How to Motivate Yourself to Exercise When You Don't Want To

By Karen L. Smith-Janssen | Article Featured on

Motivating myself to work out is hard. At the beginning of every week, I have such high hopes for my healthy agenda. Then, within a couple of days, reality sets in and life flattens my workout motivation like a pancake. Could be long work hours or New York City’s current heat wave that has everyone wilting—and opting for ice cream.   Looking for inspiration, I asked everyone (everyone! I swear) about the ways they motivate themselves to exercise. Most of the answers made me want to bang my head against a wall—there was one […]

Can Running Ward Off the Ills of Aging?

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WHEN JUSTUS ORTEGA walked into a gathering of older adult runners in Boulder, Colorado, in 2014, he was reminded of the 1985 movie “Cocoon” about seniors who suddenly feel young and healthy after interacting with aliens. “The runners seemed like teenagers. They were energetic and playful, and their mind frame was very different from people I’d met in senior centers with low energy,” remembers Ortega, a kinesiologist and director of the biomechanics lab at Humboldt State University.


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.


4 Ways to Deepen Your Concentration and Improve Your Focus

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


Why Pilates Was The One Thing That Finally Healed My Lifelong Injury

Original Article By Erika Bloom

As a young dancer, I was dancing up to eight hours a day. I was determined and hardworking—fully dedicated to an art I loved.

The only problem? I had pain in my hip that was preventing me from lifting my left leg into a full extension. The pain became stiffness that gave me a limp when I walked, and the stiffness turned into loss of feeling in that leg. That was just the first in a series of injuries that forced me to take time off from dancing.

I decided to take math, physics, and anatomy classes […]

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