Filed under Strength Training

How often should you change your workout?

How often should you change your workout?

Is that treadmill plan not delivering results? Are you consistently weight training but seeing no new muscle gains? We have all heard and maybe experienced hitting a plateau in our fitness plan. Plateaus are very frustrating since we are still working  just as hard as before but with fewer or no results. Unfortunately, this is … Continue reading

Strength Training….Failure = Success

Strength Training….Failure = Success

When it comes to exercise, no one likes to use the word fail unless we are talking about strengthening our muscles. Working a muscle to failure in a strength training session gives great results in strength and in muscle growth or “hypertrophy”. Our muscles are forced to their max and must adapt to their full potential, … Continue reading

Are you ready for bootcamp?

Are you ready for bootcamp?

Bootcamp workouts are very popular these days, and I feel for good reason. Of course, I guess I am a little bias b/c I teach a couple of bootcamp classes  at a local gym. The word “bootcamp” can sound intimidating and turn people away, especially those new to exercise. However, with the right instructor bootcamp … Continue reading

Top 3 best total body exercises

Top 3 best total body exercises

When we exercise we want moves that will be efficient and effective. Here are my votes for the 3 best overall moves based on how many muscle groups they use and the results they give us. #1. Squat :  The basic squat is a terrific exercise for total lower body toning and strengthening b/s it … Continue reading

Workout hard…. Rest hard

When it comes to fitness we focus so much of our time on planning our workouts and meals and reaching our goals that we must remember that rest is part of training. Letting your body and muscles rest is just as important as your workouts and what you eat. Here’s why:  See the results your … Continue reading

Variations of the basic plank

The plank is a popular and very effective ab exercise. It is effective b/c you are resisting movement instead of creating it thus isolating the muscles. The plank also engages the stabilizing muscles, which often get overlooked. Since this may be something your muscles are not used to doing the body will adapt to the change, and you will … Continue reading

Benefits of resistance bands

Some often underused exercise equipment I feel are resistance bands. They can give a great workout  – in some ways even better than free weights or weight machines at the gym. Some obvious advantages are:  1. great for travel  2. cost effective (pack 3 about$15 – offers 3 different resistance levels 3. easy storage Here is the advantage to take note … Continue reading

Is a foam roller right for me?

Is a foam roller right for me?

In short, the answer is yes! Many people who are not acquainted with the foam roller may think it  hurts too much or simply don’t know how to use it properly. Foam rolling (also known as self-myofascial release) is basically using a method of massage to break up the build-up of fascia which can lead … Continue reading