What is Isometrics

Isometrics exercise definition: It is a type of strength training that uses self resistance in static positions in order to tone muscles. There is no range of motion as in other forms of exercise. The goal is to strengthen muscles, bones, and tendons. The term isometrics translates to “having equal measurement” in the Greek language. Its roots can be found in yoga and Chinese martial arts. This type of training can be broken down into four categories.

Using the body’s muscle against itself (i.e. squeezing hands together in front of the body), using structural items (i.e. pushing against a stationary wall), using elastic equipment and/or dumbbells (i.e. flexing then holding in a fixed position), and using plate type machines that have either an analog or digital readout of maximal force are all forms of isometric exercise.

Isometrics differs from dynamic exercise in use of muscle contractions. Dynamic exercise uses range of motion in building strength in two ways. The concentric contraction of muscles is when the muscle is at its minimal length, and eccentric contraction is when the muscle is at its maximum length. Think of the dynamics of a bicep curl. When the weight is “curled” up toward the body, this is concentric. When the weight is lowered, this is eccentric. This range of motion is what strengthens your muscles.

In isometrics, the strength building comes from pitting muscle against muscle. Think of an irresistible force meeting an immovable object. In a sense, you are flexing your muscle and holding it in place. This contraction is what builds strength. Isometric training can be used on its own or in conjunction with dynamic exercise to sculpt muscles and build strength.

Jump Higher & Increase Vertical Jump With Plyometrics – Why?

If you do a search for how to jump higher or increase vertical jump you will eventually find a blog or vertical jump program that talks about… plyometrics.

Why is this, what difference does it really make and who really cares? Besides, what are plyometrics anyway?

Plyometric training is an intense, advanced form of exercise in which the muscles are first stretched, then contracted (the pre-stretching makes the muscle contract with greater force).

It requires both strength and endurance… And that’s it!

Come on, do you really believe the hype? This is starting to sound like every other how to jump higher blog already out there!

Wilson The Elephant

Just ask this talented athlete, Wilson the elephant who can dunk without having to jump high, without exercises to increase vertical jump and especially without plyometrics.

This elephant athlete has a monster power jam and he attributes it to pure genetics:)

All kidding aside, plyometrics are for real and they should be included in your training. So where should you start?

Here is a short list of plyometric exercises that will help you to jump higher and increase your overall vertical jump:

1. Knee Highs

2. Gap Jumps

3. Jump Switches

4. Step Ups

5. Line Jumps

6. High Knee Jumps

7. Squat Hops

8. Wall Sits

9. Box Jumps

10. Cross Hops

Including these plyometric exercises in your vertical jump training will help you to jump high… but you will never be able to match the sick dunks of Wilson the elephant.

FREE VIDEO… See how Adam Linkenauger – master vertical jump trainer developed a 50 inch vertical leap at only 5′ – 10″ (he’s definately not related to Wilson the elephant).

Did you know that professional track and field high jumpers can jump higher than professional basketball players.

Most professional high jumpers can touch their head on the rims or even get higher than the rim.

At 5′-10″, Adam Linkenauger (master vertical jump trainer) set a school record at Clemson University jumping 7′-4″ in track and field high jump. And yes, he can also touch his head on the rim.

Planning A Health Fair

Planning a health fair for your organization can be a challening task but using the information and recommendations below, will help eliminate some of the stress! As always, please Contact Me or Sign Up for a Free Wellness Consultation if you need more help!

The first recommendation I can give in initiating a wellness or health fair is getting upper level management’s support. An effective health fair will take financial resources for employee health screenings, health risk appraisals, follow-up consultations, and other supportive measures.

> Determine Your Budget–once you have the support, determine how much money you will be able to use towards the health fair. Identify your target population (employees only, dependents, retirees) and who you will include in your wellness fair. This is one of the most crucial steps in organizing this type of an event. Will you offer snacks or juice, incentives for participation, or any other programs? All important things to consider.

> Health Fair Committee–from your wellness program commitee be sure to recruit 4-5 people that will be your planning committee for your health fair. These individuals will help with event planning, marketing materials, schedule of events, etc. Meet at every 2 weeks in order to be sure everyone is following through on their duties. You will probably need to meet more frequently as the event gets closer.

> Request bids or quotes from local health fair vendors, health risk appraisal vendors, and other health care providers. Be SURE to communicate often with your vendors and send them a confirmation notice several weeks before your event to make sure they are planning on attending!

