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  • The Importance of Learning to Fight for Reality Based Self-Defense Skills

    In a world where personal safety is paramount, the need for effective reality-based self-defense skills cannot be overstated. However, not all self-defense techniques are created equal. If you want to learn how to defend yourself, you need to learn to fight back. For example, if you are unable to punch and kick a target, it is hard to expect that you will have the ability to strike another person with full force and with the intent of harming them. Enter reality-based self-defense and combat sports skills. Understanding Reality-Based Self-Defense Traditional self-defense methods often rely on predetermined techniques and sequences, which may not always translate well to actual ....

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  • Owner of POW! GYM, Katalin Talks About Self-Defense

    In a world where personal safety is paramount, the need for effective reality-based self-defense skills cannot be overstated. However, not all self-defense techniques are created equal. If you want to learn how to defend yourself, you need to learn to fight back. For example, if you are unable to punch and kick a target, it is hard to expect that you will have the ability to strike another person with full force and with the intent of harming them. Enter reality-based self-defense and combat sports skills. ....

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  • Best Speed & Performance Dryland Training for Swimmers

    Dryland training is an integral part of an Olympic swimmer’s program. Athletes like Michael Phelps, Brad Tandy, Caeleb Dressel, Abbey Weitzeil , Siobhan Haughey, and Maggie Mac Neil dedicate many hours each week to dryland training. Using the Parisi Speed School program as your dryland training regimen will enhance your potential as an athlete in the pool and sport-specific athleticism. In the last 10 years, sports science has been the most prolific. Research supports not only the value of performance training but also confirms that speed in itself, is its own science. The science of speed is different from strength and conditioning. Although strength and conditioning are ....

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  • Boxing & Muay Thai for Kids Teaches them Foundation of Self-Defense

    In recent years, combat sports like boxing and Muay Thai have gained popularity not only among adults but also among children. While some may have reservations about introducing kids to these disciplines, the truth is that boxing and Muay Thai classes offer a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional benefits for young participants. POW! GYM Chicago has been offering amazing classes since 2001. As a woman-owned gym and martial arts school, POW! GYM has offered a welcoming and safe place for kids to become more confident and build skills. POW! offer boxing at the age of 6 years old and muay thai is for 8 years and older. Classes for tweens and teens are separated and the students ....

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  • West Loop Summer Camps 2024

    POW! camps are active, structured, and fun! Many of them are theme-based and age/grade specific. Weather permitting, camps will also include plenty of outdoor time. By offering a variety of programming that reflects POW!'s signature values, we're proud to create lasting memories for our campers and offer children all across the West Loop, Wicker Park, Pilsen, West Town, and beyond a place to stay active during the summer! POW! camps are small in size. Our larger camps only allow 20 kids in a group, to maintain structure. Campers participate in several training classes each day regardless of the theme. Camp days will include a combination of board games, dance parties, art, scavenger ....

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  • Speed Training Tip: Thigh Drive Drills are NOT High Knees

    Thigh drive is a focal point for Parisi Speed Coaches and part of our speed development strategy. We believe in several points of success when leading our speed training sessions. Integrating thigh drive drills into our training classes which start at 7 years old is one strategy we use to improve mechanics and speed profiles in youth athletes. Training speed mechanics is no different than a basketball player practicing free throws from elementary school through college. The higher your level, the more dedicated you should become when honing all aspects of your athletic craft. Speed is a skill that you will not get from your coaches. It is something that must be sought out by an ....

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  • Why context is key in consumption of fitness media

    While working with a client the other day, someone walked up to me and showed me an Instagram reel asking me how to do a certain exercise in the reel. While it was nothing unsafe or impractical (here’s to you, Joel Seedman - don't do what he does); the fact that my brain instantly went to showing them a similar movement with different equipment that would more appropriately suit their needs/ability level was an indicator that this needs to be talked about. So, there’s a lot of fitness content on the internet. It is readily accessible and anyone can pay Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerberg a small fee to have a checkmark next to their name when they regurgitate whatever ....

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  • 5 Tips for Finding the Right Personal Trainer

    Today, it seems like everyone is a personal trainer or life coach. There has been an increase of $2.8 billion in life coaching certifications since 2019 and the personal training industry is projected to grow 39% by 2030.One-on-one training should be tailored to your goals. However, your goals need to be realistic and the person you are working with needs to have a ‘big-picture’strategy to get you to your goals. If you are trying to make big changes in your physique you ideally need to train more than once a week. However, adding a personal trainer to a group class workout regiment is an affordable way to make your program more robust without the cost of a personal ....

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  • Easy Anti-Rotation Exercises for Youth Athletes

    Core training has a fad-like popularity in the US. Despite the number of insta-fit mentions which is about 500+K today, core strength and mobility should be integrated into every workout. Anti-rotation exercises are being featured everywhere. If you work with athletes, anti-rotation movements must be incorporated into all training sessions. Anti-rotation exercises can greatly improve the ability to accelerate and decelerate through multiple directions . Whether you are a baseball player or a swimmer, it is important to include performance movement with the appropriate resistance in an omni-planar fashion. These exercises will enhance power, reduce injury and core strength. Here ....

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  • Strength & Speed for Baseball Players

    Jim Palmer, played 19 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. He made his major league player debut at 19 years in 1965. After one year in rotation, the Orioles won the World Series. As a young player, Palmer would finish his season and then go back to his other day job- folding clothes! In the late 1990s, baseball player salaries started to increase. In 2012, the average major league salary was just over $3.2 million, today it is $4.9 million.This increase in salary for baseball players has motivated them to become an all-year round athlete. Even though the season comes to an end, training should not! Baseball is a sport that is known for long-standing traditions and I believe is partly ....

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