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Fitness for the Holidays

Weight gain during the holiday season is well documented.  The average person will gain five to seven pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.  So, how about this year instead of gaining weight you consider maintaining or losing unnecessary weight instead?  Throughout the years, many of our clients not only maintain their weight during the holidays…

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Three Excellent Smith Machine Exercises for the Lower Body

A Smith Machine is a heavy piece of fitness equipment that has a fixed bar, multiple racking sites and allows for plate-loading; however, because it is a fixed bar, it does not compare to the intensity of training with a free barbell due to the fixed components.  It does, however, work well for many clients…

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Calendar At A Glance

December 9th – Move It and Lose It Challenge ends December 10th – Measurements for final results of Move It and Lose It Challenge begins December 10th – Bring a Friend to Workout Day December 24th – closed for Christmas holiday December 25th – closed for Christmas holiday December 31st – close at noon for…

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The Bird Dog Exercise

The bird dog exercise is an excellent method of strengthening the primary movers of the spine, such as the superficial erector spinae muscle group and the deeper spinal muscles (i.e. multifidus, etc.).  And, the bird dog strengthens the secondary muscles, the rectus abdominus, transversus abdominus, and gluteus maximus along with many of the shoulder girdle…

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Ten Healthy Eating Habits

While we are all different, there are some basic guidelines for the general public to follow to encourage long-term weight loss and for improving general health.  However, if you have special nutritional needs, consult your physician or a registered dietician to help you develop an eating regimen that will address those needs. There are virtually…

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Build a Better Body in 2019

Okay, we are heading into the New Year and raring to get fit this year-right?  Well, if that is truly the case and you are committed to making the necessary changes to build a better body this year, let’s get busy starting today.  Follow these nine strategies and this time next year, you will already…

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A Word From Jackie

We have had an incredible summer and fall season at Mountain Life Fitness!  So many amazing events have taken place such as our fundraiser for Shining Stars Foundation recently, programs such as our Ski Preparation Program which is just about to be completed, the launching of our Barre Works Program and much more!  Thank you…

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Cognitive, Associative, and Autonomous – The Three Stages of Learning

When we learn movement patterns such as in dance or related dance forms such as step aerobics and sports-oriented skills, we generally move through three specific stages. Obviously, how we learn as individuals (i.e. visually, auditory or kinesthetic) will impact our performance. However, this week three stages of learning—cognitive, associative and autonomous will be featured.…

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A Fabulous Ladder, Hula Hoop and Jump Rope Circuit

The agility ladder, hula hoop and jump rope are three excellent fitness tools which may be utilized together during the same exercise session to create variety, improve cardiovascular endurance, burn calories and challenge your agility, power and coordination. All three of these tools are inexpensive, portable and enable the user to perform countless different skills…

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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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