The Importance of Functional Movement

In most things we learn, we often hear experts saying that you have to start from the beginning by learning the fundamentals. Exercise is no exception. Learning functional movements will have you using multiple muscles with each move and will minimize your risk of injury as you train. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete, a beginner, or an older adult, you will reap the benefits of taking exercise back to the basics with functional movement training. Functional movement focuses on training movement patterns, rather than isolating individual muscles. Below are some of the many benefits of this type of training. Continue reading The Importance of Functional Movement

Active Flexibility Warm up Exercises You Should Try

You want to do active flexibility exercises before any kind of physical training. These exercises are important because they wake up your muscles, increase the range of motion of joints, and they improve your body awareness. This style of warming up will enhance your muscular power and performance. Continue reading Active Flexibility Warm up Exercises You Should Try

10 Reasons You MUST Warm-up Before Any Type of Workout

A warm-up should be done before each workout session: cardio, strength training, and even stretching-based classes like yoga. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time since 5-10 minutes is typically all you need to get your body ready for working out. Plan to spend more time warming up for very intense workouts, whereas you can spend less time warming up for low- to moderate-intensity workouts. Continue reading 10 Reasons You MUST Warm-up Before Any Type of Workout

8 Ways To Speed Up Recovery After Exercise

Rest and recovery are as just as important as exercise. Time off allows your body and mind to fully recover and grow.

Here are some tips recommended by the experts: Continue reading 8 Ways To Speed Up Recovery After Exercise

Do You Actually Need Gym Equipment and a Trainer to Stay in Shape?

Melissa Abramovich ACE CPT, NASM CGT, AAHFRP Medical Exercise Specialist & Personal Trainer at Elite Sports Club-River Glen

Muscle withers away if you’re not constantly building it, and muscle withers faster as we age. Waning muscle mass gives way to fat gain, stiff joints, stumbling and bumbling balance, and a precipitous drop in self esteem and functional strength. If you are willing to, fighting back will help us turn the hands of time, just a bit. This means getting strong. Lifting weights can do as much for your heart and lungs as cardio, in addition to building lean muscle, providing you with armor to weather the inevitable storms of time. Continue reading Do You Actually Need Gym Equipment and a Trainer to Stay in Shape?