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The Hip Abduction

The hip abductor muscles are located in the lateral, upper aspect of the hip joint. There are three primary superficial hip abductor muscles (i.e. gluteus medius/gluteus minimus and the tensor fascia latae {TFL}). The medius and minimus are the major abductors of the hip when the femur is in neutral and only abduct the hip…

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Ten Fall Fitness Strategies

It is hard to believe that fall is here and that the holiday season and winter sport’s months are almost upon us. However, it is an ideal time to sit down and revamp your fitness plan for the rest of this year and into 2019. Therefore, apply the ten fall fitness strategies highlighted below to set…

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Performance Primer

So, you walk into your group exercise class or personal training session and complete your workout adequately. Your body is responding, but it seems to be more slowly than you would expect and you begin to wonder why this is the case when you feel that further progress should have been made at this point.…

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Modify You Exercises and Enjoy Exercise Succecss

There is a significant difference between compensation and modification when applied to exercise performance. Compensation usually refers to “breaking form” during the execution of an exercise (i.e. momentum use, not achieving a full range of motion/line of pull, rocking/leaning the body, or not maintaining a neutral spine, etc.). Not only does this compensated movement potentially…

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Mountain Climbers Three Ways

The mountain climber exercise is an excellent total body nose to core exercise. The entire body becomes involved in this exercise due to the body’s position in relationship to ground forces and it may be performed with, or without any equipment. However, this week three variations including one without equipment, will be highlighted. Add these…

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Fantastic Fall Fitness

We still have a bit of summer to enjoy, but it is definitely time to begin considering what you will do this fall to begin a fitness program or continue progressing within your current program. Fall is a fantastic time to set a template for year round fitness because we are able to get outside…

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Triceps Skull Crushers Three Ways

There are dozens of exercises that effectively train the triceps (brachii) muscle group.  These muscles are located on the posterior upper arm, have three heads and originate at the lower edge of the glenoid cavity of the scapula, posterior humerus and the distal two-thirds of the posterior humerus and insert on the olecranon process (think…

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Three Great Ankle Cuff Resistive Tubing Exercises

The ankle cuff resistive tubing design includes a Velcro cuff for each ankle with resistive tubing between the two ankle cuffs. It provides light to heavy resistance, depending upon the gauge thickness and the length of the tubing excellent for strengthening the lower body. Therefore, add the following three great ankle cuff tubing exercises targeting…

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Creative Exercise Set Design

If you have been exercising regularly for a while, you may have noticed that your set organization (a certain number of repetitions—8-12-completed would be one set), has become a bit dreary and uninteresting.  This may be one of the reasons that you are not as enthusiastic about heading back to the gym or into your…

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