Running Clubs & Performance Tips

GF1Last week, we reviewed a progressive Learn to Run Program to help get you ready for the local Boston-qualifying APPLETREE Marathon, Half Marathon and Sunset 5K on Sept 15th & 16th that will have thousands of runners and walkers participating from around the Northwest and across the country.

We are so fortunate in Clark County that we have many opportunities to run or walk on trails away from traffic including the Salmon Creek Trail, the Discovery Trail, the Padden Parkway Trail, the Columbia River Waterfront Trail, the Frenchmans Bar/Vancouver Lake Trial, the Lacamas Lake and Round Lake Trail System, the Battleground Lake Trail system and the Washougal Waterfront Trail.

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Learn to Run on Global Running Day

Global Running Day is this Wednesday June 6th, a day designated for runners to reaffirm their passion for running and also a good day for beginners to begin a life-changing commitment to running. With the weather so nice lately, you’ll notice a lot of people out running on the Waterfront, Salmon Creek, Padden Parkway and Discovery Trails so Vancouver definitely has the running bug!

 

 

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Get Ripped for Summer

We just finished a 12-week series that included cardio, muscle, nutrition and lifestyle tips to get you in great shape for summer. We are one month away from the start of summer so you’ve got 4 weeks to ramp it up and get ripped. Today, you’ll get 10 Quick-Fix Hacks for really toning and leaning up right in time for the beach.

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Spring Into Shape For Summer – Week Twelve

You did it! Can you believe we’re at Week 12?! But remember with fitness, you can’t start and stop.  In order to maintain results and health and fitness benefits, it’s a forever thing!

Change Things Up:

This week, change around the sequence or order that you are performing your exercises. For example, if you always do your cardio first, this week, do it after your muscle conditioning. Or if you do cardio and muscle conditioning on alternate days, this week try doing both cardio and muscle on the same day. If you have been doing your resistance exercises in the following order; Legs, Upper Body, Core – this week, try doing all your leg exercises first, then your upper body exercises next and finish with your core. By altering your workout sequence, the stimulus to your muscles will be very different and it will feel like a completely different workout.

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Spring Into Shape For Summer – Week Eleven

People often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning.”  Mohandas Gandhi

We have two weeks left to our Spring Into Shape For Summer Program. But there is NO finish line with fitness so this is just a beginning to your Best Life!

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Spring Into Shape For Summer – Week Ten

“Wstretch foam roller hipshat you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals”.- Zig Ziglar

We’re honing in on the finish line of our Spring into Shape for Summer Program. But remember with fitness there is NEVER a finish line.  Two weeks left to take everything to the next level.  And just as the quote says above – taking the time to do the things necessary to be your best, says a lot about you as a person!  So stick with it no matter what!

Cardio

This week, try hill training.  It will develop your strength, power and overall fitness.  If part of your program includes walking, running, or cycling, find a short hill (about 100 meters long) and perform 5-10 hill repeats once this week.

 

 

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Spring Into Shape For Summer – Week Nine

We’ve been at this for 2 months now and you should be in better shape and experiencing improved fitness, strength and energy! If you haven’t started yet, go back through prior weeks and start today. You deserve to look and feel your best!

Cardio

Continue what we’ve been focusing on and this week, add 1-2 really long, low intensity workouts.  This type of training will really develop your aerobic fitness.  For example, go for an hour plus walk, hike or bike ride.

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Spring Into Shape For Summer – Week Eight

 “Personal success is never static.  It usually comes in small steps leading to other small steps that lead to broader achievement”  W. Roberts

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Cardiovascular Conditioning

This week incorporate a cardio-split workout once or twice.  This means that you workout twice in one day.  So you could, say, get up and go for a power-walk and then later in the evening, go for a bike ride or take a fitness class. This will rev your metabolism and really stimulate great results.

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Spring Into Shape for Summer – Week Seven

“Do not be afraid to demand great things of yourself. Powers which you never dreamed you possessed will leap to your assistance…” O. Marden

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Cardiovascular Conditioning:

This week make a commitment to be more active in your life. The International Journal of Obesity released a stat that estimated we expend approximately 500-800 calories less per day than we did a few decades ago based on our sedentary lifestyles. So commit to taking the stairs, walking or cycling to do errands or parking a few blocks from your destination.

 

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Spring Into Shape For Summer – Week Six

We’ve been getting some nice signs that summer is on the way!  It’s a good time to reassess your goals, monitor your progress and determine if you’re on track.  If you are, great job.  If not, don’t stress about it – just recommit today.

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Cardiovascular Conditioning

This week we incorporate cross-training into your workout.  If you’ve been walking to get fit, this week we’d like you to see if you can also include another form of cardio training such as cycling or swimming or fitness classes.  Make sure your weekly cardio training includes 2-3 different types of exercise instead on only one form.

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