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Category Archives: Tips & Recommendations

Fitness, health, and green living tips from our trainers

Please don’t sit, especially when you’re exercising

By Shayleen Pastick, LPT, Elite Trainer There's a recent health trend all over the news, "Sitting is the new Smoking." The point being that the more you sit, the less healthy you become. This is a medical fact. As fitness professionals we know how much our clients have to sit for work, for travel, family time around the holidays, etc. Every one ...

April 30th, 2015 Posted in Health News, Sitting, Tips & Recommendations

FMS is to the human body what anti-virus software is to your PC.

by Shayleen M. Pastick, Elite Trainer and Owner of Vitality Personal Fitness Inc. You scan your PC weekly for viruses. You change the oil in your car. You brush your teeth. Why not see if you are likely to sustain an orthopedic injury? The Functional Movement Screen (FMS), by Gray Cook and Lee Burton is ...

March 24th, 2011 Posted in Functional Training, Tips & Recommendations

Barefoot Training. Why au-natural is better for you.

by Shayleen M. Pastick, Elite Trainer and Owner of Vitality Personal Fitness Inc. What do the Brooklyn Bridge, the Roman Coliseum, and your spine and foot have in common?  Arches. There are 3 major arches that are integral to the functionality and performance of the human foot.  Just as you wouldn’t fill in the arches of the great Roman Coliseum ...

February 8th, 2011 Posted in Barefoot Training, Tips & Recommendations

Strength Training: Free Weights or Machines?

There is a lot of back and forth on which is better for strength training—free weights or machines. Some people get fanatical about this and say that free weights can yield better results and others swear by cable machines. This is one of the biggest debates in the fitness world. So once and for all: which is better—free weights or ...

October 29th, 2010 Posted in Tips & Recommendations

Smart Fitness: Work on Your Core Strength

The phrase "core strength" is heard often around health clubs these days. Just what is it?Core strength is not just strong stomach muscles. True core strength is the ability of the "middle" of the body to hold correct posture, maintain balance, have a strong awareness of body and limbs in space and the functional strength to properly use it all. The ...

October 29th, 2010 Posted in Tips & Recommendations

7 Steps to a Better Body

Ready to start an exercise program? Just making the commitment is an amazing first step. To ensure success, here are seven surprisingly simple, research-backed strategies that can help you overcome the most common roadblocks to weight loss. They'll motivate you through the ups and downs of any new workout routine, so you'll stick to it and reach all your fitness ...

October 20th, 2010 Posted in Tips & Recommendations