More and more kids are gravitating toward weight training. In most cases, strength training is safe and encouraged for kids. However, when done incorrectly, whether too intensely or too early in life, it can lead to permanent damage. Fitness trainer... Read more
Have you ridden the Exercise Vortex? It’s the most popular fitness roller coaster of all time.
You go up, you go down. Fast fitness climbs are interrupted by burnout and steep drops in activity--until you bottom out and start a... Read more
SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
We often hear a lot about aerobic or “cardio” exercise and how it improves fitness, reduces one’s risk of lifestyle diseases, an... Read more
Imagine you’re in Pamplona, Spain, in July. You’re sightseeing, shopping through downtown for that perfect souvenir for your spouse back home (hey, someone had to watch the kids, right?). You notice a crowd. Then a commotion. Then, right... Read more
You've heard the rumblings about bacteria. Once seen as just dirty germs, these microbes are now more accurately divided into two categories: disease-causing agents, or "bad" bacteria, and health-promoting "good" bacteria.
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I've completed two Spartan Sprints, and will be at the Spartan Super in Las Vegas in April. The best thing would be Hiking, and a lot of upper body. Try carrying a weighted container, like a cooler or bucket while hiking. And practice BURPEES!... Read more
obviously this is not true but a common notion amongst several female co-workers of mine is that they won't lift weights for fear of looking like a man.
Question: what would be your retort to that type of statement?... Read more
You should take a day off between lifting sessions. Your muscles need time to repair; your body is trying to tell you that, but you're not listening. What is your typical workout like, that takes 2-3 hours?... Read more
I've been lifting 2-3hours a day everyday.
While doing cardio as well but my muscles are looking awesome and I can so feel a differnece however I feel like I've been hit by a Mac truck. Also doing my cardio but lifting is an addiction I can't break.... Read more
Has anyone ever done a Spartan race? I want to do an obstacle run, and there happens to be a spartan sprint that's very convenient for me. I'm a little nervous to sign up because it seems pretty intense, but I strongly feel that I need a big goal to... Read more
Music goes a long way with motivating me to work out. I can't imagine running, teaching Spinning class or even lifting weights without some good tunes to keep my mood and energy levels high. When I teach classes, music takes center stage. I take a lo... Read more
As I've mentioned before, Spinning is one of my favorite workout classes, whether I'm taking the class as a student or leading the ride myself as the instructor. I love to teach Spinning, and I try to draw on various motivational techniques a... Read more
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