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  • Coaches’ Corner 10/11/19 Strength Training Benefits for Those With Diabetes

    We’re all very aware that strength training can work miracles for accelerating weight loss, improving sport performance, or simply just a way to look and feel better. But what if you are struggling with a more serious issue, like controlling or even preventing disease, would resistance training be able to help in any way with something like that? Diabetes for example. For as common as diabetes is to us, must people don’t always understand just how incendiary it is, mainly because it takes a back seat to cancer in the headlines. Nevertheless, here are a few quick facts about diabetes that illustrate just how grave a problem this disease is in America (Source: American ....

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  • Coaches’ Corner 10/4/19 Sitting: The New Silent Killer

    These days, sitting for long periods of times is being considered by most health professionals as more dangerous for you than smoking. From biomechanical issues, to organ function, to mental issues, sitting for extended periods of time can lead to a plethora of health concerns, and what’s worse, most people don’t realize the dangers. In this blog, we are going to go through some of the ways sitting can affect different areas of the body, and how exercise is able to stop them.* What happens to your body from prolonged sitting:
    Organ damage
    Overactive pancreas-inactive cells won’t respond to insulin production
    Heart disease-slow blood flow allows FFAs to pile up ....

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  • Coaches’ Corner 9/27/19 Avoiding Pitfalls

    Everyone knows there are a million and one reasons to not go workout as much as we should. We are all guilty of it. Whether we try to use “not enough time,” “the gym is too far away,” or “I have too much work to do” as our excuse, the reason is still the same for all of us: working out takes a lot of effort, discipline and desire to maintain. That’s why it is so important that when you do find the motivation (insert link to “motivation blog” here) to work out, you need to make sure you are avoiding any and all road blocks that can prohibit you from gaining the most results possible. In other words, we need to avoid things that we do ....

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  • Coaches’ Corner 9/20/19 Mind Over Madness

    When you have spent as much time in the gym as we have, you come to notice some pretty crazy stuff. Most of the time this is due to the fact that the general exerciser, through no fault of their own, is trying to do the best they can by themselves to recreate a movement they saw in Women’s Health Magazine, or trying to remember the workout routine they followed from the poster in their high school weight room. But what happens when you look around as you rest between sets, and notice A TRAINER demonstrating a clearly asinine exercise to some unsuspecting individual? It’s an unfortunate reality that is all too common in our industry. The following are a handful ....

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  • Coaches’ Corner 9/13/19 Keep It Simple; Keep It Consistent

    If you were able to catch our facebookLIVE video on Tuesday, we talked about the need to place consistency above chaos – staying consistent with your plan vs constantly trying new and different activities in the attempt to keep things interesting for yourself. As a result, in order to get you re-focused on how to keep things simple and consistent, we wanted to re-visit the foundational exercises that everyone should be doing in the gym. The human body, since the beginning of its existence, operates under a very finite set of rules; if you do ‘A’ to it, ‘B’ will always follow. Therefore, fed by the need to make exercise easy enough so that people will actually ....

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  • Coaches’ Corner 9/6/19 The Strength of a Coach

    As we transition from summer in to fall, many people view this time as a natural opportunity to get back into a structured life routine. The whimsical fun of summer is over; kids go back to school; adults go back to their normal working-hour schedules. This transition back into ordered living – you might say – can also mean a recognition of the need to get back into the weight room. But, after 3 months of nothing but fun in the sun, it might be difficult to know exactly what path to take, and, more importantly, who to turn to in order to get the best advice on how to proceed most successfully. It is in situations like this where you should be looking not for a trainer, but ....

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  • Coaches’ Corner 8/30/19 Youth Strength Training: Benefits and Myths

    Over the course of the last 25 years, the importance of youth exercise has been a burgeoning discussion topic. With the startling statistics that come out year after year about childhood obesity, coupled with the explosion in popularity of youth sports, there is a huge need to understand the role that strength training should play in the lives of America’s youngsters. But, for whatever reason, despite knowing all of the positive benefits of adult strength programs, there tends to be a ubiquitous apprehension among parents when it comes to getting their children involved with weight training. As a result, knowing both the benefits and understanding the myths of youth strength ....

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  • Coaches’ Corner 8/23/19 How Stress Negatively Impacts Fat-burning Part II

    One of the best ways to reduce the negative effects of cortisol is strength training – but not in a way that you might think! When we workout, the body senses that activity as a stress, which probably comes as no real surprise! During the workout, your muscles are straining to work, your heart rate is elevated, and your blood pressure is spiked – which, as we discussed last week, are prime conditions for the fight or flight response to kick in and cortisol to be released. So if we are trying to reduce cortisol to allow our BMR to increase and build muscle and burn fat, why would we do something that actually increases our blood cortisol levels?? The answer lies in the ....

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  • Coaches’ Corner 8/16/19 How Stress Negatively Impacts Fat-burning Part I: The Players

    When the brain senses that the body is under stress through a rise in blood pressure and increased heart rate, your body activates the hormone cortisol. Produced in your adrenal glands right above your kidneys, cortisol is responsible for preparing the body to either confront and overcome the stressor, or to remove itself away from the stressor. This phenomenon is popularly known as the “fight or flight response;” a handy adaptation for when we were cave people and were constantly under the threat of mastodons and saber-toothed tigers wandering into camp, but, these days, anything from a new job interview, to a tax audit, to rush hour traffic, to Sharon in the cubicle ....

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  • Coaches’ Corner 8/9/19 Adaptations to Resistance Training – A Breakdown

    There are few things in life more frustrating than waiting for the visual results of exercise to appear: “I know exercise works, but how much longer do I have to do this before I SEE it work?” It’s enough to make you want to abandon the gym altogether and go on a crash diet. However, as is the case with so much else in life, the lifestyle of exercise must create change on the inside before any kind of change on the outside can appear. By its nature, the body has built-in response capabilities that allows it to overcome and adapt to the millions of stressors of its external environment. When you breathe in dust, your body coughs it out in order to keep it out of the ....

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