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Improve Your Balance With the Foot Tripod Exercise

Here is a simple exercise that is suitable for all ages and abilities that can improve your balance and strengthen the intrinsic muscles in your feet: the Foot Tripod exercise. I use this with my elderly clients who want to improve balance, my post rehab clients whose balance is sometimes impaired after surgery or injury, …

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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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5 Tips for Staying Hydrated in Cold Weather

Most people understand the importance of staying hydrated in hot and humid conditions, but it’s just as easy to become dehydrated in cold weather. For starters, the air is drier, so you are losing more water with respiration. You are also wearing layers of clothing, making it harder work to move during exercise. The harder …

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Personal Training Can Protect Your Wealth

Many people think that having a Personal Trainer is just an expensive luxury for the rich and famous, but did you know that a qualified professional trainer can actually protect your wealth? That’s not a typo! With medical care costs soaring, any investment you make to improve your health and fitness is going to save …

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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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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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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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Static Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch

Anyone who sits a lot needs to do this hip flexor stretch, and in this day and age where many folks have jobs spent sitting in front of a computer screen for hours, that means almost EVERYONE. Tight or shortened hip flexors can contribute to low back pain, shoulder dysfunction, knee pain, and over-pronation of …

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