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Want Stronger Glutes?

Haven’t you heard? Glutes are the new abs! They’re all the rage these days. But there’s more to strong glutes than meets the eye. A strong gluteus maximus reduces your risk for injuries of the knee, lower back, hamstrings, and groin. If you play sports, strong glutes help you accelerate, decelerate, and change direction. AND strong glutes improve your posture. …

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Warm-Up to Shape Up

Warming up for workouts: nobody likes to do it. Some find it boring, some simply say they don’t have the time. However, by skipping your warm-up, you’re cheating yourself out of a more effective workout, and may be setting yourself up for injury. Warm-ups are supposed to prepare your body for your workout, address stability issues, and fix weaknesses. Completing …

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Is it Time to Switch Up My Routine?

As a creature of habit, I rarely change up my workout routine. It takes a while (I’m talking months) for me to feel the need to switch up my practice. I’m someone who likes to stick to a schedule most of the time, and for me, the upside of performing a similar workout routine every day means that I know …

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Postnatal Exercise aka Operation Snap Back

Operation snap back! A lot of new moms are eager to snap their bodies back into shape after pregnancy. Guidelines surrounding postnatal exercise are changing, and moms are now able to jump back into exercise sooner than they may think. The traditional postnatal exercise guidelines advised new moms to wait at least six weeks before engaging in exercise. New guidelines …

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8 Things Every Fitness Enthusiast Should Own

Whether you’re a gym newbie or a seasoned gym-rat, there are just certain items that every fitness enthusiast needs to own. Check it out! 1. Muscle Roller Massage Stick This little guy and I have a love/hate relationship. It hurts so good! Massage sticks are amazing for self-myofascial release. They get rid of knots, relieve tension, improve mobility, and increase …

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Which Workout Mantras to Ditch…and Which to Live By

Words can be a powerful force. Mantras, or a statement that is repeated frequently, can be even more powerful. Studies have shown that mantras can relieve one’s stress and increase one’s self-esteem. However, can mantras and affirmations be detrimental to one’s health? I believe that they can be. Especially the ones that promote unhealthy behaviors and undermine one’s self-worth. If you …

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Full Body Lift: The Best Bang for Your Buck

Full Body Lift, Best Bang for your Buck To be get fit you don’t need to be in the gym every single day of the week! Most people believe that to get in shape, you have to focus one body part a day, which is a routine called “Splits”. This means that you split up your body parts and designate …

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Why You Should Learn to Love Burpees

Let’s be honest – most people don’t exactly get excited when they hear the word “burpee.” This exercise has a bad reputation for being insanely difficult and is often why people dread doing them. However, while they can be very challenging, they’re also extremely effective! Some have even deemed burpees the greatest exercise in the world. Burpees are a great …

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Look Good, Better Performance?

We’ve all seen that one person in the gym who has a perfectly coordinated workout outfit, or is covered head to toe in Lulu Lemon. But what if actually wearing stylish athletic clothing, instead of shorts and an old tee shirt at the gym, positively affected your performance? A 2012 study coined the term, “enclothed cognition” to describe the mental …

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The Study Break Workout

What does desk work, studying, writing research papers, and doing projects all have in common? Answer: They all involve us sitting on our bottoms for endless hours, not moving, and getting finger cramps. Some days it just feels as if you have so much work to do you don’t have time to breathe, let alone have time to get a …

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