Posts in category "fitness information"

What does it mean, hit your 'micros vs. macros nutrients?'

What does it mean, hit your 'micros vs. macros nutrients?'
Have you read any headlines that say, “hit the macros?” It is a popular expression in the fitness industry.  But what exactly does it mean?   “Macros” is an industry term that refers to macronutrients such as fats, proteins and carbohydrates.  Although finding a good balance between the three is important, I am here to... Read more »

February is Heart Month, Why you should care.

The national campaign to heighten awareness about heart health is led by organizations like the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Their mission is to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by the year 2017.  Their initiative includes building a  preventative mindset in every... Read more »

Fitness Industry B.S. - 8 Negative Fitness Messages

Fitness Industry B.S.  - 8 Negative Fitness Messages
The end of the year and holiday season offers many opportunities to network and meet new people.  All the additional events I have attended have increased my parties/month average for the year.  In the numerous conversations I have had at these parties, mostly consisting of small talk and elevator pitches about your profession; I get... Read more »
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Most Popular Exercises in U.S., Do THIS, NOT THAT!

Keep your neck long and shoulders down.  Another way to think of it is lowering or depressing the shoulders into your back.
It used to be that just the boutique gyms had all the trendy toys.  In fact, many small gyms built their training platform around tools categorized today as ‘function fitness.’  But tires, ropes and medicine balls are all conventional tools for weight loss.  Now that these fitness tools are part of the HIIT (high intensity... Read more »

Fitness Gifts: Buy this, NOT that!

Fitness Gifts: Buy this, NOT that!
Most likely someone on your Christmas list is a health conscious person who does workout or is ready to begin making changes.  Finding a great gift that suits their lifestyle is a considerate way to spend money.  So let’s try to give you a guide that will help you avoid wasting your money.  This list... Read more »

Pain in your back?

Pain in your back?
One of my favorite exercises on the resist-a-ball is the back bend over the ball.  The longer I sit, the more my lower back stiffens up.  The tightening is usually my SI joint (or tailbone) locking up (or at least the soft tissue, muscles, ligaments tightening up).  Some of you might wait it out to... Read more »
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5 Best Fitness Gadgets

1.	Iron Gym Pull Up Bar ($30, target.com)- this is the best $30 my husband has ever spent on fitness equipment.  Despite owning a gym, he is a sucker for gadgets.  This pull up bar works fantastic.  It does not ruin my doorframe and had held up for a couple years now considering it gets used 2-3 times a week.

Are 5 finger shoes really better than running shoes?

Are 5 finger shoes really better than running shoes?
Most trainers who work in a gym have seen an increase of people wearing the 5-finger shoes.  It seems very popular with the body building crew and the person who sits on the recumbent bike.  But surprisingly, this shoe that reminds me of an Aquaman costume has had growing double-digit sales since early 2010 when the shoe became a trend...

Harder Abs = Harder Planks

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I will admit that planks in general are really in style for trainers.  The truth is they are a really perfect exercise.  When you add dumbbells, movement, explosive actions they evolve to perfect-plus (+).  Also trendy in fitness is, ‘working the core.’  Not only doing lots of ‘core’ training, but also saying the word ‘core.’  I feel self-conscious sometimes saying – ‘do you feel your core when you do this?’ Almost like I did in the 90s asking clients if they feel the burn...
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Should you buy organic? 12 most contaminated foods

Should you buy organic? 12 most contaminated foods
Is organic food really worth it?  I get his question a lot.  I believe it depends on the food.  The biggest motivation to buy organic is to eliminate foods sprayed with pesticides and chemical fertilizers.  Some people position themselves on the organic side for two reasons.  1.) Minimize their exposure of these chemicals, and 2.)... Read more »