1. Dynamic vs. Static Stretching: What’s the Difference?

    We’re told that stretching is good for us – it lengthens the muscles we constrict during weight-lifting sessions; it improves our range of motion and flexibility, and it reduces our overall risk of getting injured. But, in the fitness community, there’s plenty of debate about when to stretch, how to stretch, and which type of stretching is best. To clear up any confusion and learn how to max…Read More

  2. 6 Tips for Swift Muscle Recovery

    Muscle soreness is almost always a sign of progress, so even though it’s painful, it should also be encouraging. Still, lingering soreness a few days after starting a new fitness gym routine can also hinder you from progressing as quickly as you like or completing routine tasks (feeling daunted by those stairs after leg day?). While the best ingredient for muscle recovery is time, here are 6 tri…Read More

  3. Creative Ways to Get in a Workout While on Vacation

    Vacation season is in full swing. While these are much-needed times of rest and relaxation, they also tend to throw off our workout and fitness center routines, making it harder to pick back up where we left off once the vacation is over. While you may want to use a vacation to let your body recover from a recent round of tough workouts and gear up for the next season of hitting it hard at the gym…Read More

  4. Take Your Workout to the Pool This Summer with These Water Workout Ideas

    With the heat and humidity, summer fitness center workouts can be tougher than usual. The good news is that there are great ways to make “leisure” activities like swimming double as effective workouts, too. When the heat starts to get to you, why not hit the pool or lake and enjoy some of the benefits of water workouts with these ideas? The benefits of water workouts First, water workouts are …Read More

  5. 7 Pre & Post-Workout Summer Skin Care Tips

    As you prepare for a workout or throw your stuff together after completing a tough circuit at the fitness center, taking good care of your skin is probably the last thing on your mind – but it’s important. Working out, especially in the dry summer heat, can wreak havoc on your skin in ways that show up now and for years to come. As you spend time making your body healthy, use these skin care t…Read More

  6. Is Your Gym Partner Helping or Hurting You? Check These 3 Things

    Half the battle of getting into shape is finding the motivation to establish new habits like eating healthier and working out regularly at the fitness center. Many people have found that the best way to get that extra push of motivation is a workout partner: someone who is there to sweat, cry, laugh, and groan about DOMS with you, while encouraging you along the way.   Gym partners can be a g…Read More

  7. National Sun Safety Week: Protect Your Skin During Summer Workouts

    Summer is a great time to take our workouts outside and spend some time soaking up the sunshine. While the sun’s rays provide much of our body’s supply of Vitamin D, they also deliver an unhealthy dose of harmful radiation that can lead to signs of aging and, even worse, skin cancer.   The Sun Safety Alliance has designated June 5th through the 11th as National Sun Safety Week – a time …Read More

  8. How to Find A Workout You Love

    In our last blog, we went over why it is important to love your workout. Now that you know WHY you should love your workout, you are probably wondering HOW to find one you love. Of course, because there is such a cornucopia of choices out there for you, you might be struggling to decide where to start. Here are some tips for finding the right workout for you to fall in love with. Try Something New…Read More

  9. The Good and Bad of Social Media and Your Exercise Habits

    Social media is an important part of our lives in the 21st century. Nearly every activity we do has become tied to it in some way, including exercise. For example, many of us use socially-networked apps to log workouts at the fitness center, regularly post our fitness tracker stats to Facebook, or take pictures of ourselves after a sweaty workout for the benefit of Instagram. Socially media can be…Read More

  10. What is Intuitive Training and How Can it Improve My Results?

    Imagine this scenario: you’re stiff and sore from yesterday’s lower-body work during your fitness gym session, you think you might have tweaked something in your lower back, and you didn’t sleep well. Despite these warning signs, you agree to your friend’s invitation to check out a new killer boot camp class after work. Does this sound like someone who’s listening to their body? Of cours…Read More