• Fitness Anatomy

    You Can’t Stretch the IT Band

    What if I told you that you can’t stretch the IT Band? That’s right. I said it. If you’re intrigued by this article, you likely had one of two reactions. Either you already know this, and you’re totally excited we’re busting myths. Or, I’m going against everything you thought you knew. Old fitness myths die hard. Either way, stick around and find out why you can’t stretch your IT band.  There’s a new obsession with stretching and foam rolling the IT band. Over the past few years, I’ve heard the name kicked around more at gyms like it’s a new buzzword. I have to say, I’m concerned with what I’m…

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    Fitness Anatomy

    Anatomy For Exercise | Lower Body Muscles

    How well do you know your lower body muscle anatomy for exercise? Have you ever been in an exercise class and had the instructor say to feel it in your quads or engage your core and really stopped to think about it? Have you ever been silently confused, but smiled and nodded anyway? Chances are you’ve heard some names in passing, but are you confident you know their functions? Understanding the anatomy of your muscles and how they work is a crucial part of understanding how your body works during exercise. I hear frequent questions about muscles. When it comes to the body, there’s a lot of confusion. Today we’re…

  • Injury Prevention

    What’s Really Going On When You Stretch?

    There are an abundance of myths surrounding fitness, and stretching is no exception. Stretching is not a waste of time, yet people often make excuses to get around doing it. If I told you stretching could help you perform a squat or lunge with better form, would you do it? What about have less pain while sitting at your desk? Or have an easier time reaching something in the back seat of your car? Stretching can actually improve other aspects including strengthening, functional activities, and general quality of life. But what actually happens when you stretch? Why should you stretch? How should you stretch? When should you stretch? All this…

  • Fitness

    7 Tips for Staying Consistent with Exercise

    Show of hands, who struggles to stay consistent with an exercise program? Have you ever wanted to add more fitness into your life but really don’t know where to start? We all have the best intentions. But let’s be honest: life gets in the way. With an endless list of obligations and distractions competing for your attention, there can be little time left over for exercise and self-care. Building a plan that works for you will help you take successful strides toward your goals. In this article, I’ll be outlining some tips to help you go from yo-yo exercising to forming a sustainable plan so you can stay consistent with…

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    Injury Prevention

    Stairmaster Workout Tips

    Stairmaster, step mills, stair climbers, steppers. They come in all different shapes and sizes. These cardio machines are found in most gyms and can offer a genuine cardio blast. A Stairmaster workout can get your heart rate up in a hurry and work the major muscle groups in your lower body in a very functional way. When I say functional, I’m referring to movements that mimic activities you might perform in the course of your everyday life. Sounds like a win-win right?!  Time out. Before you go running up the stairs, there are a few things that can sabotage your workout and put you at risk for injury. This article will…

  • Fitness

    Why You Need Yoga & How to Get Started

    I can’t do yoga, I’m not flexible. If I had a dollar…. I’m not flexible is just one of the many myths that prevent more people from enjoying the benefits of yoga. Saying you’re not flexible is precisely why you should do yoga, among other benefits which I’ll get into later. Instagram is chock-full of pictures of beautiful people standing on their heads, twisted up in a Cirque du Soleil-like fashion. If that’s your only exposure to yoga, then I totally get it. That is pretty intimidating, enough to scare most people away. Luckily, that’s only a small representation of what modern-day yoga actually is. Yoga is for everybody. There is a yoga level…

  • Injury Prevention

    Sneakers & More – A Guide to Fitness Footwear

    Let’s talk shoes. When was the last time you went shopping for new workout shoes? Did you know what to buy or did it come down to which sneakers were the most attractive? Or in your size? Or on sale? Because, who can resist a good sale?  If you’ve ever wanted to know all about shoes for your workout, you’ve come to the right place.  Proper footwear matters! In fact, it’s one of the most essential components of your fitness routine. Today we’re breaking down some popular categories so you can feel way more confident the next time you buy workout shoes. Running sneakers have a very textured, grippy bottom to provide traction. This is…