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Building Strong Quadriceps: Exercises, Stretches + Ways to Avoid Injury

The quadriceps are considered to collectively be one of the most powerful muscles groups in the whole body. The primary role of the “quad” muscles is to bend and straighten (extend) the knees — exactly why quadriceps strength and flexibility is important for numerous movements and activities, such as walking (including brisk walking for exercise), squatting, jumping, climbing, cycling and running. … Read More

What Are the Best Fat Burning Workouts?

As many of you know from my burst training through my BurstFit program and videos, exercise is one my favorite things to do and share with others. Exercise is essential to good health as well as to lose unwanted fat, even losing 20 pounds of fat. Of course, not everyone is capable of doing intense burst training; however, there are modifications for everything, … Read More

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Ab Workouts, Including the Best Exercises that Are NOT Crunches

There is nothing like standing in line at the grocery store only to be surrounded by glossy magazine covers of perfect, chiseled abs. Glistening, rippling six-packs all blur together into one massive reminder that your waistline could probably stand some improvement. And perhaps it sends you back on your mission to burn belly fat with ab workouts. Maybe you sheepishly look … Read More

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4 Proprioception Exercises to Improve Balance and Strength

How is it that professional dancers can glide across the room, without looking where they are going and not bump into each other along the way? Proprioception. How can we walk down a flight of stairs at night when the lights are off? Same. Proprioception, simply put, means sense of self. The proprioceptors are sensors that provide information about joint angle, muscle … Read More

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Barre Workout: Can It Give You a Dancer’s Physique?

One of the hottest fitness trends right now is barre. If you don’t believe me, cross the street and you’ll probably find a barre fitness studio, usually in a trendy or up-and-coming suburban mall a few doors down from Starbucks or maybe a semi-gentrified neighborhood. With the proliferation of studios popping up everywhere, most gyms capitalize on the trend that … Read More

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Hip Flexor Stretches Are Key to Both Hip & Knee Health

Our hip flexors aren’t very well understood and often ignored when we exercise. However, if it weren’t for the hip flexors, we would not be able to sit down. The hip flexors form a very important group of muscles allowing us to bend at the waist. These muscles are found deep within our abdominal area and are some of the … Read More

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5 Ways Foam Roller Exercises Can Improve Your Workout

If you’ve ever been in a gym, sporting goods store or even the fitness aisle at Target, you’ve probably seen a foam roller. If you felt confused about how to use one, you’re not alone. While becoming more mainstream, foam rollers still remain a mystery to many people and even trainers. Foam roller exercises, also called myofascial release, is a … Read More

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The Best Knee Strengthening Exercises to Relieve Pain

Knee pain is a common ailment among all ages. It can strike young women, as early as teenagers or before, and derail a promising (or at least fun!) athletic career. It can result from chronic exercise and, for example, be a common running injury. The knee problems can also be anatomical or hereditary, or knee pain can gradually become an issue … Read More

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Want to Be More Durable? Add Hamstring Stretches & Strength Moves!

I have worked with numerous athletes, including professionals and Olympians, and often hear of issues with their hamstrings because this muscle group is such an integral part of movement. Similarly, if you do any running or participate in any sport, you rely more on your hamstrings than you probably think. While your quadriceps and calves do plenty of work, your hamstrings … Read More

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How Many Miles a Week Should I Run?

When providing running tips for beginners, one of the questions they’ll ask is how much to run. Truthfully, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced pro, all runners — or those thinking about taking up running — wonder, “How many miles a week should I run?” According to new research, that answer is surprisingly low, at least in terms of … Read More

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6 Benefits of Bodyweight Exercises (Better Than Machines!)

If you knew that there was something completely free, totally accessible no matter where you are, and proven to benefit your sleep, metabolism, bones, immunity and mood — wouldn’t you be willing to give it a try? Then bodyweight exercises should be right in your wheelhouse. Despite the fact that the American College of Sports Medicine recommends that strength training … Read More

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