When people workout on their own, they often have no idea which exercises to incorporate in their program and how to sequence them. They often wander aimlessly through the gym with no real method or rationale to their exercise session. This can lead to poor results and a lot of wasted time. Instead put purpose to your workouts and use a template to assure you address all of the important fitness components.
Here’s a template that is very easy to incorporate and very effective.
- Lower Body Focused Exercise
- Upper Body Focused Exercise
- Core Conditioning Exercise
- 1 minute Cardio Drill
- Repeat 3-6x
- Cool Down
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Last week I provided you with some of the latest & greatest fitness tips from the fitness industry’s top experts. Here are just a couple more and I hope you will take away at least one piece of information that you can use in your everyday quest for optimal health and fitness!
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I just attended the International Personal Training Summit in Seattle and wanted to share with you some of the highlights from the event. I hope that at least one tip will resonate with you and inspire you to reach for your Personal Best.
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We all know that muscle conditioning is an essential part of staying fit, but which muscle conditioning exercises should YOU specifically be doing?
There are literally hundreds of different exercises and thousands of variations you could perform to get the results you are looking for. So how do you know which ones are right for you? Here are a few guidelines to follow when designing your resistance training program.
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Last week, we discussed the type of Cardio activity to include into your fitness program. Today, I wanted to educate you on a few more training principles that can help when designing your cardio program.
First, every good cardio program should include aerobic and anaerobic exercise with some variable impact and agility training.
Read below for the rationale and an explanation…..
Aerobic exercise is easy to explain. It involves going out for a walk, jog, cycle, swim, hike, x-country ski, indoor cardio equipment or taking a fitness class. It includes exercise that is within your comfort zone and at an intensity that you could hold for 20 minutes plus. This type of exercise will condition your heart and achieve numerous health benefits.
Anaerobic exercise is a more challenging form of exercise. It involves the same activities as above but at a much harder intensity. For example, it would involve going for a jog and then for 30 seconds picking up the pace and sprinting. Read more on Designing Your Cardio Program – A Little Bit of Everything is the Best Approach…
Time is of essence! In a one-hour workout, it’s difficult to achieve a proper warmup, an adequate cardio workout, a challenging strength training segment, some postural exercises and an appropriate cool-down and stretch. How do we fit it all in? Most people want results in the shortest period of time. Who wants to spend 2+ hours in the gym?
Combination Training is the answer to your prayers.
Combination Training is an integrated form of training that combines lower body, upper body, trunk musculature and balance training all into one exercise, accomplishing three times as much training in the same amount of time.
Combination Training is also a more natural and functional way of training. Can you imagine any daily task that you complete regularly that involves only one joint or muscle group. Our bodies just don’t function in an isolation fashion. When you get out of a chair, bend down to pick something up or lift something to put it on a shelf, your entire body functions as a team. And all sports require your muscles to work together. And yet when we train in the gym, most people generally train their muscles separately focusing on only one body part at a time. It would be like a football coach Read more on Combination Training…
Soccer players are amazing athletes possessing exceptional speed, agility and kicking, jumping and throwing power. The following drills will enhance performance in all components of the game. Click on the link below for photos and descriptions of all exercises.
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Baseball, a favorite American summer activity for kids and adults, requires speed, throwing power and batting strength. Click on the link below to learn exercises to enhance performance and minimize injury.
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Heading down to your local community pool for a relaxing swim is an activity that many look forward to. But if want to swim with more strength and greater efficiency and avoid feeling like you’re about to drown, click on the link below for some exercises to improve your swimming performance.
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Many people are nervous initially to in-line skate because of a fear of falling. But if you spend some time working on your balance, you can feel confident strapping on a pair of skates and cruising to an awesome workout for your hips and thighs.
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