> Determine your timeline, event date, time, and location-allow yourself and your wellness committee at least 4-6 months of planning time. Trust me, you will need it! Depending on your target audience size, be sure to use a location large enough to accomodate large groups, vendor booths, and other stations you plan to have as part of your health fair.

> Marketing Your Wellness Fair–Determing which marketing materials you will use to promote your event to educate employees about all of the important information (when, what, how, where, etc). Develop a timeline when you will begin sending out information via paycheck stubs, newsletters, or fliers. Use the what works best for other company events or announcements which will ensure proper communication. Be sure to inform employees if they will be receiving any wellness incentives or compensation for attending the event in advance.

Those are a few of my recommendations on planning a health fair for your organization. Offering these events is critical to the success of your program. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to plan accordingly.

Here is another recommended site for more information! Good luck!

Aromatherapy to attain better health

Aromatherapy is the treatment with Aromatic Essential Oils. The meaning of ‘Aroma’ is pleasant smell. Hence, Aromatherapy is the treatment with natural fragrance. This fragrance is made available to people by preparing the essential oils from the related plant and herbal materials. This fragrance has medicinal properties which can be used to obtain psychological and physical wellbeing. The advantage of this treatment is that there won’t be any side effects by the medicines of aromatherapy. So the same has been getting recognized all over the world.
In aromatherapy patients are advised to breathe the vapors from the essential oils for certain illness. This treatment is known as Inhalation treatment. Here the usage of essential oils will be alone or with combinations. The combination of essential oils is used to develop a better result in a very speedy way. The constituents of the combination and its strength are decided according to the type of treatment required for a particular ailment. Local application of essential oils is the other method of treatment. This is called Topical application. Here also the essential oils or its combinations are used with respect to the ailments. Essential oils cannot be used directly for the topical treatment. Since they are concentrated in nature direct application of the essential oils may develop skin irritation or burning sensation. So, essential oils are always advised to use in dilute condition. In certain ailments mere application of the essential oils will not be sufficient. In such conditions applications should be followed by vigorous message in circular motion using palms and fingers. Here the result will be amazing. The patient can feel relief and relax instantaneously. The essential oils can also be applied by adding one or two drops of the same in the bathing water, so that the patient will be energetic and enthusiastic after the bath. Another method is to vaporize the essential oil in the bedroom. This can be carried out by using vaporizing devices or keeping one or two drops of the essential oils in a cotton or tissue paper beneath the pillow. It is found that the different fragrance using in aromatherapy can influence various psychological and physiological state of our body. This is the basis behind the aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is considered as the best alternative to modern medicine. This branch of treatment has contained numerous natural remedies which can be applied as preventive measures to various ailments. Moreover this treatment is effective to release the mental discomforts such as stress and tension. Certain essential oils have got antibacterial, antifungal and antibiotic properties. These qualities enabled them to get a very good recognition in the treatment of skin diseases and wounds.
Even though the essential oils have medicinal properties they are not recommended to take internally because of their high concentrated in nature. Some are toxic also. Hence essential oils are always advised to keep beyond the reach of children. Pregnant women and people having very sensitive skin are advised to use the essential oils only under medical supervision.
Thus it has found that Aromatherapy is the best alterative treatment to have physical and mental wellbeing with out any side effects.

