Trainer Tip Tuesday: Banded Face Pulls

This exercise will help pull your shoulders back if you have a problem with rounded shoulders. Pull the handles back toward your forehead until your hands are in front of the shoulders. You’ll feel your shoulder blades retract or pinch together. Hold this position for a few seconds. When pulling back you should feel look […]

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Weekly Dietitian Tip: Fun Food Facts – Potatoes

Fun food fact: You might think that white potatoes are nothing but unhealthy calories, but did you know they actually provide a lot of nutrition? Potatoes are packed with fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. When you hear potassium, you might think of bananas. However, potatoes have more potassium than bananas, which is an important nutrient […]

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Weekly Dietitian Tip: Berry Banana Smoothie Recipe

Try this amazing smoothie for a burst of antioxidants and a burst of flavor! Ingredients: -1/2 Carton Banana Premier Protein Shake (individually packaged) -1/2 C. Milk -1/4 C. Orange Juice -1 C. Red grapes -1 C. Frozen Berry mix -1 (best if frozen) Banana Notes: -Frozen Berry mix: blueberry, raspberry, blackberry -Milk: Whatever type you […]

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Weekly Dietitian Tip: Healthy School Lunches

Do you have kids you’re packing school lunches for? Here are some healthy ways to vary it up, keep it appetizing, and continue nourishing those little bodies. Peanut butter and jelly à peanut butter with grapes or blueberries in the middle , with extra on the side Turkey sandwich on whole grain bread à cut into 4 triangle pieces […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Shoulder Activation with a PVC Pipe

Movement Purpose: These movements help to open up the chest muscles and shoulders. They activate and prime the body by increasing mobility and blood flow to the upper body. These movements help with posture, core work and strength, and recovery/activation. Movements: PVC Pass, PVC Around the World, PVC Rack Fixer PVC Pass: Take the PVC pipe and […]

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Weekly Dietitian Tip: Omega 3’s

Omega 3 fatty acids provide anti-inflammatory, cholesterol-lowering, and mental acuity-improving properties. There are three types that are all necessary in the diet: EPA (found in fatty fish like salmon) DHA (found in fatty fish like salmon and in whole eggs) ALA (found in plant foods like canola oil, walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, kidney beans, […]

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Weekly Dietitian Tip: A Healthy Plate

Building a healthy plate for each meal is a simple way to help lower your risk for developing chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, some types of cancer, and help you manage your weight. Aim to follow these simple steps: Make ½ of your plate Non-starchy vegetables and fruit Make ¼ of your plate starchy […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Deadlift w/Trap Bar (Proper Form)

Importance of a Deadlift: Deadlifts are movements that focus on strengthening the posterior chain. It also demonstrates one of the biggest general functioning movements a person does: hinge. Here we have two videos that demonstrate the correct way and incorrect way to deadlift.  Movement Set-up:  Correct way: With the trap bar in front of you, […]

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Weekly Dietitian Tip: All About Fats (Part 3 of 3)

​Saturated fats are the type of fat that we do want to limit.   Saturated fats raise cholesterol and contribute towards inflammation. Foods high in saturated fat also tend to be high in sodium, added sugar, and additional calories. Saturated fats are found in foods like whole dairy products, butter, coconut oil, highly processed meats like bacon, sausage, […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Hamstring Stretch and Curl

Hamstring Stretch: When performing a hamstring stretch, this movement helps to improve your hamstring flexibility, increase leg mobility, and help strengthen the lower back and legs. Make sure while performing the stretch that you keep your back straight, as well as your leg straight when using support from the chair. Use the wall for support […]

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Weekly Dietitian Tip: All About Fats (Part 2 of 3)

When it comes to fats, we do want unsaturated fats in our diet. Unsaturated fats still play an important role in health and wellbeing, as well as supporting healthy weight loss. Unsaturated fats help lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation, support brain and nerve function, and protect against dry eyes. Look for foods like nuts (walnuts, peanuts, almonds, etc.), […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Bulgarian Split Squat

The Bulgarian Split Squat is an exercise that will challenge you greatly but you will be proud you accomplished it once it’s over! To perform this correctly place your rear foot on the bench or platform behind you with your toes down. If you are using a weight, keep it nice and high in the […]

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Weekly Dietitian Tip: Meal Prepping (Part 2 of 2)

​2 Ways to Meal Prep: Full and Partial Full: Prepare & portion into containers ahead of time to easily pull from the fridge.  (Example: Prepare 5 containers of chicken, rice, & veggies per person.) Partial: Prepare INGREDIENTS of meals ahead of time that you can easily turn into various meals.  (Example: Prepare a large amount […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Lunge Variations

Most exercisers are familiar with forward and backward lunges but not diagonal, side, and curtsey lunges which can be great to throw into workouts for variety and an added challenge.  Lunges are a great exercise for those that do not have knee pain and also help improve mobility, agility, and single-leg strength. In the video […]

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Weekly Dietitian Tip: Meal Prepping Part 1

5 ways meal prepping can help your health and fitness: Make healthier choices in busy moments Save time in deciding what to eat & cooking from scratch Save money from not going out to eat Prevent symptoms like lack of focus, fatigue, shaky hands, and irritability from getting too hungry Prevent overeating after being too […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Banded/Plate YTAs

The purpose of a banded or plate YTA is to increase flexibility of the biceps and triceps. This exercise helps better posture and increase thorough range of motion How to: Plate – Using two 2.5 lb plates in each hand leaning on a vertical bench at 45 degrees, raise both arms to make a Y […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Thorasic Spine Mobility

Purpose: to increase movement or range of motion in thoracic spine  Benefits: improved posture, increased range of motion during flexion, extension, and rotation of the thoracic spine, and decreased risk of shoulder and lower back impingement or pain due to mobility restrictions of the thoracic spine  Exercises: Sprinklers, Cat/cow  Sprinklers  Position your body face down […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Eccentric Training

In this video, we show you how to take a regular exercise and make it into an eccentric movement. We wanted to highlight adding eccentric movements into workouts for its many benefits. Focusing on eccentric training, or making an exercise an eccentric movement, is a great way to really get a feel for a movement […]

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Dietitian Tip of the Week: Summer Sweets

Do you crave cool summer treats, or something sweet from time to time? Try these fun ideas! Snack on a bag of frozen blueberries (buy frozen, or buy fresh and freeze) Snack on a bag of frozen grapes (buy fresh and freeze) Peel and chop a banana, top with peanut butter and a little chocolate […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Underhand Band Pull Aparts

This movement is intended to help fix poor posture, enhance rotator cuff strength, and improve overall shoulder health. Start with holding the band at waist level with an underhanded grip, grip width should be about even with the shoulders and arms at your sides. Squeeze your shoulder blades to start this movement and try to […]

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Trainer Tip Tuesday: Bodyweight Squat Substitutions

As we find many of our clients to have knee issues (replacements, discomforts, etc.), these are some movements that help alleviate knee pressure and recruit muscles that are used in a general bodyweight squat. Two movements that you can substitute for the bodyweight squat: Lateral Lunge with a Slider/Frisbee/Paper Plate Key pointers in the Lateral […]

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