Strength Training for Runners

Runners in the midwest have been running outside for a few months now. There are races every weekend for runners of all abilities and distances. People run for various reasons including the cardiovascular benefits, mental health benefits or they just like to compete. Unfortunately many runners neglect strength training and wind up losing muscle which…

How To Prevent Age-Related Muscle Loss

Falls are the most common cause of injuries during old age. Sarcopenia is defined as age-related muscle loss that occurs after age 30. Inactive adults can lose up to 3-5% of their muscle mass each decade. As early as age 65, this percentage may increase drastically.  This muscle loss is usually associated with lower activity…

Women and Strength Training

Women and Strength Training: The Myths Strength training is extremely important for both men AND WOMEN. There are so many benefits that come from strength training that it should be an easy choice to fit strength into your regular routine. Unfortunately there are so many myths about strength training, especially regarding women! Below are just…

New Years Resolutions - Achieving Success

Why New Years Resolutions Fail The New Year is the number one time of year for making exercise and nutrition related resolutions and 80% of those will fail by February. In January you have good intentions about attacking your new gym routine and eating plan, but a disturbance in routine causes you to lose focus…

Is Your Training Hurting You?

Training For Sport Versus Training For Health Reasons I recently came across a research study titled “A 4 year Analysis of the Incidence of Injuries Among Crossfit Trained Participants.” This particular article intrigued me because CrossFit has become such a popular training style for many people. What many people don’t realize is that CrossFit was…

Cardio and Weight Loss - What You May Not Know

Here is a small section from Dr. Wayne Westcott’s article about the myth of the “fat burning zone.” Full article can be found at –http://www.healthy.net/Health/Essay/What_Is_The_Fat_Burning_Zone/733 Consider This- The following example is taken from the exercise physiology lab at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse. A 160-pound male walks for 30 minutes at a pace of 3.5 miles…

Popular Fitness Routines, Do They Work? Finding The Best Workout For You

Just Google it? Have you tried looking up fitness information on google or opened a magazine and said “I want to look like that so I will do what this celebrity is doing?”  Many of us have, myself included.  About 8 years ago, before I began strength training with a focus in High Intensity Training…