Adrian Peterson Quotes

Adrian Peterson said that…

  • Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “I am starting to realize that a lot of guys look up to me, … Older guys, and even younger guys, are asking me questions and [they] ask me about how to handle situations. I’m young, but that leadership role has been on me so I need to live up to it.”
  • Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “We’re not going to be able to run the ball on every team. We’re not going to be able to do that, … We’ve got to establish a passing game, and I feel like once we do that, then this team might be unstoppable.”
  • Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “We’re not going to be able to run the ball on every team. We’re not going to be able to do that. We’ve got to establish a passing game, and I feel like once we do that, then this team might be unstoppable.”
  • Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “I don’t know how you prepare for him. You have to pay notice to what he is. The game plan is different with each running back. We have to know which tailback is in the game.”
  • Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “We’re going to have to establish some form of a passing game, … We just can’t run it on everybody.”
  • Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “[There was media speculation last week that Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson was unhappy with the play-calling and the direction of the program. The suggestion that he might quit the team created such a minor sensation that Peterson, who hasn’t spoken often to reporters this season, felt compelled to deny the reports.] I get upset because I’m competitive, … But quit and walk off that team? That’s loony.”
  • Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “I run to daylight when I see an opening,.”
  • Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “Sometimes it gets overwhelming,.”
  • Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “Sometimes I sit back and think, ‘Is this really happening?.”
  • Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “I get upset because I’m competitive. But quit and walk off that team? That’s loony.”
  • Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “A couple of those games we lost, we shouldn’t have. Cleveland, Washington . . .”
  • Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “I’m feeling good now, as good as I have in two months.”
  • Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “If we run well, and that’s their main focus ? stopping the run ? it forces them to change up (their game plan).”
  • Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “With everything else that’s happened to me, it was a pretty dumb injury. We were celebrating in the end zone when I took my helmet off. Manuel ran by and caught me on my forehead. It just started bleeding.”
  • Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “I haven’t heard anything yet, so I’m just going to go in with the same approach every week. If I get a series, I’m going to take that. If I get four or five, I’m going to take that.”
  • Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “It’s something to build on for next year.”
  • Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “They had some pressure. Any time you are facing pressure, it forces you to break your routes off. After that, we settled down and got it going.”
  • Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “I’m all into my rap grooves. I’m checking out artists like Lil’ Wayne and Trick Daddy.”
  • Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “I can catch the ball. You’ve got to throw it to me.”
  • Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “To be honest, I’m kind of shocked. They just threw a monkey up in here or something like that.”
  • Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “We came out there and we played smash-mouth football,.”
  • Adrian Peterson Quotes on – “There was no doubt in my mind that we were going to get it, … The guys out there, they were going to bust their butts for that one yard, and we got it. We got more. We got the touchdown.”

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said…

This was done over two interviews. One in a one-on-one setting at Big 12 media days and one on a conference call.

CFN: Are there any positives that can come out of what happened last year losing four games?

Bob Stoops: No. We’ve got to be more disciplined and tougher as coaches, and they have to accept it as players to be a championship team.

CFN: In what ways are you a better coach now than you were when you first started having all your success?

BS: How to handle you guys (the media) better. I don’t know how to answer that. It’s like whatever profession you’re in, you get more experience and you learn something all the time. I can’t get give any specifics, but maybe I feel more comfortable in my position. .

CFN: Are there any specific plans on how you’re going to use Adrian Peterson this year so he doesn’t wear down and is fresh and stays healthy?

BS: (sarcastically) Yeah, we’re going to run him five or ten times a game and then turn him loose in the big ones. No, we’re going to try to get him the 2,000 rushing yards he had his freshman year and another 500 or so receiving yards. We’d like to see the guy make a lot of big plays. I don’t know what you’re insinuating by your question about staying fresh and staying healthy. I can’t help it if someone falls down on him and hurts his ankle and has a high ankle sprain. Was that running him too much?

CFN: How does Peterson compare to other backs you’ve seen?

BS: I can’t compare him to anyone else; I haven’t seen anyone like him. He’s a powerful, explosive back with great speed and great style. He’s a tough, physical runner. Bottom line, until he was hurt, he’s had a lot of success. It’s not his fault that he got hurt. We plan to give him the ball a lot and hopefully he has a great year. He’s incredibly physical. He’s a guy who can run a 4.3 and weight 220 pounds. He absolutely destroys a weight room.

On getting over what happened last year losing four games.

BS: I was smart enough to know what the problems were and what some of our limitations were and why we lost. We’ve got to change that kind of behavior, and hopefully those things change in practices and when we’re on the field. I didn’t like that we didn’t have success, but we’re not going to abandon ship and we’re going to keep doing what we’ve been doing. You always look inward to our approach and what we might be missing. I gave the staff a pep talk. We’re not going to change our approach. We’re going to limit our mistakes and some selfish behavior. We’ll grow through this.

On getting a coach’s challenge for instant replay.

BS: I like it. I thought a year ago we were all against it because we didn’t have, and still don’t have, video monitors in our coaching booths. There was no way to get a good look on what we should challenge. I don’t need to name any games, but all of us have been in games with plays that were not reviewed. Many coaches burn timeouts to get a review. When we realize that what we were supposed to do failed at times, we needed the change. Our Kansas game, we have two guys tie up on the goal line. Our guy ran off the field with the ball, and the official spotted the ball at the six inch line. I had to call a time out, and fortunately they reversed the call.
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Is he comfortable about this year’s team being ranked so high?

BS: No I’m not comfortable with it. For us and a staff and a program, we’re used to it, but we pay no attention to it. Our guys are fairly young still, and hopefully they realize that by no means have we earned that position yet. It shouldn’t take that long considering what happened last year and where we were projected. If they have any sense whatsoever that should be pretty simple to understand.

On preseason polls and if they should come out early.

BS: I don’t care one way or another what the magazines do, but I don’t think we as coaches as a poll should do anything until after we’ve played a couple of games. That’s not going to happen since they sell too many newspapers with it. They’re going to make them, but they don’t matter.

