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What's the skinny on wearing shorts?
What's the skinny on wearing shorts?

Do you wear shorts?

It is presumably is summer, although the prevalence of precipitation appears to be questioning whether the climate really wants to commit to the season. But, with temps in the 80s and humidity hanging like a wet comforter in the air, a fashion topic has reared repeatedly in my conversations with friends.

The issue seems to be whether the female homo sapien will wear a certain article of clothing in summertime – and specifically, in public. This garment is seemingly so innocent, yet extremely controversial. It’s maybe even more contentious than the "Itsy" due to its mainstream prevalence and longtime presence in the modern-day wardrobe.

Shorts.

When I say "shorts" I mean "above the knee" lower half-covering garments. Going into Abercrombie / Daisy Duke shorts territory would never be a reality for me, so I am truly referring to a conservative, nice pair of summer shorts that reveal an inoffensive stretch of leg. No booty cleavage top or bottom revealed. 

Shorts elicit opinions from those who may not have a strong viewpoint on anything else. Try even saying the word, "shorts" without the corners of your lips curling downwards and nostrils flaring. 

Will the weather get hot enough for you to wear shorts?

This is one of those questions that have a very black or white answer. The reply is usually either "yes" or "no." And the "No"s have a sea of reasons they won’t be showing off their legs, mostly fueled by the terror of self-image gripes. 

I am ashamed to admit that I am one of those women. I can’t. I won’t. And 9.9 times out of 10 – I don’t. The moment I slip into a pair of abbreviated pants, the self-critic starts yapping.

I will wear activity appropriate short-shorts to a hot yoga class, cutoffs at the beach or around the house, but not in public while say, shopping, being social or working.  My self-consciousness about my perceived flaws prohibits me from what may be more comfortable than a long dress, skirt, leggings or jeans in 100 degr…

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Work it, work it, work it.
Work it, work it, work it.

Train like a Milwaukee Brewers prospect, part 2

In Part One of this series, the Nashville Sounds’ athletic trainer Aaron Hoback gave some insight into how the players stay healthy in preparation for making the transition to The Milwaukee Brewers. He even gave his prescription for the number one exercise any athlete should be performing for health, functionality and athleticism – the Turkish Get Up. 

Have you been doing them? I even showed you a non-weighted, beginner version in a video on my Instagram account!

In this installment, we get to the specific details included in the daily training regime of a professional baseball player prepping to one day play at Miller Park. My biggest takeaway from this particular interview was that 80 percent of a professional athletes’ program is sport specific. That leaves 10 percent for strength and 10% for "everything else." 

This is a great theory to apply to your athletic endeavors. So, if rock climbing is your thing – spend 80 percent of your time focusing on direct rock climbing skills, but make room for that other twenty percent of strength training and "other stuff" like flexibility and cardio.

Below, you’ll find my conversation with The Sounds’ strength and sonditioning specialist, Andrew Emmick, who gave me that piece of golden advice. 

Emmick is responsible for designing and implementing precise training programs for the entire team. Emmick gives unprecedented insight here into what really goes on in a pro-athlete’s day and drops tons of valuable training information anyone interested in being and staying active will gain from. Reading Emmick’s daily schedule is fascinating. Try not to get vicariously exhausted, considering the agenda he and the team must adhere to. 

Baseball enthusiasts and fitness fanatics alike will obtain inspiration from this super interview. Find out more about the future Brewers by following the Sounds on Facebook and Twitter. And be sure to look for the final installment in this series, which will be a workout from Em…

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Regina Erickson with her son, Dylan, and SSgt. Chad J. Simon.
Regina Erickson with her son, Dylan, and SSgt. Chad J. Simon.

Fisher House to provide care and space for injured soldiers' families

On June 3, 2014 at 1 p.m., ground will break on a very special place for the families of our country’s injured soldiers. Fisher House of Wisconsin will be located on the VA Medical Center grounds and will provide a "home away from home" for family members while a soldier receives medical care. 

Fisher House Wisconsin has been in the works since 2006 and is slated to open in the summer 2015. 

A joint effort of public and private entities, there is a dire need for this organization in the Milwaukee area. Over 8,000 Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans travel to The Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center on an ongoing basis for treatment of their wounds and injuries.

Housing for loved ones while a wounded soldier is healing can be one of many logistical concerns, as well as a huge financial stress. The Fisher House removes this burden while providing a comfortable environment close to the where the injured soldier is being treated, so as to remove any excessive daily travel expenses as well.

Regina Erickson, a Milwaukee resident, stayed at Bethesda and Minneapolis / St.Paul Fisher Houses from November 2004 to March 2005 while her husband, SSgt. Chad Simon was being treated. She says the proximity of Fisher House to the hospital "was a godsend because I did not have my car there."

Fisher Houses provide a very unique level of emotional support to families, too. 

"Being able to stay in the houses provided a community that you could access at your level of interest or need," says Erickson. "I connected with a woman whose husband was fairly severely injured. She was close to my age, so we shared a couple of meals together and as fellow Marine wives, we were able to share some of our experiences."

Erickson feels the resources that were provided to her and her family by Fisher House were vital.

"We needed to be able to be with people who knew what we were going through," she says. "It is a great place to stay for comfort and being able to quickly get to other resourc…

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Red in action.
Red in action. (Photo: Aaron "Red" Hoback and Andrew Emmick, CSCS)

Train like a prospective Milwaukee Brewer, part 1

NASHVILLE -- The crack of the bat. 

The impact of a pitch hitting the catcher’s mitt.

"Take me out to the ballgame …"

Those are the sounds of baseball.

So, it’s highly appropriate that "Music City" is home to The Nashville Sounds, the AAA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. AAA is the highest level of minor league baseball, the last rung before the Majors. Teams include players from young to veteran and in varying situations like working to go to "the Big Show" for the first time or coming back from an injury.

The Milwaukee Brewers Director of Medical Operations Roger Caplinger, ATC/L, generously gave me access to The Nashville Sounds training team so I could find out more about how The Nashville Sounds work out and train in preparation to become members of The Brewers.

This is the first in a two-part series that will give you access into how an athlete, like a prospective Milwaukee Brewer stays strong and healthy during a rigorous schedule that often demands just one day off per month.

I was lucky enough to witness the Sounds beat the Oklahoma City RedHawks, 2-1, and see, firsthand, the athleticism these guys display on their home turf at beautiful Greer Stadium. Brewers fans should make the trip south to see play at this venue before construction of their new stadium is complete. Once it is, that will warrant another Southern baseball adventure, as First Tennessee Park is slated to be complete by the start of next season.

I also got to see Aaron "Red" Hoback, Athletic Trainer for the Sounds in action, when a ground ball hit pitcher Brent Leach. It was amazing to see the orderly action/reaction when a player was in jeopardy. The main photo accompanying this piece is "Red" making sure Leach is OK to continue play. 

Below are "Five Questions with 'Red.'" He even gave me his prescription for the number one exercise OnMilwaukee.com readers can do to "stay in the game." I know I’ll be adding it to my workout regime! 

Look out for part two of this se…

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