Beginner’s Guide to Foam Rolling

One of the fitness trends that has been growing in popularity over the past handful of years is foam rolling. You see foam rollers in stores and see people using them at the gym, but why? What are they for and how exactly would one go about using them? Without going too deep into the science behind it, I’m going to break down what foam rolling is and why you should consider adding it to your current fitness routine. Continue reading Beginner’s Guide to Foam Rolling

100 Years of Exercise

“It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.”

This was said by the philosopher Marcus Cicero in 65 BC.

Throughout history, exercise has been something that has evolved with us. So, today it’s time to look at how we have gone from bath house to zumba class. Continue reading 100 Years of Exercise

Beyond the Finish Line: Creating Motivation Through Curiosity

What’s your motivation?  Really, stop right now and think about it.  What makes you open your eyes in the morning, and put one foot in front of the other as you walk to the kitchen, your kids room, the shower?  This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately relative to my goals that I would like to achieve in the next 5-10 years.  One goal in particular that I’ve been concentrating on a lot lately is my physical strength.  Having a 5 year old and a 1 year old is like having two only children.  It requires physical stamina to keep up with one who won’t stop running and one who is working with all his might to get there.  So, in order to maintain my strength, and yes, my sanity too at times, I’ve been hitting the gym almost every day.  Continue reading Beyond the Finish Line: Creating Motivation Through Curiosity

Do You Have Good Balance?

Jordan Meyer, Certified Personal Trainer & Group Exercise Instructor at Elite Sports Club-North Shore

Most people believe their balance is adequate at the worst because their balance isn’t really tested on a daily basis. After all, if you don’t fall down randomly how would you know if you have bad balance? Try this: stand on one leg for 30 seconds with the other leg suspended in the air in front of you, getting your foot as high off the ground as you can. Now try with your other leg. How much did you wobble or have to touch the ground with your raised foot? If you were shaking around like you had your own personal earthquake under your foot, you probably need some balance training. Continue reading Do You Have Good Balance?

6 Strength Training Exercises You Should Try Today!

Strength training and building muscle are essential parts of a healthy and fit lifestyle.

Many studies have shown that the more muscle mass you have, the higher your resting metabolic rate. So unlike traditional cardio, strength training gives you an afterburn. This means that your body will continue to burn calories for up to 72 hours after you are done working out. Burn more calories while at rest? We’ll take it!

Here are 6 strength training exercises you should incorporate into your fitness routine! Continue reading 6 Strength Training Exercises You Should Try Today!