Neglected Muscles That Need Exercising

By Anna Medaris Miller, | Featured on US News

The forgotten muscles

Quads, abs, biceps, pecs – chances are, your strength routine involves these muscle groups. And while they’re indeed important for functioning (and looking fit), they’re far from the only muscles that deserve attention. In fact, says Sean Kuechenmeister, a certified athletic trainer at the New York Sports Science Lab in Staten Island, the hard-to-see muscles often play a big role in posture and movement. “If these muscles are neglected in training, they can diminish the appearance of the glorified beach muscles, because they aren’t able to support your […]

4 Differences in How Cardio and Strength Affect Your Health

By K. Aleisha Fetters | Article Featured on US News

THE FITNESS WORLD LOVES the debate: cardio or strength training? Which workout is best, and which can you cut from your exercise routine? The reality is cardio and strength don’t need to be mutually exclusive – nor should they be.

“Both [cardio and strength training] need to be included in a well-rounded exercise program,” says Michael Rebold, certified strength and conditioning specialist and director of integrative exercise sciences at Hiram College in Ohio. That’s true whether you are vying for improved body composition, heart health or longevity.

 

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Top 10 Benefits of Core Training

  By Ismay Parker, Certified Personal Trainer at Team Speed Colorado in Centennial | Article Featured on Colorado Community Media

Physical strength starts in the core. However, the idea of core can mean different things to different people.

Many only recognize the abdominal muscles as the body’s core, but the human core structure is much more than that. The core area of the body includes all the body’s muscles except for those in the extremities (including the head).

Essentially, this means that there are far more muscles involved in complete core training than most people assume. […]

8 Benefits Of Barre Class That Will Make You Want To Add Some Pliés To Your Workout

By REBECCA DECZYNSKI | Featured on Bustle

While the ballet-inspired fitness trend has quickly taken over, it isn’t without reason that many people are heading to the barre for their workout. With small, isometric movements and a focus on the core, the many barre class benefits go to show that this popular fitness option isn’t just a meaningless fad. And with so many fitness boutiques like Pure Barre, Pop Physique, Physique 57, Bar Method, and many others, it’s easy to jump on this craze.

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4 Ways to Deepen Your Concentration and Improve Your Focus

Original Article By yogajournal.com

Wrangle your attention span and increase productivity with these tips for improved concentration

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Yoga: Benefits, Intensity Level, and More

Original Article By WebMD

How It Works

Workout fads come and go, but virtually no other exercise program is as enduring as yoga. It’s been around for more than 5,000 years.

Yoga does more than burn calories and tone muscles. It’s

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Pilates helps 64-year-old with nerve pain; 'I can do more things now than I could in my 30s'

Original Article By Live Well Nebraska

Former dancer and gymnast Karen Kocourek has always kept a busy and active lifestyle.

When she retired as a pharmaceutical rep, she took up Zumba, to get a little bit of dance back in her life. She added weight lifting and machine work at the gym to her routine.

Her daughter Katrinka Stayton urged her mom to try Pilates last year. She thought

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Sue Hitzmann’s ‘Melt Method’ Could Reverse The Signs Of Aging And Alleviate Pain

Original Article By Rebecca Klein Huff/Post 50

At the age of 26, Sue Hitzmann had a bestselling fitness video, a cover on Muscle & Fitness Magazine and a hosting gig on ESPN’s Crunch TV -– in other words, her career as a fitness instructor was thriving, and she felt as though she had “made it.”

However, when Hitzmann woke up with a severe foot pain, her entire career was put at risk.

“It got to the point where my foot hurt 24 hours a day. The pain was so intense that it woke me up at night and exhausted me […]

Is Pilates Good Exercise for Seniors?

 

Original Article By Marguerite Ogle

Pilates is generally appropriate for senior fitness, and it is gaining popularity among senior citizens. The ability to modify exercises to meet differing needs, along with the many benefits of the Pilates method, such as increased levels of strength, balance, flexibility, muscle tone, stamina, and well-being, make Pilates an inviting senior exercise program. After all, Joseph Pilates practiced his method into his eighties.

Classes for Seniors

It is possible to learn Pilates from online instruction, videos, and books. However, I recommend starting out in a group or private class with a certified Pilates instructor.

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Core conditioning — It's not just about abs

Original Article By Harvard Health Publishing

Many of us have wished for flatter stomachs, a goal that seems more frustrating and elusive the older we get. You might have been tempted by infomercials for exercise devices or breathless magazine articles promising “flat abs” and tighter tummies “in just days.” Despite the hype, spot exercising abdominal muscles won’t get rid of fat. The only way to do that is to expend more calories than you take in. Working these muscles has its place, but the smart money these days is on strengthening a variety of trunk muscles, collectively known as […]