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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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Health Care Reform Starts in the Gym

It’s coming soon, whether we like it or not. The Health Care Reform Act, aka ObamaCare, is set to begin open enrollment in Minnesota in October 2013 with coverage starting on January 1, 2014. Nobody really knows at this point what the costs to consumers will be, especially those like myself who have to purchase …

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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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