MORE LOVE FOR LIFTING

One of my favorite resources, Dr. Mercola, recently published an article about the importance of strength training as part of a complete exercise regime. The beauty of the following article is that is goes beyond the gentle reminder of what we already know.

BEST ENDURANCE TECHNOLOGY

Whether your a casual runner or a serious athlete, the Garmin Forerunner 410 is a necessity for all you bikers and runners out there. Tracking distance, and speed (mph or min/mile) by satellite, it is the only device I trust and rely on for my own endurance training and my athletes.

WHY BARRE TRAIN?

You have probably walked past one of the classes: rows of women packed in at the barre, grimacing as they hold their leg in the air for what seems like minutes, barely moving at all. It looks as if they are doing nothing—so why are these classes so popular?

PUSH YOURSELF HARDER FOR MAXIMUM FITNESS

"No pain, no gain!" might be more than a catchy motivational phrase. A recent article from The New York Times takes a deeper look into how intense exercise changes the body beyond molecular level — at the cellular level.

OVERESTIMATING HOW HARD WE EXERCISE

The New York Times recently posted an article about the definition of moderate exercise. We couldn’t agree more!

OVERTRAINING: AN IMPORTANT CONCEPT TO CONSIDER WHEN PLANNING YOUR WEEKLY ROUTINE

The 50 pound dumbbell curl, treadmill speed drills, endless pulsing during barre class, incessant chatarungas, and any other exercise modality you put yourself through on a weekly basis all have something in common

RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME

Every once in a while we are lucky enough to experience a moment of affirmation: a quick instant that may seem inconsequential to anyone else, but lets us know that we are in the right place at just the right time. I had one such moment when I walked into Pura Vida Fitness and Spa for an interview. As I took a seat in the conference room, the club’s maintenance guy was rolling up some floor plans, heading out.

RESISTANCE TRAINING AND INJURY PREVENTION

Most people start a resistance training program because they want to increase their muscle mass and get stronger – and of course, to see those toned muscles in front of the mirror. Today we are going to leave those reasons behind a bit and talk about how and why resistance training helps to reduce the risk of injuries, undoubtedly one of the most important benefits!

THE PURE BALANCE EFFECT

Our bodies take on the patterns set by our favorite activities and daily habits, causing certain muscles to become overly developed or tight, while other parts might become over-stretched, weak, and ineffective. The more these patterns set in, the more imbalanced our bodies become.

WHAT DOES 200 CALORIES REALLY LOOK LIKE?

When it comes to healthy eating, the average American adult focuses on calories. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that the average adult consume 2000-2500 calories per day to maintain their weight. Are we even sure what that really means?