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 am relatively new to exercise, but for the last 6 weeks, I have been running 3 days/week, doing cross training on the recumbent bike or elliptical 2 days/week and walking the other 2 days. I really enjoy the aerobic exercise, but I know that I nee... Read more
I am hoping someone out there might be interested in joining me in training for my first half marathon. I am looking at completing one in October or November. It would be so nice to find someone to work with so we could support each other. I am us... Read more
I have a gym membership but all I really do there is run. I'd really like to start strength training (machines and free weights) but I have NO idea what I'm doing. I'm so confused by the rules, how many pounds to use and when, what to eat, how ofte... Read more
I am a woman in her late 50's. I've done ST in the past,nothing serious in recent years. I don't want to end up like my mother, who has trouble moving things around if they weigh more than three or four pounds. And that's a load for two hands.
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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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