Let’s Go Streaking!

Let’s Go Streaking!

Challenges, Competitions, Exercise Deep Dive, Exercise Ideas, Making Change
Recently, I embarked on a different kind of streaking adventure – one that involves putting on a bunch of extra clothes as opposed to the other. Inspired by an Instagram challenge, I joined a group on Strava (a fitness tracker/social media app, for the uninitiated) to run every day in December. The mission? Simple: hit at least one mile daily. Never having attempted a run streak before, I saw it as an intriguing test. There’s a lot to gain from such a commitment: consistency, discipline, and a blend of mental and physical challenge. Plus, it’s a real test of daily recovery when it’s an exercise streak. Week One: Dodging the ‘Too Busy’ Bullet My biggest fear initially was actually just getting busy and forgetting to go. There were a couple…
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Is Something Actually Better than Nothing??

Challenges, Exercise Deep Dive, Exercise Ideas, Making Change
A common question I get asked or see online is some variation of, “I’m super busy with work/kids/sports/other obligations…So I don’t have a lot of time to workout.  How can I work on my fitness without much time?”It’s a completely valid question and one that, I too, struggle with sometimes.  Life gets in the way of our best laid plans and the first thing you have to do is respect that.  Give some credit to the physical and mental energy these other tasks and challenges take from you and don’t try to ‘power through’ it so much.  I recently was discussing this with a client and they were afraid that with all that was going on, making the progress they desired seemed pointless since they couldn’t devote the full time to…
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Swiss Ball Home Workout

Exercise Ideas
As most of you know my favorite piece of equipment in our gym is a Swiss Ball. It is so versatile and can add many levels of intensity to a workout.  Plus you can do this workout at home or in the gym! Below is a video on just a couple of ideas on how you can incorporate the ball into your home workout.  Details on the exercises below the video. Enjoy! Swiss Ball Prone Jackknife: Great Exercise for the core!  Roll out to your shins in a plank position. Keep your shoulders over your hands as you pull the ball in under the hips. Focus on drawing your belly button back and exhale as you pull in with the knees. Perform 1-3 sets of 10-12 reps. Swiss Ball Prone…
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HIIT TRAINING: Yes or No?

Exercise Deep Dive, Exercise Ideas, FitNews, Free Programs
I get asked about HIIT training A LOT. ( Also known as High Intensity Interval Training.) There seems to be a new study that shows up every month or so talking about how it can save you time plus keep you fit. Over the past two decades this type of training modality has become all the rage. It has been the subject of many studies ranging from reducing obesity to helping to stabilize blood sugars.  HIIT training is basically physical activity that has brief intermittent burst of very intense activity, followed by a period of rest or lower intensity exercise. HIIT can be performed using weights or as a cardiovascular workout. An example of a strength training workout using HIIT Training may look like this: SquatsPushupsLungesPullupsPlanks Repeat all above for…
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THE DEADLIFT

Exercise Deep Dive, Exercise Ideas, Free Programs, How To
Like Aragorn returning to Minas Tirith with his armies of dead men in tow, this popular category returns to smite the forces of darkness led by Sauron…I mean de-conditioning, pain, and/or dysfunction. ​ Why is the Deadlift a KoE?  Simply put, it comprises a host of actions involved with one of the primary movement patterns.  Bending forward at the middle of our body is something we are designed to do.  Picking up dropped keys or a shiny quarter, lifting a cooler out of your pickup or emptying the dishwasher, there are a lot of actions we perform during the day which necessitate some measure of bending forward.   Can you pick up a quarter without bending down?  Sure, but it’s a little more complicated and you’ll look a little funny.  One…
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