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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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Changing Habits For Your Kids

Do you play with your children, or is it too hard? I know what that’s like — wanting to run the playground, jump rope, play basketball, or swim with them…but I was deconditioned and fat. I sat and watched them instead. Don’t miss these years. Change your life and you...

Kids Gym – Shut the Box Fitness Dice

Kids Gym – Shut the Box Fitness Dice

For our Kids Gym, we’re always thinking up new ways to make fitness more game-like. Kids are building habits and learning how to discipline themselves, and bringing a little fun to something difficult can make all the difference. Heck, it can make all the difference with adults, too. How To...

Your Kids Are Exercising Every Day — Why Aren’t You?

Your Kids Are Exercising Every Day — Why Aren’t You?

So you have finally gotten your kids off to school for the year.You feel pretty good that you’ve provided them with good classes and a variety of activities, right? My daugther is in 6th grade at a public school, and my 5th grade son is homeschooling with me, so you...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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,...