Category: Exercise

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The Fitness Industry Has the Energy Systems All Wrong

The title may be a bit of an overstatement, but research (that’s not so new) shows more clearly how our energy systems work together…and THAT changes how we should train. Like most trainers (and those interested in metabolism or taking high school biology), I learned we have three energy systems...

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Age Better With Power Exercise

As an older adult, you’ll see benefits from training for power more than strength. What is “power”? Power is explosive strength training; it’s when you move weight fast. Jumping, punching, or simply a fast bicep curl is training for power rather than strength. Power exercise develops strength but also functional...

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2018 Resolution – You Have NO EXCUSES This Year

As I posted awhile back, I’ve been doing the Crossfit AMRAP (as many reps as possible) work out Cindy a few times week. This work out is perfect for me. It’s 20 minutes of nonstop exercise using bodyweight. You do a circuit of 5 pull ups, 10 push ups, and...

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The Four Fs of Thanksgiving — Earn Your Pie

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m sure you’re looking forward to family, friends, and food, but there are FOUR F’s to think about this holiday. I hope you have all four: FAMILY, FRIENDS, FOOD…and FITNESS! We had a group work out at 5:30am this Thanksgiving morning. That’s right! We earned our pie for...

Osteoarthritis and the Personal Trainer

The average age when someone is diagnosed with osteoarthritis is 50 years old. Pain often starts before then, but joint pain followed by easing of pain with rest and recovery makes most of us figure it’s nothing to see the doctor about. It’s not usually until pain continues through those...

Learning to Fail – Reps, Sets, Weight, Splits

It’s easy to get a work out that says “3 sets of 10 reps” and go to it with the same pair of dumbbells you’ve been using for 3 months. Always — ALWAYS — you need to be thinking about progressing your weight and eventually your sets. The variable in...

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Ehlers-Danlos (EDS) , Hypermobility, and Exercise

We all remember a kid who wowed us with her “double-jointed” tricks. Maybe we were that kid. Maybe our bodies were unique in other ways, too, with stretchy skin or stretch marks where there was no fat. Maybe we had chronic episodes of acid reflux, indigestion, constipation, abdominal pain, bloating,...

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MURPH – Completing Every Last Rep

As I mentioned in a previous post, challenge, humility, and a boost to the next generation can be found when you join the Memorial Day Murph Challenge and donate to the scholarship fund. What a great way to honor those who have died while serving in our military. We’ve donated and registered...

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Now Strength Training with Heart Rate Monitors

In the past I have not been a fan of heart rate monitors. There are several reasons for this: They’re expensive Heart rate (HR) and rate of perceived exertion (RPE) can be measured intuitively and reliably with the Talk Test (Click for more info at ACE) The software and research are...