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January 14, 2019

The “Why, What & How” Of Warm-Up Fitness Routines in 2019

Fitness pros (professionals for whom health and performance matter) warm-up for your training workout!

There are four elements that can be trained into any human: The spirit, the mind, the body and craft (or intended skill). Each element has a gradual beginning (warm-up) on the way to reaching the peak of your work-out, followed by a decline back to a resting state.

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October 5, 2018

Playing The Transformation Game: 6 Steps to Successful Body Transformations

By Leo Shveyd
Co-Owner of Advanced Wellness | Personalized Training & Sports Performance, San Francisco, CA

With more humans being exposed to thousands of images per day due to the digital age, many individuals seek a physical transformation to what they envision as their “ideal body”. In order to accomplish this goal, there are many factors that can be manipulated.

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July 23, 2018

To Better Health for Your Feet: Tips About Athletic Shoes & Performance

By Leo Shveyd
Co-Owner of Advanced Wellness: Personalized Training & Sports Performance, San Francisco, CA

The FEET, ah, the feet. For as long as humans have pedaled the earth, the feet have served as the foundation of our bodies in locomotion (walking, running, etc.). They are designed to be very sensitive, with over 200,000 nerve-endings, the third most nerve endings of anywhere in the body. Simply put, your feet are made to feel; feel sharp objects, temperature (heat and cold), pain, the ground, feel everything.

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July 18, 2018

San Francisco Fitness Coach Spotlight: Meagan McGovern

You may or may not have met Coach Meagan. She’s a busy teacher and Advanced Wellness fitness Coach!  Meagan was born and raised in San Francisco. She graduated from University of San Francisco and now teaches 5th grade at Sherman Elementary School.

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September 10, 2017

A Road Map to Elite-Level Athletic Performance

By Leo Shveyd
Co-Owner of Advanced Wellness Personalized Training & Sports Performance, San Francisco, CA

About a year ago, Advanced Wellness had the pleasure of working with Vincent “Tutu” Golson, a local college basketball player. When I met Tutu in the summer of 2016, he had been sidelined for 16 days with an MCL sprain, the second such injury he had sustained in less than 9 months. After training at Advanced Wellness for a little less than two weeks, Tutu was back on the basketball court. Shortly thereafter, I got a call from a local basketball coach, Carl Jacobs, wondering what it was that we did so that Tutu was able to return to the court so quickly? I realized when I tried to explain to him what we do for “ALL” our athletes, that many of the same principles that we apply to every client at Advanced Wellness, everyday, are just as critically important for professional and amateur athletes just like Tutu.

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August 20, 2012

Composition, Function & Approach to Core Training

By Leo Shveyd, CSCS
Co-Owner of Advanced Wellness in San Francisco, CA (with consultation from Brett Jones)

During the two-and-half decades that I have been involved in fitness, the definition of “the core” and consequently, core training has evolved. Part of the evolution is subjective (meaning I have learned more about the topic) and part is objective (as a profession there is more and better information about the subject area). With so many great minds in the rehab and fitness arena contributing daily in the information age, a good deal of terrific data exists about the “the core”. In this article, I will attempt to define what makes-up the core, its functions and suggest an approach to core training.

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March 3, 2012

Elevating Your Functional Movement Screen: Effectiveness & Efficiency

By Leo Shveyd
Co-Owner, Advanced Wellness in San Francisco, CA

You are about to spend ten minutes (or perhaps less based on your efficiency) screening a new client whose aim is to improve their fitness, strength, endurance and overall athletic performance. One wise person I know says “better is better”, while another says “better, faster, cheaper”. So how can you be better (meaning obtain better information), yet save yourself and your fitness client valuable time? The purpose of this article is to examine this exact question and provide some insights into the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) approach to fitness training.

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January 17, 2012

Why We Use a Functional Movement Screen Approach at Advanced Wellness

By Leo Shveyd
Co-Owner, Advanced Wellness in San Francisco, CA

I was initially drawn to the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) in 2009 after Mel Young, a trusted San Francisco physical therapist showed me the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) book he received during his certification. I was so impressed by the material, its breadth, logic and how it was organized that I decided to research FMS. Ultimately, I became certified and two months after becoming Level I FMS certified, I completed the FMS Level II training and certification.

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