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5 Pillars of Human Movement

When strength training, it can be difficult to decide which exercises to incorporate into your workout routine. In his book Functional Training, JC Santana explains why we should incorporate the 5 Pillars of Human Movement into our workouts. These Pillars enable us to move better in our activities of daily living and sports. He explains…

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Rowing for Your Health

Orange Theory™, CrossFit™ and various gyms and training studios incorporate rowing into their fitness programming. What’s all the hype about? There’s a good reason why it’s a staple in many workouts. Benefits Associated With Indoor Rowing: Improve your cardiovascular fitness and aerobic endurance. Provides a full body workout and will strengthen your legs, upper body,…

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Tips for Healthy Feet

Most people don’t spend anytime strengthening their feet and yet, your feet are the foundation to all your movements. We stand and walk on them all day long, we run on them, jump on them, they propel us forward, and they absorb impact. It’s clear that the foot is one of the most important areas…

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Gentle But Powerful Workouts

The popularity of HIIT, Tabata, CrossFit and other aggressive workout formats sends the message that people need to go hard all the time to see results, but that is far from the truth!  We all want to experience life-changing results without leaving the gym feeling beat up and suffering chronic injuries to the knees, back…

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Bouncing For Your Bones

Bones are living tissue and can adapt to external stimulus like exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle. Specifically, high impact exercise has been linked to better bone health due to the increased weight and force on the bones providing bone-strengthening benefits and making your bones thicker and stronger. Bone mass starts to decline as we age leading…

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Strong and Pain-Free Shoulders

Shoulder and neck pain is a common occurrence that has been associated with poor posture and too much time spent time hunched over our laptops and cell phones. Bad posture places excessive stress on your muscles, connective tissue and joints which can result in a tight, sore, and stressed body. This can lead to neck…

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Mobility vs. Flexibility

The critical importance of mobility and flexibility to overall health is gaining greater traction in the fitness, training, and physical therapy communities. However, many people are confused about the difference between mobility and flexibility. Flexibility refers to the ability of soft tissues such as muscle, fascia, ligaments, and tendons to passively stretch and lengthen. Mobility…

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Never Miss Leg Day

Having strong legs will positively impact your overall health: Better balance….reducing your risk for falls. Navigate stairs better. Get up off the floor without struggling. Bone density will improve reducing your risk for developing osteoporosis. Joints will be better supported lowering your risk for injury. Also, strong legs look great! For all these reasons, never…

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Balance is Key

There is a poem I read in my Yoga classes, and it relates to balance in our lives. Just like in Yoga, there is a Yin and a Yang to life. Sometimes in a Yoga class, you are holding a very challenging pose, and other times, you are in a completely relaxed and rested state….

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Workout Myths That May Be Limiting Your Success

Most people start an exercise program only to find themselves quitting within a couple months. Behavioral Change research is shedding light on what may be the issue for most people. It’s important to note that the method that die-hard exercisers use will likely not work for most people. They are just a different breed! Avoid…

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