6 Steps to A Great Idea!

 

Hello everyone, hope you’re having a great Tuesday!

In today’s video I wanted to show you something I do and use a lot when I am trying to come up with a good business idea or any idea really! I think this could be really helpful for you! I hope you like it!!

Tell me what kind of things you do to come up with good ideas and plans in the comments below!

 

-Alex Costa-

How To: Kettlebell Swing

In todays video, I want to explain how to perform a kettlebell swing properly. A lot of people do this movement incorrectly and put unnecessary stress on their back. Hope this helps you out! Remember to activate the core and lats. This will help stabilize the spine to reduce the chance of injury!

Have a great day!
-Alex Costa-

5 Weight Loss Tips You AREN’T Doing

Welcome to day #2 of the video project where I am bringing you a video piece of content EVERYDAY for 30 days straight.

TODAY, I am giving you 5 weight loss tips most of us aren’t doing or don’t pay attention to. If you follow these and stay consistent then you have a higher chance of losing weight and cutting a lot faster! With that being said, lets jump into todays video!!

 

 

Thank you for running in today for video #2, make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss a video and keep coming back to costafitness.org for more content!

Have a great Tuesday!
-Alex Costa-

CONTENT EVERYDAY FOR NEXT 30 DAYS!

I am excited to bring you something I will be doing for this month of October! This is my introduction video to the whole month of DAILY CONTENT. I will be posting a video to YouTube and Costafitness.org EVRYDAY this month. The videos will be over a lot whether its a vlog for your entertainment or a nutrional video, exercise tips, speed/agility, Q&A, or even one of our workouts, you will have something NEW EVERYDAY! Sometimes the computer I use has issues uploading but we’re going for broke here! Tune in everyday to both platforms and see what I post to help you! I will probably have the daily post up anywhere around 9am -12pm each day. I hope you guys enjoy this, I am excited to bring you all of this free content!!

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-Alex Costa-

1 Core Exercise You Need To Be Doing!

I want to start you off this week with 1 core exercise you should be implementing into your workouts for maximum strength and stability. This one will rock your world! haha

This exercise is called a long lever pelvic tilt plank, kind of a mouth full. The difference between a normal plank and this one is the elbow positioning. The elbows will come up to about eye level.  As you can see in the image below, a normal plank will have about a 70-90 degree holding position with the elbows. This will mean that with the elbows being practically right underneath of the heavy part of the body, it will be the easiest of the plank positions to hold up. I am not saying a plank is easy because if you have a weak core then you will think otherwise.

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Now, with the long lever pelvic tilt plank, (image below) you will see how our elbow positioning will make about a 100-110 degree angle. This will lead to less stability underneath the base of our body in this exercise. Which in turn leads this to a more difficult exercise to perform. This leaves your core shaky and begging for a break because of how tight you have to keep the core. This will also leave the core in a very slight stretched position compared to a normal plank. This is an isometric exercise so usually the muscle will be neither stretched nor relaxed, it falls into the middle.

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This is an exercise that will active all areas of the core. Lower, upper, internal/external obliques, transversus abdominis, rectus abdominis. That is what I really like about this exercise, it hits the WHOLE core area even the lower back.

Try this out for a few weeks! If you only do it once, you won’t want to do it again haha so make yourself stronger and do it for a few weeks. I do about 3-4 sets of 30 second holds. You can do this exercise as many days as you want due to it being an isometric exercise, you won’t really be as sore as if you were to do a normal crunch with a complete eccentric and concentric movement.

I hope everyone is having a great Monday! Have an awesome week and hit me up if you have any questions!

-Alex Costa-

Why You Should Use A Foam Roller

It’s just a styrofoam pad, it is useless…

This is my thoughts on the foam roller a few years ago. UNTIL I had learned and weeped the benefits of them! I want to make this article and video over why you should be using a foam roller.

 

What is a foam roller & what do they do?

A foam roller is a popular mobility tool that can in my opinion, be a complete game changer. It will look like a padded cylinder pillow. Many have made them out of larger PVC pipes and some simply go out to buy one. They come in different sizes, most common ones being about 12 inches long and others around 36 inches for larger areas and different task on the body. It is used as a self-myofacial release method in recovery. In other words, it acts as a deep tissue massage for one using it. It will typically be uncomfortable at first but you will start to be able to withstand the pressure the more you incorporate it into training. It really digs deep to work kinks out of the muscles and allow for a better blood flow circulation which can lead to faster recovery time.  As the blood flow increases, it can act as a solid way to warm up different areas on your body before working out. This makes it perfect for use at anytime! Before, during or after exercise, take your pick! Or do them all.

