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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Working From Home? How to stay on track

Goal Setting, How To, Meal Planning
During this time most of us are stuck in our houses and not having a normal routine of meetings and picking up kids from school.  Also, a lot of folks are eating way too much. The number one piece of feedback I am getting from most of my clients during this quarantine is that working from home has been detrimental to their waistline. Some have commented how the fridge calls to them each time they walk by. Or, that there is so much more junk food in the house with their kids home that it's hard to resist.  Without a regular schedule it can be easy to overeat. Below are some strategies to start implementing today to help keep you on track and not to over eat!  # 1: Plan…
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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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4-40 UPDATE

Exercise Ideas, FitNews, Free Programs, What we're up to
Valentines day will soon be here so I think it’s a good month to talk about heart health.  Cardiovascular fitness is key to staying fit and healthy so getting some longer, harder sessions in is important.  Increasing by small increments as the month goes along is a great way to push yourself without going to far.  Adding just 5 minutes, an extra block, or a lap around the track can wind up being a pretty significant gain by the end of the month. My workouts are going pretty well so far.  The knee is doing well and I didn’t have any setbacks during January even though some of my workouts were pretty rigorous.  For the most part however, I kept weight work at less than 25 minutes as I did…
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