Bring a Fresh Start to Your Routine with a Spring Workout Makeover

Spring is here, so get ready to shed the winter blues and spring into a new season! Spring is a time of renewal, so it’s the perfect time to revitalize your routine with a spring workout makeover. Here are a few tips to get you moving outdoors so you can make the most of the vibrant season. Continue reading Bring a Fresh Start to Your Routine with a Spring Workout Makeover

Building Strong Shoulder Muscles

How does personal training work? Why bother going to a personal trainer when you can do all of the exercises by yourself? One reason might be to stay accountable. But for our purposes here, I want to show you how we build programs for folks, to obtain very specific goals. Whether you’re a guy and want to build muscle mass, or a gal who is looking to tone up and look sleeker for summer, working on building shapely shoulder muscles should be in your mix. Continue reading Building Strong Shoulder Muscles

Ways to Squeeze In 10-Minute Exercises Throughout Your Day

Would you be able to squeeze in 10-minute exercises here and there, even on your busiest of days?

45-60 minutes is the recommended amount of time to be spent exercising for weight loss and fitness. But sometimes finding that chunk of time every day is a challenge. And other times, it’s just not going to happen. Life gets busy for us all, and then we’re left feeling guilty, tired, or defeated because we missed, yet again, another workout. But what if you only needed 10 minutes?

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Top Fitness Trends of 2017

The Thighmaster, Nintendo Wii workouts, Tae Bo — every year comes with its own fitness trends. What will be hot in 2017? The American College of Sports Medicine has a few ideas.

As the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world, ACSM releases an annual list of what’s shaping up to be the hottest topics in the fitness world. Check out the the top fitness trends for the year — are you ready? Continue reading Top Fitness Trends of 2017

6 Lower Body Exercises to Do Instead of Squats

Hip mobility and strength are crucial for “simple” things like walking and getting up from a chair, but also come into play for sports and functional movement. The primary role of the hip extensors, which include the hamstring and adductor muscles of the thigh, is to extend the hip during gait (walking, running) and provide dynamic stability when performing one legged exercises or movements. They are responsible for lower body strength and for distributing power from the ground through the rest of the body.  Notably, lack of proper hip strength can lead to a low back injuries and pain.  Lower body exercises that incorporate the hip extensors as a group help mobility and protect your back. Continue reading 6 Lower Body Exercises to Do Instead of Squats