Exercise Program Design, Strength Training

Elements of an Effective Workout PART 3: Functional Fitness and Neuromotor Training

In Part 1 of this series on the Elements of an Effective Workout, I talked about choosing the right exercises to achieve results most effectively without getting hurt. In Part 2, I describe a number of ways to progress your workouts, so you’re always challenging your body to become stronger, leaner and more efficient. This final Part 3 is all about functional fitness and neuromotor training – which may sound scary, but is really for everyone. I’ll also highlight two fitness tools I love that promote these concepts and are challenging and fun to use – the TRX Suspension Trainer® and the BOSU Balance Trainer®.

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Exercise Program Design, Strength Training

How to design an effective workout PART 2: Progressing

In Part 1 of this series on the Elements of an Effective Workout, I talked about choosing the right exercises to achieve results most effectively without getting hurt. But an effective workout doesn’t remain effective forever – your body will adapt fairly quickly to the demands you place on it, and you’ll stop making progress toward your goals. The solution? Exercise progressions. In this article I describe a number of ways to progress your workouts, so you’re always challenging your body to become stronger, leaner and more efficient.

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Exercise Program Design, Strength Training

How to design an effective workout: PART 1 – Choose the right exercises

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Your time is precious – and so is your health. When you decide to start (or re-start) exercising, you want to ensure you’re getting the most value out of that time, minimizing the risk of injury and focusing on your goals. In this article, the first in a three-part series, I’ll break it down into the basic elements, then show you how to apply them based on your current fitness level and what you want to achieve.

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Exercise Program Design, Strength Training, Weight Loss

How do I get rid of my belly?

Belly fat_Budda

This is without a doubt the most frequently asked question I get as a personal trainer – probably because there’s so much information, and mis-information, available nowadays about this subject. Call it the midsection, core, belly, muffin top, spare tire, or something else – we all have one and we all struggle with getting, and keeping, it looking the way we want. Continue reading “How do I get rid of my belly?”

Injury Prevention, Strength Training

How Often Should I Exercise?

Woman on mat w KB

“Train the body, don’t drain the body” is an adage often touted by experienced personal trainers. What this means is that exercise should add energy and life to your body – not take it away. But how do you know when you’re doing enough, versus too much or too little? Continue reading “How Often Should I Exercise?”

Strength Training

Want to Succeed with Exercise? Master the Basics!

Master the basics_going up stairs

It seems we’re bombarded every week with some new fitness trend, exercise gizmo, “new” workout program, or supplement guaranteed to make you a success in your workout efforts. If it’s “new” or everyone’s doing it, it must be what really works, right?

Perhaps for some. But in my opinion, success in exercise and training – like most things in life – comes down to mastering the basics. Continue reading “Want to Succeed with Exercise? Master the Basics!”

Injury Prevention, Running, Strength Training

Prevent Knee Pain With These Simple Exercises

Knee pain

Knee pain is often what sidelines many runners and keeps would-be runners from taking up the sport. But if you don’t have a serious degenerative disorder in the joint itself, you can help stave off a knee injury, improve running function, and make running easier and pain-free by strengthening the muscles that support the knee itself. Continue reading “Prevent Knee Pain With These Simple Exercises”

Strength Training

The Myth of Weight Machines

Weight machines

At any big box commercial gym, you’ll see rows and rows of shiny, sometimes scary-looking weight machines. Whether cable-based or plate loaded, gyms invest thousands of dollars on this equipment. The newer ones will even count your reps and display your rest time between sets (I must admit, that’s pretty handy.) The truth is, many weight machines simply aren’t very effective for most people, and can even result in injury. In this article, I’ll explain why, and provide more effective alternatives to make the best use of your precious time. Continue reading “The Myth of Weight Machines”

Cardio/Endurance, Strength Training

The Great Debate: Cardio vs. Weights

Weights vs cardio

Spend time in any gym, and you’ll observe that exercisers seem to fall into two distinct “camps” – the strength trainers and the cardio lovers. It’s also interesting that these are segregated by different physical areas of the gym as well. The strength trainers are pushing the free weights, resistance machines and barbells, whereas the cardio lovers are on the ellipticals, stair machines, and treadmills, and having fun in Zumba classes. So which is really better? Continue reading “The Great Debate: Cardio vs. Weights”