strength training

Ice Age Trail 21k Training Week 6 – Running Fitness Article

Ice Age Trail 21k Training Week 6 What the what? What happened to the 50k?Summer happened. Not just any summer, but one of the hottest summers on record. Last Saturday, I ran my longest run in years, a 15 mile trail run. It was hard, it was hot and humid, but I finished with a smile on my face. No big deal, no butt chafing, and I checked that one off the calendar. I wanted to do a jumping selfie,…

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Ice Age Trail 50k Training Week 5 – Running Fitness Article

Ice Age Trail 50k Training Week 5 This was a fun and challenging training week as I took my trail runs to some of the state parks in northern Wisconsin. The change of scenery was great as was the different terrain. Training for the Ice Age 50k sure has opened up my running world. I feel like a whole different runner!Speaking of that, I ran 125 miles last month! I was surprised at that total. I finished the Great Run…

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5 TIPS TO MOTIVATE YOUR HOME WORKOUT – Pole Dancing Fitness Article

5 TIPS TO MOTIVATE YOUR HOME WORKOUT I absolutely HATE working out from home. Home is the place to rest, recover, and sleep. So far the corona virus quarantine has made me so physically, mentally and emotionally fatigued that I had a brain scan and even the technician said I was tired. But, it’s been less than two weeks and this quarantine is indefinite, so I must find a way to keep my gainz progressing at home. Different motivation techniques…

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Ice Age Trail 50k Training Week 4 – Running Fitness Article

Ice Age Trail 50k Training Week 4 Another week of fun in the woods! Seriously, I’m writing this from the north woods of Wisconsin. I’ve shared here on the blog that my parents have sold my childhood summer home and I’m here with my boys for one last hurrah. I’m grateful for the gift of having a place like this to make so many memories, both as a child myself and with my own children. Running-wise, I’m especially grateful this weekend…

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Using Gymnastics To Protect Your Body Against Pole Dancing Injuries – Pole Dancing Fitness Article

Using Gymnastics To Protect Your Body Against Pole Dancing Injuries Pole dancing is a fantastic way to stay fit, but it does bring with it a heightened risk of injury. In a study conducted by the University of Zielona Gora in Poland, researchers found that 36.7% of pole dancers will face an injury within the first two years, and 80% will sustain a chronic injury from pole dancing. This is higher than in most other casual-level sports. One of the best ways…

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Taking the Long Way Home: An Escape – Running Fitness Article

Taking the Long Way Home: An Escape The week started off so well. Memorial Day was spent at home with my family. Both boys came over and as always it was great to have everyone together. As the week progressed, the heat was on and I did my share of complaining about slogging through swampy conditions on the trails.Then came the terrible news out of Minneapolis and following that, the subsequent protests and violence. While this is a running blog,…

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I Do Have a Few Goals for 2020 – Running Fitness Article

I Do Have a Few Goals for 2020 I really dislike sharing my goals. Putting it out there in the universe makes it seem so real, doesn’t it? While I agree that telling people about my goals for myself helps me stay accountable, it also makes failure to achieve those goals that much more painful. I learned that lesson with my first marathon in 2011. I signed up to run for charity, I posted it on Facebook, and I told…

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New Year, Same Old Me! – Running Fitness Article

New Year, Same Old Me! It’s a new year and I haven’t made any resolutions or goals for 2020. I haven’t chosen a word for the year. Instead, I’m just keeping on, rolling with the progress that I made as 2019 drew to a close. If I were to make a resolution, it would be to actually train, not to just go out and run. I won’t lie, I’ve been enjoying ‘just running’. Junk miles, all of them. Kinda fun,…

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Introducing the Kettlebell | Personal Trainer Application Podcast – Workout Fitness Article

Introducing the Kettlebell | Personal Trainer Application Podcast In this episode of the KIPS Personal Trainer Application Podcast we dive into overhead pressing with the kettlebell. Guest Vincent Metzo, MA, LMT, CSCS provides shoulder assessments and a breakdown of the front rack position involving the kettlebell. Vincent is the Dean of Advanced Personal Training at the Swedish Institute and the Director of Education for Kettlebell Concepts in New York City. After a few years working in corporate fitness and receiving his…

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Running With Weights | Will it Build Muscle? Make You Faster? – Running Fitness Article

Running With Weights | Will it Build Muscle? Make You Faster? Will running with weights help you to build muscle, while building your endurance?? If it sounds too good to be true… I think you know where this is going. While the additional weight means your body must work harder to propel yourself forward, forcing the heart to pump harder to increase blood flow, it does NOT mean you’ll be building muscle and overall improving your performance most of the…

