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SHOES: THE FOUNDATION OF A GREAT WORKOUT

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Shoes - Blog  By: June-Ellen Ottoson, Trainer – Fitness Propelled,  AFAA Certified

The shoe options for working out can be a bit overwhelming, but it is definitely worth taking the time to find the shoe that is right for you. Your feet are so important and they take a beating every day, let’s face it, unless our feet are in pain we usually don’t give them the credit they deserve for getting us around! Wearing the wrong shoe while working out can eventually lead to problems that will be painful or prevent us from working out, which in turn, will lead to other problems. I have come across the “wrong” shoe many times while training individuals, where being off balance while working out or feeling like a particular activity such as stepping up on a bench seems scary, but that can have a lot to do with your shoe. Wearing shoes that…

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Fitness: Dress for the Occasion

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ye (1) By: June-Ellen Ottoson, Fitness Propelled, AFAA Certified

Working out is a great lifestyle and having the right attire makes it that much better! Below are a few fashion suggestions to enhance your workout experience:

Cute-Workout-ClothingLoungewear vs Activewear

Having been a trainer for over a decade I have seen a lot of “loungewear” being translated into “activewear,” and it doesn’t translate very well. It might sound cozy to work out in pajamas, but an overly-casual outfit can make for a sloppy workout. Oversized T-shirts and baggy shorts can make it hard for the trainer to observe, and, if needed, to correct your form. Outfits that are too big and baggy can get in your way of performing exercises such as push-ups, planks, any twisting motion, etc. As trainers we want you to succeed, and the right outfit can make a very big difference.

Fitness Fashion vs Fitness “Flashin”

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8 Mobile Fitness Apps That Enhance Your Health and Wellness Experience

Fantastic article that provides health and fitness readers with 8 app resources that they can incorporate into their wellness plan.

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By: Geoff Rubin, Fitness Propelled, CPT/CIFT/TRX II

Utilizing mobile apps along with your workout regime is an overall enhancing health and fitness experience that will ultimately lead you towards successfully reaching your goals. It quite simple to pull out your phone, which we all have on us and plug in some data that will help us make healthier decisions as we have that “watch dog” with us. If you’re a numbers cruncher then inputting the results from your workouts is key to tracking improvements and it is much more organized than putting down all that you did on a piece of paper and trying to remember where you put it next time you need that data.

Below are a few recommended Apps for you to check out and start using in the categories of……

  • Walking and Running
  • Home and Travel Workouts
  • Nutrition and Weight Loss
  • Client Communication

Walking and Running

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3 Effective Core Exercises on The Bosu Balance Trainer

Use this instructional video, to take your bosu ball abdominal workouts to new heights.

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By: Geoff Rubin, Fitness Propelled, CPT/CIFT/TRX II

So, why use a Bosu Balance trainer? A Bosu trainer is a balance board that can be used with either side up. Both sides of it 1) the inflatable dome or 2) the flat plastic surface provides different challenges for your muscles due to the instability of the surface. This instability forces our muscles to recruit more muscle fibers and expend more energy while engaging in typically stable driven exercises such as squats, curls and core based exercises. When balancing on you the flat side of Bosu exercises might involve squats, pushups, sit-ups and lunges or when stand on the dome you might incorporate free weights for such exercises as arm curls, shoulder presses and core exercises.

Training on the Bosu Balance trainer carries over to your daily life, where balance is affected by motion. The Bosu trains your body for dynamic balance…

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3 Fast Twitch Muscle Exercises to Improve Running Performance

Exceptional review on what are our fast twitch muscle fibers and 3 exercises to include in your workout to target them.

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By: Geoff Rubin, Fitness Propelled, CPT/CIFT/TRX II

Improving running performance is multi-faceted; the aim of this article is to focus on exercises related to fast twitch muscle fibers and explains a general overview of their function.

Fast-Twitch Muscle Fibers:

Type II fibers are involved in any activity that includes a quick explosive movement or the rapid development of power. Most common applicable example would be football players and track and field athletes.   Type II fibers develop more power then Type I or slow twitch muscle fibers because the Type IIx fiber can contract 10 times faster than the Type I fiber. The more adept you become at recruiting your Type II fibers; the more power you can develop. This leads to faster sprint times and decreased mile times for more focused short distance runs.

Two Types of Fast-Twitch Muscle Fibers:

1) Type IIa (Fast Twitch, Oxidative-Glycolytic)

  • High number of mitochondria

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3 Helpful Core Exercises for Runners

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By: Geoff Rubin, Fitness Propelled, CPT/CIFT/TRX II

All runners would agree that having strong legs is essential for their sport, but integrating core exercises into your overall routine is a must as you look towards becoming a more competitive runner. Full body, core and hip-focused exercises are a must if you want to stay injury-free and run to your best potential (Jon-Erik Kawamoto).

In a recent study from the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (Gottschall et al., 2013) examined the difference between isolation-type core exercises, like crunches, and compared them to integration-type core exercises that incorporated distal trunk muscle activation, like the pushup plank with alternating knees. The researchers found greater core muscle activation during the integration-type exercises and concluded “an integrated routine that incorporates the activation of distal trunk musculature would be optimal in terms of maximizing strength, improving endurance, enhancing stability, reducing injury, and maintaining mobility.”

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What makes a “Most Excellent” personal training client?

Yes, you read it right.  What exactly does make the “most excellent” personal training client?  Well, this is a tough question, much like the thought process that clients must ask themselves constantly when asking the same question of hiring a personal trainer?  Trainer’s most often don’t always have the same luxury of sifting through clientele until we find that ideal match as we would be out of business quite quickly.  But, speaking from personal experience when symmetry exists between clientele and trainer, RESULTS and sometimes even more precious life bonds are established.  The best way to provide such details is to examine our own experiences with clientele, so let me share a quick story with you where personal training became more than just a career path. 

In March 2013, I met a client of mine Ruth Z.  She came to me with clear directions from her doctor that her lifestyle needed a dramatic change.  Ruth was 250lb’s, had just started a diet plan and was a woman’s size 28′.   On our first session we walked to her community gym and before we could get through our first sequence of exercises she was on bench, feelings as if she couldn’t go on.  I firmly believe at that moment, this is when “life’s gifts are presented”.  Ruth, showed me she was vulnerable and that she had the determination to make positive lifestyle changes.  Through months of committed exercising with Fitness Propelled trainer, Geoff R., demonstrating a no nonsense approach to training, allowing herself to eat and enjoy healthy eating habits, transforming her daily lifestyle to incorporate more movement, and setting mircocycle and mesocycle goals; Ruth’s results now speak for themselves. 

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Not much more needs to be said.  These are the core aspects that I think many trainers are constantly seeking.  I for one am happy that I was in a position to experience them.

What traits do you look for in your clientele?