Everybody remembers the famous press conference where A.I. went off about the importance of practice. But even Iverson would admit that he would never have been breaking all those ankles with his amazing crossover if he hadn’t first learned how to just dribble the ball
Christian Duque: It's a special treat for us to be able to include a rising star in the fitness industry; a woman that truly brings her best to the always expanding world of social media. I'd like to welcome Diva Richards to the StrengthAddicts.com audience. Diva, please take this opportunity to introduce yourself (full name, age, ht, weight (contest & regular), hometown, & homegym) (you can include anything else you'd like to [e.g. if you compete (federation/Division) or if you model (agency/team)].
Diva Richards: My name is Diva Richards, and I am a Crossfit Level 1 coach at Crossfit Tribe in Pennsauken, NJ, and a Personal Trainer at Future Fitness in Cherry Hill, NJ. My home gym is one of these two locations, depending on the style of workout I am doing. I also coach classes for Steve’s Club National Program, which is a non-profit Crossfit program for at-risk youth, designed to help local athletes who can’t afford training. I am 35 years old, and am originally from Philadelphia, PA. My height is 5'6", and my off season weight is 165lbs, and on season weight is 150-155lbs. As a member of USA Powerlifting, I focus on push-pull lifts where I specialize in bench press and deadlift.
Christian Duque: Please tell us your story - when & why did you first walk into a gym and start working out and eating clean? What inspired you?
Diva Richards: Growing up, I always valued mental and physical strength in women. While I was in high school, the girls normally avoided the weight room because there was a lack of knowledge about the equipment and no one offered to help us. I was among those who had no idea what to do in the gym, but I didn’t want that to hold me back from becoming strong. I picked up a Muscle and Fitness Magazine to learn new exercises I could do on my own. From there, I was constantly looking for new ways to challenge myself, while also serving as a role model to women who were interested in gaining strength. Eventually I took up amateur boxing, where I trained to win the PA State Golden Gloves in 2009. My competitive drive also led me to compete in both fitness and figure competitions, which required a lot of hard work and dedication. During my contest prep, I was introduced to clean eating and started to view food as a source of fuel. I continue to feed by body with the nutrition needed to perform optimally, and make adjustments depending on what I am preparing for. http://strengthaddicts.com/Interviews/DivaRichards.html
In our latest series of mobility video’s we have Mischa our athletic trainer showing us how to use the TP Therapy Quadballer for IT Band related issues in the quads. In the video Mischa explains the importance of not just rolling out the area but also using east to west movements and flexion of the muscles during the process.
Besides being an overall difficult movement it can be even more challenging for those who lack mobility and range of motion in certain areas of the body. Just because you don’t have proper shoulder range of motion doesn’t necessarily mean your shoulder is the root cause of the problem.
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