Infinite Fitness Blog

Resting During Resistance Training

We all know when we need rest. Maybe our eyes start closing, or our heads start dropping, but what about between weight lifting sets? How much rest is the right amount? Too much rest and it takes an eternity to finish a workout; not enough, and the lift is compromised. Short-term recovery is both necessary and important to performance. It …

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Eating to Beat the Blues

The gloomy, cloudy days so common to winter often leave people feeling the same way as weather. This is often referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder, appropriately abbreviated to SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder has been diagnosed in approximately 6% of Americans, with about 15% suffering from a milder version of the disorder. Nonetheless, the winter blues, no matter how severe, …

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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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Goal Setting for Success

Ringing in the New Year inevitably leads to making resolutions that are long since forgotten by February 1st. However, making goals effectively can lead to greater success both in fitness and everyday life. Implementing effective goal setting involves setting timely, realistic goals and establishing a method of completing it. For many people, a goal will be as generalized as “I …

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Tired From Turkey?

Turkey has often been attributed to the ever-so-common Thanksgiving Day nap because of its L-Tryptophan content. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, meaning we need to eat it because our bodies cannot produce it. It is a contributor to everything from the backbone of DNA to the production of Vitamin B3. In this case, when tryptophan aids in the body’s …

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5 Ways to Wake Up for a Morning Workout

Getting out of bed can certainly be a struggle for all of us. There are mornings where the thought of getting out of bed while it’s still dark out and heading to the gym can not only be daunting, but downright unappealing. We all do it. You set your alarm the night before, excited for the idea of how healthy …

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Don’t Stress! Two Minutes to a Calmer You

Stress is everywhere. Ask anyone and, without skipping a beat, they’ll run down a list of ten reasons they’re stressed today; but, it doesn’t have to control your life. Take two minutes to destress and have a positive impact on your whole body. Stress is not only mentally taxing, but also encourages the release of the hormone cortisol into your …

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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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Do You Need a Personal Trainer?

“Everyone needs a personal trainer.” My coworkers and I throw this phrase around at our weekly meeting. We joke that this reality of fitness is true, everyone (even us) would benefit from having their own personal trainer. In my time as a personal trainer I have met hundreds of people inside and outside of the gym who are interested in …

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