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Interviews: The Life of Fitness Experts [Can’t Miss Tips] – Workout Fitness Article

Interviews: The Life of Fitness Experts [Can’t Miss Tips] Tis the season to be jolly. As the holidays and new year approach, we often take time to reflect on those people and things that matter most to us. It’s a time to celebrate. It’s a time to spend with loved ones. It’s a time to make new friendships and to renew old ones. The holidays and pending new year offer us the opportunity both to meditate on past and present…

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Strength And Cardio Training: Should They Mix? – Fitness Article

Strength And Cardio Training: Should They Mix? Strength and cardiovascular training methods are often at odds. Many people train in strictly one or other, believing that the neglected training style will somehow hinder their progress. Gym myths and misunderstandings just add to the confusion, promoting ideas like “running burns muscle.” Other exercisers simply don’t know how to incorporate both strength and cardiovascular training into their schedule and favor the one they enjoy the most. Should these two training styles be…

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Adding Strength Training Into Your Cardio Routine – Fitness Article

Adding Strength Training Into Your Cardio Routine Are tight schedules and a lack of equipment keeping you from getting the benefits of strength training? If you find yourself making excuses rather than making your workouts, it’s time to develop a program that works with you and your schedule. Low equipment and no equipment forms of strength training are excellent ways to build muscle and improve your functional movements. Plus, adding in circuit-style strength training to your cardio workouts at home…

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All I Want for Christmas is Sun! – Running Fitness Article

All I Want for Christmas is Sun! I don’t want a lot for Christmas There is just one thing I need I don’t care about the presents Underneath the Christmas tree I just want the sun to shine And to watch the temperature climb My wish is only one… All I want for Christmas is Sun! Apologies to Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber but I just don’t want to run in the cold and snow.  The sunshine makes everything look…

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Taking the Long Way Home: A Week of Surprises – Running Fitness Article

Taking the Long Way Home: A Week of Surprises I guess it’s best to expect the unexpected–that way you don’t get thrown off when things don’t go as planned. This week was one of those weeks… The Week in Review: Monday: CrossFit Tuesday: rest Wednesday: Run 4 mile, Yoga with Adriene Thursday: strength training, Bootcamp Friday: rest Saturday: Cocoa Classic 5k Sunday: unscheduled rest dayRunningEven though I had a head cold, I was surprised that running felt good this week.…

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Top 12 Things Every Woman Should Know About Strength Training – Workout Fitness Article

Top 12 Things Every Woman Should Know About Strength Training Have you ever heard that strength training is good for you and thought, “Yup, that sounds like a good idea, but…” That “but” usually precedes a question. Like: “… but what exactly do you mean by strength training?” “… but does it require lifting heavy weights?” “… but can I add it into what I’m already doing?” “… but is it really that important?” “… but how do I get…

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A Serving of Humble Pie – Running Fitness Article

A Serving of Humble Pie After last week’s half marathon, I was feeling so good about running again. But the funny thing about running is that it keeps you humble. Don’t ever get too confident–because the proverbial rug will get pulled out from under you. It’s happened to me so many times.This week, it happened again. While I would have loved to bask in the glory of my accomplishment, my body served me with a big old piece of humble…

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Bodyweight Strength Training You Can Accomplish Anywhere – Fitness Article

Bodyweight Strength Training You Can Accomplish Anywhere Our mission is to help you make healthy happen all the time, and sometimes you just can’t make it into the gym. We get it! Busy schedules, kids, work, partners… the list goes on and on and sometimes making it into the gym gets cut first from the to-do list. When that happens, we want to equip you with workouts that can be done anywhere and don’t sacrifice intensity or effectiveness. Enter: bodyweight…

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Joint-Friendly Alternatives to Barbell Training – Fitness Article

Joint-Friendly Alternatives to Barbell Training When it comes to weightlifting, lifting weights, and strength training in general, the barbell is the signature tool we think of, and for a good reason. Various strength-training movements with the barbell can produce phenomenal results when done correctly. However, traditional barbell training can come at a cost. Learning Curve Understanding how to perform various barbell movements such as the deadlift and back squat takes a fair amount of skill. From the set up…

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Taking the Long Way Home: Running with the Coyotes – Running Fitness Article

Taking the Long Way Home: Running with the Coyotes Compared to the previous week, our weather normalized, the ice melted, and I was able to get outside and enjoy all of my runs! My big toe, which I injured last week after I slipped on the black ice, was still sore but didn’t bother me on my runs. And while the title of this post may be a little bit of clickbait, I did have an encounter with a coyote…

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Suspension Trainer Product Review | KIPS – Workout Fitness Article

