Is It Worth Investing in Ankle (or Wrist) Weights?
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Is It Worth Investing in Ankle (or Wrist) Weights?

Speaking as a trainer, of course my answer is YES! But, what are they good for, and what are they NOT good for? Some people invest in ankle or wrist weights thinking that they are going to help them lose weight. That is, by wearing them around the house or when out for a walk,…

How Can You Prevent a Sore Low Back?
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How Can You Prevent a Sore Low Back?

There has been a great deal of buzz about protecting your back by working your abdominal and core muscles. Suppose you do a lot of crunches. Can just doing the basic forward crunch help? Perhaps you have been hearing a lot about the role of your transverse abdominus muscle (the one so often put on center…

Where Should I Start?  Strength or Cardiovascular Training?
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Where Should I Start? Strength or Cardiovascular Training?

Suppose you are just starting out or getting back into exercise. You have limited time to devote to this, but want to at least do something. Should you get going and find some cardiovascular activity that you like? Or should you start enjoying the feeling of getting stronger through strength training? Seems that every time…

How About an “Exercise Snack?”
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How About an “Exercise Snack?”

What is an “Exercise Snack?” This is the new phrase being used for shorter bouts of high intensity exercise, which are showing up everywhere. Perhaps you have heard about programs like P90X, Insanity, or CrossFit, which are very high intensity programs that are being touted as the next big thing in training. The grabber for…

The Stats on Neck Pain
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The Stats on Neck Pain

Did you know that 95% of us will experience low back pain at one time or another in our lifetime? Perhaps you can already attest to that (I know I can). But how about neck pain? This seems to be something that most of us have had, but it’s difficult to find good numbers on…

The Ab Crunch: What It Does and Doesn’t Do For You
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The Ab Crunch: What It Does and Doesn’t Do For You

One of the most commonly asked questions in the gym is… What can I do to get rid of this excess around my middle? Invariably the anticipated answer is to do a bunch of ab crunches. You know, that classic exercise where you lie on your back, knees bent, hands behind your head, and then…