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Happy Monday!
I hope you can fit in some workouts sessions in your schedule this week!  
Let’s make this week a good one that gets us closer to our goals!
Looks like we are going to have some hot and humid days ahead.  Exerising in these conditions intensifies how hard the body has to work to maintain normal function. 
So here are some tips in staying safe if you are exercising outside…

  • Hydrate ahead of time…research suggests that drinking plenty of cool water prior to exercise will preemptively cool the body and may boost performance in hot weather!
Try this:
Drink plenty of fluid 2 hours before workout.  Drink 5-10 fl. oz every 15 min during exercise. Drink fluids with electrolytes, like ADVOCARE Rehydrate
during and after workout.  This is all we give our kids.  No gatorade for my family!
  • Wear light colored clothing
  • Let your body acclimate to the climate.  Gradually getting your body use to the heat can result in better sweat response, lower body temp, and lower heart rate!
  • If you have the choice, workout in the morning when temps are lower
  • Use 

    Frogg Toggs Chilly Pad Cooling Towel 

    to keep you cool!  


    They work really well.

     Stay safe and have a great workout!  If you exercise outside in the summer, let me know what you do and how you say cool!

Baseball and Pilates

I’m loving this season at the baseball field 
cheering on my son and his team.  Aren’t they cute???
  I love watching their hard work pay off as the kids improve in their skills.  They throw, bat and catch over and over and over to develop the muscle memory to perfect the form for each skill.  
Sport specific practice on the field is essential, but it’s not the only way to improve as an athlete.  I love that Coach Tim encourages our boys to take gymnastics.  He understands how important core strength, balance, agility and coordination is for these boys. 
 These skills will make them more efficient!

In addition to gymnastics, 
Pilates exercises should be at the foundation of a baseball players workout.
LIVESTRONG talks about how pilates is a great way to improve specific skills for baseball.  

  • Pilates exercises strengthen the hip flexors that assist in rounding bases and catching balls while off balance and on the move.
  • Pilates exercises increase flexibility that will greatly reduce the chance of injury on the field.
  • A specific example is the single straight leg stretch which can improve core endurance and flexibility of the hamstring.  This in-turn will generate torque in baseball specific movement.
Read more at LIVESTRONG.com

Aubrey Huff of the San Francisco Giants gives credit to Pilates for his great shape and how he felt in 2010 when he was one of the best hitters in the major leagues.

Huff’s wife is a Pilates instructor, and before the 2010 season he did it three times a week. His muscles felt better, his back didn’t hurt as much and his general sense of well-being was enhanced.  

Read more about Aubrey Huff’s Pilates testimony here. 

 “I want to be one of THOSE kind of baseball players… a major league player.”

Iver Benson, age 6