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Here’s A Special Way to Celebrate Another Birthday

What sounds like a perfect way to celebrate another birthday? For Jerry Mathis, it wasn’t about cake or resting by the pool. For his 75th birthday, Jerry ran his first Spartan race, instead. It was a 5k course with 20 obstacles like climbing over walls, shimmying up ropes, and trekking through swampy land. Sound like …

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Follow a Full Fitness Plan to Overcome the Fear and Danger of Falling

Fear of Falling Are you afraid of falling? You might know already that falls are a leading health hazard for people over 65. But you might not realize that you need a well-rounded fitness approach to improve balance. It requires a focus on all the components of functional fitness, including mobility, muscular-skeletal, and cardio-respiratory. “Falling …

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Best Cardio Exercise For Beginners

A common question among those who are just starting a fitness program is, “What is the best cardio exercise?” The short answer: Any aerobic activity that you will do on a regular basis. At this stage of the game, I’m really more interested in getting people in the habit of incorporating more physical activity into …

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Skill, Endurance, Strength

Do you want to avoid injury while maximizing your strength, conditioning, and weight loss results from your fitness program? Here’s how: Skill, Endurance, Strength. In that order. No exceptions. In other words… don’t load a faulty movement pattern. Skill Before adding load to an exercise, make sure you can do the movement pattern correctly. For …

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How Much Exercise Do I Need to Do to Get Results?

One of the things that I ask prospective clients during their initial consultation or fitness assessment is how much time they are willing to devote to their exercise program? This isn’t how often they’re going to meet with me; this is how often they are actually going to engage in meaningful physical activity appropriate for …

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Running: Six Reasons You’re Not Getting Faster

So, you’re a distance runner who’s been training for awhile, perhaps even run a few races. Maybe you started jogging to lose a few pounds and decided you really like running 🙂 Initially you saw steady improvement, but you’ve hit a plateau and are not getting faster. Here are a few of the most common …

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3 Exercises to Correct Common Muscle Imbalances in Runners

Now that the relentless sub-zero temperatures of the past few months seem to have been replaced with a few sunny days in the mid-40’s, Twin Cities runners are coming out of hibernation and hitting the local running trails with a vengeance! It’s been a long winter and everyone (myself included) is ready for spring! Hopefully, …

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How to Get the Most Effective Workout on Cardio Equipment

It’s that time of year in the Upper Midwest – sub-zero temps, icy commutes, still dark before work and almost dark after work. This means that more people are bringing their workouts indoors for the next few months to ride out another long winter. For those who don’t want to dress in layers, strap spikes …

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