Adrian Peterson Biography

Adrian Peterson’s biography states that he was born on March 21, 1985 in Palestine, Texas. Adrian Peterson is an American football running back, who currently plays for the University of Oklahoma. During his senior year in high school most college scouting reports ranked him the top recruit in the country; many even said he was the best high school recruit in the last decade. Adrian Peterson biography tells that during his freshman season, Adrian Peterson broke many NCAA freshman rushing records and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, finishing second to USC Quarterback Matt Leinart, the highest finish ever for a freshman. As a freshman, Adrian Peterson bio rushed for 1925 yards and led the nation in carries with 339. Adrian Peterson biography has been described as running like a gazelle, often liable to break off runs of up to 80 yards. Many observers believed that Adrian Peterson would struggle in his sophomore year due to the loss of many Oklahoma University seniors to the National Football League or NFL, such as tackle Jammal Brown and quarterback Jason White. Indeed, Adrian Peterson did struggle at times, but not because of an inept offensive line, but rather because of a nagging high ankle injury. Adrian Peterson biography say that he can still managed to lock down a spot on the All-Big 12 team at first-team running back despite missing all or part of four games. Adrian Peterson was nicknamed as “AD”, or Adrian “All Day” Peterson, he rushed 220 times for 1108 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2005.

Adrian Peterson bio is considered a frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy again in 2006, together with Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn. Adrian Peterson biography update has been tabbed The Sporting News Preseason Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and in many 2007 mock NFL drafts, Adrian Peterson is projected as either the number 1 or number 2 pick. In July of 2006, the reporters in Kansas City, Missouri said that Adrian Peterson hopes to rush for 2,200 yards in ’06.

Ivan Maisel of ESPN.com mentioned (in his “3 point stance” column) that Adrian Peterson biography was recently timed in the 40 yard dash with a 4.35 time. Adrian Peterson bio states that his height and weight are currently listed at 6′ 2″, 215lbs.

Adrian Peterson Biography Awards and Recognitions:

Adrian Peterson Bio in 2005:

  • Consensus All-Big 12
  • Ran for more than 100 yards in five of the eight games
  • The 14th-best rushing season in school history
  • Rushed more yards than any other Big 12 runningback (with an ankle injury)
  • Second in the league in rushing to Missouri
  • Gained 237 yards on 24 carries with two TDs (84 and 71) vs. Oklahoma State
  • Named the Walter Camp National Player of the Week
  • Carried 32 times for 220 yards and three TDs in win over Tulsa

Adrian Peterson Bio in 2004:

  • Second in the Heisman balloting, best finish ever by a freshman
  • Consensus All-American while playing against six ranked foes
  • No. 3 in voting for the Maxwell Award (player of the year)
  • First OU freshman to be named All-America
  • First freshman since Dre Bly in 1996 to be named AP All-American
  • First freshman Doak Walker Award finalist
  • Totaled a nation-leading and NCAA freshman record 339 rushing attempts (third highest in OU history)
  • No. 3 nationally with 1,925 rushing yards, yards after contact were 1,365, 71% of his net
  • Broke OU school season rushing record set in 1978 by Billy Sims (1,896) and NCAA freshman record set in 1996 by Wisconsin’s Ron Dayne (1,863)
  • Set NCAA freshman marks for consecutive 100-yard rushing games (9) and total 100-yard rushing games (11)
  • 11, 100-yard games ranked second at OU (Quentin Griffin had 12 in 2002)
  • Tied NCAA freshman record for reaching 1,000 yards in the fewest games (7) with Emmitt Smith ( Florida, 1987) and Marshall Faulk (San Diego State, 1991)
  • 44 rushes of 10 or more yards and eight of 35 yards or longer
  • Rushed for 100 yards in 11 of 13 games
  • No. 6 nationally in rushing yards (148.1 per game)
  • No. 15 nationally with 149.0 all-purpose yards/game
  • Set OU freshman all-purpose record with 1,937 yards, the third-highest figure in school history
  • Second OU frosh to rush for 100 yards in debut game, and the first RB to do so.

Adrian Peterson Bio in High School:

  • Consensus national player of the year
  • Rushed for 2,960 yards on 252 attempts, an average of 11.7 yards per carry, and 32 touchdowns as a senior
  • Finished his 2002 campaign with 2,051 yards on 246 carries, an average of 8.3 yards per carry, and 22 TDs
  • Competed in track and field and basketball.

