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Posts found under "Strength & Resistance Training" within Fit Life

8 Trainer Tips for Navigating the Weight Room

By Stephanie Thielen on Wednesday, February 6, 2013


The benefits of strength training are endless, but many women feel too intimidated by the weight room at the gym to even get started. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 8 helpful tips for navigating the weight room like a pro.




What are the best exercises to work my chest?

By Jonathan Ross on Friday, October 5, 2012


While we may not realize it, our chest muscles are used on a daily basis and are important to keep strong so that we can perform these tasks with ease. Jonathan Ross discusses a new ACE-sponsored study that reveals which chest exercises are most effective for stimulating the chest muscles and shares which ones are best for you depending on your fitness goals.




Gym Class: CrossFit

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, October 3, 2012


If you’re the type of person who likes to challenge yourself physically and constantly add new exercises to your routine, CrossFit may be right for you. Check out what ACE Exercise Physiologist Jessica Matthews has to say after trying this total-body strength and conditioning program for the first time!




What are some good options to fuel my cardio, strength training and weekend workouts?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, April 25, 2012


To make the most out of your workouts, it’s important that you fuel and refuel right. We asked registered dietitians and sports nutrition experts to share some of their pre- and post-workout meal favorites to help give you the energy you need to get the results that you want.




What are some ways to get a workout without any exercise equipment?

By Shannon Fable on Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Whether you have access to a gym or not, learning to workout without equipment is always a bonus. Not only does working out ‘naked’ (ok, clothes are a must … we’re talking equipment here!) make your workouts portable, thus eliminating many excuses to ditch the workout when your life takes you away from the club, but it also helps you focus on movement quality which can enhance any workout you do with equipment later on.




What exercises are best to strengthen my knees?

By Adam Bordes on Wednesday, November 16, 2011


This is one of the most frequently asked questions and the reason is understandable: They bear approximately 80% of our body weight when we're standing, the knees are highly susceptible to damage and the pain that often comes with it. Find out how to strengthen this joint.





What are some proven exercises to target my “trouble spots”?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, August 17, 2011


We all have “trouble spots” (or at least the majority of us think that we think we do); areas of our bodies that we wish were more tight, toned, defined and sculpted. Let’s discuss some research supported exercises that have been proven effective in helping you to get the physique that you want, all of which use little or no equipment!




What exercises should I perform if I’m trying to gain weight?

By Pete McCall on Wednesday, June 22, 2011


While many people begin an exercise program to lose weight, there are a number of individuals who start exercising with the intent of gaining weight, specifically lean muscle mass. If you are one of those folks, read on to find out how to make your exercise program as effective as possible.




What is functional strength training?

By Cedric Bryant on Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Functional strength training has become a popular buzzword in the fitness industry, but what exactly does it mean? Let’s discuss this subject and uncover what the buzz is really all about.




I've been consistently following a walking program and am looking to add strength training to my routine, preferably outdoors. Any suggestion on how I can go about doing so?

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, April 12, 2011


I've been consistently following a walking program and am looking to add strength training to my routine, preferably outdoors. Any suggestion on how I can go about doing so?




The Truth About Ab Exercise Equipment

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, February 1, 2011


During these cold winter months it's difficult not to think ahead to the warm summer months. If the goal of a toned midsection is part of your summer plans, the latest quick abs fixes, exercises and gizmos look all that more enticing. Find out the truth about the most effective ab exercises.




Do the benefits outweigh the risks if individuals hold dumbbells in their hands while doing step aerobics or other cardio activities?

By Cedric Bryant on Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Adding extra weight in the form of hand or wrist weights increases the total mass that must be moved, so it seems logical that using extra weight would be beneficial in boosting the physiological demands of an activity, right? But do the benefits outweigh the risks? Find out here.




Fat Burning: Fact vs. Fiction

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, December 1, 2010


When it comes to losing weight, many people find themselves wondering which method is best? From popular workouts to fad diets and fitness products, we often hear of different "fat burning" strategies, but how do you separate fact from fiction? Let's explore this topic and discuss what you need to know to help you reach your weight loss goals.




High Reps and Light Weights vs. Low Reps and Heavy Weights?

By Jessica Matthews on Thursday, September 30, 2010


A common belief is that you should use light weights and complete a high number of repetitions if your desire is to "tone," and use heavy weights and perform a low number of repetitions if your goal is to "bulk up". Is this really the case?




Is it better to do my cardio workout before or after my strength training exercises?

By Patricia Schwartz on Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Much like the chicken and the egg debate, many of us often wonder when it comes to exercising which comes first- cardio or strength training? Read on to find out what's right for you.




I struggle to perform push-ups. Any tips on how to properly perform this exercise?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, March 10, 2010


From hand position to body alignment, learn tips and variations on how to properly perform push-ups to ensure you are gaining the maximum benefit from this great bodyweight exercise.




When strength training, is it better to do more reps with lighter weights or fewer reps with heavier weights?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, February 17, 2010


We know that regular strength training can have many benefits including increasing muscle fiber size and strength as well as increased bone mineral density, but how much weight should we be using and how many repetitions should we be completing in order to maximize our results?




How do I get started using kettlebells?

By Pete McCall on Wednesday, January 20, 2010


If you are looking for a challenging, high-intensity workout that can help you burn as many calories as cross-country skiing without the snow and freezing cold then consider adding kettlebells to your training routine.




When is the best time to stretch?

By Cedric Bryant on Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Is it best to stretch before or after exercising? Available research is inconclusive regarding the optimal time to stretch. In addition, strong evidence is lacking with regard to the beneficial effects associated with pre-exercise stretching (e.g., injury prevention or enhanced athletic performance).




What is the difference between total body strength training routines and split routines?

By Pete McCall on Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Are you wondering how long to follow a total body routine before progressing to split routines? Unsure what type or training is best for you? Find out here.




I've heard a lot about how smith machines are not good to use. Is this valid as far as planes of motion are concerned?

By Pete McCall on Tuesday, December 8, 2009


The effectiveness of smith machines depends on the training goal. If it is a fitness-based goal such as developing muscle hypertrophy (an increase in the size of muscle fibers) for pure aesthetic reasons then the smith machine allows the ability to focus on a specific muscle during a limited range-of-motion, so it can be effective. However, a traditional smith machine does limit movement to one plane of motion...




Is it safe for children to strength train?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, October 14, 2009


What's fact and what's fiction when it comes to youth strength training? Find out here.




When strength training, is it better to use machines or free weights?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Let’s examine the pros and cons of these two popular strength training tools.




What causes muscle soreness and how is it best relieved?

By Jessica Matthews on Friday, September 4, 2009


You've heard the phrase "feel the burn"...now find out how and why it happens.




Should I train my abdominals every day? Also, what ab exercises are best?

By Jessica Matthews on Thursday, September 3, 2009


With abs often the center of conversation, it’s time we get to the core of the matter.




What’s the secret to looking cut?

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Here it is…what you’ve all been waiting for- the well kept secret to achieving that “buffed” look….