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Should You Have A Pre Workout Meal?

Posted by Merritt Clubs

Aug 28, 2019

Going to the gym on an empty stomach isn't for everyone. Though you burn more calories working out without eating first, it is likely that you will not have enough energy to do an intense workout. Eating a small pre-workout meal will give you adequate fuel and nourishment to build the muscle you want. Save the hearty meal for a post-workout because if you eat a full meal beforehand, you will be tired and it will lead to stomach cramps.

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Topics: nutrition tips, working out

Progress, Not Perfection

Posted by Lori O'Donnell

Aug 14, 2019

After teaching BODY PUMP last night, a member told me that I always make the workout look easy. Well, that was news to me! It was a tough class and at times I felt like I was struggling to complete a block of work. But, it made me think…why is it that some days we are bursting with energy and others we have to fight to finish (or even begin) a workout? And, what can we do to push through when fatigue or the occasional lack of motivation threaten to derail our daily exercise routine?

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Topics: working out

Working Out: Hormonal Impacts

Posted by Merritt Clubs

Aug 30, 2017

The positive impacts of exercise on the body are visibly apparent: people who exercise frequently will watch their waistlines drop, their muscles tone, and their endurance improve. But just as significant are some of the hormonal effects that working out has on the brain, impacting stress management, appetite, and mood.

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Topics: hormones and weight loss, working out

Stretches To Do Before and After Working Out: Static Stretches vs. Dynamic Stretches

Posted by Merritt Clubs

Aug 22, 2017

Before you engage in any type of physical activity, whether it involves playing sports, or lifting weights, it is necessary to warm up your body. Ever since we were little kids, teachers and coaches always told us to stretch before participating in a game or competition.

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Topics: working out, stretches

The Lowdown on Achieving Perfect Planks

Posted by Merritt Clubs

Feb 7, 2017

Personal trainers at the best gyms are often quick to admit it. Man or woman cannot get fit with aerobics alone. There has to be some strength training involved, preferably routines that include isometric exercises. One of the most popular and effective is the traditional plank. Why planks and how can gym members make the most of them?

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Topics: working out

Diary of a Fitness Newbie: I'm Bringing Sexy Back

Posted by Leslie Warren

Jan 18, 2017

Hello all! My name is Leslie and I am starting a blog! This blog, in fact. Until recently, my fitness experience consisted of hearing that it’s something that’s important. And, if I’m being honest, I’ve never really cared that much about being fit. I have never had a gym membership that cost me more than $10 a month, and I don’t know if I ever would have thought anything more than that would be necessary. I always thought going to the gym was horrible anyway and would cut into my sitting-in-front-of-the-TV-eating-Cheetos time.

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Topics: exercise, working out

Get Results, Avoid Plateaus and Have Fun

Posted by Mark Miller

Nov 16, 2016

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Topics: workout, working out

5 Ways to Stay Motivated to Work Out

Posted by Sterling McKinley

Jan 12, 2016

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Topics: working out

HOW TO AVOID KNEE PAIN WORKING OUT

Posted by Sterling McKinley

Oct 30, 2015

Knees Hurting??

Try strengthening your GLUTES!! Don't over do the quads and knees as you are trying to work those legs. Engage more of the Gluteal and hip muscles for less wear and tear on the knees. Grab a trainer and talk "glutes" as you figure out what moves target the biggest muscles you have without causing your knees to hurt.
 
Exercises To Try:
TRX Squat
Hanging(modified) Deadlift
Mini-band work
Hip Extension
Leg Press positioned with high heel
Hip Bridges (loaded/unloaded)

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Topics: working out

Tips For Working Out In A Gym

Posted by Sterling McKinley

Oct 15, 2015

It can be intimidating to work out in a fitness gym. First of all, you probably notice all of the really fit people, especially if you have some weight to lose. Then, there are the complicated machines staring at you. Also, if you decide to try some of the classes, you might be intimidated by all of the people who seem to know exactly what to do. Especially if you have not worked out in a while, you might be a little worried about stepping into a gym.

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Topics: fitness, fit tips, working out