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About FastTwitchGrandma Team

The team at FastTwitchGrandma's mission is to provide a journal for readers that spreads the education and participation of health and fitness.

95 Year Old Track Star

Mary Kemp, age 95 battles it out on the track field during the 100m dash. Kemp started running at the young age of 94. Through her daughter-in-law and son's motivation to keep going everyday she has kept her competitive spirit alive. Watch her race her opponent Dottie Gray, age 92, in the 100m dash at

A Short Workout Might Be All You Need

by Fiona Callender and Sara Thompson Wheels up and full of excitement, Sara Thompson and I began our journey to Europe to meet with leading researchers in the field of high-intensity exercise. The first stop was at the University of Abertay to visit with John Babraj and James Cobley. John Babraj has become one of

Yoga: A Mind-Body Practice That Improves the Brain

Contributed by Julia C. Basso, Post-doctoral Research Associate, New York University, Center for Neural Science Yoga: A Mind-Body Practice That Improves the Brain Yoga is an ancient Indian mind-body practice that focuses on both movement (asanas) and breath (pranayama).  It first came to the United States around the early 1900s, but it did not gain popularity

Rock Climbing Helps Control Emotions

Catherine O'Brien According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for individuals between the ages of 15-44. The Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) IV, MDD is characterize by depressed mood or loss of interest and /or pleasure in daily activities for more

Dancing Can Reverse Aging In The Brain

Julia C. Basso, PhD A healthy and functional brain requires healthy, intact cells that fire effectively. Action Potentials Neurons generate action potentials, which are the brain’s primary source of currency. Action potentials are electrical signals that travel down the neuron. When the action potential reaches the end of the neuron (the axon terminal), the

Push or Pull? Sprinting Mechanics and You

Evan Stevens One of the comments that I received after last weekend’s UWO Health and Wellness Symposium was what it meant to be a “push or pull sprinter.” This comes from a comment that Mr. Andy O’Brien made during his Developing a Body for Sport and Life about how every athlete is different – that

Strong Is The New Strong – Girls Gone RX

FastTwitchGrandma recently attended Girls Gone RX in Denver, CO. Girls Gone RX is an all female Crossfit competition made up of 3 person teams. Their partner BrightPink.org has a mission to save women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering them to live proactively at a young age. These women are a true inspiration.

Maximize Performance With Plyometrics & HIIT

Alyssa Bialowas Plyometric exercise is described as explosive movements in which your muscles exert maximum force in the shortest period of time. Think: Squat jumps, box jumps and kickboxing kicks. These high intensity exercises burn fat and train your fast-twitch muscle fibers, beneficial for speed and power. Plyometric exercise is widely used by athletes

Boost Creativity With Meditation

Catherine O'Brien What is meditation? According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, meditation is a mind-body method that utilizes various techniques to unify the mind and body. Meditation can involve focused attention and / or mindfulness. Research and practitioners support the fact that meditation enhances feelings of calmness, physical relaxation and psychological

A Natural Alternative To Pain Killers

Julia C. Basso, PhD Pain is a complicated clinical issue, mostly because pain is a complicated neuroscientific issue. When we get injured, the body sends signals to the brain to indicate that we are in pain. When we incur an injury, receptors on the skin called nociceptors send information (electrical signals) from the body,