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Four Simple Exercises That Every Distance Runner Needs to Do

It’s that time of year again…. just a few weeks away from the Twin Cities Marathon! Fall is in the air, the mornings are becoming cooler, and the first signs of fall color are starting to show in the foliage. Every marathon distance runner in the Twin Cities has spent the last several months logging …

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Metabolic Blast – Total Body Workout in 15 Minutes

Ever heard of the TRX suspension trainer? I occasionally see people using it in the gym (most people don’t know what to do with it unless they’ve worked with a personal trainer or watched somebody else); they typically limit themselves to only doing body rows or basic push-ups. Both of those exercises are great examples …

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How to get Professional Personal Training on a Budget

It’s well documented that people who hire professional Personal Trainers have greater success at achieving their fitness goals and with less chance of getting injured in the process. Note that I said professional Personal Trainers – those like myself with an advanced college degree in the field, multiple credible certifications, and years of proven experience. …

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How Often Do I Need to See a Personal Trainer to Get Results?

One of the most common questions I get from potential new clients: “How often do I need to meet with a Personal Trainer to get the results I want?” Short answer: It depends. Long answer requires me asking you a bunch of questions, and I’ll have a much better idea once I do an assessment …

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What is the Best Exercise for Older Adults?

As a professional Personal Trainer who trains older and elder adults in the Minneapolis area, I often get asked “What is the best exercise for older adults?” My answer to any “what is the best exercise” question, no matter what your age or ability, is… “It depends.” What goals are you trying to accomplish? Best …

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What Is Metabolic Conditioning and is it Right for You?

You’ve probably heard all the buzz about people losing weight and getting fit using high intensity interval training (HIIT) programs like CrossFit and P90X, but what exactly is metabolic conditioning and is it the right choice for you? Metabolic conditioning, aka MetCon, is basically a method of training that uses very high intensity work intervals …

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Personal Training After Joint Replacement

One of the most common post rehab clients I see in my practice are those who are interested in personal training after joint replacement surgery. The combination of advances in artificial implant technology and the aging population have more people seeking joint replacements, and at younger ages. These folks also expect to continue to be …

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Three Core Stability Ball Exercises for a Stronger Mid-Section

Here is a great video courtesy of the American Council on Exercise that demonstrates three core stability ball exercises. They include a basic crunch for the anterior (front) abdominal muscles, back extension to strengthen muscles in the low back, and a supine plank that helps strengthen the glutes – all using a stability ball. All …

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