Bicycle Crunch Single Knee Raise

Get Movin’ with the Bicycle Crunch

by February 6th, 2018

The single knee raise, often called the Bicycle Crunch, is a great all-around core exercise that will target your upper abdominal muscle (rectus abdominus), your outer abdominal muscles (obliques), and your deeper abdominal muscles (transverse abdominus). Take it slow for a solid core workout. Once you perfect the form, try and vary the speed during […]

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Sledding Intervals at Madison’s Elver Park

by February 1st, 2018

As the largest Madison Community Park, Elver Park provides outdoor fun at any time of the year.  Take advantage of the ice-skating rink, including a warming shelter, skate rentals, and concessions.  Cross country skiing, running, and snowshoeing trails will give you reasons to keep coming back.  You could stay active the entire winter with over […]

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When to Worry About Heart Health

by January 31st, 2018

February is National Heart Health Month, an effort to increase awareness of this leading killer of both women and men each year.  Whether you’re worried about heart health or don’t really know where you stand, this is a good reminder to check in with your doctor. While genetics, age, and gender all impact your risk […]

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Say Goodbye to Love Handles with Heel Touches

by January 30th, 2018

Looking to target those love handles a bit during your core training?  Then it’s time to add in Heel Touches.  This simple, but effective exercise will not only target those often-overlooked oblique muscles, but will also go a long way in helping build overall strength through the core and helping with things such as good […]

Horizon Evolve 5 Folding Elliptical

Product Review: Horizon Evolve 5 Folding Elliptical

by January 29th, 2018

The Horizon Evolve E-5 is a welcome addition to the folding elliptical category.  The low step up height and limited incline settings allow this elliptical to be useful in settings with limited overhead clearance.  The frame is very easy to fold.  Coupled with the notably quiet performance of this machine, it will appeal to those […]

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Upper Body Workout: The Spiderman Push-Up

by January 23rd, 2018

Push-ups are one of my favorite exercises.  By simply using your own bodyweight you can strengthen the arms, chest, shoulders and core.  You can do them almost anywhere and they require no special equipment.  Plus you can spice them up by adding some fun, challenging variations to your regular push-ups. One such variation is the […]

Indoor Workout for Winter

Indoor Workout Circuit for the Winter Months

by January 18th, 2018

Are the winter months keeping you away from the gym more than you’d like?  Maybe you don’t want to fight the New Year’s Resolution crowds.  Or perhaps you’re in a post-holiday funk. Sounds like the perfect time to add your own in-home workout to get you back in the groove! Working out at home can […]

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Tips for Safely Shoveling Snow (and Making It a Workout)

by January 16th, 2018

For anyone that has shoveled snow, you know it can be a workout!  Pushing and throwing that wet, heavy snow can be comparable to a weight-lifting session or even an aerobic workout on the treadmill. According to LiveStrong, an average person can burn 223 calories per 30 minutes while shoveling snow. So the next time […]

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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 […]

smoothies for any occasion

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 […]