Core Exercises for Runners

With summer fast approaching and the weather starting to get nicer, people are going to be heading outside to start running more in the fresh air. Some will run just for exercise for fun, or for training for a 5k, triathlon, marathon, challenge course, etc. But no matter your distance and skill level of running, keeping a your body strong will also be important. Continue reading Core Exercises for Runners

How to Do the Burpee Exercise Correctly

If you’re looking for an exercise to get your heart rate up quickly and get the sweat machine working, the burpee definitely fits the bill. You’ve probably seen a dozen different variations of the burpee, some of them on the tamer end of the spectrum and some of them on the masochistic end. The good news is that you can find one that fits your current activity level, whatever it may be. Continue reading How to Do the Burpee Exercise Correctly

In Pursuit of the Elusive Six Pack

I can’t tell you how many people voice frustration, stomp their feet, express heartbreak, and even obsession regarding the core of their body. People who are interested and regular in their exercise are no exception. The pursuit of the famed “six pack” is elusive, at best. And there are many myths that surround the subject. Let’s try to dispel just a few of them. Continue reading In Pursuit of the Elusive Six Pack

How to Train Like a Pro Soccer Player

When’s the last time you saw a professional soccer player and thought “Wow that person is out of shape,” or “Wow that person is just unathletic”? Probably never, because unlike being a lineman in football or being 7’2’’ in basketball, you have to be lean, athletic, and in shape in order to excel at soccer.

Soccer players train in a very specific way to get their bodies ready to play, and it shows in their physique. I’m not saying that training like a soccer player will make you look like Cristiano Ronaldo, but it will definitely help get you in the best shape of your life. Through interval training and high volume lower body lifting with core work, training like a soccer player will help you lose body fat while building up strong leg and core muscles. Continue reading How to Train Like a Pro Soccer Player

Developing a Strong Core (Inside & Out) Through Pilates & Yoga

By Melissa Abramovich, Certified Personal Trainer at Elite Sports Club-River Glen

The development of a strong and healthy midsection, and the development of a strong and healthy mind can both be accomplished simultaneously through two different paths. Both Yoga and Pilates can increase core strength as well as developing fortitude of spirit. We focus on increasing the strength of the body through movement (the Asanas or poses), and simultaneously work on focusing the mind to work in better concert with the body, through the breath (pranayama). Both Yoga and Pilates focus on breath work as a means to connecting the mind and body. First, I’d like to focus on the Pilates Method, and how that can help to develop a strong body and mind. Continue reading Developing a Strong Core (Inside & Out) Through Pilates & Yoga