 

So why should I use a foam roller?

The answer should be simple. If you want to take your performance, mobility and recovery to the next level then you should invest in a foam roller. As I stated above, this tool can help 3 major elements in your fitness goals especially if you are an athlete. If you are an athlete and you have never used one then I recommend that you use one from the gym and perform some of the exercises in the video posted at the bottom. It is actually common for most athletes that play sports all the way till college or if they go pro to not use foam rollers with their team. This is probably due to the price of a fine, quality foam roller. They are not very expensive, but for everyone to have one, it can add up for team expenses. I was able to get mine that is shown in the video below on Amazon. I got mine for an amazing deal, $12!

 

Foam roller exercise video:

 

In conclusion:

I believe that this can help anyone and everyone with different goals. This can help to better posture, performance and recovery due to the blood flow it can allow and help with mobility by it lengthening the muscles and giving a better range of motion. They don’t have to be the best one on the market, try a normal styrofoam one first to see if you like it, they tend to be the cheapest but still work very efficiently.

 

I hope you enjoyed todays article! I appreciate all of the support with the website and training! I will be selling Costafitness tri-blend T-shirts on the website soon! They are so comfortable and everyone that has bought one so far loves them! I will be back tomorrow with more content to help answer questions. Remember to strive to be the hardest worker in the room and help other when you can! Have an awesome hump day!

P.S check out my Instagram on Wednesdays for workout Wednesday post! It’s a free workout to try. Also shoot me an email if you are interested in working with me. I have online 1 on 1 coaching for gym goers and athletes!

 

-Alex Costa-

 

3 Stretches That Will Increase Speed

Stretches are a very important part and essential to any athletes programming. Although static stretches should be avoided before workouts, I believe that these 3 stretches I am about to give to you will make an impact on your sprinting speed. I would recommend doing these after workouts and during the evenings when you are relaxing at home. The reasoning on avoiding a static stretch movement before workouts is because when a muscle is stretched out and then relaxed afterwards, the muscle is in a relaxed, stretched state. When you are competing in a sporting event or weight training, you are wanting your muscles ready to fire instead. The static movements will usually hold you back from full potential on this. This is why I always have my clients perform a dynamic warm up so that they can get the muscles ready to go.

 

These stretches will focus on 3 main components during sprinting.

  1. Hip flexors
  2. Dorsiflexion in the ankle 
  3. Shoulder mobility 

Hip Flexors

Let us start with the good ole hip flexors, shall we?
The hip flexors are made up of different muscles that help put your knee into flexion or in other words, help bring the knee to your chest. The main one we will focus on today is called the iliopsoas made up of the psoas major and the iliacus. The iliopsoas runs from the front, inside of the groin area to the lumbar region of the spine. There are more muscles but for now, lets just focus on this one.

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As I mentioned in the paragraph above, the hip flexors are important when running because they bring the knees into the running position. If we can get those stretched out and feel more flexible in the hips then this is when speed and mobility can be added. I have found when I have trained mine and other athletes hip flexors isometrically, I have found the greatest benefit. However, since we are talking about stretches, I’ll come back to isometric training at another time.

In order to stretch the hip flexor, we will have to perform a stretch that will put our hips in a slight posterior tilt while keeping the leg and upper back in an extended state. I good stretch will look like the following:

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In this stretch, you can see that I am starting in a lunge.

  1.  Put the front leg just a little further out than a normal lunge.
  2. Shift weight toward the knee. Do so almost as if you were trying to get your belly button toward your knee.
  3. Keep the hips in a slight posterior tilt meaning keep them back, also squeeze the glutes at you proceed in this stretch.
  4. Raise the arms and let your chest open up with the arms.
  5. Sit and hold stretch for about 20-30 seconds each side.

This is a stretch that will open the hip flexors up and can make a difference in performance.

 

Dorsiflexion in the Ankle 

Now let’s move to the ankle mobility, dorsiflexion in particular. Dorsiflexion in the ankle is when the ankle is pointed up like this image below:

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As you could guess, this is a critical part to running, especially when sprinting due to the angle differences in different phases of the gait cycle. A lot of us suffer from poor ankle mobility and flexibility and don’t even know it. Now most athletes have a slightly better range of motion in the ankle joint due to the warm ups and stretches the coaches and trainers have them do. They also depend on this joint for most of their movement. A typical gym goer that lives a sedentary life style may have a harder time with this movement because we don’t train like we did in sports and you are moving around a lot less than an athlete would. This is not a bad thing, it just means it’s time to work a little mobility into your programming.

