Author: Teresa Heitman

Functional Workouts – 6 Movements

Functional Workouts – 6 Movements

When you have a few minutes, what do you do for fun? I don’t know about you, but I make up new workout routines. I’m designing a workout I call the “Push-Pull Punisher” right now, but this post is about functional training. There are many ways to design a workout....

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Workout By the Numbers

If you want to take charge of your fitness, there are two scales that will help you sort through the noise: Metabolic Equivalent (MET) and Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE). As a personal trainer, I use these charts when training with clients and communicating with other allied health professionals. They’re...

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Some Basic Exercises to Prevent Osteoporosis

One of the best ways to strengthen your bones and prevent osteoporosis is regular exercise. If you have osteoporosis or osteopaenia, exercising can help maintain the bone mass you have. When you exercise, you don’t just build muscle and endurance. You also build and maintain the amount and thickness of...

Low Back Pain: What to Do?

Those at highest risk for low back pain are men and women between the ages of 30 and 55. Other risk factors include smoking and certain occupations (i.e. clerical, transportation). Weight and body type are not risk factors. However, depression and insomnia are strongly linked—either as predisposing or as a...

Sets, Reps, Weight: How Many?

If you’re confused about sets, repetitions (reps), and the amount of weight to lift during resistance training, you’re not alone. Not only is this confusing for many who are new to training, those who are familiar with training have different opinions. We usually talk about about “training volume” (number of...

Rules of a Fitness Professional

We focus on all of these! Okay, except I’m not all about “goal setting”. We all have goals, but we don’t always need goals, in my opinion. We need fun. I know we call it a “work”-out, but that’s part of the problem. Being active, being physical, playing, being in...

Why You Need a Personal Trainer

Hiring a personal trainer is one of the fastest and easiest ways to improve your health and fitness. Here are some of the benefits: 1. Improve Your Overall Fitness. Surveys show the primary reason people hire personal trainers is to get professional assistance to improve cardiovascular health, strength, flexibility, endurance,...

Do More Bodyweight Exercise. Here’s Why.

Safe. Bodyweight exercises are generally safe for any exerciser regardless of experience, age, or fitness level. Many simple bodyweight movements can actually be an effective option for rehabilitation. Burns fat. Bodyweight exercises recruit more muscles and therefore do more work. Convenient. A workout can be completed anywhere, without equipment, in...

A-List Body Secrets with Celeb Trainer Tracy Anderson

A-List Body Secrets with Celeb Trainer Tracy Anderson

They tell us consistency and cardio. Not really secrets, huh? The one they don’t mention here is calories. There you go: get a Gwyneth Paltrow body with the 3 C’s! Shape Magazine Link

Why You Should Be Doing Interval Training

High intensity interval training (HIIT) is a form of exercise in which you engage in a short exercise period followed by a short rest period and then repeat. What makes HIIT different from continuous moderate exercise (CME) like running or a step class is that it is performed for a...