Adrian Peterson Concluding Bio:

  • First player in school history to eclipse 3,000 rushing yards in two seasons
  • Tied for fourth in school history with 16, 100-yard games and is third with four 200-yard performances
  • Career rushing total of 3,033 ranks eighth at Oklahoma Univedrsity
  • Ran a team-best 4.37 in the 40 in the spring of 2006
  • Registered a vertical leap of 37 inches

Adrian Peterson Stats

Adrian Peterson Carrer Total Stats

Games
Played
Rushing
RUSHES
GAIN
LOSS
NET
TDs
Career Totals
24
560
3247
218
3029
29
TotalOffense
Receiving
Pts
PLAYS
YDs
NO
YDs
TDs
TTL
TDs
Career Totals
560
3029
14
62
0
29
174
Adrian Peterson 2005 Stats

Career Total Vs. Date Opponent Score Played In
Game
TCU
09/03/05
TCU
10-17
Yes
Tulsa
09/10/05
Tulsa
31-15
Yes
UCLA
09/17/05
UCLA
24-41
Yes
Kansas St.
10/01/05
Kansas St.
43-21
Yes
Texas
10/08/05
Texas
12-45
Yes
Kansas
10/15/05
Kansas
19-3
Yes
Baylor
10/22/05
Baylor
37-30
No
Nebraska
10/29/05
Nebraska
31-24
Yes
Texas A&M
11/12/05
Texas A&M
36-30
Yes
Texas Tech.
11/19/05
Texas Tech.
21-23
Yes
Oklahoma St.
11/26/05
Oklahoma t.
-
Yes
Oregon
12/29/05
Oregon
17-24
Yes
Season Totals
Rushing
Total
Offense
Recieving Pts
Rushes Gain Loss Net TDs Plays Yds No Yds TD TTL
TDs
22 75 12
63
1 22
63
2 7 0 1
6
32 222 2
220
3 32
220
2 17 0 3
18
23 76 18
58
1 23
58
4 18 0 1
6
8 53 2
51
1 8
51
0 0 0 1
6
3 10 0
10
0 3
10
0 0 0 0
0
5 2 6
-4
0 5
-4
0 0 0 0
0
0 0 0
0
0 0
0
0 0 0 0
0
24 155 9
146
2 24
146
0 0 0 2
12
27 148 13
135
2 27
135
0 0 0 2
12
29 117 9
108
2 29
108
0 0 0 2
12
24 252 15
237
2 24
237
0 0 0 2
12
24
97 17
80
0
24
80
1 8 0 0
0
221
1207 103 1104 14 221 1104 9 50 0 14 84

 

Adrian Peterson 2004 Stats

Career Total Vs. Date Opponent Score Played In
Game
Bowling Green
09/04/04
Bowling Green 40-24
Yes
Houston
09/11/04
Houston 63-13
Yes
Oregon 09/18/04 Oregon 31-7
Yes
Texas Tech 10/01/04 Texas Tech 28-18
Yes
Texas 10/09/04 Texas 12-0
Yes
Kasnas St. 10/16/04 Kasnas St. 31-21
Yes
Kansas 10/23/04 Kansas 41-10
Yes
Oklahoma St. 10/30/04 Oklahoma St. 38-35
Yes
Texas A&M 11/06/04 Texas A&M 42-35
Yes
Nebraska 11/13/04 Nebraska 30-3
Yes
Baylor 11/20/04 Baylor 35-0
Yes
Colorado 12/04/04 Colorado 42-3
Souther California 01/04/05 Souther California 19-55
Yes
Season Totals
Rushing
Total
Offense
Recieving Pts
Rushes Gain Loss Net TDs Plays Yds No Yds TD TTL
TDs
16 105 5 100 1 16 100 0 0 0 1 6
25 130 13 117 2 25 117 1 -1 0 2 12
24 189 6 183 2 24 183 0 0 0 2 12
22 148 2 146 1 22 146 0 0 0 1 6
32 240 15 225 0 32 225 0 0 0 0 0
36 142 12 130 0 36 130 1 6 0 0 0
22 126 4 122 1 22 122 0 0 0 1 6
33 255 6 249 1 33 249 1 1 0 1 6
29 124 23 101 1 29 101 0 0 0 1 6
15 67 9 58 0 15 58 0 0 0 0 0
32 247 7 240 3 32 240 0 0 0 3 185
28 182 10 172 3 28 172 0 0 0 3 18
25 85 3 82 0 25 82 2 6 0 0 0
339 2040 115 1925 15 339 1925 5 12 0 15 90