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An Excuse to Buy New Shoes

girlstrechingshoesMonday Motivation: WEAR GOOD SHOES Most running shoes last about 350 miles.  If you’ve been hitting the gym (and the treadmill) all winter, chances are, you’re due for a new pair!   WHICH KIND IS BEST FOR YOU? WALKING SHOES are designed for the heel-toe motion of walking, but should not be worn while running. […]
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When & Why You Should Modify

pushupsmodifiedMonday Motivation: THE FOCUS OF YOUR WORKOUT SHOULD BE FULL RANGE OF MOTION   Use exercise modifications when you need them, such as leaving 1 or 2 knees down during push-ups.  Focus on moving as far as possible in each direction during weight activities. Doing so could increase your muscle strength and size more than if you […]

Sitting is the New Smoking

Monday Motivation: GET UP! Prolonged sitting is associated with 34 chronic diseases and conditions such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, back pain, and depression! GET UP OFF YOUR GLUTES: Stand while talking on the phone Waiting for an appointment?  Stand! Stand (or work out) during TV commercials Ditch the drive-thru and walk in Plan walking […]

Overcoming Challenges

Monday Motivation: OVERCOMING CHALLENGES Experience victory over these common fitness obstacles: TOO BUSY?  Try an express class or interval workout! STUCK INSIDE?  Has the winter weather made it too dangerous to drive?  Check out our YouTube channel for at-home workout ideas! NEW & NERVOUS?  Try these tips for fitness newbies! BORED?  Try one of these 10 Ways […]
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4 Benefits of Balance Training

Monday Motivation: Incorporate BALANCE TRAINING into your fitness routine! 4 BENEFITS OF BALANCE TRAINING: Improves the communication between your brain and muscles. Helps with muscle isolation (so you can’t “cheat” during your workout). Burns more calories because you’re constantly using stabilizer muscles. Helps with core stabilization - this in turn helps to improve your coordination, athletic […]

Are You Sitting Down? (Stretches for Hip Flexibility)

girlstrechingshoesSitting all day can cause hip and back pain, along with tight hip flexors.  These stretches can help: KNEELING HIP-FLEXOR STRETCH Step into a lunge position, and lower your back knee to the ground. Keep your upper body straight while you tilt your pelvis forward. Hold for one minute, release, and repeat two more times. […]

The Power of Protein

high-protein-foodsMONDAY MOTIVATION: Try adding some of these high-protein foods into your diet PROTEIN IS GREAT FOR WEIGHT LOSS: PROTEIN SATISFIES - Protein is helps you feel fuller longer. It slows down digestion making you feel more satisfied, so you’ll be less likely to go back for seconds. IT CURBS CARB HIGHS & LOWS - Pairing protein with […]

HOW TO: Burn More Calories!

burn 1/3 more calories by combining cardio & weights in 1 workout!If that’s not enough, here are 5 More Reasons why WEIGHTLIFTING should be part of your exercise routine: HEART HEALTH: Lifting weights can reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. BURN BELLY FAT: According to Harvard University, women who lift heavy weights lose more belly fat than those who don’t. PREVENT OSTEOPEROSIS and build strong bones. BOOST YOUR METABOLISM:  Lifting […]

HOW TO: Avoid Muscle Soreness

yoga stretches to avoid muscle sorenessSTART SLOW - Whether you’re new to exercise or just took a few days off, ease into it to keep your muscle fibers happy. HYDRATE - This is your body’s first defense against soreness and most illnesses.  Sip water throughout the day, then 32oz more for each hour of exercise. POST-WORKOUT FUEL – Help speed up the recovery process with a nutritious protein-filled […]

5 Ways to BOOST Your BOOTY

In the new “I’m Doing This for ME!” class, members are requesting mostly CORE and BUTT exercises. Try these 5 exercises to shape & tone your backside:   SQUAT – Squats are fantastic because they work the entire lower body and really rev your metabolism. If squats bug your knees, click here! KICKBACK (see image above) Add resistance bands or […]
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