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How to Assess Muscle Strength in Older Adults

Muscle Strength in Older Adults Most fitness experts agree that maintaining muscle strength should be the number one concern for older adults. A decline in muscle strength affects people’s ability to do everyday activities such as getting in and out of a chair or bathtub, climbing stairs, getting in and out of a car, carrying …

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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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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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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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