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Stretching Your Limits By Kazuko Ikeda

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} Going for Broke All medals are not made equal; some change lives. It was February, 2006, at the Torino Winter Olympics. The bad weather and pressure of The Games...

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Prana, Don’t Leave Home Without It By Hikaru Bruntland

After leaving the concrete jungle of Tokyo, I was preparing to board a ninety minute speed boat ride back to the Thai mainland from Koh Samui, a perfect little jewel of an island. I had enjoyed sea-kayaking adventures, my first experience snorkeling a...

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Strength and Endurance Training By Patrick Oancia

Yoga is often categorized as “relaxing” or “calming.” Indeed these aspects do surface with regular training, but one thing that can be missed is this: physical yoga practice not only increases flexibility, but also tones muscle...

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Are You One-Dimensional? By Travis Johnson, Ph. D.

Life is a three-dimensional activity.  And nowhere is this more prevalent than in athletics, where bodies require movement, balance and strength in three planes of motion. In sports science, bodily movement is broken down as forward and backwa...

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Tune Up Before You Strap On And Drop In By Travis Johnson, Ph. D.

As winter approaches, dedicated skiers and snowboarders make their way to the gym for a little pre-season conditioning while dreaming of flying through the fluffy stuff. Here are some training tips to help you get the most out of the white season in J...

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Running Right: Function Follows Form By Travis Johnson, Ph. D.

Back in June, more than 100,000 applicants vied for one of the 30,000 slots in the 2008 Tokyo Marathon, and the Feb. 17 event will no doubt offer some excellent competition. A large focus of endurance running is conditioning the body’s energy sy...

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Movement Matters By Travis Johnson Ph.D.

The definition of fitness is usually thought to lie somewhere among your body fat composition, muscle size/strength and cardio-respiratory levels. However, it’s really much simpler. It’s your capacity for pain-free movement. If your ful...

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Body Being By Travis Johnson, Ph.D.

Undoubtedly the most important fitness concept for Outdoor Japan readers is function; how your body responds to the demands of moving and interacting in a 3-D environment to a specific activity. Whether you are bombing mountain bike trails, kayaking a...

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Follow Your Heart... How I Discovered Pilates By Kazuko Ikeda

I was born in the deep snow country of Niigata. My father, a ski instructor, had big dreams for me as a skier, and his passion helped me set my sights on the Winter Olympics. After graduating from high school in 1993, I went to the U.S. for training a...

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Neck Stretch By Shinji Omori

Sore shoulders and stiff or painful back problems are often caused by a tired and hardened neck. The long winter can create cold conditions that stiffen the muscles and lead to long-term aches and pains. Let us spend some time during the warm winte...

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A Pilates Journey By Kazuko Ikeda

Watching a performance by a world-class athlete, is your reaction, “Oh, I’d love to be able to do that,” or perhaps a “Yeah, maybe I could pull that off?” I doubt I’m the only one who admires these athletes’ ...

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Powder Preparation By Kazuko Ikeda

As we move deeper into fall and the chill of winter draws near, the season’s first snowfall enters everyone’s mind. Ski and snowboard season kicks off around Christmastime in Japan, and those who packed on the pounds over harvest season ma...

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Free Your Blades By Kazuko Ikeda

When training for any sport, you need to get your entire body in shape; however winter sports workouts focus primarily on the lower body, while ocean sports such as surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and the recently popular standup paddling, work y...