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Do Life Better: Strength Training

We believe strength is THE key element of a healthy life. How strong you are (or aren’t) is something you experience every single time you move your body through space. Activities of daily living can feel easy and confident or painful and nagging. Your muscular strength holds your skeleton in a neutral alignment and keeps you standing tall, or not. Today Jeremy shares all about strength and why we’ve devoted our lives and livelihoods to sharing properly designed and coached strength and conditioning with as many people as possible. […]

2021-09-12T14:19:04-07:00July 22, 2021|

Do Life Better: Cardiovascular Exercise

Cardiovascular exercise is a key element in a well rounded wellness program. But the how and why can get confusing! Check out Jeremy’s video all about what your cardio plan should include each week. […]

2021-09-12T14:19:10-07:00July 20, 2021|

8 easy back and hip exercises

These simple 8 back and hip exercises combat modern conveniences and desk jobs that keep many of us sitting down for several hours every day. Sitting for long stretches can cause low back and hip pain. In the low back, the quadratus lumborum and psoas major especially can get tight. In the hips there are several small muscles including the piriformis which tighten up and the glutes (especially the gluteus medius and gluteus maximus) get smashed under our body weight for long periods. This causes them to lose blood flow and grow weak and overstretched. […]

2021-08-05T09:18:31-07:00June 8, 2021|

Workouts for men over 40

I have been physically active and involved with sports my entire life, but when I hit middle age, I realized my body had changed and I needed to adapt my workouts accordingly. That’s why I want to share my tips for workouts for men over 40. If your goals are to be in great shape, maintain weight, and build strength with smart, safe, efficient and effective training, then read on! […]

2021-05-13T18:46:13-07:00May 13, 2021|

How exercise benefits your nervous system

We all know exercise is great for your body. It’s also one of the best things we can do for our brains (see our Exercise and the Brain series of posts), exercise also benefits the nervous system! The nervous system is like an internal instant messaging service. It sends and receives messages from our brain to our bodies, and vice versa. These messages can come from the outside world (e.g., you recoil after touching a hot stove) or from inside your body (e.g., if you stretch too far, it hurts). […]

2021-04-21T12:00:22-07:00April 21, 2021|

The importance of exercise and community

Whether you are waving to a neighbor while walking your dog, comparing stats with your cycling buddies, or chatting with the people who are on the same gym schedule, exercise often involves socializing. That is a good thing, because studies underscore the importance of exercise combined with community and social interaction. When combined, both more effective and more likely to become a habit. […]

2021-03-14T11:36:28-07:00March 9, 2021|

Exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic

With the chaos that’s going on in today’s world, do you have stay-at-home blues? Do you have the urge to over snack? Exercise and physical activity is more important than ever to help us get through this pandemic. It’s critical that we consistently stay physically active for these reasons: […]

2021-02-05T16:17:52-07:00February 4, 2021|

The Happiness Workout: how exercise affects mood

Have you noticed that a good workout makes you feel happier for the rest of the day? The feel-good effect of exercise is not solely the result of being glad it’s over. Exercise works on a biological level to boost your mood. It does this by creating endorphins while you workout. […]

2021-01-21T11:51:53-07:00January 21, 2021|

Exercise to boost your immune system

Socially distance, wash your hands, wear a mask and exercise! As athletes we all exercise for the benefits, such as improving cardiovascular health, lowering blood pressure, and body weight control. And now, more than ever, we need exercise to ward off viral illnesses. […]

2021-01-10T12:32:23-07:00January 7, 2021|

Outdoor Winter Workouts

With so many of our traditional indoor workout facilities closed or unavailable, it is time to get creative! We are so very fortunate to live in a city with mild weather and many outdoor workout options. Here are a few ideas to get you outside this winter! […]

2020-12-08T18:26:04-07:00December 8, 2020|

Exercise and the Brain Part 4: Longevity

Everything we’ve discussed up to this point is still on the table. Most of it even more so. Learning, growing, and healing aren’t abilities you’ll stop needing in your life. An elastic brain is a brain that can go the distance. It adapts to new challenges, heals minor damage, and resists major damage. Author Nassim Nicholas Talib coined the term “Anti-fragile” to describe “things that gain from disorder.” He wrote a book about it. This term doesn’t describe an immovable body, frozen and immune to stress. It describes a system that thrives under stress, as all good systems do. A body (and brain) that take the inevitable wear and tear as catalyst for growth and improvement. […]

2020-11-25T12:07:10-07:00November 24, 2020|

Exercise and the Brain Part 3: Recovery and Maintenance

So exercise grows the brain and helps regulate it. Plus the younger we start the earlier the benefits are. But what if you’re (as a random example having nothing to do with the author) in your mid-thirties and struggling with stress, self-worth, and focus. You haven’t exercised in years. Maybe you never really did. Are you stuck with the brain you’ve got, unaided by all that great stretching, growing, exercise I mentioned last time? No. And not only no, but an emphatic “absolutely not!” […]

2020-11-25T12:07:40-07:00October 5, 2020|

Exercise and the Brain Part 2: Growth

We learn in order to move, and moving increases our capacity to learn. It’s a cycle that helped our species survive until we no longer needed to move as much just to find food. But our learning is still tied to movement. As is our brain health. Aerobic exercise stimulates the growth of brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor (BDNF) which in turn stimulates the growth of new neurons. Dysregulation of BDNF is linked to a great number of brain-based issues. If this was the only benefit of exercise to the brain, it would be enough reason for doctors to recommend it for brain health. The great news is exercise does so much more. […]

2020-11-25T12:08:33-07:00September 22, 2020|

Exercise and the Brain Part 1: Introduction and Overview

The first book recommended to me after I became a personal trainer was “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.” Written by John J Ratey, MD and Eric Hagerman, “Spark” argues that exercise helps produce “Miracle-Gro for the brain.” Most of the evidence supporting this argument was drawn from the previous decade of studies on learning capacity, cognitive decline, and brain health. The book is now seven years old, making some of that evidence almost old enough to vote. […]

2020-11-25T12:17:29-07:00August 26, 2020|

Grip Strength

Grip strength/endurance is an indicator of overall health and a predictor of life length and quality. Several studies have also linked grip strength with mortality, rehabilitation, cognition, and depression. So, if you increase your grip strength will you add years to your life? Not necessarily, but a stronger grip may help you perform the sort of daily activities that will. A weakened grip may be a warning sign of other issues. […]

2020-08-02T13:42:58-07:00July 28, 2020|
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