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 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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Are Morning or Evening Workouts more Efficient for Weight Loss/Muscle Gain

There has been a long debate between morning and evening workouts: which one helps you burn fat and build more muscle? Some people claim that morning workouts burn the most fat and evening workouts build more muscle, but is this accurate? The truth is the best and most efficient workout is the one that you actually complete…period. Whether it’s morning, afternoon or evening, the time of day you get to the gym should really depend on practicality. For example, when do you typically have free time? What is your sleep schedule like? Is your goal to de-stress or energize yourself?

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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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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 you should try a Spartan Race this summer

What the heck is a Spartan Race, and why should I try one this summer?? I’m glad you asked. A Spartan Race is Reebok’s obstacle course race, similar to a Tough Mudder or Warrior Dash. They range from 3 miles to marathon distance, depending on your level of running fitness and how much you want to challenge yourself. Each Spartan race course features 20-30 creative obstacles that will challenge your strength and endurance in a really fun way. (more…)

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“I Don’t Want to Look Bulky”

This one’s for the ladies… sorry fellas! When I first started getting into fitness, the only thing I was focused on was losing weight and being thin. Then once I lost the amount of weight I wanted to, I wanted to “tone” everything and lose that last 10 pounds. I figured I would just increase the intensity of my cardio and that would solve it, sounds about right? (more…)

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Video proof that two is better than one

BY MICHAELA YOUNGBERG AND HECTOR PLAZA Have you ever had one of those days when you wake up and say, “I’m going to skip the gym today because I’m just not feeling it,” or “I’m just so tired from work today, I’ll skip the gym today?” Then one skip-day turns into two and so on, then the next thing you know you haven’t been to the gym in weeks. Guess what… you’re not the only one. We’re human; we’ve all done it. One of the things that keep me motivated (and could motivate you too!) is looking forward to doing

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Strength, Stability, Mobility: Train like a Navy Seal

Have you ever wondered how you could strength train without using heavy dumbbells or weights? Ever wondered if using your body weight was sufficient enough resistance to gain the strength, stability, and mobility you want achieve? Ever see those black and yellow straps suspended from the wall and thought what in the world they were? (more…)

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