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Yoga Pilates or Working Out

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 29, 2010

MA - RI - Can sitting completely still really be as good for you as a workout as moving around? Yes it can. Holding a yoga or Pilates pose (for example the Downward Dog asana and the Spine Stretch in Pilates) offers as much challenge as 30 minutes of a heart-pounding (medium pace) treadmill workout.

Don't think that you need to be sweating and dizzy to feel as though your workout routines work. If you are overly sweating and/or are dizzy too often, that may be a sign that you need to have your heart checked or change your fitness workout routines. Your cardiologist will probably recommend a more balanced workout plan.

Don't overload your workout plan with blood, sweat, and tears. The gentle tai chi and bagua movements redirect the energy and function as effective body building workout routines without outward effort. All your muscle work is inward, no matter what workout program you choose.

Group Extreme Fitness Program

Joseph Coupal - Friday, March 26, 2010

Our Group Extreme boot camp (5 weeks) will increase your cardio-respiratory endurance, overall strength and flexibility.  With summer right around the corner our mission is to get you in the best possible shape by  providing you with the means to reduce your overall body fat percentage.  You will lose weight, get ripped and feel great.

Now you can stop wondering what you could look like and realize your bodies full potential for greatness.

Jumping Training and Exercises

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 22, 2010

Jumping Training

Jumping is an essential part of many sports including basketball, football, tennis, soccer, and more.  Training or exercising to get better at jumping should be a part of your fitness routine.

To get better at jumping, you need to start with the basics which would be what we call an Explosive Squat. Jumping really begins with a squat ... using your lower body muscles to push you up and off the ground.   Getting lift in the face of gravity.

To practice jumping, begin by jumping in place from a squat, exploding from your lower body to push you up, then landing in a squat. When you land in a squat you prevent intense impact on the joints of your lower body, especially your knees. Once you get comfortable with this routine, begin jumping onto steps or platforms. Once you become comfortable jumping up, add jumping down (off a bench or steps) making sure you land in the squat position. Soon you will feel much more explosive strength in your legs allowing thereby enabling you to jump higher and more quickly, sprint faster, accelerate more quickly, and even perform better in sports.

Running on a treadmill vs running outdoors

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 15, 2010

You'll get equally fit running on a treadmill or running outdoors. In fact, many distance-running athletes use the treadmill for training to save their legs from the pounding of roadwork. However, there is a slight difference in energy expenditure (calories burned) between the two.  Outdoor running burns slightly more calories than treadmill running at the same speed due to lack of air resistance on the treadmill. Researchers studying this phenomenon found that setting the treadmill at 1% elevation pretty much equals things out.  So set the treadmill at 1% so that treadmill walking or running mimics outdoor exercise.

Speed up when Walking for exercise

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, March 14, 2010

Walking speed is a function of stride length and how fast you move your legs. There is a limit to how much you can lengthen your stride, so when fitness walking or walking for exercise, concentrate on increasing how fast you move your legs. Try artificially increasing your stride, and you end up over-striding, which can actually slow you down as your heel comes down too far in front.  This can cause a breaking feeling or action.  So move your legs faster but keep your stride in the normal zone for you.

Unfit people may be able to get their heart rate into a training zone by walking faster than usual, but as you get more fit you may have trouble walking fast enough to really push yourself.  If you reach this point make sure your course has hills in it. Having to go uphill when walking for exercise increases the challenge and keeps you on path to higher fitness.


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