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  • Why Do We Train?

    Ask ten different people and you will get ten different answers.

     

    There are so many reasons to exercise. We do it for better health- to have more quality years with those we love. We do it to get stronger and improve appearance. Some of us do it for competition, while some might just like how stylish- and comfortable- gym clothes are.

    But deep down, I think it’s something bigger than all of those.

    Achieve what was perceived as impossible

    When we train, we set goals. Take running for example. Usually the first benchmark to determine your running fitness is a 5k. Then a 10k. Half marathon, followed by full marathon. Then the Iron Man. When you first set off, running for more than 5 minutes may seem impossible. But with consistent effort and commitment, you will eventually be able to hit that 5 minute mark, then a 5, 10k and so on.

    Seeing the progress you make is often times the biggest motivator to keep training, and it should be. Pushing your body to do something today that it was not able to do in the past is tangible proof that your training is working. And once you start to see these results, it becomes addictive.  Continue reading

  • 5 Exercises To Add to Your Routine for a SMART Workout

    What Exercises Should You Add To Your Routine? (Hint: They burn calories, work the entire body and build muscles at the same time)

    Image courtesy of  stockimages from FreeDigitalPhotos.netWe all need to exercise smart. Whether you have limited time or want to burn more calories quicker, exercising smarter is the goal. You want to make sure most of your exercises work the whole body (roughly 70%). The more muscle groups that are engaged- the higher your heart rate will be, the higher the calorie burn and the more overall strength you will gain.

    Below is a list of overall body exercises you can add to any workout program. You can add these to a strength training or a cardiovascular program. Continue reading

  • Why You Should Stand Up to Poor Health

    Health Risks of Sitting

    Have you heard the phrase sitting is the new smoking thrown around yet? Here among the fitness industry it is well known and heard in near every healthy living conversation. It has become a catch phrase for defining an unhealthy lifestyle. And it is not far off as more and more Americans take on sedentary desk jobs each year. It is more important than ever to take this new catch phrase back to its origins to really understand what it means. By having an understanding of what is meant by “sitting is the new smoking” you can gain the knowledge needed on how to save yourself from these invisible black lungs.

    Global studies have shown that, on average, people sit for 7.7 hours a day and up to 15 hours per day in some cases. The risks of a sedentary lifestyle (defined by a long period of inactivity, such as sitting) are gaining focus and becoming well documented. “For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking,” states Martha Grogan, Cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic. Continue reading

  • Lose Weight and Gain Core Strength: A Match Made in Total Body Workout Heaven

    This Perfect Match: a Bosu Ball and BODYCRAFT Jones Machine

     

    We are all looking for that perfect match that allows us to increase strength (which increases metabolism) but also engages your core. This type of training is a combination of intentional training and compounding training. You are intentionally focusing on a specific muscle group as well as working as many muscle groups at one time as possible. This may sound impossible, but it is not. All you need is a Bosu Ball, one set of dumbbells, and the Jones Machine.

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