Browsing articles in "performance"
Apr
21
2013

Fast training increases function in seniors

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Strength training is routinely emphasized by fitness professionals and for good reason. Strength training is good for your bones, good for your health and working out can be fun. In seniors, muscle strength is a main factor in the performance of everyday tasks. Whether it be carrying groceries or picking up the grand kids, strength [...]

Jan
27
2013

Get more done in less time with these simple methods

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Supersets A superset is two different exercises performed back to back with little or no rest in between alternating opposing muscle groups. Examples could include bicep curls followed by triceps extensions, bench presses followed by barbell rows, or leg extensions followed by hamstring curls. This saves on time and allows you to pick up the [...]

Nov
5
2012

Is kettlebell training for you?

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A kettlebell is a cast-iron weight that resembles a cannonball with a handle. The unique way the weight is distributed allows for momentum and many total-body dynamic exercises. Total-body dynamic exercises have been shown to burn the most calories during and after a workout session. Kettlebells are nothing new. In the 1700s, kettlebells were used [...]

Oct
13
2012

Two mistakes women make at the gym

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No strength training The biggest mistake women can make in the gym is avoiding strength training. While the treadmill and spinning bikes get consistent use, the barbell and dumbbells are often neglected. As a trainer, I've noticed many women gravitate toward the 3-pound dumbbells for 15-25 repetitions. Most studies have found the average women's handbag [...]

Sep
17
2012

Is the bench press overrated?

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Many sports require the total body movement of pushing while standing.  Football linemen are excellent examples of this, wrestlers and MMA athletes also clearly demonstrate the need to exert pressing force while standing.  This same pressing movement is also important in daily activities for the general population. Many functional activities are done while standing and [...]

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