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Are you obsessed with the look, feel and rewarding feeling of confidence with rock hard ABS?, well you’re not alone. In reviewing a study published by the American Council on Exercise in the May edition of “IDEA Fitness Journal” – ABS! ABS! ABS!, the publication reviews the effectiveness of 16 popular AB exercises. “Tight, well-sculpted abs aren’t just for good looks; they are key to improving core strength, reducing lower back pain and enhancing sports performance” – (ACE – IDEA Fitness).

Obtaining those rock hard abs, can be done in a multitude of ways, however which path of ab exercises leads us to the most beneficial results? The study took a look at, ready for this?, the following 15 AB exercises: AB Circle Pro, Ab Roller, Ab Lounge, Perfect Sit-up, Ab Coaster, Ab Rocket, Ab Wheel , Ab Straps, Yoga boat pose, stability ball crunch, decline bench curl-up, captain’s chair crunch, bicycle crunch, side plank, and front plank. The results of the studies findings were quite humbling. “The research determined that none of the exercise devices or positions elicited greater muscle activation than the traditional crunch, in fact the Ab Wheel, Ab Circle Pro and side/front planks all had much lower activation in the upper rectus abdominis.   They fared the same results when it came to activating the lower rectus abdominis as well. However, when working those external obliques, there were six abdominal exercises that had significantly higher muscle activation.

Well, all this research and what does it all mean? Simply, roll out that yoga mat or find a comfortable spot on the ground and get to crunching….


Do you, Foam Roll?

Ever feel as if your body is just dragging into the gym? I know mine is suspect to this feeling.  That’s why in the article “Roll Out to Warm Up” by Susan P. of IDEA Health and Fitness Magazine, it’s especially important to incorporate a warm up routine that wakes up your muscles and prepares them for the workout ahead.  

Foam rolling, is a fresh and effective way to warm up your fascia, causing your muscle tissue to move more freely through the scientific principle of self-myofascial release (SMR).  Your body will respond with energy and vigor as you begin to incorporate foam rolling into your exercise routine. 

Check out the article attached and the four foam rolling warm-ups shown and start incorporating these simple “roll-outs” into your exercise program today.  For more information on “Foam Rolling”, be sure to follow us @ or check out our website @


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