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Is Your Daughter Ready For High School Sports?

Do you have a young daughter who has been playing sports at the recreational level and is considering playing high school and possibly college sports? Is your daughter ready to meet the extreme physical and emotional demands of playing on a high school or college team? These are important questions to ask yourself as your young athlete makes her way up the ladder of competitive sports. Years ago, almost any high schooler could go out for a sport and plan on having fun and becoming an integral part of a team. But times have changed, and because many of our children have been playing team sports since they were in kindergarten, high school athletics is now much more intense and […]

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Tools of the Trade - The Best Equipment for At-Home Fitness

Tools of the Trade – The Best Equipment for At-Home Fitness

While gyms and fitness centers remain a gold standard for those looking to get fit and stay fit, a surprising number of Americans are turning to at-home fitness programs to replace or supplement their gym workouts. At Personal Best Personal Training, 80% of my clients workout solely at home, and another 10% workout at home as well as the gym. The clients who choose to workout at home site the time saving efficiency of working out at home as the primary reason for their choice. Not having to drive to a gym, wait in line for equipment, shower in the locker room and then drive home, saves at least an hour each day-precious time for busy stay-at-home moms or high […]

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Warming Up and Cooling Down

Two of the most neglected aspects of fitness are warm-ups and cool-downs. Like stretching, properly warming up and cooling down greatly reduce the risk of chronic and acute injuries and improve sports performance itself. Historically, warming up meant a brief period of stretching before we bolted out the door for a run, and a cool down of lengthy stretching was usually forgotten. However, much has changed in regards to what constitutes a proper warm up and cool-down, so a quick update is necessary. Let’s discuss warming-up first. Warming Up Recent large research studies with runners have shown that stretching prior to exercise may not prevent injury or delayed-onset muscle soreness as previously believed. Some research has shown that stretching too […]

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Healthy Back, Healthy Living

How to improve your posture, decrease chronic pain and lower your golf score! There’s an epidemic sweeping across America and it’s not the one you think. Yes, Americans are more sedentary than ever and, yes, this is leading to massive problems with obesity and the diseases related to obesity like cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and more. But our sedentary lifestyles of sitting at computers all day, driving for hours and then collapsing on the couch at night due to our hectic “do it all” schedules, have created a secondary epidemic of poor posture, chronic aches and pains and weak and injured backs. As a former health club owner and fitness instructor, and now yoga instructor and personal […]

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Fat Burning: Myths, Misconceptions and Making it Happen for Real

For years, uneducated consumers, fitness enthusiasts and even fitness professionals have misunderstood the mechanism of fat burning, or, using fat as a fuel for work, exercise and life. This is not surprising, as the physiology behind using fat as fuel for our bodies is a very complex process, one that necessitates a deep understanding of energy metabolism. Attempts to simply explain this process have most likely confused us even more! For example, for years, fitness companies told us that “low intensity” exercise burns more fat than higher intensity exercise. Treadmills, ellipticals and other fitness machines list training zones as “fat burning”. In the 90’s, “fat burning” aerobic classes became popular. Myths about this form of exercise still abound today! So, […]

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Ten Nutrition Tips for Energy and Successful Weight Loss

A calorie is a measure of energy, the energy our body consumes through eating, or expends through activity. Whether we lose weight or gain weight is merely a factor of whether or not the energy we consume is greater or less than the energy we use through activity. We will “gain weight — fat, generally – if we take in more calories than we use up. We can “lose weight” – fat or muscle tissue – if we expend more calories than we take in. Although this seems rather simple, this formula is made much more complex by our body’s instinctual need for self-preservation. Our body instinctively holds onto our fat reserves if it believes that we are in a […]

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The Top Five Reasons You Aren’t Losing Weight- and what to do about it

In my 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, I have never, note NEVER, met anyone who could not lose weight no matter how hard they tried. Unfailingly, clients who could not lose weight were making crucial mistakes that were preventing them from success. Unfortunately, many people are in such denial about their exercise, eating and lifestyle habits, that they convince themselves they are doing everything they can to lose weight, while deep inside (deep inside) they know this is not the truth. Here are my top 5 reasons for lack of weight loss, in ascending order of importance: 5-You have no patience. Someone somewhere- maybe a fitness magazine, or an ad for a weight loss supplement, or maybe […]

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The 10 Things YOU MUST KNOW Before Hiring a Personal Trainer

Personal Training has become the fastest growing aspect of the fitness industry. Much of this is due to the hectic nature of our lives today. We have little time to ourselves, and we need convenience, efficiency and safety in our workouts. Personal Trainers are the ideal professional to help create and monitor exercise programs, but how do you know that the trainer you hire is qualified and experienced? How do you know that the relationship between you and your trainer will be the right one for you? Before you hire a trainer, make sure that you have all the answers to these 10 compelling questions: 1. Is the personal trainer certified or does he/she have a college degree in a […]

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The 10 Most Common Fitness Mistakes

Many of my personal training clients come to me with years of exercise experience, but, unfortunately, many of these clients have also gotten poor results or had chronic injuries that have set them back. Most of these problems are related to very common errors I see in the execution and planning of their exercise programs. 10 of the most common and detrimental exercise errors are: Not including functional strength exercises. Many fitness participants ONLY use strength training machines to build strength. We now know, without a doubt, that we need to include more bodyweight and free weight exercises to train the body to meet the demands of daily function- not just push a weight around while sitting at a machine. […]

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Beginning a Strength Training Program

Strength training is at the top of many “New Year’s Resolutions” and “to do” lists. However, if you do not have strength training experience and try to initiate a program on your own, you may end up with injuries, poor results, wasted time and a sense of failure. In order to make your resolutions a reality, you must plan ahead to make necessary changes to your lifestyle and seek out information to prepare yourself mentally and physically for your challenge. This article outlines the basics of beginning a strength training program. The information provided is for new exercisers, and although we cannot demonstrate the exercises for you, the information should help you get started! Remember to consult your physician before […]

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