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March 01
The first quarter of the year is half over and so are most of our New Year’s resolutions. Now it’s time to focus on warm weather. View Full Article
By Blair Morrison   View more articles by this author
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August 24
Your fitness is not the gym you join or the site you follow. It’s not the shoes you wear, the weights you lift, or the nutrition book you read. Fitness is not your yoga mat. It’s not the Workout of the Day. An individual’s fitness is View Full Article
By David Modderman   View more articles by this author
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July 16
3) Not Exercising Enough To truly lose weight we have to create a calorie deficit. Therefore we have to focus on burning enough calories each day and week to drop weight. One pound of fat is equal to 3500 calories. So to lose one pound of fat a week you must burn 500 more calories than you consume each day. View Full Article
By Blair Morrison   View more articles by this author
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July 09
Get comfortable with it. If you’re not failing, you’re not getting better. And if you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse. View Full Article
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June 01
Whether you watch the Biggest Loser or not, it’s hard to ignore the comments people have regarding the show. When I listen to individuals voice their feelings, most of the time their concerns are for the contestants and how hard they are pushed and if their bodies can handle it View Full Article
By Blair Morrison   View more articles by this author
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April 09
Coping with the knowledge that mastery over a vast array of disciplines, skills, and challenges is beyond our capacity is not a discovery that many are comfortable with making. More encouraging is View Full Article
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February 24
Typically, I think of fitness as a way to achieve ability in different facets of life. I want to be strong so the loads life asks me to bear seem lighter. I want endurance so that I can enjoy activity longer without tiring. I want to be agile so I feel balanced and coordinated in any situation, be it going up stairs or climbing a wall. View Full Article
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January 27
As a personal trainer, it is my job to find ways to get people to adhere to their fitness program. Whether they are home or on the road, I try to show them creative ways to stay in shape. Circuit training is a great way to do this. It is both time efficient and fitness effective, combining cardiovascular and strength training into a workout session in less than one hour. The great thing about circuit training is that it can be done anywhere with or without equipment. View Full Article
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December 21
It’s holiday time and the New Year is just around the corner. I know it is said that the average weight gain between Thanksgiving and the New Year is approximately 8 pounds, but so is View Full Article
By Rebecca Mohning   View more articles by this author
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December 15
Endurance events last over one hour and after the first hour of training nutrition plays a vital role in sustaining energy levels. Here are the important guidelines for proper fueling before, during, and after training. View Full Article
By Blair Morrison   View more articles by this author
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November 24
When we talk about building functional strength while improving lean body mass, the conversation inevitably turns toward metabolic training, i.e. exercise circuits that successively tax the entire body. These types of exercises are THE way to train if you want to improve strength and stamina in a single workout. By simultaneously working lower body, upper body, and core musculature, an individual is required to pump and oxygenate so much more blood than he/she would be through more isolated exercise. This means massive calorie expenditure and burning fat. View Full Article
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November 16
By now, I hope you have a general understanding of the cardio and strength components and have been able to utilize this information to structure your own fitness program. We can now move on to one of the most important components, as well as the most neglected. View Full Article
By Blair Morrison   View more articles by this author
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November 09
Training your core has been at the heart of countless fitness programs lately, so chances are you’ve read or heard something on the subject. Therefore, I won’t pound you over the head with regurgitated arguments about spinal stability, length/tension relationships, or the importance of muscle connectivity in the pelvic floor. Suffice it to say, IT’S IMPORTANT. View Full Article
By Dan DeFigio   View more articles by this author
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November 02
By now, physicians realize that it takes more than calcium supplements for their patients to combat osteoporosis. A good calcium/magnesium/vitamin D mix, along with prescription bone density drugs, may slow the loss of bone over time, but in order to re-grow bone tissue, it is clear that more needs to be done. View Full Article
By Blair Morrison   View more articles by this author
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October 08
If I asked you to close your eyes and imagine what “fitness” looks like, chances are you’ll think of someone closer to Lance Armstrong or Marion Jones than Arnold Schwarzenegger. Maybe it’s Brad Pitt or Kelly Ripa; but it’s almost certainly not Ronnie Coleman. The point? View Full Article
By Laurie Batchelder   View more articles by this author
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October 06
The strength component of a well-balanced fitness program is probably the most familiar component. Strength training used to be popular among males exclusively, however, due to recent health benefits and concerns relating to osteoporosis, it has gained interest among women as well. View Full Article
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September 14
It’s an exercise universally hated by athletes and clients; universally adored by coaches and trainers. For those of you who are unfamiliar, the burpee consists of a squat thrust, a pushup, and a vertical jump. When done in succession, it rapidly accelerates the heart rate, taps the chest, shoulders and core, and burns out the quad and gluteal muscles. It may be the most complete bodyweight exercise out there. If you don’t believe me, do 3 sets of 10 with 60 seconds rest, the way you might a standard round of bench press. Once you catch your breath, the burpee and I will accept your endorsement. (To enhance this circuit, add a set of 5 pullups and 20 situps after each set of burpees, then take the 60 second rest period) View Full Article
By Laurie Batchelder   View more articles by this author
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September 08
My first article addressed the components of a balanced fitness program. The next several articles will describe in detail each component starting with the cardiovascular component (cardio). Cardio is an activity which increases your heart rate and can be sustained for 30 minutes or more. It is important to understand that the heart is a muscle and cardiovascular exercise is the best way to keep your heart healthy. View Full Article
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September 01
Getting the urge to start an exercise program? Don’t know how to start? The following information will not only help you develop a fitness program that will give you positive results, but also keep you motivated and excited about exercise. View Full Article
By Blair Morrison   View more articles by this author
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August 27
A client of mine called me one Saturday to report on an amazing workout he had just finished. This workout, he told me, had completely exhausted his upper and lower body, taxed his core, and left him utterly out of breath. Knowing that this guy was pretty fit and that I had put him through a lot in the past, my curiosity was understandably piqued at this point. What exercises could he have been doing to get him so depleted? View Full Article
By Dan DeFigio   View more articles by this author
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August 14
So you've set some goals for yourself, and you've committed to start taking better care of yourself. Maybe you want to lose twenty pounds, or try the half-marathon this year. Or perhaps you received a disturbing medical report from your doctor's office. In any case, you realize that regular exercise and better nutrition have to become a part of your weekly routine. View Full Article
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