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HOW TO: Maximize Your Crunches

Monday Motivation: Don’t relax your abs as you lower your chest away from your knees.  This only gives 1/2 of the ab-toning benefits!  To get the firmest abs possible, keep that contraction on the way back down. Try this method during this QUICK Core Workout! photo source: about.com

5 Exercises for Flabby Arms

flabbyarmsMonday Morning Fit Tip: TRY THESE 5 EXERCISES FOR FLABBY ARMS You can quickly alleviate the problem of flabby arms by strengthening your biceps and triceps. Try doing 10-15 reps of each exercise.  Beginners = 1 round Intermediate = 2 rounds Advanced = 3 rounds 1. Diamond Push-ups While in a regular pushup position, put […]

Fit Tip: SIT DOWN!

wallsitMonday Motivation: DO WALL SITS AFTER YOUR WORKOUT WHY? Add wall sits to the end of your workouts to strengthen your quads, hamstrings and glutes, while also improving your speed and endurance! HOW? Lean against a wall with your feet shoulder-width apart, then squat until your knees are bent at 45 degrees. Hold for 30 to […]

Quick Tips for Less Knee Pain

side swingMonday Motivation JUST SAY “NO” TO KNEE PAIN! While a doctor should diagnose the cause of severe knee pain, there are a few small changes that you can make to your workout to help prevent or reduce knee injury! DO LUNGES BUG YOUR KNEES? TRY MODIFYING! Use modified lunges with good form and over time […]

Monday Motivation

BIGLow-impact exercises can give you the same fat-burning, metabolism-boosting benefits of a high-intensity workout.  Staying low-impact also means that you can push yourself a little harder without increasing the risk of injury! SWIMMING: The water provides a challenge for your muscles, but reduces the impact on your joints.  Swimming helps improve your aerobic fitness level […]

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Do You Have a Plan?

makeplanaskhelpHoliday Weight Loss Challenge: WHAT IS A “SMART” PLAN? At the start of the Holiday Weight Loss Challenge we make a plan for our workouts and meals because failure to plan is planning to fail!  Your goal is to create a SMART plan: Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Trackable ASK FOR HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT Successful […]

Abdominals vs. Core

absandcoreMonday Motivation: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? Your core includes the muscles from your shoulders to your hips, on the front and back sides of your body.  The abdominals are just one section of your core! WHY DOES IT MATTER? A strong core can help prevent or reduce back pain, improve athletic performance, and improve posture.  Plus, […]

Mix It Up!

mixitupMonday Motivation: To challenge and strengthen your body, you need to change up your workouts every 4 – 6 weeks.  Try different forms of cardio or simply switch up the weight you’re lifting and the repetitions to see: BETTER RESULTS: Variety can help you do 44% more reps, lift heavier, and break through a weight-loss plateau! […]

30-20-10 Workouts

30-20-10logoMonday Motivation: TRY SOMETHING NEW! The 30-20-10 workout can be done with any form of cardio exercise!  It’s a form of interval training that boosts your metabolism, increases your speed, and burns fat!   Try a 30-20-10 Workout: Warm-up for 5 minutes Go easy for 30 seconds (low), faster for 20 seconds (medium), then fast as you […]
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