So with that being said, it I want to show you a stretch you can do to increase the dorsiflexion in the ankles so that you can be an efficient sprinter, runner, weight lifter and live a pain free life. Let me introduce you to a stretch that only involves a bench or chair.

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Start with placing the foot onto the bench as close to you your side as you can without your foot falling off. From there we are going to take our knee that is up there and drive it forward like I do in the image above. Keep the heel glued to the bench. Don’t apply so much force that you are in discomfort. I want you to place just enough to feel a stretch around the ankle area and calf. This can be a great stretch for athletes that get a chance to start in any kind of forward lean before a race and even help with ankle flexibility during your squat. These would be positions like sprinters, wide receivers and also very important for football players starting a 40 yard dash.

Shoulder Mobility

Shoulder mobility tends to be neglected when focusing on sprinting and running. The arms are another thing that is always moving when you’re sprinting. The more mobile they are, the more rep frequency there is possible. With faster arm movement means faster leg movement. This is because when we run, our legs and arms are so in sync that when one moves faster, the other has no other option but to catch up!

One major shoulder mobility exercise that I do and make any of my athletes, especially any that are sprinting do is dynamic arm swings. This will get a range of motion pattern going and open up the chest and shoulders. The dynamics shoulder warm up will look like this:

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I will usually do about 1-2 sets of 20 all together (10 each way).

These are only 3 of the hundreds & thousands stretches you can do to help increase linear running speed. I also want to say again to use these more around the evenings and after a workout. Try to warm the muscles up with a dynamic movement before these stretches so the muscles are ready to be stretched and lengthened. The shoulder mobility is more of a dynamic warm up so use that before running.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my article! I hope you gained something from this piece of content. I would like you to send me any ideas on what you would like to hear and I can present you with articles and videos over it! Hope you all have a great Monday and get after it this week. By the end of the day we are all trying to get better so lets help others and get better together!

                               -Alex Costa-

 

 

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VLOG #18 POLICE VS FIRE DEPARTMENT

 

Thanks for checking out vlog #18! I got a chance to see my brother that is a part of the police department go against the fire department in an ice cream eating contest. It was funny and entertaining! I got to catch firworks with Taylor and then go back to Burr Oak for stay #2!

I have been very busy getting all of my online work done lately. I have some clients building up for my online training service which has taken time to help them as well. I am excited to get to meet everyone signing up for my online training! I have some new possible athletes I will be working with as well.

New training equipment has came in for my athletes as well. We now have a
-Squat rack
-Speed sled
-More speed parachutes
-More speed ladders
-Foam roller

I am excited to get it out and use with some of the clients!

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I hope everyone is having a great week!
                    -Alex Costa-

3 Stretches to Increase Overhead Mobility

 

Shoulder mobility is a common thing always learned about when it comes to fitness training and athletes. I want to help you increase yours with the 3 exercises you can do in this video.

The shoulders are very mobile with them being able to cross all 3 planes of movement. However this is something that can lead to injuries due to how they move. Common injuries involve the rotator cuffs, shoulder impingement, dislocation and much more. If you are an athlete or serious weight lifter that does a lot of overhead movements like a cross fitter then you know just how important shoulder mobility is.

Use these 3 exercises and increase mobility and decrease the chances of injury. I hope you all have a great weekend! If you want me to cover any topics or have questions then just leave a comment below or shoot me an email!

     -Alex Costa-

Run Faster With This Exercise

Running speed is always a hot topic and there’s no question why it is. Speed kills on the field, court, track, etc. When you can outrun your opponent then we are talking the difference between a game winning catch or shot. With this being said, I want to give you an exercise that will help you increase your linear speed.

This drill will teach you how to increase the force production through the ground. When you can generate more force then we have more power to propel ourselves forward in stride.

This exercise can be done for ANY sport and it can be done almost anywhere! All you need is about a 4-10 inch step.

 

Another side note that I bring up in the video is to also work on efficient arm movement during this exercise. Arms should be at about 90 degrees. Hands should not be in a clinched fist, spread fingers out.

I would do this about 3-5 days a week, 2 sets of 15 steps each side. You should be able to notice a difference pretty quickly if you are doing this exercise properly.

Thank you for reading this article, please let me know if you have any questions!

I am offering online fitness coaching to anyone trying to lose weight, gain muscle or increase athletic ability. There are still spaces for throughout July open, shoot me an email if you are interested.–Costafitness1@gmail.com