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6 Surprising Ways Lifting Weights Will Improve Your Life Whether you're already doing resistance training, or you're pondering whether to take the plunge

Want to be stronger, leaner, sexier? How about better looking? More confident and less stressed out? How’d you like to live longer too? You can, and it doesn’t have to cost a penny. How? Lift weights. Starting in your 30s, your body starts to lose muscle mass. This process – medically known as sarcopenia – continues as you get older: live to age 70 and you’ll have lost around 25% of your strength. If… Read More »6 Surprising Ways Lifting Weights Will Improve Your Life Whether you’re already doing resistance training, or you’re pondering whether to take the plunge

From Gym Newbies To Seasoned Fitness Buffs: Why Everyone Needs Perfect Posture Start Here For A Safer And More Effective Workout

I recently met with a new client for his first session. His goal is to become stronger and reduce his back pain. When I explained that we’d be spending most of our first session establishing perfect posture and alignment, breathing patterns and core muscle activation he was dismayed. “I was really excited to start lifting weights,” he said. “What does my posture have to do with my workout?” Short answer:… Read More »From Gym Newbies To Seasoned Fitness Buffs: Why Everyone Needs Perfect Posture Start Here For A Safer And More Effective Workout

Free “How-To” Exercise Videos Exercise Fundamentals Made Easy. And Free!

Free “How-To” Exercise Videos Are you a fitness newbie and a bit uncertain about how to do exercises correctly? Or maybe you’re a regular gym junkie who’s ready for precision instruction on your form. Whatever your skill level, you’ve come to the right place! On my new Free “How-To” Exercise Videos page you’ll find short videos on fundamental exercises you’ll need in group fitness sessions or solo gym workouts. The videos… Read More »Free “How-To” Exercise Videos Exercise Fundamentals Made Easy. And Free!

7 Reasons To Hire A Personal Trainer

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Hiring a personal trainer is an important step towards getting and staying fit and healthy, no matter what your age or income level. Personal trainers aren’t just for accomplished athletes with a lot of experience. In fact even if you’re a complete fitness newbie, a personal trainer can help you achieve the success you’re seeking. So check out these 7 reasons to hire a personal trainer. 1. To Help You Learn How to Do… Read More »7 Reasons To Hire A Personal Trainer

Pull-ups: One Powerful Move for a Strong, Sexy Body They're Not Just For Guys!

IMG_0092So you want to do a pull-up?

Pull-ups have long been used as a measure of fitness and upper-body strength. From those gruelling middle-school gym tests (remember ParticipAction?) to military training, pull-ups are tough enough to humble even the most dedicated gym buff. It doesn’t matter if you bike 80K per day and can hold a plank for ten minutes; pull-ups will still be hard. If the squat is the King of Exercise, as many fitness experts agree, pull-ups rival planks for the title of Queen. Here’s why:Read More »Pull-ups: One Powerful Move for a Strong, Sexy Body They’re Not Just For Guys!

Lifting Weights: What’s Right For Me? Light Weights or Heavy Weights - Just Lift

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When I was in my early 20s, my friend Jodi announced she was beginning a weight training program. At first I was skeptical. I’d never met any women who lifted weights and I assumed it would make you look bulgy and unfeminine, like the Incredible Hulk. But after a few months, rather than bulking out in all the wrong places, Jodi was looking strong, toned and still very feminine. Intrigued, I joined my first gym and learned how to use the machines, and I’ve been hooked on resistance training since.

Trust me, I’ve been lifting weights for 20 years, and I’ve never once been mistaken for a man.

The benefits of strength training go far beyond aesthetic appeal. The CDC recommends two to three sessions per week for men and women of all ages, to strengthen bones, prevent falls, maintain a healthy body weight, improve sleep, relieve arthritic pain and control diabetes.

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So once you’ve made the choice to add resistance training to your workout, where should you begin? Heavy weights or light? The simple answer is, it depends. What are your fitness goals? Do you have experience with strength training? Are you working with any injuries?Read More »Lifting Weights: What’s Right For Me? Light Weights or Heavy Weights – Just Lift

Who has time to work out? You do!

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A lot of people have trouble squeezing a workout into their busy day. And no wonder. Add up how long it takes to get to the gym, change, do your workout, hit the shower, change again — no surprise it’s tough to find the time! What if I told you there was an effective, scientifically proven workout that you can do in just seven minutes — in the comfort of your… Read More »Who has time to work out? You do!