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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 with concrete unless it was in danger of collapsing, neither should you overly support your feet, unless it’s absolutely necessary and medically indicated.  Go to any shoe store, pick any shoe and you may be unintentionally selecting a shoe that will provide your feet with too much support. When left to nature and used as intended, your foot will get stronger, ...

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

What Is TRX?

Below is a great video from TRX. "Born in the U.S. Navy SEALS and developed by Fitness Anywhere®, Suspension Training® is a revolutionary method of leveraged bodyweight exercise. Easily set up the portable TRX® Suspension Trainer™ and you’re in control. Safely perform hundreds of exercises that build power, strength, flexibility, balance, mobility, and prevent injuries, all at the intensity you choose." Find out even more information at the TRX website, http://fitnessanywhere.com/.

January 7th, 2011 Posted in TRX

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 machines? My answer is that both work and what you choose will depend on your specific fitness level and goals. Let’s start with machines. What I like best about machines is that you don’t have to pay so much attention to form, balance and coordination. The machine guides you through the movement, almost like having your own personal trainer. For this reason, ...

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 muscles of the core and trunk must learn and possess the strength to pull against each other, creating a strong and stable base. This base allows the limbs a stable platform to work from. With a stronger core, the legs and arms and will have more strength and power to perform smoother and with less chance of injury. The absence of ...

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 goals. 1. Learn What "Build Slowly" Means Be realistic about your abilities. Experts say to progress gradually, but most of us don't know how to translate that into real-life terms—especially those who used to be active but have gotten out of the habit. "Formerly fit people are surprised and frustrated when they find themselves winded after a walk around the park," says ...

October 20th, 2010 Posted in Tips & Recommendations
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