Category: Great Exercises

Importance of Lateral Exercises for Runners

Importance of Lateral Exercises for Runners
Performance training programs for runners have changed over the past decade.  Today’s best runners have shifted from logging just their hours, to organizing medium and long runs with cross-training and mobility sessions.  Lateral movement-based exercises need to be added to every runner’s training regiment.  Linear athletes, like runners are prone to overusing the quadriceps and... Read more »

10 Core Exercises that Also Strengthen the Back

10 Core Exercises that Also Strengthen the Back
Here are some of my favorite core exercises.  These exercises are great for people retuning to working out after a hiatus or if you are simply looking  to mix things up.   I have struggled with ‘back problems’ for about 15 years.  After 4 surgeries, several rounds of injections and many rounds of physical therapy, I... Read more »

Jump Rope Workout Part 3, three easy jump rope tricks

This is part 3 of a Jump Rope Workout series.  This first part taught how to get started jumping rope. I mentioned in part 2  that there is tremendous value in learning three basic footwork patterns. By learning to change your footwork patterns you are also changing up the direction of impact on your lower... Read more »
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10 Holiday Gifts for the CrossFitter

Athlete's Pak from ISAGENIX, $258
Crossfitters have become a sub-culture within the fitness industry.  Although they are not the first or only group to follow a constantly varied, functional, high-intensity workout regiment, they have popularized and even globalized this style of workout.  CrossFit as a modality of training appeals to a wide group of people who now make up a... Read more »

Superhero Training Workout at Home with Your Kid

Superhero Training Workout at Home with Your Kid
Polar Vortex!!!!!!  Have you had a flashback yet about last winter?  Do your friends in other states tease you about Chicago’s diabolical, illogical, maniacal winters?  Well, mine do!   The curse of Dr. Freeze was obviously awful, but the worse part of the long and brutal winter was being stuck at home with my 3 kids... Read more »

Best Exercises for a Firmer Butt

Best Exercises for a Firmer Butt
No bones about it! The 7 best exercises for a round rump. There are many ways to improve the shape of your derriere.  If your rump is not toned like you wish, do not forget, it is just a group of muscles.  They actually happen to be the largest and most powerful muscle group.  The... Read more »
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Training with a weighted vest, 5 Favorite Exercises

Look how great this vest fits her body.
It is funny to think that training equipment in the fitness industry can become hot and trendy.  But weighted vests are in style.  I prefer the Hyper Vest PRO  because it is form fitting and has a snug vest.  Most equipment is made for the frame of a man.  This particular vest fits my 5’2 frame perfectly.... Read more »

Great Home Dumbbell Exercises, Do This, NOT That!

Tricep Overhead Press - If you are standing during this exercise keep a soft bend in your knees.  This exercise is challenging if you have limited shoulder joint flexibility.  The goal is to keep your posture lifted and your arms parallel to each other (so the elbows point over head) and framed along the side of your head.  A common mistake is the angle of the head and arms break the posture all together and the movement become very limited and unproductive.  One trick to help accomplish this is to look up when doing this exercise and press your palms up to the ceiling.
Being stuck at home for a workout is a good thing. The simplest workouts are most often the best!  In fact, a couple sets of dumbbells is really all you need to create a total body strength training program.  Granted, I personally add a jump rope and abs to the mix, but I will take... Read more »

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 »
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Can you do abs everyday?

There is a difference of opinion in the fitness industry on this topic.  Many believe, like myself, that the abdominals should be treated like every other muscle group in the body.  In doing so, you would provide it with at least a 24 hour rest period in-between workouts.  Like your chest or legs, it is... Read more »