Print PDF This guest post is by Kaitlyn Teabo, featured author with the Mesothelioma Center. During cancer treatment, it is common for patients to reduce or stop their fitness routine altogether. Even after completion of treatment, it may be difficult to get back into the swing of things, but physical activity during the recovering process may [...]
Print PDF Recently a friend and I were discussing career longevity for professional athletes. After bit of research (i.e. a quick search on Google), we found that the average career length in each of the four major professional sports in America was less than six years. This is a relatively short amount of time [...]
Print PDF The majority of people I train are looking for one of two things, weight loss or improved physical performance. So often we get caught up in the obvious areas that need to be addressed (such as diet and exercise), but one vital and often neglected piece of the puzzle is sleep. Getting [...]
Print PDF It’s 2013, and although we’re not teleporting from one place to another, there have definitely been huge advances in technology and comfort. We now have the ability to track our steps, calories and heart rate on our watch. We can wirelessly upload this data to our online account and keep track of [...]
Print PDF With so many fitness resolutions for the New Year, we’ve decided to break them up into smaller, incremental fitness goals…one for each month. Changing too much too fast can lead to failed attempts. Try these monthly goals to feel better, move better, and become stronger. For added benefit use these tips with our [...]
Print PDFWhether you’re a beginner or an experienced athlete, this training plan provides four levels of intensity to choose from. It’s great for starting a new regimen, maintaining fitness during travel, or for reduced-intensity workouts as you gear up for a more intense regimen. Improve heart health, build your core, and increase strength – all [...]
Print PDF The Takeaway: If it’s difficult for you to find time for exercise, focus on these three rules to take care of your body as best you can: If there’s no time for a workout, at least stretch your muscles. When exercising several times a week, even if only for a few minutes, [...]
Print PDFAs a trainer, and particularly with TD Fitness, my goal is to help as many people as possible. But I’m limited in reaching everyone, and there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to apply the individualized approach that everyone needs (and deserves) to the number of people that I want to help. Realizing [...]
Print PDFThis guest post is by Ryan Rivera, founder of calmclinic.com. Maintaining your fitness is a crucial part of living a healthy life. Exercise affects every process in your body, from your heart and muscles to your hormones and organs – and the more you maintain your general fitness level, the greater your likelihood of [...]
Print PDFThe Takeaway: Don’t make fitness a chore. Make it a fun part of your normal activity. My wife and I have been enjoying a vacation in Hawaii before our first child arrives…we’re on our “baby-moon.” Usually when I travel, I take one of two fitness paths. The first is to pack up the TRX, [...]
Print PDF The Takeaway: Your core acts as a brace, providing stabilization during movement and activity…therefore, it must be trained differently than other muscle groups. Why is this important? Training the core in traditional ways (sit-ups, etc.) actually increases the chance of injury. The Core Is Different… Muscles are muscles, right? Well, yes, but [...]
Print PDF Before discussing muscle care, I must at least mention fascia. For those who are unfamiliar with this term, fascia is the connective tissue that runs throughout our bodies, underneath our skin, that holds our muscles (and prettymuch everything else) in place. Our muscles and organs are contained in and connected by fascia. [...]
Print PDF Marathons and other long races are popular among runners (and the rest of us too!). They provide attainable, yet challenging goals and can be a badge of honor among those who complete them. Long runs are also great for building your endurance and improving heart health. But be careful – training can be [...]
Print PDF Yes, it is possible to have too much of a good thing when it comes to fitness. Exercise and training, just like anything else, should be tempered with moderation. Do you know the warning signs your body uses to signal overtraining? Check out the list below and don’t overdo it. (Taken from NSCA’s [...]
Print PDF Spring is here and it’s the time of year where many get excited about training for races and outdoor events. More and more opportunities are available these days, from 5K races to marathons, mud runs to ultimate adventure races, and sprint triathlons to ironman races. The opportunities are endless and so are the [...]
Print PDFIs your day consumed by hours of sitting at a desk? Join the thousands of others in the same boat. We now have the ability to communicate from our desks, without even picking up the phone in many cases. This may make us a little more efficient at work, but it comes at the [...]
Print PDF I recently had the opportunity to view a webinar given by Michol Dalcourt – educator, author, trainer, and an industry leader in the areas of human movement and performance training. Michol spoke on “Footwear and Function – Views Around Barefoot Training.” Given the explosion of barefoot running and minimalist shoes in recent years, interest [...]
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the order of your daily workout, but it’s important to see the big picture and remain focused on your overall goals.
The benefits of functional training cannot be overstated. There is more to fitness than large muscles and marathon endurance. What most of us need is the ability to handle our body weight and momentum as we perform the activities of daily life. It’s also important to have strength to push, pull, lift, and carry items everyday. The body works as a unit and should be trained as such.
I would never recommend doing only three exercises for the remainder of your workout days, but like it or not, everything has a ranking. Your favorite foods, songs, outfits, books…you name it. I’m not talking about Musketeers and Stooges here. These are my top three exercises and reasons why…
Bikram Yoga, also called Hot Yoga, has become increasingly popular. Created in the early 1970s, hot yoga is meant to enhance stretching and breathing through exercise in increased temperatures. Like other styles of Yoga, Bikram also relieves tension and eases the mind.
Today, more and more people are interested in alternative methods for fitness, outside of the traditional cardio and weight training. Functional workouts are a challenging and effective way to vary your workouts. So what are the benefits of functional training, obstacle courses and the like?
About a month ago, I played in a charity softball game. My old high school hosted a game between the 1993 State Baseball Champs (that was us) and the 2010 State team. I expected to go out, beat up on the young guys for a bit, have some fun, and catch up with old friends. What I didn’t expect…
Of the numerous variables associated with working out (variety, intensity, duration, load, repetitions, sets, etc.), perhaps the one most overlooked, and arguably the most important, is consistency. I often preach this to those that I train, but I was reminded of this fact today as I overheard two gentlemen in the locker room talking about the very same issue.
Print PDFThis guest post is by Jackie Clark, featured author with the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. A cancer diagnosis is one of the most frightening things a person could ever experience. The stress, depression, and side effects from cancer treatment would not likely be the time most of us would think about beginning an exercise program. However, recent [...]
Print PDFOf course this is a loaded question. Each form of cardio has different benefits – from calorie burn, to impact on your joints, to working different muscle groups. Because of the numerous variables involved, choosing which form of cardio to do can be confusing at times. Most people simply choose their favorite machine at [...]
Print PDFThe options for workouts and exercises are limitless when we have access to a gym with fitness equipment. But what happens when we don’t have access to a gym? How can you maintain fitness levels while traveling, or even at home? This article presents options for those who have minimal or no equipment to [...]
Print PDF No one wants to go to the gym and do the same workout day after day. The truth is it’s important to vary the intensity, length, and type of workouts you do. So how do we go about ensuring we’re doing our bodies justice when performing physical activity? The answer…the right mix of [...]
Print PDF“How can I lose this fat?”…This seems like a simple enough question, right? It’s also one that is asked time and time again, yet so many people still have issues with weight and excess fat. In this article, we seek to answer the not-so-simple question in a way that is clear, easy to understand, [...]
Print PDF How important is a pre-workout warm-up and a post-exercise stretch? They are extremely important! Oftentimes we focus on the main portion of our workout and fail to recognize two equally important parts – the warm-up and cool-down. I like to refer to these as the “bookends.” Without either of the two [...]