How To: Squats

Wondering if you’re doing squats correctly? Watch the video below for quick tips on how to maintain good posture and form when doing your squat routine. Remember! It’s always better to do fewer repetitions using proper form, than more repetitions with a poor posture. Enjoy!

 

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How to Use a Foam Roller: Upper Back

If you’re feeling tight or achy after sitting all day, try out a foam roller to relieve tension in your upper back and neck. Feeling a bit lost on how to use a foam roller for this area? No problem! Click here to watch a video for techniques for your upper back and neck. Remember, always modify your stretching and pressure to the level you’re at. Best of luck!

Foam Roller

Elliptical vs Treadmill

Out of all the exercise machines out there, chances are you’ll be seeing both an elliptical and treadmill at a gym. Both machines have been around a long time, but have you ever wondered if one unit was better or more effective than the other? Ideally, both exercise machines should be used for your cardiovascular regiment, but there are pros and cons to both. To read more about the elliptical vs treadmill, click here.

 

Elliptical vs Treadmill

Benefits of Dynamic Stretching

Prior to starting a workout, we were always told to stretch our muscles in a static position, that is, by holding one pose for close to a minute before changing positions. Although this system works well at the end of one’s workout, it’s actually a poor way for the body to prepare itself for exercise. Dynamic stretching is the preferred course of action prior to starting your routine because it warms the muscles, increases a person’s range of motion and reduces the likelihood of injury. To learn more about the benefits of dynamic stretching, click here.

 

Dynamic Stretching

Fat-Burning Abs Workout

If you had a resolution this year to get in better shape and improve your health, don’t give up! Keep working on your goals and feel the (good) pain with this fat-burning abs workout. This sequence has 6 different exercises including jumping jacks, squats and planks. If you’re up for more of a challenge, try doing the whole sequence multiple times. Happy workout!

 

Superbowl Workout

Say what you will about American football, but there is one thing for sure, football players are some of the most athletic people on the planet. These pros need to display endurance, strength and speed throughout a 60-minute game. If you’re feeling up for a challenge, try out this Superbowl workout that targets your legs, glutes, core, arms and back. Click here to see the full exercise routine. Good luck!

 

Superbowl Workout

Ice Baths: The Do’s and Don’ts

If you’ve ever complained about a swimming pool that was too cold, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate… As part of their training routine, athletes around the world have been incorporating ice baths into their regiment in order to quicken the healing process. It’s believed that “the exposure to cold helps to combat the microtrauma (small tears) in muscle fibers and resultant soreness caused by intense or repetitive exercise”. However, this doesn’t give anyone the green light to jump into a frozen lake… For more information on how to safely take an ice bath, as well as other do’s and don’ts, click here.

 

Ice Baths

How to Use a Foam Roller: Legs

Foam rollers are a staple in many gyms across North America. But if you’ve never used one before, it can be a bit intimidating. Watch the video below for different techniques on how to use a foam roller on your legs. Warning! Some areas on your legs may feel a little tender, like your IT band. Always modify your stretching and pressure to the level you’re at. Best of luck!

 

10 Partner Exercises

If your New Year’s resolution this year is to be more active, then the best way to get started (and to keep at it) is to have an exercise buddy. Exercising with a friend is a great way to stay motivated, challenge yourself to reach new goals, and hold yourself accountable to a gym schedule. Not only will it benefit your body, but this regular interaction with a partner can also benefit your mind and your emotional state. So what are you waiting for? Grab a buddy, and try these 10 partner exercises that will keep you movin’ and groovin’. Enjoy!

 

Warm-Up and Cool-Down for a Run

A proper warm-up and cool-down is absolutely essential prior to any strenuous exercise; particularly before and after a run. If you’re looking to step up your performance and ensure you keep your muscles happy, check out the video below. Happy exercising!