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a weird reason why you can’t see muscle gains

We want to see muscles, it’s that “toned” look that everyone wants. It’s no surprise that fat covers muscle, which is one reason why you may not see your beautiful, shapely triceps. Another reason you may not see muscle definition, is that you may not be drinking enough water. Famous physical therapist and strength coach […]

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the one person you forgot to get a gift for

I think I’m all ready for the holidays, when I realize that I forgot to get someone a gift, then panic sets in. We’ve all been there, but this gift that you put aside, or have been meaning to get, but you keep forgetting, is for you! It’s okay to get yourself a gift! This […]

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the ball stretch for tight chest muscles

We were made to be mobile, but technology has us bound to chairs in front of computers, where we get stiff and battle pain. Weight lifters get tight chests from chest presses, push-ups, and chest flyes, so releasing tension with this simple ball press is good for them too. In the YouTube video below, I […]

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How intense do your workouts need to be to lose weight?

You don’t need to work out so hard that you end up puking, feeling nauseous, or, are in pain. Any certified personal fitness trainer that puts you through a routine like that, and knows how you feel, isn’t adjusting the workout to fit your current strength and cardiovascular level. Pain, nausea or vomiting, is your […]

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Standing is bad too. What to do.

By now, everyone has heard that sitting is really bad for us because it puts excessive pressure on the low back, reduces mobility in our hips and spine, causes stiffness, and puts our head, neck and shoulders in a forward position that causes pain and unnatural rounding. So, a lot of people have elevated their […]

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How to increase your pull-ups for a stronger back

I used to only be able to do 1 ½ pull-ups, and that was after eight years of lifting weights consistently! In less than a year, I increased my pull-ups from 1.5 to 10. Here’s how I did it. Perform as many pull-ups, for me that was 1-2, and then quickly get on the assisted […]

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Walking is not strengthening

A potential client met with me at the gym because she wants to lose 10 pounds, reduce pain, and increase strength. She said she presently strength trains by stretching and walking on the treadmill. I informed her that stretching is great, but it is to be used at the end of a workout to promote […]

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neck pain relief with one simple stretch

Neck pain is awful! I sit a lot and end up with lower back aches, and neck tension. These lat (latissimus dorsi: the largest muscle in the back) stretches are very easy to do, and alleviated my neck pain in just one week. I do these stretches three times a day, and will continue to […]

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The ab exercise that flattens your belly

A woman at the gym came up to me and asked, “Would you tell me the one exercise that will make my belly flat?” I told her there is no one exercise that can do that. As a matter of fact, there are no exercises that are guaranteed to give someone a flat stomach. The […]

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chair exercises for seniors

Twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 am, PBS airs “Happy Yoga,” a twenty-two minute exercise program featuring seated gentle movements and stretches lead by yogi Sarah Starr. The videos are shot in serene spots such as a field of sunflowers, or at a beach with waves licking the rocks in the background. […]

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