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Work Your Body, Prevent Dementia

A recent study conducted in Canada followed 1600 adults for 5 years and discovered a risk for dementia that rivals the threat of even genetic predisposition: a sedentary lifestyle. People who did not exercise were as likely to be at risk for dementia as those who were genetically predisposed. The researchers who tracked the participants in the Canadian Study of …

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Run, Walk, or Jump to Lower Stress

There are countless benefits to exercise that we’ve all heard time and again; however, exercise has recently been shown to reduce work-related stress, as well as the risk for cardiovascular disease. Nearly 60% of Americans feel a significant amount of stress as a result of their work, and often feel burned out because of it (Halvorsen, 2017). Cardiovascular exercise can …

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Dude, Where Are My Abs?

Most people know where their “abs” are, but cannot understand what it takes to have the carved “Channing Tatum a la Magic Mike” midsection. Unfortunately, revealing the ever-coveted six pack, rather than the keg most of us carry, takes a great deal of discipline. Proper training and nutrition are essential for showing off that stunning midsection. Here are some tips …

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To Cardio or to Strength Train? That is the Question.

One of the most common questions I hear is, “should I lift weights first, or do cardio first?” and, while research still cannot say distinctly which is preferable, I can give some insight to the answer I often give. Both weightlifting and cardiovascular exercise are effective methods of training; however, I have often explained to my clients maintaining good form …

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Get Behind Bars

It’s no secret that weight training builds muscle, but is there a method of weight training that is truly more effective? Many programs are designed to use machines, free weights and compound movements. An example of a compound movement is a squat because it encompasses multiple joints and acts as a power movement. Which form of training is the most …

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HIIT it Hard

It is common knowledge that, for weight loss, the implementation of cardio as well as dietary and strength training alterations, are necessary. Typically, the cardiovascular work performed is what’s called “steady state” cardio. This is essentially any cardiovascular activity done for a prolonged amount of time at around the same intensity throughout. For example, running on the treadmill at 6.0mph …

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Warm Up This Winter with Dynamic Stretching

It is widely accepted by fitness professionals that a warm-up is essential to optimal performance. The degree, type and longevity of the activity will often encourage the structure of a warm-up. However, despite a change in activity, the main goal of every warm-up is to do just that, increase both the body’s core temperature as well as the muscle temperature. …

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Making It Past the Sticking Point

You’ve been in the gym for about a year’s time. You’ve seen yourself make huge strides forward, not only have your bench numbers gone up but so has your squat! However the longer you spend hitting your weekly routine the less success you find yourself having. Until one day you notice that your lifts seems to be failing consistently at …

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Squat Variations

     Squats are a girl’s (and guy’s!) best friend, right? Regardless of where you are at in your fitness journey everyone has done a squat or two. This movement is full body, incorporating multiple muscle groups such as your Erector Spinae, Quadriceps, Hamstrings, and Gluteus Maximus to name a few. Apart from helping you to gain size and strength in your …

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Running Form – It Matters!

Proper running form helps to increase your running efficiency while protecting you from injury. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been running for years or are new to the routine, everyone can benefit from improved running form. The key is to make small changes and give your body a chance to adjust to the new mechanics. Here are some ideas to …

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