There are three major grips used when weight lifting: neutral/hammer, supine, and prone. Each grip recruits a different combination of muscles in your biceps, triceps, and forearms. By simply changing your grip you’ll challenge your muscles in a different way and have greater forearm strength, hooray! Here’s how to do each: Neutral/Hammer (Difficulty: Easy) – Palm faces in, towards the midline of your body and … Continue reading Change Your Grip: A Simple Way to Keep Exercise Interesting
I know going to the gym or popping in a workout video is not for everyone. Some of you would rather ride your bike outside, sweat in your garden, or take a walk. My brother-in-law prides himself on the strong body he has without working out at the gym (thanks to his work as a dry land diving coach..with a little extra help from genetics.). … Continue reading Strength Training in Everyday Movements
Summer is just around the corner. For some of you lucky ducks, you’re already counting down the days until vacation. Whether you’re driving across the state or flying across the country, here are some tips to keep in mind before you go. But first, check out this newsletter from last August with our Beach Week Menu for inspiration. Food: – If you’ll be in the car for awhile, pack … Continue reading Work Hard, Play Smart: Staying Healthy on Vacation
Once upon a time, I was a grad student at the George Washington University. For my final project, I designed, implemented, and evaluated a program with Great Falls National Park called Training on the Trails. The idea was to encourage people to use our National Parks for fitness as well as recreation. I kept a blog documenting our workouts. You’ll find strength exercises you can do … Continue reading Training on the Trails: Take Your Workout Outside
Some of us just don’t know when to quit. Maybe you’ve been in the same routine of exercise 5 days/week and aren’t seeing results. Maybe you’ve been burning the candle on both ends for several days to finish a project. Maybe you’re starting to feel sick but don’t want to break your habit of exercising. Stop. Rest. Give your body and your mind a chance … Continue reading The Importance of Rest!
For the first time in awhile, I got to weight lift by myself. Since I teach several classes throughout the week, I get all my exercise then. The other day I got to switch up my routine and it felt awesome. Knowing I only had one session to work all my major muscle groups, here’s what I did: Warm Up: Down dog to plank, staggered … Continue reading Total Body Lift: Get In-And-Out in 45 Minutes
Group exercise isn’t all spandex and aerobics (unless that’s your thing, then you go, Glen CoCo!). The fitness industry has really evolved. There’s a group exercise class for all kinds of interests, goals, and intensities, from Zumba to yoga to cardio kickboxing. And, as an instructor, classes hold a special place in my heart. Today, I challenge you to try a class. Here’s why: 1. Exercise … Continue reading Be Brave: Try a Group Exercise Class!