Is Barefoot Running Safe?

New research has found that running barefoot is safe. Scientists have studied how the foot hits the ground while running barefoot or with minimal footwear and have determined that the foot does not heel-strike when it lands.  Running shoes are designed for...
Don’t Hurt Your Ears at the Gym

Don’t Hurt Your Ears at the Gym

Using your ipod while working out has become commonplace in most gyms. But a new study just came out from the University of Alberta warning about the volume levels in our earphones while training at the gym. Bill Hodgetts, a professor in the Department of Speech...
Can Spinning Class Make Your Legs Bigger?

Can Spinning Class Make Your Legs Bigger?

If you are worried about getting bigger legs from spinning class or just concerned that weight training will make you bigger, you have to checkout the program Visual Impact for Women. This program reveals all the secrets to not getting bulky and overly muscular from...
Should You Workout on Christmas Day?

Should You Workout on Christmas Day?

Should you take a day off from training on Christmas day or take advantage of a day off and squeeze in a workout? My personal training clients were always curious if I would workout on big holidays like Christmas and New Years. Well when I was younger I would never...
Make a Light Weight Feel Heavy

Make a Light Weight Feel Heavy

You should always be careful in the gym and respect the amount of weight you lift. It’s real amazing the amount of weight I used to be able to lift in the gym when I was younger. Watching an average size 170 lb. man squatting 405 lbs or seeing a 120 lb women leg...
Should you Workout on Unstable Surfaces?

Should you Workout on Unstable Surfaces?

Balance boards, Bosu, inflatable disks, foam rollers, and physioballs are all popular devices you see in the gym. Personal trainers, physical therapists and gym members  use these devices to work on balance and enhance muscular core activation. However, do these...
How Necessary is Stretching

How Necessary is Stretching

There seems to be a lot of debate about stretching. Is there any real benefit to stretching? Do I need to stretch before playing sports? The New York Times just published an article called “ How Necessary is Stretching” which pointed out that runners who had tight...

Top Ten Fitness Trends for 2010

The American Collage of Sports Medicine (ACSM) conducted a survey of nearly 1.500 fitness professionals to predict the top 10 fitness trends for 2010. Top Ten Fitness Trends for 2010: 1- Educated & Experienced Fitness Professionals (Consumers will be looking for...
The Risks of Working-Out in a Gym

The Risks of Working-Out in a Gym

Most people have no idea the level of risk they are taking while working out in a gym. I’ve been in the fitness industry for over 25 years and have seen way too many injuries and accidents due to inappropriate training.  What many gym members don’t understand is that...
Athletes in Their 40’s

Athletes in Their 40’s

I will never forget the feeling of weight lifting and playing sports when I was in my twenties. Nothing hurt; I could go all out without any concern of hurting myself. When I see these young kids in the gym training or when watching sports on TV, it’s disconcerting to...
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