Every December I set intentions to strive for in the upcoming year. While writing my intentions in 2015, I had this desire to REALLY give back and spend time working with an organization that speaks to me. I discovered The Her Initiative through the power of Instagram seeing the lovely Jenna Kutcher talk about her experience. Since then I kept 'Her' on my radar and was inspired by their efforts, grace and compassion.
As fitness professionals, we have been squatting for a long time. We learned to squat with “proper” form, and that form was reinforced by certifying organizations like NASM, NSCA, and CHEK. As part of the certification process, we’ve been trained on not only how to squat properly, but how to evaluate other people’s squats. And you know what? Other people have different squatting forms—particularly with respect to their foot position—depending on the form their trainers or coaches or health gurus favored. As a fundamental building block of fitness, you might think there was consensus as to how a squat ought to be done. But, if you scratch the surface, you’ll find that the fitness industry has its very own “Cola Wars”, and depending on their background, trainers can be just as passionate about the correct foot position for a squat as any child of the ‘80s was about Coke vs. Pepsi.
Some lifters position their feet straight ahead and others use some degree of external rotation (outward turn) for foot position. How does foot position effect the mechanics of the squat? In other words, should I squat with my feet straight ahead or should they be rotated out? If you ask a panel of kinesiologists, physical therapists, and biomechanists—professionals who are best qualified to opine on form—you’ll find that even within disciplines there’s not a clear favorite.
This quarter, we proudly feature the art of Jenny Phillips. Jenny has been painting and print making for 30 years. She uses paper, wax, watercolor, oil, graphite and other media to explore the interplay between line-work, surface, and texture. Influenced by shapes and patterns found in nature, she creates subtle and meditative artworks, focusing on the evocation of mood rather than the depiction of form. She strives for an austere beauty, achieved through the use of a restrained vocabulary.
"My work centers on feeling, rather than ideology. I am drawn to quietness, subtlety and understatement. I want to evoke the mood and luminosity that coastal light and organic form inspire, seeking a balance between simplicity and a rich sensory quality."
The Olympics Games are the holy mecca of athleticism. As the world's largest and most watched sporting event, only the best of the best individuals and teams get to represent their country and compete. So how does one become an Olympian? Great genes and luck, of course. Just kidding. But seriously- the answer is actually pretty straightforward, just ask Sean O'Brien, one of DIAKADI's very own trainers. Sean comes from a background of competitive running and even competed in the 2004 Olympic Trials, making it to the semi-finals. According to Sean, the road to Olympic glory can be broken down into 5 components: 1) Train 2) Recover 3) Focus 4) Keep it fun 5) Find your gift. Read on and let Sean's wisdom inspire you -- whether it's to become an Olympic athlete or just be the best version of yourself.
Personal trainers play an extremely important role in both preserving and improving the health and safety of clients’ bodies and lives. Most individuals see their doctor only once or twice a year, but see their personal trainer once or twice a week. So, the quality of the information and the recommendations that we provide in our practice must be well researched, tailored and proven effective.
A solid combination of advanced education and valuable experience are key components in building a successful and safe training practice. At DIAKADI we require that our trainers have a minimum 3 years of experience in their career and that they maintain a higher than normal standard of fitness continuing education. With the overwhelming number of options out there, how can you be sure you are selecting the most reliable and strongest fit for your initial certification and education? We hope that the information we share will assist beginning trainers as they select their best education path. We also hope this deep-dive will help our clients understand the different paths our trainers have taken to become the coaches they are today.