Our Best Secret for lifting weights

Which are the best shoes for lifting weights ? My clients always ask me which shoes should they wear for training ? Well, it depends on what type of activity you are doing ? Squat, Deadlift, running … Every activity requires a different support, just like you would not go skiing with flip-flops, lifting weight maybe not be very practical in ski boots ;-). But at the same time it might be unpractical to go to the gym with 3 different pairs of shoes depending on the exercise you will be performing.   In a squat or deadlift , you’re pushing down against the earth. Physics dictate that the earth presses back up. If you use a cushioned shoe, you’ll lose some of that energy transfer. It’s also going to make you unstable. Those of you who do squat in sneakers may find that your knees cave in and that you feel wobbly. Wrong Shoes: Running Shoes.  The air & gel filling is great for reducing impact shock from running. But bad for lifting. Running shoes will limit your strength & prevent good lifting technique.  Unstable. Soles are squishy so you can’t predict their behavior on each rep. This makes it harder to control your technique and lift properly.  Power Loss. The soles absorb the force generated against the floor instead of directing it towards moving the weight. You lose strength.  Dangerous. Higher risk of injury, especially with heavier weights, since the soles make it hard to balance yourself and are less stable.    Good lifting shoes have incompressible soles. They must be non slippery and have excellent support.  Benefits:  More Stability....

Do You Have a Healthy Butt

Weston Training Center Blog Do you have a healthy butt? We are currently facing an epidemic of weak glutes, which leads to low back pain! Few people practice the important exercises to keep their glutes strong.  —-> <—Although we did have a good Start 😉 As a massage therapist and personal trainer, I can experience this tragedy on a daily basis. When my patients comes to see me for low back pain, the first question I ask is “Are you sitting a lot during the day ?” Most of the time, they will answer “Yes”. Then I would test the strength of their gluteal muscles to find out no strength or very little. Walking and running require a good amount of hip extension, this hip extension is mainly coming from 3 groups of muscles. the gluteal muscles, should be responsible for more than 50% of the movement (we could discuss the exact percentage, but just know that they are the main actors), then the hamstrings and the low back muscles are responsible for the remaining. If your butt is not strong or doesn’t work properly, mainly due to too much sitting, then you will compensate with the other muscles:  hamstring and low back muscle. So in a simple movement like walking instead of using your big gluteal muscles you will for example put all the stress on your low back muscles ( which are small muscles ), and as a response too that much stress, they will just “lock”, and you will experience a sharp discomfort coming from the low back area. So make sure you keep your butt...

Weston Training Center to Launch New Website

New Personal Trainer in Weston Robert Zawlocki, a personal trainer in Weston and founder of Weston Training Center has decided that it was time to jump into 2013 and get his website up for the world to see.  The new website is currently under construction and should be launched within a week or so. I don’t believe my website will ever be finished, it’s more like it is about to be born and then it will continue to grow as our business grows. Please bookmark the home page and check back soon to see the progress we’ve made. Like it? Share...