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Spice up your antioxidant power


Antioxidant compounds have the ability to protect cells from free radical damage.  Free radicals are molecules that have become unstable due oxygen exposure. The most prevalent causes for this are internal stressors, such as toxins (environmental, food, medication, alcohol) and excessive exercise (usually aerobic).  Free radical damage can set the stage for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and cancer. They also accelerate the aging process - contributing to skin wrinkles.

Is Gluten Free Bad For You?

Gluten Free

"What is food to one, is to others bitter poison." – Lucretius

Music is Proven to Help You Get Fit

Music makes working out more enjoyable

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

6 effective ways to keep your membership motivated

A personal trainer encourages his client

On average, it is estimated that 50% of new members in your gym will remain after 6 months, and clubs report that most members visit once a week or less.*

Workout Wednesday: Arc Trainer Ladder-Style Workout

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For this week's Workout Wednesday, we're kicking things up a notch on the intensity scale! This workout was created at the intermediate level, so if you're not quite there, be sure to adjust your settings to a comfortable level to tackle this one. 

Getting more out of your workouts with the Cybex Bravo app

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What this is:

The Cybex Bravo Workout Guide is an app designed to help you with your Bravo Functional Trainer workout.  The app contains the following features:

3 Things Fit People do to Stay Fit

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Fit people, you know, those people that never seem to struggle to stay in shape? They’re the ones that work out with a smile on their face, eat whatever they want and always maintain a steady weight and look great. 

We chalk it up to them having really good genes.  

Yes, I’m sure they have good genes but there’s more to it than that. Genetics are just an opportunity.  These people have developed a set of habits over the years that allow them to live healthier lives.

So, what do they do differently?

  1. They actually enjoy exercise.
    If you dread your workouts - before, during and after- it’s time for a new approach to exercise. Find an activity that feels good, and begs you to come back. One that challenges you (appropriately) and provides endless opportunities for improvement. Fit people look forward to and enjoy their workouts because they value being healthy and active more than their desire to be lazy. What do you value?
  2. They don’t diet.
    Fit people never go on diets. They have a healthy relationship with food. They’ve learned how to listen to their body and pay attention not only to what tastes good, but also feels good. They use food to keep themselves energized throughout the day.
  3. They make sleep a priority.
    Fit people know that a healthy body and sound mind requires an adequate amount of quality sleep. Sleep helps to regulate metabolism, repair muscles, and rejuvenate the mind. Sleep gives fit people the energy to exercise consistently and make choices that are conducive to good health.

Fitness requires a commitment to making choices that support your body in being healthy and strong. No one is perfect in balancing all aspects of life, but perfection isn’t the goal - progress is.

Being fit simply requires you to be compassionate with yourself. If your body is tired and sore than listen to it. It may be asking for a day(s) off. If you eat something that doesn’t make you feel good - acknowledge it, re-commit to healthier eating next time and move on. Give yourself permission to enjoy moving, eating and exploring what life has to offer. Watch how doing just these three things changes all other aspects of your life for the better.

A special thank you to Jeannie Landis of Simply Rediscovered for sharing this blog with us.

Machine Monday: Building a solid foundation through leg presses

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Activities that use the muscle:

Workout Wednesday: Arc Trainer Intervals

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With summer in full swing after the Fourth of July weekend, many of us are searching for workouts to help burn off those extra burgers, dogs and other treats from the BBQ's we attended. This week, we have a great Arc Trainer interval workout that will help get you back on track for the rest of the summer!

How to Choose Better Nutrition at Summer Barbecues

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As the Fourth of July approaches, we are looking forward to celebrating with family and friends at barbecues.  We have been working hard in the gym and watching what we eat, but when it comes to those great summer barbeques, this can tend to go out the window.  Trouble is, many of us don’t know how to choose healthy options when we are in this situation. Here are a few tips that you may find helpful for those times:

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