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What you Need to Know Before You Buy an Elliptical Machine

by January 15th, 2018

The elliptical machine is a tried and tested home fitness favorite. The elliptical is versatile. It’s alternative to running with serious cross-training benefits. This simple and effective cardio workout won’t tear up your joints. The similarities of the elliptical machine to running let you maintain and even build cardiovascular fitness over the winter.  Using the […]

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3 Great Smoothies for Any Time of Day

by January 10th, 2018

Smoothies are a nutritious and convenient option for a quick meal on the go. Because you increase volume of your ingredients through ice and air, they can also help you to feel full on fewer calories. The trick is choosing the right smoothie and watching your ingredients. While nut butters, bananas, and dairy can help […]

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A Move for Better Posture: The Single-Leg Dumbbell Row

by January 9th, 2018

The Single-Leg Dumbbell Row is an excellent way to work the back side of the body (back, glutes, hamstrings), making it a great posture exercise.  Plus, with it being a single-leg exercise, it’s going to challenge your body’s ability to balance and stabilize. Keep in mind that the dumbbells you decide to use shouldn’t be […]

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Winter Workouts on Madison’s Capital City Trail

by January 4th, 2018

Consider yourself a Madison local? Have you really taken advantage of Madison’s wealth of running and cycling trails? The seventeen miles of the Capital City State Trail run through and around Madison, linking the city of Madison to the Military Ridge State Trail and the Dane County E-way (great winter options for snow shoeing).   If […]

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Squat to Overhead Press: An All-Over Exercise

by January 2nd, 2018

The Squat to Overhead Press (a.k.a. Thrusters) is a great total body compound exercise that will hit  the upper and lower body as well as the core.  And, as a nice little extra perk, it will also give your heart rate a run for its money. While the Squat to Overhead Press can be done […]

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Fool-Proof Methods for Meeting Your New Year’s Resolutions

by December 29th, 2017

The right New Year’s resolution is a powerful way to state your intentions for the coming year.  Whether you choose to focus on improving your health, body image, or stress reduction, your fitness plan should support this goal.  Keep your fitness resolution from losing momentum before Valentine’s Day by trying a new tool to stay […]

Plank Tap

Upgrading to a Plank Tap for a Stronger Core

by December 26th, 2017

Have you become bored with regular old planks or find them to be a little too easy?  Then the Plank Tap – or Pledge Plank – might be just what you’re looking for.  By adding a little movement to your planks you’ll not only find them to be a little less dull, but you’ll notice […]

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Merry Stressmas? How Exercise Can Reduce your Holiday Stress.

by December 22nd, 2017

Fitting in shopping while prepping for the holidays? Juggling family and financial obligations?  Overwhelmed by parties with too much food and alcohol? There are good reasons that the holidays can skyrocket your stress level.  If you’re looking for ways to relieve that holiday stress, exercise will help. Exercise is one of the most powerful stress […]

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5 Signs It’s Time to Switch Up Your Workout Routine

by December 21st, 2017

A common question every fitness enthusiast will deal with at some point is, “when do you know it’s time to change-up your workout routine?” This can be a challenge for a lot of people, especially those who do not like change.  For some of you, it took a while to find something you really like […]

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Pre-Workout Nutrition

by December 20th, 2017

As you establish your training plan, it’s important to support your activity through sound pre-workout nutrition. The most common struggles related to sports nutrition includes not eating enough, eating the wrong foods at the wrong times, or skipping workout nutrition entirely. Let’s take a closer look at how skipping a pre-workout meal can set you back […]

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Do the Spider Lunge for Better Movement

by December 19th, 2017

Mobility is something that nearly everyone needs to work on. Whether you’re on your feet all day or sitting at a desk for 8 hours at a time, becoming more mobile is essential to our overall health. Why then do so many people struggle when it comes to working mobility into their workout routines?  Maybe […]

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Why You’ll Love HIIT Workouts on the Exercise Bike (and How to Do One)

by December 14th, 2017

High Intensity Interval Training is one of the most popular and effective approaches to cardiovascular exercise. Research demonstrates that HIIT workouts reduce body fat, increase cardiovascular capacity, and even help to control type II diabetes.  On top of that, HIIT workouts are efficient.  Replacing one or more of your moderate intensity cardio sessions with HIIT […]