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Intervals

Fall in Love with Intervals

There are lots of reasons why I love intervals. Intervals aren’t just for running. In fact, you can train intervals using body weight, stairs, cycling and rowing. Some of the reasons I love interval training are below, plus a few ideas for workouts that can be done within 15-20 minutes. You could use this as a full workout for the…

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Arthritis: Easy Exercises to Get Up & Get Moving

I’ve grown up fishing with my step dad and brother, and it’s something we all love to do together. Whether it’s bass fishing on my parents’ lake, tarpon fishing in the Keys, brown trout fishing in Alaska, or steelhead fishing in the St. Joe River, it gets us outside and in the fresh air. We have so many awesome memories…

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New Year 2017

New Year; New Goals. Don’t Sabotage Your Good Intentions!

Most common ways for self-sabotage when it comes to fitness goals in the New Year… Missing Monday! You are somewhere around 82% more likely to come into the gym again later in the week if you don’t miss your Monday workout. Get yourself through those doors or do something physical on Monday to start your week off right. I often…

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Add a Little Pep to Your Step with Impact Training

What’s so important about impact training? Impact training is good for your joints because it increases ligament and tendon tensile strength. It also increases cartilage formation in the joint which helps to prevent deterioration of cartilage. This type of training also helps increase bone density which is SUPER important for an aging population, and similar to strength training, it improves joint…

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Balance

It’s All About Balance!

How often do you think you use your balance skills? Let me answer that for you: EVERY DAY, multiple times a day! Holding five grocery bags in one hand, my phone in the other as I get out of the car, or reaching way up high on my tippy toes to get something down from the top shelf, or walking…

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Beast Mode

Beast Mode: You INSPIRE Me!

Working out is hard. There are times it can be daunting, times it’s just not fun, and times when there seems to be no motivation in sight. I’ve been watching a small training group for the past two years, the Beast Mode Squad, led by personal trainer Mike Gallo from RDV Sportsplex Athletic Club. Not only have they inspired me…

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Rock Your Roll!

Do you really know how to foam roll for the most benefit? There are three things I see every day in the gym that don’t necessarily help you, and some are even pointless. First, let’s talk about the benefit of foam rolling. When you exercise, small tears and swelling happen within the fiber of the muscle. It’s a positive thing…

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Sunshine and Summertime!

Wherever you live, the weather is warmer and the sun is shining brighter, while the water, beach, cookouts, family and friends are calling your name. I get it…I don’t want to be spending an hour inside the gym when it’s so much more fun to play outside. Here’s a great workout Josh Pribble, personal trainer at MVP Athletic Club, Rockford, created…

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I Think You’re Awesome

I wasn’t feeling it. I was having one of those low energy days, where it felt like nothing was getting accomplished. My day was kind of running me instead of me running my day. I made the decision that night to get up early and get a lift in before I started the next new day. I still wasn’t into…

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Shoulder Stretch

The muscles and stabilizers that sit around our shoulder joint can get tight and make movement challenging. Injury happens when we continue training with tight muscle groups. Warming up and stretching after workouts is crucial. If you struggle with arthritis, sit and type at a computer all day, have a shoulder injury from the past that still sneaks up on…

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