If you were stuck on a deserted island (or at home) with only one piece of exercise equipment what would it be?

At some point every trainer, coach, athlete, or fitness enthusiast has been asked, “if you were stuck on a deserted island with only one piece of equipment what would it be?”  Well right now many of us are living that while stuck in our homes with little equipment. For me the answer to that question is the TRX Trainer.  Although, if I can cheat and bring two items the other would be a Kettlebell.  One of the main reasons I am such a big fan of the TRX trainer is the versatility.  While many know it as a tool for

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Primal Movement Flow

Primal Movement Flow is a combination of primitive movement patterns like hinging, crawling, squatting, lunging, rolling in all possible directions and connecting them by using transition movements. The end result is a flow of challenging body weight exercises/moves that are fun and enhance every aspect of fitness. This includes improvements in mobility of the joints, strength, endurance, power, balance, cardiovascular, the list goes on and on. Primal movements are early building blocks for every move we make in our daily lives, and being able to perform them well, will keep our bodies up to date and fight back some of

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Why trainers focus on the butt

Why do trainers like myself always incorporate Glute (aka Gluteus Maximus aka the Butt) work into our exercise programs?  Simply put, it’s the biggest muscle in the body and it anchors all hip and core activation for lower body movement.  It's also a key factor in lower body stabilization for upper body movement.  Once of my favorite sayings is “you can’t fire a cannon from a canoe” which is a simple way of saying proximal stability creates distal mobility. If your core, hips and lower body are not stable, you can’t effectively move your upper body. Again, your butt is

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How to be successful at the gym, Part 3: Consistency

It doesn’t matter what your goals are, consistency is key. That being said, it doesn’t mean that you can’t miss a workout (it happens to all of us). In that case, try to find a way to move a little more during the course of that day. Don’t think you need to start over and definitely don’t give up! Move on and understand that there will be thousands of other workouts to be crushed. Exercise Sometimes we get bored of our workouts and don’t want to repeat the same things over and over again. An easy solution to this dilemma

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How to be successful at the gym, Part 2: Work with a Trainer

It’s crucial that beginners work with a trainer. They should be assessed by a fitness professional to address their weaknesses and foundation work, such as stabilization and mobility, are incorporated for them to have a good base to build a strong body. They’ll also become more familiar with exercising and will learn skills that are needed in order to perform exercises correctly, with good form, progress and guidance. People who work with a trainer are most likely to get better, faster results because they have someone who holds them accountable and the programs are designed specifically to the clients needs

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Why EVERYONE Should do Pilates

Hello, Maria Barry here! As most of you probably know, I am the Pure Pilates and Group Fitness Manager at Commonwealth Sports Club, Boston. Over the last 20 years of teaching strength, cardio, yoga and barre classes, I realized there was one common factor preventing me from injury: the core strength I’ve developed from Pilates training. After speaking with clients, friends and members, all of whom work out in many different ways, I have put together a list of the top reasons to practice Pilates studio equipment and Pilates mat. 1.       It’s exercise while you’re laying down AND a great workout!

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What should you be eating to lower your body fat?

One of the most important things we can do to lose weight and achieve the body shape we desire is to change the way we eat. Many of us have probably heard the phrase “abs are made in the kitchen,” and this is one of the most accurate mantras in the fitness industry. There are many elements of a healthy diet, but this article is going to focus on the simple and most important changes we can make to begin to fix the problems with the American diet. (more…)

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When was the last time you felt truly accomplished?

CALLING ALL SPARTANS! That familiar feeling is here again. I'd love to call it the calm before the storm but there's no calm. My adrenaline is up. I'm anxious, excited, slightly nervous. I've been here, I've done this, but every time is different. I know that when I jump that four-foot wall that blocks me from the start line that all the new mysteries of this year's course will be revealed to me. (more…)

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