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Focus on Function – Train Bilaterally and Unilaterally

We function both bilaterally (i.e. both sides of the body) and unilaterally (i.e. one side of the body). Consequently, it is important, if we choose to function optimally, to regularly train our bodies both bilaterally and unilaterally.  This week a comprehensive Super Set Circuit designed to work bilaterally and unilaterally is featured.  As always, prior…

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A Word From Jackie

What a whirlwind summer this has been in 2019!  It was a bit of a late beginning, but then we enjoyed lovely weather, fantastic new businesses popping up throughout the county, record visitors, and best of all–you, our valued MLF members making time for regular workouts here at the club! The following three months will…

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Where’s Your Head? ~ The Mind-Muscle Connection

While many of us are familiar with the mental health improvements and increase in serotonin and endorphins provided by physically working out, the idea that the focus of our mind during our workout improves our bodies’ physical response to the workout is less frequently discussed. You’ve likely heard of the concept “mind over matter”. The theories…

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Cardio Junkies—Take Note!

No, this is not going to be yet another article touting the benefits of high intensity interval training (I.e. HIIT) at the expense of longer, slow distance aerobic training—although there are many benefits to both.  Nor is the content going to hammer home the point that one needs to incorporate muscular strength/endurance and flexibility training…

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New at THE BLEND ~ Shakes to Improve your Wellness

Introducing our new shakes; Matcha Lite Peach Slim Acai Blast Key Lime Sublime All of our new shakes have at least twenty grams of protein to help you refuel and recover after your workout. Listed here are a few of the benefits of these new shakes. Matcha tea is full of antioxidants, it may help…

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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 a program.  Fall is a fantastic time to set a template for year round fitness because we can still get outside for workouts…

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Torch Those Calories with a Three by Three

If time is in short supply, try this Three by Three exercise program that may be performed just about anywhere and, when performed as described, takes only 21 minutes (i.e. 18’ exertion/3’ active recovery) to complete!  Perform the program two/three times/week on non-consecutive days.   As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your…

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Stay Fit While Enjoying Your Summer Visitors

Have you had any summer visitors lately?  Well, we have and that is to be expected when we live in a beautiful mountain community with a plethora of exciting and fun outdoor activities to enjoy.  However, hosting summer visitors may play havoc with your summer workouts and may create some inconsistency leading to potential loss…

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A Clean Bike is a Happy Bike!

It is that time of year again and the bike trails and roads are calling people from across the country to explore. WELCOME BACK TO BIKE SEASON!!! While many of us are excited to get out and ride, what we do when we return home can cause the next experience to become more misery than…

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Exercise Modification Basics

Regardless of age, gender or fitness level, just about every one has some form of physical limitation that requires exercise modification.  And, modifying exercises to address specific physical limitations generally requires the expertise of a physical therapist or fitness professional.  However, there are some basic exercise modifications that just about anyone can implement which are featured below.  As…

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