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Running in the Dog Days of Summer

            Summer is a perfect time to get up and run in the great outdoors. The beginning of summer is cool and comfortable, giving you a chance to truly enjoy nature. Once the dog days of summer hit, heat and humidity become excessive, but you still want to run outside. WHEN TO RUN: Running can be tough battling the summer …

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Sets and Reps and Weights Oh My!

I have a question for you: What are your fitness goals? Do you want to gain muscle? Increase your strength? Build endurance? These are questions you need to ask yourself while designing your workout program. The exercises you do and the reps/sets you complete play a huge role in your fitness journey – so choose wisely! Use this cheat sheet …

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Mind Over Matter

The benefits of physical activity go far beyond just weight loss and muscle gain, or disease prevention. According to Heidi Godman, Executive Editor of the Harvard Health Letter, exercise can also protect memory and thinking skills. Brain Growth Researchers at the University of British Columbia conducted a study analyzing the effects different forms of exercise have on the brain. The …

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Hold it Right There! Don’t Make These Training Mistakes!

Time to hit the gym? Good for you! You’ve been training day in and day out. Working hard and getting stronger, faster, and leaner! But take caution – even the experts make mistakes! The next time you go to the gym, don’t fall victim to these gym no-nos! 1.  Going In Without a Game Plan You wouldn’t build a house …

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Switch Up Your Routine With Kettlebells!

I’m always looking for different ways to change up my workout routine. Something as simple as switching up the equipment I use keeps me from getting bored, and lately I’ve been loving kettlebells! I’ve swapped out my dumbbells recently, and actually learned that kettlebells work your body a little differently. The weight in a dumbbell is basically centered when it’s …

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Training Time: Why Warmup?

Okay so we have all been in the situation where we have a strict amount of time to get our workout in, and a warmup just wasn’t cutting it. Warmups are an extremely essential part of a workout, and in some cases can determine if the workout results in more harm than help. So what is a warmup? A warmup …

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Learn to Love: Rowing

Using the same principles that carry out the dynamics of a rowboat in water, a water rower uses a flywheel that consists of two paddles in an enclosed tank of water. This provides smooth, quiet resistance without any jerking or jarring. Fitness experts consider it to be “the perfect aerobic exercise” and here are some of the reasons why it’s …

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Design Your Own Circuit Workout

When I don’t know what kind of workout I feel like doing, my go to is always a circuit training workout. I’ve started to come up with my own right before I workout based on what I want to focus on that day. The best part is, there’s no right or wrong way to do this! If you’re short on …

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Take Your Training to the Next Level

When was the last time your workouts got a little upgrade? If you’ve been doing the same exercises for a while now, then it may be time to change things up a bit! Why? It can help you break through a plateau, prevent injury from overuse, and prevent workout boredom. Here are some small changes you can make to take …

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These Workouts are No “Walk in the Park”…

Ahhh May. How I love thee. Long gone are the cold and dark days of winter! Thank goodness, right? It’s finally warm enough to take our workouts outside! Exercising outside has benefits such as: Increased strength of connective tissues because of the constantly changing environment More calories burned due to hills and wind resistance Absorption of Vitamin D from the …

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