The only way to become a better runner is to run, but the more running replaces other exercises in your fitness program, the more likely you are to become injured, suffer from burnout, or develop muscular imbalances. So what's a runner to do (bes... Read more
It’s a classic question with no right or wrong answer. If you want an effective strength training workout, should you use free weights or machines? Which option will help you reach your goals? SparkPeople’s Fitness Experts voice... Read more
Make your fitness dreams come true once and for all, starting with the classic pull up!
Pull ups are one way to showcase ultimate strength and conditioning, and they're no easy feat for the beginner. But both men and women can achieve pull-u... Read more
Are you sick of the same-old cardio machines at the gym? Bored by the treadmill? Tired of the elliptical? Can't stand to do another mile on the stationary bike or another flight on the stair climber? Well, then, it's time you head over to the... Read more
Isolating the gluteus medius (a small and hard-to-train muscle located above the gluteus maximus, just below the lower back) can improve your alignment and reduce back and knee pain. According to researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Milwauke... Read more
I officially signed up for my very first half marathon last week! It's in mid-October, so my actual training begins at the end of July, but I need to start getting my body into gear right away. I'm about 12 pounds heavier than my ideal weight, and fe... Read more
So I'm 5'3 and 125 lbs, and I'm mostly just trying to lose some extra weight around my belly and tone up. My current routine is 20 min jogging at 8.0mph, followed by body weight exercises. Once a week or so I'll swap out jogging for swimming... Read more
How do I tell whether I need to be using a higher or lower weight on a weight machine? I thought it was typically 2 sets of 8 or 10 and that within 3 reps of the first set I should feel like I am being challenged? I really am not sure about that but... Read more
I cannot seem to find the strength training goals. I want to reset them, but I cannot find them. I click on the Edit Fitness Goals, but only steps, miles and cardio are there. I know the strength goals are in my total, because I only have 30 minutes... Read more
So have tried recently to be better about what and/or the amounts I am eating although there is still room for improvement. Besides that, I have been working out with a personal trainer about 2 times a week for more strength training such as weights,... Read more
I actually use excersise as a destresser, when everything is really going crazy, i just plug in my I-pod and jump on a machine at the gym, do my cross training, add a few weights, and poof, im feeling better, i can attack anything again!!!!... Read more
Inspiration for women focused on increasing lean muscle mass and lowering body fat through strength training and having FUN doing it. Some come on aboard and join up with us. You will not regret it!... Read more
A few years ago, you would have been more likely to find me in the weight room than on a treadmill. I loved strength training; I would have done it daily (in lieu of cardio) if possible. But something changed more recently that has me enjoying cardio... Read more
The old running adage is as follows, “in order to run, one must run”—this is commonly referred to as the Principle of Specificity of Training. In other words, in order for you to become a more efficient runner, you must spend time running. But doing... Read more
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