Monthly Archives: July 2013

benefits of stretching

benefitsofstretchingStretching OutFlexibility is an important component of fitness, yet it seems to be the one most neglected, as people spend their limited workout minutes cramming in cardio and strength training. While any exercise certainly is better than none, a few benefits of stretching are that stretching helps improve flexibility and can help you improve range of motion, reduce the risk of injury and just plain feel better. » Read Full Story

elliptical or treadmill

ellipticalortreadmillCardio Equipment for my home, elliptical or treadmill When it comes to exercise on equipment, both ellipticals and treadmills offer excellent cardiovascular workouts. As a group exercise instructor and personal trainer, sometimes I’m asked which machine provides a better workout. While that can depend on the person’s intensity level during, I’d say that ellipticals offer more benefits overall. » Read Full Story

elliptical weight loss

tinaimageElliptical machines are ideal choices for exercise as part of a weight loss program because they are low impact; accessible to virtually any level exerciser, from beginner to advanced; offer weight-bearing movement; and are relatively easy to use. Even more, they engage both the upper- and lower-body muscles simultaneously, which offers two great results:  you can burn more calories than a lower-body only exercise such as cycling; and you don’t actually feel like you are working as hard as you are because the workload is dispersed over the entire body. » Read Full Story

total body strength training

9. Deadlift BSimple – But Not Easy – Strength ExercisesGot any favorite exercises? Because I work at a health club as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer, I’m often asked what total body strength training exercises are the most effective. And when I design routines, I also include my top five go-to moves – which can be performed using body weight only, or adding additional resistance in the form of dumbbells, barbells or rubber resistance bands or tubes. » Read Full Story

Benefits of using a heart rate monitor

heartratemonitorWhat’s Up with Heart Rate?  People used to use the talk test to gauge their workout intensity – if they could talk to someone else relatively easily, that meant that their intensity wasn’t too high. If they were gasping for air, they needed to slow down.  Fortunately, in today’s tech-savvy world, heart rate monitors take the guesswork out of intensity feedback during workouts.  Here are a few benefits of using a heart rate monitor. » Read Full Story