specialists from Ignite Health & Wellness? You can find contact information on their Instagram page and the Hidden Gym page.

Still not a member of Hidden Gym? Claim your free day pass here to unleash your true potential and reach your fitness goals!

Episode 8 – Kim Lee – Unleashed Podcast

Everybody has heard the quote: “It’s never too late!”.

However, not many people believe in it.

When we are challenged to make a change that is outside of our comfort zone, we often tell ourselves that it is too late for us to try.

Today’s guest in Unleashed Podcast, Kim Lee, is an example of a person who is not afraid to fight stereotypes and believes that it is never too late to experience new things.

Kim spent eight years in the United States Army Reserve and had a successful, and long career at the police. She enjoyed her career, but she was also struggling when it was time to retire.

Fortunately, a single conversation with a close friend pushed Kim in the right direction, and she decided to pursue a second career.

Kim fell in love with the gym and bodybuilding. At the age of 45, she started working out five times a week and even competed on the stage. She got so passionate about it, that eventually, Kim became a personal trainer herself.

The brave choices do not stop there. Besides starting a second career, Kim also made steps towards another passion of hers – studying human behavior and doing a Ph.D. in Organisational Behavior.

At the current date, Kim already has six years of experience with coaching clients, helping them adopt a healthier lifestyle and reach their goals.

In her interview with Yuri, Kim shared valuable tips for everyone, who wants to live a healthy lifestyle and unlock their true potential. Here are some interesting topics that she covered.

Why do so many people fail to achieve their fitness goals?

People should understand that motivation is only a fleeting feeling. It often comes and goes, which is why it is better to develop a strong discipline and find your intrinsic motivation.

There are two types of motivation – intrinsic and extrinsic.

Intrinsic motivation comes within you and is what makes you do the things you truly enjoy. It is when you do the things you are passionate about and you don’t expect to get a reward; you just do it for the sake of doing it.

Extrinsic motivation is when you do something because of a reward. An example of extrinsic motivation is going to the gym just because you want to achieve weight loss, and/or muscle gain.

Kim explains that for working out and healthy eating to become a lifestyle, people should find their intrinsic motivation. This is why she focuses on helping her clients change their mindsets and find their internal drive to stay active.

How to know when is necessary to take a rest from the gym?

Sometimes, the rest day can be the most difficult day in our fitness program.

When you start experiencing all the benefits from working out and you feel good about yourself, you don’t want to miss a day at the gym.

However, recovery is a crucial component for your progress and it cannot be neglected. Kim shares that she emphasizes on teaching her clients how to be more self-aware and understand the importance of rest days.

How to stay consistent with our healthy eating habits on the weekends?

People should know that it is possible to have both – social life and progress with your fitness goals.

It is not necessary to sacrifice social events and isolate yourself to stay consistent with your meal plan. There is nothing wrong with going out with friends and ordering a steak and salad instead of a greasy hamburger.

Modifying your nutrition plan is the key when you are going out. Try to find the balance between staying consistent, instead of being too restrictive, or losing control over your eating behavior.

How to make the change from setting a short-term appearance goal to making it a lifestyle?

This is often a tough change, not only because some people only want to “get a summer body”, but because maintaining a good shape is more difficult than getting there.

For Kim, the way to make this change happen is, again, by finding your intrinsic motivation. She believes that motivation is not a “one size fits all” tool.

Every person should understand what inspires them, what challenges them, and what gives them a sense of fulfillment. Only then you can make a long-lasting change and focus on lifestyle goals.

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