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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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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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Row Exercise for Shoulder Strength – Common Training Errors

I include some variation of a row exercise for shoulder strength in almost every exercise prescription that I write for my clients. It’s a great exercise for helping to improve posture, strengthen and stabilize the posterior shoulder girdle, and can be a whole body exercise depending on the variation or equipment being used (ie body …

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Home Based Exercise Improves Knee Osteoarthritis Pain

A newly published study from the peer reviewed Journal of Sports Science and Medicine indicates that home based exercise programs that include balance and agility and/or resistance training can significantly reduce osteoarthritis pain in the knee: The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy of a home-based kinesthesia, balance and agility (KBA) exercise …

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