Seniors Get Intense

Seniors Get Intense

High intensity interval training (HIIT) exercise is not just for athletes! By now, you probably know HIIT is good exercise for just about anyone–including seniors. Many fitness professionals working with older adults follow the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines, which recommend an emphasis on strength endurance using lighter weights....

Body Formulas Cheat Sheet From ACE

Body Formulas Cheat Sheet From ACE

I thought you might find this interesting. This is a study aid from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) for those testing for one of the ACE certifications. You may not know how to use all these formulas, but you’ll recognize some. Of course, ACE is still old school and...

Check Your Posture

Check Your Posture

Check your posture this way: stand relaxed and face a mirror. Do you see the back of your hands or the sides? If you see the backs, that means your hands are internally rotated and your shoulders are likely rotated, too. Now, rotate your hands and arms outward, away from...

Sitting Doesn’t Just Make You Fat

Sitting Doesn’t Just Make You Fat

What goes wrong when we sit for nearly eight hours per day, the average for a U.S. adult: HEART DISEASE OVERPRODUCTIVE PANCREAS COLON CANCER MUSHY ABS TIGHT HIPS LIMP GLUTES POOR CIRCULATION IN LEGS SOFT BONES FOGGY BRAIN STRAINED NECK SORE SHOULDERS AND BACK INFLEXIBLE SPINE DISK DAMAGE Reblogged from...

The Scoop on Pasta

The Scoop on Pasta

Research has shown that we tend to eat a specific weight-based quantity of food. In one study, subjects ate vegetable-and-pasta salad. For one meal the salad was made up of 80% pasta and 20% vegetables. For another, it was the reverse, 80% vegetables and 20 percent pasta. The subjects could...

The Perfect Push-Up

The Perfect Push-Up

As a personal trainer, my experience and education tells me the “perfect” push-up is one that builds strength without compromising joints. That means you stop at elbow height. I’ve read a number of sites that recommend different ranges. Even the American Council on Exercise demonstrates touching the chest to floor...

Top Fitness Trends for 2014 – Get HIIT!

Top Fitness Trends for 2014 – Get HIIT!

The eighth annual Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends was recently released by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a prediction of the top 20 fitness trends for 2014. My favorite, and number one, is high intensity interval training (HIIT), like Les Mills GRIT™. This routine consists of short bursts of high-intensity...

Thanksgiving is No Time to Give Up!

Thanksgiving is No Time to Give Up!

No, I’m not saying avoid pie or turkey or stuffing. (Okay, maybe stuffing.) But enjoy yourself. Over-enjoy even. In my opinion, celebrations should never be tempered. Neither should your workout. So my philosophy this week will be EAT. Workout. EAT. Workout. EAT. Workout. And drink a few good stouts. We’ll...