Summer Bodies are Made in the Winter

Winter Workout Ideas and Motivation

It can be easy to lose motivation to workout in the winter and sit inside by the fire instead, but getting in shape doesn’t happen over night and in order to have your summer body, you have to put in work during the winter. Here are some tips to stay motivated during the colder months.

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Benefits of Bootcamp Classes

Bootcamp is an intense, one-hour workout program designed to challenge your entire body. During Bootcamp, you work every muscle through a variety of strength and power circuit exercises. This helps strengthen muscles, burn calories and improve balance and core stability.

Bootcamp is the perfect choice for healthy individuals of all ages and abilities. The only requirement is the determination to finish what you’ve started. If you can accomplish that, you’ll be able to realize the dramatic results of this effective exercise program.

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Effective Weight Loss

Many of us would like to lose weight. While other goals such as improving strength and growing muscle can be achieved by training just a few hours each week, weight loss requires an ongoing commitment to both nutrition and exercise.

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Outdoor Workouts for Summer

When most people think about exercising, they picture working out in an indoor gym. While this is always an excellent option, there are a number of benefits to outdoor workouts including a change of scenery, the opportunity to meet more people in your community, and a boost for your immune system.

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Staying Fit & Healthy During Pregnancy

By Betsy Poos

The magnitude of change a woman’s body undergoes during pregnancy and the postpartum period is enormous – mind blowing stuff really!  It’s enough to qualify all mamas as super heroes, though truly feeling fit and healthy in mind and body to own your super hero status can be tricky.

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Difference between Muscular Hypertorophy and Muscular Strength and the Importance of Each

A common question we trainers often get asked is what is the difference between hypertrophy and strength and why is it necessary to work on both? Hypertrophy simply put is the increase of muscle fiber size. Muscle hypertrophy should not be confused with muscle hyperplasia, which is an increase in the number of muscle fibers. Muscle hyperplasia is thought to cease at an early on during development. The increase in muscle tone one undergoes through resistance training comes primarily from hypertrophy, or the increase in muscle fiber size one already had. Strength is how much force that specific muscle or a muscle group can exert in a single effort.

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Muscle Groups and Training

By Garrett Giles

To understand muscle groups and how training certain muscle groups can be advantageous to your workout and increase efficiency, we must first understand muscle contraction and muscle recruitment. Skeletal muscle is made up of very small contractile units. There are two types of units: thick filament called myosin and thin filament called actin. These filament slide over each other thus causing a muscular contraction. Myosin has finger like structures that grab onto the actin, and then pulls the actin to cause a contraction. In order for the myosin to attach on the actin a few other processes must happen first. First, an action potential, also called a nerve impulse, is sent to the muscle via the T- tubules, which then releases calcium from the Sarcoplasmic Reticulum. The calcium then binds onto a structure which sits on the actin called troponin. Once calcium is attached to the troponin, tropomyosin, which acts like a cover keeping myosin from attaching, moves allowing myosin to complete the cross-bridge and grab ahold of the actin to then perform a muscle contraction.

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Patience & Community Are Key to Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

On the first, second, third, fourth and fifth of January, you’re committed — so devoted to making real change. 2017 will be the year you start exercising. You’re going to eat healthier and you’re determined to lose weight. You’re excited. You’re ready! But by the ninth, or January 10, the post-holiday slump sets in, and you’re already feeling overwhelmed.

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