Ladies! Don’t Make These Mistakes at the Gym

Renegade Row with dumbbells

Every Monday, I head out to see my client John. His apartment complex has a great gym. There’s a cable system, free weights, lat pull down station, benches, boxes, kettlebells, battle ropes, medballs and tubing. These are all my favorite things for a functional strength training workout.  Of course, the gym also has the requisite …

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How to Improve Your Balance- Part 2- Your Exercises

2 weeks ago I slipped on black ice. Ironically, the paint markings on a handicap parking spot were icy as heck, and as I stepped over it from my car….boom….. I went down hard. I twisted my knee underneath me, but besides some swelling and mild pain, no other injuries.  I feel very lucky. I …

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Try This! Half Kneeling Exercise Variations

I’m a big fan of using cable machines and functional training multi stations when at the gym. At home, I often use heavy elastic tubing to mimic the cable exercises I do at the gym. Either way, cable/tubing exercises afford a ton of varying positions, stances and postural challenges all while remaining closed chain and …

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A Treatise on Strength Training

Are You Strong? Of all the things I educate people on, strength training is the most misunderstood aspect of fitness. While I think most people understand that strength is important for all of us, there is still much confusion about what improves strength, what does not, what exercises count as strength training, what do not. …

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Can You Be TOO Flexible?

I was asked by one of my clients the other day- Can I be too flexible?  I suppose if she was a circus performer, maybe no, but for us regular folks- absolutely!  Often, being too flexible creates more physical problems than being too tight. When the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the body do not have …

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Five Easy Tips To Make Running More Fun

I’ve been running on and off for over 37 years. At age 52, I am starting to enjoy running again after years of dreading it. Why? Maybe it’s my age, my wisdom or just experience, but I really have changed my mindset around running. That, and the fact that I listen to my body now, …

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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. …

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Strength Training for Women

The importance of strength training for women should not be underestimated. Once a practice reserved solely for competitive athletes and bodybuilders, strength training has gained incredible popularity over the last decade. This is due to the significant research devoted to the study of the benefits of strength training. It is now realized to be an …

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The Recipe for a Back Injury

80% of us will, at some point, suffer a back injury. Back injuries can range from mild muscular soreness to severe hip and radiating leg pain, but no matter the extent of the pain and injury, back injuries can be avoided with some self care and vigilance. Back injuries do have many common causes and “set-ups” that  …

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Tiger Woods, Your Hips, and The X factor

Boy, talk about double entendre! You’ve seen my previous posts about Tiger; how I personally feel he failed all of us, especially his family and himself, so I won’t go on here about that topic! To me, his apology seemed sincere, but only time will tell. So I’d like to get back to what makes …

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Is Your Poor Desk Posture The Cause Of Your Chronic Pain?

I have alot of clients who come to me with chronic pain of some sort. I can take one look at their posture and know why, and yet they seem mystified. “Oh I don’t know how I got this shoulder pain? I think it was from yoga class/an exercise I did/putting groceries in the car”……insert one …

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