Warm Up to Wake Up

By now, everyone should understand the importance of warming up before exercise. You might be doing a few stretches before your workout, or even spending a few minutes on the treadmill to get your heart rate up. However, these kinds of warm ups do not activate the muscles, are not motivating, and fail to prepare … Continued

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2 Simple Rules for Safe, Effective Strength Gains!

For those who regularly strength train, seeing the weight on the bar increase each week can be a great motivator. Most people in the gym measure their progress solely through increases in weight. While weight increases provide an easy indicator of progress, using this as your only measure can invite injury, stifle motivation, and lead … Continued

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Are you Squatting Correctly? Check Yourself!

The squat is a fundamental human movement and a crucial element in any good strength program. When done properly, the squat will build leg muscle, improve athletic performance, and help prevent knee injuries. At SPARC, we teach the squat pattern by performing the wall squat. This seemingly simple test requires perfect form to complete. But … Continued

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Importance of Recovery for Youth Athletes

The demand placed on today’s youth is greater than ever before.  With school, sports, other extracurricular activities, friends, and family, their days are filled from sunrise to sunset. In addition, youth athletes often compete in different sports and/or for a variety of teams, leaving little time for recovery between practices and sport seasons. Additional hurdles … Continued

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