Fundamental Bridge Progressions

Bridges are excellent nose to toes core exercises and, in general, should be an integral part of any comprehensive exercise program. This week, consider including the fundamental bridge progressions highlighted into your regular, consistently performed exercise program (i.e., there are literally dozens of variations, so stay tuned for other progressions in the coming weeks).  As…

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What is a Boot Camp Format?

Boot camp large group and small group training programs are commonplace, particularly within gym and health club settings.  However, these formats vary widely.  Therefore, the challenge for the consumer is understanding exactly what the specific boot camp format includes that they are interested in pursuing and whether it will fit their specific needs. While the…

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Fantastic Summer Fitness Vacations

After many months of not being able to travel easily for a fitness vacation, this summer, it may be possible to enjoy a change of scenery!  The intention of the following information is not to target spa vacations (not that those are not an excellent option), but simply great locations to vacation where you may…

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Posterior Chain Upper Body Blast

The posterior chain muscles of the upper body are critical postural muscles. Often, clients will train their anterior chain muscles of the upper body at the expense of the posterior chain muscles. Due to our activities of daily living requiring a great deal of anterior sagittal plane movement patterns, the anterior chain muscles of the…

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Medicine and Slam Balls – Fantastic Fitness Tools! (The final in a three-part series)

For the past two weeks, medicine/slam ball fundamentals have been highlighted.  This final week, four more unique medicine/slam ball drills will be detailed and featured adding to your medicine/slam ball repertoire!  As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician. Medicine/Slam Ball Preparation Warm-up for 5-10 minutes without the medicine/slam balls performing…

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Medicine and Slam Balls – Fantastic Fitness Tools! (The second in a three-part series)

Last week, medicine/slam ball fundamentals were highlighted.  This week and next, three different medicine/slam ball drills will be detailed and featured so you may begin performing with these fitness tools today!  As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician. Medicine/Slam Ball Preparation Warm-up for 5-10 minutes without the medicine/slam balls performing…

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7 Signs of a Successful Workout

There are signs that a workout has been successful and not just that you are dripping in sweat! While sweating is a common response to rigorous workouts, everyone’s body produces waste products at a different rate and volume. With some clients, the sweat is flying the entire workout, others experience a slower production of waste…

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Correct Postural Alignment Equals Increases in Strength

If I told you that there is one very simple change that you could make which would lead to a significant increase in your muscular strength, would you be willing to do it?  If so, consider correcting your postural alignment.  Our mothers were always pestering us about standing up straight and they were definitely aiming…

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Recipe for Health: Cajun Beef Mushroom Tacos

More nutrition in tacos for less calories. By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD You may have noticed that mushrooms of all types are having a bit of a moment as people learn more about their nutritional virtues. And here is more news that will only help fuel the ’shroom boom: Writing in Food Science & Nutrition,…

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