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Battling Back to Triathlons with Cybex

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 7:38:00 AM

Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Taryn Ferrara, a 26-year old triathlete who works at Atlantic Health System in Morristown, New Jersey. Taryn was a Division I swimmer at Binghamton University and after college she began to run marathons, competing in her last one in 2013 right here in Boston.

Following her marathon success, she began training for triathlons, with 2014 being her first competitive season. It was also a season where she endured a very serious injury: a labral tear in her hip. I spoke with Taryn about her pre-injury training, the process of diagnosing the injury, and how the Arc Trainer was part of her rehab as she battles back onto the triathlon circuit in 2015.

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Topics: Arc Trainer

Workouts For In Between Running Days

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 8:25:32 AM

Earlier, we provided programming on how to prepare your body for running. Today, we continue to condition your body, this time focusing on the days in between runs, when you can further improve your performance. 

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Topics: Workout Wednesday

Strengthen Your Glutes

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 9:14:00 AM

It is important to balance upper body exercises with lower body exercises, and the Gluteus Maximus is the largest muscle in the body. As we age, it is increasingly important that we focus on our glutes to help us remain upright and stable.

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Topics: Machine Monday

Prepare Your Body Before a Run

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 8:30:00 AM

The Cybex Workout Center contains programming for multiple fitness goals including weight loss, performance, and improving your body's size & shape. It also features workout programs designed to help runners with their training and results. Today, we look at the first workout in the block of four, focusing on preparing yourself for running. 

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Topics: Workout Wednesday

Strengthen Your Hamstrings on the Leg Curl

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 6:38:00 AM

Continuing with the lower body focus, today we highlight the Hamstrings and the Eagle NX Leg Curl machine.

Activities Using Hamstrings

The hamstrings are an essential muscle group in nearly all activities using our legs. The hamstrings are composed of three muscles in the back of your thigh, running from the back of your knee to your butt.

The function of this muscle group is to bend the knee joint as well as bring the thigh backwards, so we use it for pretty much everything we do involving our lower bodies. It is also activated in sports activities, such as skiing, basketball jump shots, baseball hitting and fielding, rowing, deadlifts, soccer kicking and running and the throwing motion in football.

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Topics: Machine Monday

Have a Healthy Valentine's Day

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 7:52:00 AM

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching this weekend, I feel like we are inundated with subtle (and not so subtle) reminders to pick up flowers, candy, jewelry, etc. for the special someone in our lives. For those of us working in the fitness industry, sticking to our New Year's Resolutions, or just generally living healthier lifestyles, some of those fancier dinners and boxes full of chocolate aren't necessarily what are at the top of wish lists for February 14th.

With that in mind, I started looking around for some fun and healthy ideas for Valentine's Day that can be just as sweet, but without the sugar! (Hey, its Valentine's Day - cheesy lines have to show up somewhere, right?!)

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Maintain Size and Strength in Your Shoulders

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 7:42:00 AM

Use this workout to maintain the size and strength that you have built in your shoulders through previous workouts. With the Cybex Bravo and a set of dumbbells, we'll show you how to work the muscles you've developed so all of that work doesn't go to waste and you continue to reach your fitness goals as part of being #FitIn15.

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Topics: Workout Wednesday

Exploring the Psoas for improved strength and mobility

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 7:14:00 AM

While most people are familiar with the larger muscles groups of the hips, back, and torso, the smaller ones are often overlooked. Just as often it is these muscles that are the culprits of our aches and pains.

The psoas are not typically targeted with traditional gym exercises, and since many of us don't know where it is, it can be difficult to diagnose as a source of pain or weakness.

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Build Size & Strength in Your Shoulders

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 7:39:00 AM

Use this workout to help strengthen and build size in your shoulders. By utilizing the versatile Bravo All-in-One Functional Trainer, Eagle NX Shoulder Press, and dumbbells, you will be able to push yourself toward the results you're working for.

Strengthen Your Shoulders

This four-block workout is designd to help you build strength and size in your shoulders. Before starting this workout, consider first working through our starter workout for strength training and strengthening your core. This workout builds on the strides you have already established for movement confidence and strength, allowing you to do more, successfully.

Please note that because these exercises are designed to help build size and strength, the last set of each exercise should be done until you are no longer able to perform the proper technique (which should be around 8 to 12 repetitions). If you find yoruself doing more, increase weight. If you're unable to get to 8, decrease the weight being used.

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Topics: Workout Wednesday

The 1% Incline: Simulating over-ground running?

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 8:34:00 AM

Are you part of the 1% club? No, we don’t mean the wealthiest group of Americans or an outlaw motorcycle gang (although, you may be part of these groups too - the treadmill really is for everyone.) But what we mean is are you a runner that increases the incline of your treadmill to 1% to better simulate over-ground running?

If yes, were you also told that this was incorrect? Or that you should just try running faster or that you should just bag the treadmill altogether?

We are here with a little help from Cory Hofmann of our own Cybex Research Institute to tell you why you may not necessarily be wrong, nor are your friends when they tell you to just run faster.

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Topics: Strength and Cardio

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