What is healthy?

You’re not healthy!  That might sound like a harsh way to start a post given the current social climate but it is most likely a truth the average person needs to hear. While the coronavirus pandemic plays out in packed hospitals and empty streets across the world, most of us have been left to self isolate at home following the story from our televisions, the internet, and social media. As a fitness professional stuck at home watching all of this play out one of the things I cannot help but notice is how deeply the media has discounted the word

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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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Need a break from Coronavirus updates and worries? Try this meditation

Hey CSC family! Shaq Wùkōng Bennett from Commonwealth Sports club here bringing some Taoism to your day with a meditation focusing on creating the peaceful, harmonious and healthy environment within that we'd like to see reflected on the world during these times of crisis, pandemic and uncertainty. Since we're all being forced to slow down our lives, take a break and stay inside, why don't we take this opportunity to dive even deeper, turning to our own inner space to do some well needed maintenance and show ourselves some peace and love in a time where we’d like to see the same reflected

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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 1: Nutrition

Start by making sustainable changes For weight loss,members changing their whole lifestyle at once may work for some, but definitely not everyone. People who start with big changes usually start well, they’re focused and committed to eating healthy foods, meal prepping, working out 5x a week and setting up a crazy caloric deficit. However, most of those people are just setting themselves up for failure and disappointment because they drastically cut out on the amount of daily calorie intake and eliminate foods they love to eat. They could make this work for a week or two, then something happens that

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Setting Yourself Up For Success

You’ve decided that you want to better your life so you started coming to the gym a few times a week. That’s great…but what else? Do you have a plan for what you will be eating? Where is your mindset in this whole process? Getting to the gym to join a class or to get a workout in on your own is a great first step, but the saying “you can’t out work a bad diet” is quite true. If you are not eating a healthy balanced diet or not eating enough, getting to your goals will be an uphill

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Maximum health benefits in minimal time

High intensity interval training involves short bouts of vigorous exercise (where your heart rate reaches 80% of its maximal capacity) followed by low intensity recovery periods (such as walking or stretching). Your heart rate has achieved 80% of its maximal capacity when you cannot speak more than a word or two without pausing to gulp air. We all know this feeling and generally try to avoid it because of the discomfort. In HIIT training, such discomfort is sought out in a controlled manner, leading to improved heart health. Short bouts of more intense running, jumping, or weight lifting will increase

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What to pack in your gym bag

Finding the motivation and time to get to the gym can be challenging enough, but arriving only to discover that you forgot something is a total bummer! The best way to avoid this is to organize your gear and pack your gym bag the night before. Trying to pack everything you need while rushing out of the house in the morning is a total waste of time and a practice that is bound to result in a forgotten pair of socks, yoga mat, or protein bar. Organizing your gym bag before you head to the gym is a great practice

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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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Why Booties and Cookies Don’t Mix

Let’s face it, the holidays can be very challenging. Getting into the festive spirit tends to mean abandoning all notion of self-control and consuming insane amounts of sugar.  But you know what…? It’s OK!  The cookies are colorful and pretty, the punch looks beautiful and there is loads of candy, pies and all kinds of chocolatey treats at every party. So let your inhibitions go and give in a little! I gave myself just 24 glorious hours where I allowed myself unchecked treats including cookies, midnight snacks and candy all day long. I let myself splurge like this because I

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