Suspension Trainer Product Review | KIPS by Vincent Metzo, MA, LMT, CSCS In this video, we review the main suspension training products on the market based on their ease of use, features and unique selling propositions. Below the video is a product guide and resources for buying suspension trainers. The Blast Straps from Elite FTS were the first suspension trainer I used. They are rated for very heavy loads and have a very convenient metal clip that is used to attach them…

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The Glass Half Full is Frozen – Running Fitness Article

The Glass Half Full is Frozen For the past couple of weeks, while the Midwest has been immersed in an early winter, I’ve been running outside, sucking it up like the warrior I claim to be. Heck, on Wednesday, I even followed my own advice from my post on Winter Running tips and layered up, completing a 6 mile run in subzero windchills. Because that’s how we winter warriors roll. Trying to find our own sunshine, even when the skies…

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3 Types of Deadlifts | The What, Why + How of Conventional, Romanian + Sumo – Fitness Article

3 Types of Deadlifts | The What, Why + How of Conventional, Romanian + Sumo May 21, 2019 Deadlifts are absolutely awesome. They work pretty much your entire body, from your legs and back being the prime movers, to your core being the stabiliser – and even the brain! My clients say there are so many cues to remember for the deadlift, considering it’s essentially just picking up a weight from the floor. Not all types of deadlifts work for…

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How To Use Plyometrics To Become An Explosive Beast – Calisthenics Fitness Article

How To Use Plyometrics To Become An Explosive Beast You wake up in the morning totally rested and refreshed. You feel ready for your morning workout. You do all the necessary stuff to get prepared and now you are about to hit some plyometric push ups. You get down and you start. Your hands feel like explosive springs. You push with power and you explode off the ground, while in the air you swiftly move your hands and in a…

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Master the Move: Deadlifts | UA Record – Fitness Article

Master the Move: Deadlifts | UA Record If you’re into picking things up and putting them down, you need to know how to deadlift. Of all the fundamental strength-training movements, deadlifts are a lower-body pulling move that provides the most bang-for-your-buck when it comes to getting strong and building muscle. Unfortunately, many gym goers avoid deadlifts because they seem intimidating — heck, the word “dead” is in the name. But with this how-to guide, you’ll learn to deadlift with pristine…

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My Top 5 Most Popular Videos of 2017 – Calisthenics Fitness Article

My Top 5 Most Popular Videos of 2017 This year has been an incredibly busy year for FitnessFAQs. After beginning the year with three full-day workshops across Australia, we worked tirelessly to bring you the Limitless Legs training program – released in August.The FitnessFAQs.tv website was re-launched on new VPS hosting, a brand new design and now features over 20 original blog posts. Full customer testimonials and access to our collection of training products are now easily accessible.We’ve continued to release high…

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How To Warm Up For Strength Training In Collaboration With The Sports Edit – Fitness Article

How To Warm Up For Strength Training In Collaboration With The Sports Edit May 24, 2019 “If you have no time to warm up, then you have no time to train”. Think you just need to do a few reps with an empty bar before strength training? Warming up fully will help get your muscles loose, active, and warm, which will in turn improve circulation and muscle function. It’ll activate your Central Nervous System so you can give your very…

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Slosh Pipe Basics and Benefits – Workout Fitness Article

Slosh Pipe Basics and Benefits by Vincent Metzo, MA, LMT, CSCS Strengthening the trunk muscles and the body’s core has become a prevalent subject over the last 20 years. When we look at the use of unstable surfaces (physioballs a.k.a. Swedish balls, balance disks/platforms, Bosu balls, etc.) and the use of unstable objects to lift (slosh pipes, slosh balls, weights suspended from bars, etc.) the topics of upper and lower extremity strengthening, and that of stabilizing muscles at the shoulder…

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Is The Step-Up Really The Best Lower Body Exercise? – Fitness Article

Is The Step-Up Really The Best Lower Body Exercise? July 10, 2019 All of my clients do step-ups – whether it’s bodyweight onto a smaller step, with dumbbells onto a box, or even a barbell onto a high box – and almost all of them dislike the exercise. Vehemently. So why would I have them doing an exercise they dislike so much? Is it because I love doing step-ups, so feel I should spread the love? Actually, I hate them…

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Eric Hart – State of Fitness – Fitness Article

Name Eric Hart aka Rusty Shackleford Hometown East Lansing Age 28 Occupation IT Manager What are your interests, hobbies, and talents outside of SOF? I’m an exceptionally mediocre disc golfer What is one of your favorite books/series? His Dark Materials (excited for the HBO series!!) What was your favorite concert ever attended? Breaking Benjamin (acoustic) Who’s in your main posse outside of SOF? Engineers and political nerds What days/times are you normally at SOF? M-R Tell us about your…

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