High Step Variations

High step variations

There are dozens of variations of high step-up movement patterns. Stepping up high onto a step platform or plyo box, not only engages the quadriceps as the primary mover, this movement pattern also will engage the gluteus maximus and nose to toes core. High step-up movement patterns performed regularly may enhance your performance in a…

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Three Fitness Technique Tips

seated lat pull

While there are hundreds of fitness technique tips that we utilize throughout each week when training our clientele, there are three that are of particular importance across the board. The tips featured this week will concentrate on muscular strength training skills/drills. Knowing where you are in space and time, understanding the purpose of the exercise,…

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Four HIIT Drills to Master

HIIT - the HARDEST work!

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is the hardest that you are able to train for a specified interval (i.e., usually 5-30 seconds) and during that interval you become completely winded. It is not hard work, or harder work, it is the hardest! If you have consulted with your physician and they have cleared you for…

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Three Excellent Core Exercises

Three core exercises

When training the core, it is important to approach your training program from a total body perspective. Hence the reason we tend to refer to the core as everything from nose to toes. The three exercises featured this week are excellent examples of the “nose to toes” core concept. You will train across all three…

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Mind and Body—Inextricably Linked

mind and body, this is "you" time

Not a day goes by that the phrase, ‘the mind and body are inextricably linked” is not conveyed to our clientele.  Regardless of what the class format may be, the skill level of the client, the goals/objectives of the client or the type of personal training program that has been designed, there is always a…

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Alternating Squats – Three Great Variations

Squat progressions

Squats have been an integral part of exercise programs for decades.  There are dozens of variations on the “squatting” theme.  However, performing alternating squats challenges the body differently than traditional bilateral squats.  Consequently, this week, we will feature three great progressions of alternating squats. Progressions utilizing external resistance such as dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, sandbags…

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Three Lower Body Exercise Standards

Three Lower Body Exercise Standards Article

While not an exhaustive list by any means, the following three lower body exercises are solid standards to include in almost all exercise programs. And, due to the fact that all three are performed standing, there is significant inclusion of the nose to toes core as well as the lower body musculature. These exercises should…

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Keep Your Head Up!

Proper posture

One of the most common technical cues that we as trainers convey to our clients is for them to “keep their head up,” to ensure that the cervical spine is in neutral during the vast majority of exercises, skills and drills we perform.  A good analogy is to consider the head/neck/shoulders as the “roof” on…

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Mountain Life Fitness proudly presents Our “Mountain Row” Small Group Training Program

Mountain Row water rowing program small group training with Dani

Under the expert instruction of Dani, one of our amazing certified personal trainers/coaches, this small group training (SGT) program is a smart workout performed on the water rower—negligible impact and form-centric to reduce the risk of injury while performing high-intensity interval training (HIIT), alternating bursts of extreme activity with recovery intervals which concentrate on increasing…

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Workout for the Road

Workout for the road

While travel logistics are still a bit challenging, the remainder of summer is an ideal time for travel. Seeing the sights, visiting family/friends, and enjoying some well-deserved time off to de-stress, reconnect with loved ones and experience the beauty of the earth is a wonderful way to spend a few days or weeks during the…

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