Trainer Tip Tuesday: Front Foot Elevated Split Squats

Benefits: improves unilateral (single-leg) strength and stability, improves core stability Target muscles: glutes, hamstrings, and quadriceps Equipment: 1x 25-45 lb. bumper plate (depending on desired depth), dumbbells for added load if desired Set-up: 1. Place front foot on top of the plate 2. Take a large step backward 3. Adjust rear foot forward or backward […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Glute Bridge Variations

The glute bridge is a great alternative to lower body exercises and can be used as an activation exercise before compound lower body exercises.  Squeeze your hamstrings and glutes to raise your hips off the ground, then hold on top for a short count, and lower back to the ground.  By changing where you press […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday (Dietitian): Food & Culture

Challenge: try a new meal from a different culture! Of course, food is important in our health, but it is also important in culture. Visit these links to get healthy meal ideas for various cultures such as Asian, Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Latin American, and Middle Eastern. Personalize Your Plate Tip Sheet_AsianIndian_Final Personalize Your Plate Tip […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Easy Hamstring Stretches

Most people struggle with having tight hamstrings. A great way to end your workout is by stretching out your hamstrings. Here are 2 easy ways that you can stretch your hamstrings on your own and while at home: Towel/band Method Using a long towel or band, wrap it around the back of your knee. While […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Balance Exercises

Having good balance is important for many activities we do every day, such as walking and going up and down the stairs. Exercises that improve balance can help prevent falls, a common problem in older adults and stroke patients. They can also benefit those who are obese since weight is not always carried or distributed […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Glute stretches and strength training

Why should I care about my glute flexibility and strength? Performing glute flexibility and strengthening exercises can help relieve: Low back tension Pain in buttocks or pelvis Tightness in hamstrings and hips Performing glute exercises consistently can lead to benefits like: Improved lower body strength Enhanced lower body flexibility and range of motion Reduced risk […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday (Dietitian): Is Salt Healthy?

Are some versions of salt healthier than others? Popular types of salt include table salt, sea salt, and pink Himalayan salt. Sea salt and pink Himalayan salts are often marketed with health foods. Does that mean they are healthier options or worth the extra price point? Sea salt comes from dehydrated seawater. Pink Himalayan salt […]

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Low Lunge Plus Twist

The low lunge with a twist is a great exercise to help improve mobility. Pushing the hips down towards the floor helps get a deeper stretch through your upper hamstring and glutes. The addition of the twist helps to open up your chest muscles and the entirety of your back. 

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Proper Barbell Chest Press Form

The two videos below demonstrate correct and incorrect barbell chest press form. The biggest mistake we see in the barbell chest press is the pathway the bar takes, like whether it glides back & up creating an arc pathway (correct) or is straight up & down creating a vertical pathway (incorrect). Also, engagement of the […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday

Scared of doing side planks because of your carpal tunnel or wrist joint? Here is one way to scale your side plank: create an equal sign with your arms. This centralizes your body weight. Get into plank position, arms still making equal signs, knees on the floor. Rotate so your right arm, weight between this […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Proper Lat Pulldown Exercise

Sit with hips under the bar/pulley and slightly lean back to engage the core. Stabilize your body and pull the bar down to the upper portion of your chest. Allow the bar to return to the top and repeat for desired repetitions. This exercise engages the lats, trapezius, biceps, triceps, forearms muscles throughout the movement.  […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Hip Hinge

The hip hinge is one of the fundamental movement patterns that we use. Think about it like your movement as you pick something up off the floor.  It’s one of the most effective ways of building lower body strength. It’s a staple of deadlifts, squats, and anything that requires explosiveness, like sprinting or jumping. Coach […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday (Dietitian): Budget-Friendly Tip #1

Don’t be afraid of using canned products, even with seafood or poultry! a.       Fresh produce is great, but if you can’t use it in time it can waste your money. b.       Even though fresh seafood or poultry are common staples in a meal, they aren’t always convenient or budget-friendly. Canned products can be just as nutritious as […]

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