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Train Your Brain & Your Body

As fitness enthusiasts we know there are countless, ever evolving ways to train the human body. Some are creative and exciting, some are predictable and time tested, and some are progressive and cutting edge. Depending on our goals, personalities, and body types, some methods work better than others. The possibilities are limitless, yet often we often share a very common mission. Ideally we want to burn fat, develop strength, and increase our cardiovascular endurance. We want to do this as efficiently as possible so we can lose weight and get visible results. With these goals in mind, is there one perfect approach that will offer guaranteed results and unwavering commitment? Probably not, bu

Stack Your Deck for Success

One of the best lessons I’ve learned over the years in working as an educator, counselor, and fitness professional, is that adversity is sure to come our way and stress affects us all. But one thing that has potential to set us apart is our ability to rise to the occasion. How effectively do you manage stress? Do you see the problem coming and watch it approach, like an oncoming train, but wait until it hits you to react? Or do you turn problems into goals and attack the issues at hand? Maybe you’re like most people, and your response depends on the situation and whether or not you have any control over the outcome. Despite the fact that life can throw us curveballs, or maybe because it can,

Test Your Knowledge, Part II: The Real Truth About Resistance Training

Multi-joint exercises: A. Train multiple joints and muscle groups at the same time B. Are known as compound exercises C. Both A and B Multiple-joint exercises, also known as compound exercises, train multiple muscle groups and joints at the same time. The advantage of these exercises is that they are time efficient and they lead to great results. By performing 8-10 multi-joint exercises you can train most every muscle group, spend less time at the gym, and achieve positive changes in body composition. They are also functional, since movements that you perform in everyday life such as sitting and kneeling involve multiple muscles and joints. (C) An example/s of a multi-joint exercise would be

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