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Posts tagged "Strength Training" within Fit Life

8 Trainer Tips for Navigating the Weight Room

By Stephanie Thielen on Wednesday, February 06, 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.




Gym Class: CrossFit

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, October 03, 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.




Watch Incredible Strength of Two Romanian Brothers, Ages Five and Seven

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, March 01, 2012


If you thought five- and seven-year-olds weren't strong, think again. Watch these two brothers from Romania strength train and you'll be amazed. And if this gets you motivated to work with youth, make sure to read ACE's tips first.




What can I expect in popular group fitness classes like indoor cycling, strength training or yoga?

By Shannon Fable on Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Wondering what you might be getting yourself into when it comes to taking group fitness classes? Get a sneak peak at a few popular class formats, learn what to expect and their benefits. This will reassure you to stop staking out the exercise classroom and instead, get inside and get moving!




Is it true that metabolism decreases with age?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, February 01, 2012


The scenario plays out time and again: last year’s clothes fit more snugly and the number on the scale reads higher. Is it true that as you age, weight gain along with a decreased metabolism is inevitable? Get the facts and learn how you can stay fit throughout the years.




Fitness Professionals Outraged By Viral Video From a Crossfit Gym

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, December 09, 2011


Watch the video in this video and try not to cringe. We challenge you! And learn why it's so important to master the basics before progressing to more advanced movements.




Bulgarian Bag: Equipment You Should Be Using

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, October 24, 2011


ACE Exercise Physiologist, Pete McCall, describes the Bulgarian Bag as the offspring of a kettlebell and sandbag. And he says you should be using it to supercharge your workouts. Learn more about it and how to make one.




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.




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.




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.




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 08, 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 07, 2009


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