Hamstring tears are a common injury for soccer players, dancers, runners...really anyone who goes for a brisk dash. Try this quick workout supplement from The New York Times to bolster your hamstring confidence out on the field of life.
"After warming up, kneel on the ground, with a spotter securing your ankles. Then, as slowly and smoothly as possible, lean forward so that your chest approaches the ground. Use your hamstrings to put the brakes on your forward momentum until you can no longer resist gravity. Put out your arms at that point to stop your fall. Allow your chest to touch the ground, then push yourself upright to repeat the exercise."
"Week 1: 1 session; 10 repetitions
Week 2: 2 sessions; 12 repetitions each
Week 3: 3 sessions; 18 to 24 repetitions each
Week 4: 3 sessions; 24 to 30 repetitions each
Weeks 5: 10 – 3 sessions; 30 repetitions each (divided into 3 sets of 12, then 10, then 8 repetitions)
After 10 weeks, try to perform one weekly maintenance session of 30 repetitions."
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Zumba® Fitness in the Club! - Tues in April @ 7PM
Fundraiser for The Arc - Sat, 4/12/14, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Rollerderby Home Bout (MARD) - Sat, 4/12/14, 4:15PM
Movie Montage Workout - Sat, 4/19/14, 11AM-1PM
Plymouth Road Runners Run Club Meet Up - First Thursdays of the month, 6:30PM
Social Club Mixer @ The Speedwell Tavern - Fri, 5/30/14, 7PM
Movie Montage Workout Returns! - Sat, 4/19, 11AM-1PM
On this day there will be hard work...there will be sweat...and there will be GLORY!!!!! The best part of every sports movie is the inspirational training montage. Come out for a session where we train alongside these epic moments.
$5 for ShockYard members, $10 for non-members
Click HERE, Email ShockYard@gmail.com or call 508-808-9699 to reserve your spot today! Let's do this!
The ShockYard will be hosting Zumba® Fitness in the Club classes
Tuesdays in April at 7PM.
Zumba® is a Latin-music inspired cardio class that's guaranteed to get your heart rate up! The session will be taught by Rebecca Dispoto, licensed Zumba® Instructor.
Just $10 dollars for drop in
Discounts for purchasing more than one class upfront. (508-808-9699)
Limit 20 participants. Sign up to reserve your spot! https://shockyard.appointy.com/
The Arc Presents
The Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra and
Ronan Tynan, Famed Irish Tenor
Stay tuned to our website and Facebook for a chance to win FREE tickets!
Learn more about The Arc of Greater Plymouth HERE
This event is a fundraiser to help build accessible playground for the town of Plymouth. Encourage your friends to come along!
Season Opener for Mass Attack Roller Derby in Taunton
Stay tuned to our Facebook page this week for chances to win FREE TICKETS
Downtown Run Club Meet Up - Plymouth Road Runners
First Thursdays of the month
6:30PM at The ShockYard
Plymouth Road Runners is a running club based out of Plymouth, Massachusetts. This is a traditional running group, organized and managed by runners, for runners.
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Social Club Mixer at the Speedwell Tavern - 5/30/14, 7PM
Music by Whiskey Sunday
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Wake up to find out that the weather during your race is going to be less than ideal?
Here are some techniques to handle whatever Mother Nature throws at you.
It's that time. Time for top athletes from around the world to gather and compete. From speed skating to biathalon, hockey to snowboarding and luge...there's something for everyone at the Winter Olympics, which starts on February 7th . In that vein, we here at the ShockYard came across an amazing photo essay on Olympic athletes by Howard Schatz from his book, Athlete.
These fascinating pictures capture the amazing variety in body types of peak performance athletes.
From tiny and flexible for gymnastics to bulky and ripped for weight lifting.
All of these people are exceptionally strong even if they look very different because the demands of their sport defines how their muscles are distributed.
You can see more photos by clicking this link.
Also consider checking out Cory Layman's companion project "Body by Derby" inspired by Howard Schatz's work. "The goal is to show the different body types of active skaters and the physical effects derby has on the players. The main focus of the pictures will be on the form and definition and to show the shapes of derby athletes. The ultimate goal is to show all of the different shapes and forms a derby athlete can take on on the journey of being a strong, capable skater."
Naptown Roller Girls - 2013, Indianapolis, IN
Roller Girls of Central Kentucky - 2013, Lexington, KY
Bleeding Heartland Roller Derby - 2012, Bloomington, IN
Looking for some motivation to keep up with running this winter? Join The ShockYard for our first Social Club group 5K! Sign up to run with The ShockYard team ($50 for members, $60 for non-members) by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This fee includes a 5K race training program, $30 race registration, and a ShockYard t-shirt. Let's do this!
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This fascinating read compiles the latest scientific understanding of what makes different athletes great with some very surprising finds! Our Red Sox fans will be particularly interested in the section on baseball. :)
NPR interview with the author: http://www.npr.org/2013/08/05/209160709/talent-or-skill-honing-in-on-the-elusive-sports-gene
Casey and I have a New Year’s Eve ritual. Every December 31st we cozy up by the Christmas tree with a holiday-themed cocktail and brainstorm our goals for the coming year. We then write those goals down and post them somewhere we will see them every day. One of my goals for 2013 was to run 100 miles. I set this goal knowing that it was quite modest compared to a full-time runner’s training regimen (working out to approximately 2 miles per week), but I wanted to be realistic knowing that we would be playing roller derby full time for 8 months of that year.
I hit my 100-mile goal the 3rd week of September, shortly after we came home from derby playoffs. Playoffs marked the end of our 6-year journey with our derby league, the Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls (BHRG, http://www.bleedingheartlandrollergirls.com/). The conclusion of this big life event left me reflecting on the whole process of becoming a competitive skater and, dauntingly, left a big gap in my sense of “fitness purpose”. For years, every sprint, push-up, trail run, kettle-bell swing, prowler push, and leg matrix has been important because it was all a part of making me the best skater I could be for BHRG. Yesterday I went to a new gym and the trainer asked me about my goals for working out. I had none. I had no grand meaning for why I wanted to pick up heavy things and put them down over and over. Eventually I told the trainer I wanted to be able to do a chin-up, but it rang a bit hollow.
So what now?
I’ve started this 100 miles blog to be a short self-assessment of where I am in my training and where I’m going. During my first 100 miles, I’ve gone running in Indiana, Georgia, New York, and Ontario. I played in approximately 20 derby bouts and scrimmages and skated in a WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs tournament for the first time (http://wftda.com/tournaments/2013). On the side, I finished my doctorate, and we sold our house in Bloomington. I haven’t had many injuries to deal with, thankfully. The only ongoing issue I’m struggling with is tightness in my left IT band close to the knee.
Going forward, my primary goal for my next 100 miles is to find a new goal! Beyond that, I hope to improve my flexibility and attempt to address the lingering tightness in my knee. I plan to take advantage of moving to a new place to try out new things and find inspiration. Hopefully that next big-picture purpose is just around the corner!
A recent study has revealed that people perform better and give more effort when competing against another person. But better yet: they work the hardest and perform best when working with that other person towards a common goal.
Brandon Irwin, assistant professor of kinesiology at Kansas State University, found that those who exercised with a teammate whom they perceived to be better increased their workout time and intensity by as much as 200 percent.
"People like to exercise with others and make it a social activity," Irwin said. "We found that when you're performing with someone who you perceive as a little better than you, you tend to give more effort than you normally would alone."
Read the whole article here: http://www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/nov12/exercise112612.html