Posts by Chris Grotefend

Stretching: The Important Element of Exercise You Forgot About

Our muscles can do two things-contract (shorten) and extend (lengthen). Most folks tend to get hyper focused on either the strengthening part or the extendability part, usually depending on what they are good at.  You will see people who build muscles well in the gym lifting weights. Alternatively, people with excellent flexibility generally enjoy yoga…

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Coordination: You’re Not Just Born With It

Many people believe that as we get older we begin to lose our ability to balance.  This may have been the case for previous generations, but I would say they just didn’t practice. Our nervous system is worthy of our attention because it is infinitely trainable.  The different movement systems interact with each other and…

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How I Learned the Importance of Breathing Well

The Life Changing Day As an aspiring young fitness professional in the early 90s, I stumbled across a gentleman named John Douillard from Boulder, CO. He was a presenter at a convention in Copper Mountain and I was fortunate to get some one-on-one time with him.  He took me out to the running track and…

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6 Health Reasons Not to be a Mouth-breather

It turns out that our nose is on our face for more reasons than sneezing, smelling the roses and blowing!  It also gets the job of being our primary breathing apparatus. Here are six reasons to focus on using your nose for most of your breathing.  Hydration– When we take in oxygen through the nose,…

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3 Reasons Cardio is Essential

Cardio is breathing efficiency and effectiveness. It’s ingesting and expiring oxygen into and out of the lungs. There are two places through which we ingest oxygen, the mouth and the nose. The nose is the most efficient and effective thing to use for breathing. Hydration, thermo-regulation, circulation, nervous system integration and filtration are the primary reasons it…

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Are You Swimming Upstream in Your Life? Read this.

A river seems solid at first glance.  We all know it is not. Whether it’s a lake or an ocean there is not a single molecule that isn’t moving at all times.  Our bodies are exactly the same, at first glance we seem solid, but there is not a single cell that isn’t constantly moving…

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Genetics Don’t Dictate Aging. Your Lifestyle Does.

I was speaking with an ‘elderly’ woman, who to me is very obviously NOT conforming to current standards of aging. I was struck by an explanation of aging that this amazingly vital woman gave me, including pictures that depict young people as standing up straight, middle-aged people with shoulders rounding forward, and elderly people just…

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This is How You Can Be In “The Zone” All The Time

Human performance is a fascinating interdependence of mind and body. In sports performance, both team and individual, the “mental” aspect is a key player. A significant amount of focused alertness, combined with grace and ease, is a consistent combination we see from great performers. This refinement is rarely taught by coaches. This is due to…

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4 Ways Cardio Does More For You Than You Might Think

There are so many conflicting things we hear daily about health and fitness. In the next few articles, I will attempt to clarify the what’s, the why’s and the how much, for you in your personal quest for optimum exercise prescription and creating the life experience you choose.   Myth 1: WEIGHT LOSS. We do…

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