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Yoga for a Run, Running
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Use Yoga to Improve Your Run: Part I

When training the muscles of our thighs, athletes tend to naturally focus on the power houses of the quadriceps…the force behind the kick that drives us forward with each step. It’s easy to target the quadriceps in both our strengthening and stretching exercises (squats anyone?) and if the knee position is aligned, these muscles tend […]

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How to Train to Walk Your First 5K

My life was forever changed when I crossed the finish line of my first 5K. For starters, I never thought I could finish a 5K. And two, the journey to the start line taught me that when I put my mind to something, I can achieve it. Sign up and get motivated. The key for […]

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Strength And Cardio Training: Should They Mix?

Strength and cardiovascular training methods are often at odds. Many people train in strictly one or other, believing that the neglected training style will somehow hinder their progress. Gym myths and misunderstandings just add to the confusion, promoting ideas like “running burns muscle.” Other exercisers simply don’t know how to incorporate both strength and cardiovascular […]

Woman weightlifting with barbell
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When to Increase Your Weights – Here's How To Know.

You shouldn’t lift the same amount of weight for months or years on end. You need to challenge your muscles to continually work harder and become stronger. Here’s how to know when you’re ready to increase your weight.

Woman excited about her fat burning treadmill workout.
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Fat Burning Treadmill Workout -Easy to Follow Steps

Now that you’re all set up with the basics of exactly how to run on a treadmill, it’s time to get more specific and use your treadmill to reach certain goals. For many of you, the number one goal is fat loss. Below are some easy to follow steps for a successful fat burning treadmill workout. […]

Woman holds onto a treadmill
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How to do High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Treadmill Workouts

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is one of the top training trends in the fitness industry today. In addition to being a good challenge (the words “high intensity” in the title give that away), HIIT treadmill workouts can be quick and very effective. While there are many ways to get in a HIIT workout (bodyweight […]

Face Pull Pull and Release with a resistance band
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The Face Pull: Get the What, How, and Why

Many might be fooled into thinking the Face Pull is just another easy corrective exercise. The fact is it’s a versatile exercise that can be programmed as part of your dynamic warm-up or as part of your upper body strength routine. Face Pulls primarily work the rear deltoids (shoulders), rhomboids and the external rotators (infraspinatus […]

Single Leg Romanian Deadlift with Weight
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How To Do A Single Leg Romanian DeadLift The Right Way

Master the Single Leg Romanian DeadLift Next up in my “Exercises You Should Be Doing” series is the Single Leg Romanian Deadlift.  Also known as the Single Leg RDL, this exercise not only provides an excellent lower body workout, but also carries over to work other key areas. This makes it an ideal exercise for […]

A woman is exercising and doing a HIIT elliptical workout.
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Great HIIT Elliptical Workouts that Get Results!

When most people think about High Intensity Interval Training (or HIIT) workouts, they often associate them with the treadmill, bike or outdoor sprinting. But what about a HIIT elliptical workout? Take your elliptical workouts to the next level by including HIIT. The elliptical is a great choice when it comes to getting in your interval sessions […]

A man is indoor rowing on a rowing machine.
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How to Increase Your Fitness this Winter by Indoor Rowing

This is the first in the Winter Indoor Rowing series. Check out the second post for specific workouts for weight loss: This Expert Rower Circuit Workout Will Help You Lose Weight. Have you considered purchasing an indoor rowing machine? Rowing machines have recently become enormously popular. Rowers offer a low impact workout that is great […]

10 Minute Fitness Circuit
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Get A Killer Workout in Just 10 Minutes

It’s true, you really can get a beneficial workout in if all you have is 5-10 minutes. As a fitness professional, one of the top excuses I hear is that people just don’t have time to exercise. For many, lack of time is definitely a real obstacle when it comes to staying fit. There are […]

Popular Running Form Problems & How-to Fix Them
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2 Popular Running Form Problems & How-to Fix Them

You can easily get faster by simply focusing on your running form. Like your car, boosting your running efficiency will help you gain more speed, cover miles more efficiently, and drastically reduce your risk for injury.

Functional Training at Home, Johnson Fitness & Wellness
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How To Set Up Functional Training At Home

How to do Functional Training at home | Part 2 of 2 Good, Better, Best — Which home gym setup is right for you?  Good: Once you’ve got the right space in your home, you will probably want to consider investing in at least one piece of cardiovascular equipment, as well as mapping an outside running route that […]

How-to Do Functional Fitness at Home
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Functional Fitness at Home

How to do Functional Fitness at Home – Part 1 of 2 Emphasizing functional but constantly varied workouts, functional fitness is a serious force in fitness today. While competitive athletes complete grueling and extreme workouts, these workouts are also scalable for all levels and can be implemented in a home gym setting. Is Functional Training for you? […]

6 Strength Exercises You Should Be Doing to Boost Your Workout
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6 Strength Exercises You Should Be Doing

As you all hopefully know by now, there’s much more to strength training than bicep curls and leg extensions! If you do, however, find yourself stuck in an outdated strength routine, it’s time to take a look at some strength exercises that will give your time in the gym a big boost. Whether you’re a […]

Goblet Squats to Take Your Workouts to the Next Level
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What is your Fitness Routine Missing? The Goblet Squat

This is the first in a series of exercises I will share that may not be well-known or commonly done, but are highly recommended as part of a well-rounded functional fitness routine. First up is the Goblet Squat. Dan John, who happens to be one of my favorite strength coaches and authors, has long been […]

Proper Squat Technique
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How To Do A Proper Squat

The Ultimate Total Body Exercise: If you’re looking for a powerful way to boost your overall fitness and get some serious results fast, look no further than the squat exercise. Squats are the one exercise that should be a part of everyone’s routine, as they’re relatively simple to perform, and can be done just about anywhere. More importantly, […]

The Ultimate Treadmill Circuit
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The Ultimate Treadmill Circuit Training Workout (That You Can Do At Home!)

Adding a treadmill into your circuit style workouts provides a convenient option that can improve the quality of your training. Including a treadmill in your training program provides a greater range of options to make running more convenient, to increase the level of feedback you receive so that you can push harder during tough workouts, and […]

7 Outdoor Workouts to Melt Fat
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7 Outdoor Workouts To Melt Fat And Build Muscle

Skip the gym and get outside! Get these 7 fat-melting outdoor workouts you can do on playground equipment or in a park with hills, stairs or sand.

training with a heart-rate monitor
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How To Train With A Heart-Rate Monitor

Q: What are some of the benefits of heart rate training and what devices do you recommend (strap or watch) ~ Brenda A: Heart-rate monitors are a valuable tool for training for performance and fitness. They give you instant biofeedback in the moment about how your body is responding to the workout, which allows you to […]