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Monthly Archives: August 2014

  • Weight Room Lingo

    How can you ever expect to walk the walk if you can’t talk the talk? A fitness lifestyle involves learning new exercise habits, diets, and levels of determination. All of these will have their own words and jargon that you can expect to encounter.

    This list will help you decipher what all of these things mean, and why there are important. If there are any terms that you feel we may have missed, or would like us to explain, please leave it in the comments. We will hook you up.

    Happy Reading, Happy Lifting.

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  • I’ll Huff, and I’ll Puff, and I’ll be Out of Shape No More!

    It is time to save the huffing and puffing for the big bad wolf. Let’s learn about cardio!

    Q: What is cardio?

    A: Cardio is any type of activity that gets your heart rate up above its resting rate.

    Q: Is there a benefit to cardio workouts?

    A: Cardio workouts strengthen the cardiovascular system. The cardiovascular system consists of your heart and blood vessels. A stronger cardiovascular system pumps more blood throughout your body and to your heart, which creates better circulation of oxygen and nutrients. It is important to remember the heart is a muscle that needs exercised and strengthened. A stronger heart pumps more blood, leading to a healthier you.

    Q: Do you have to run for cardio exercise? Continue reading

  • Welcome to the World of Training

    Depending on who you ask, the human body has between 640 and 800 muscles. That’s a lot of real estate when it comes to the world of fitness. While we all have the same muscles, what we aspire to do with them varies wildly.

    Your fitness routine will look very different if you are training for a competitive 10k than if you are trying to hoist 315 on the bench. Your weight lifting programs and diet will differ if you are going out for the swim team than if you’re going out for football. Maybe you want to begin doing yoga to help reduce lower back pain, or maybe you strive to walk for 20 minutes three times a week. Continue reading

  • Laying the Groundwork for Strength Training

    In one way or another, it’s the goal that all lifters share - get stronger. Some want the big chiseled chest and bulging biceps. Or maybe, toned, strong legs and sculpted backside is your objective. Who doesn’t want the ripped abs?

     

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    No matter why we lift, we expect results. We want to look better and lift heavier weights (both in the gym and in everyday life).

    As any seasoned lifter will tell you, getting stronger is not a sprint. It’s a marathon. It takes time, dedication, and the ability to find motivation on a daily basis. Many people throw around the phrase ‘a fitness lifestyle’ because that’s what is required. Making changes to every phase of your life, from your training to your diet, sleep patterns to your mental approach. Continue reading

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