Avoiding 3 Common Gym Mistakes

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With the new year now here, New Year’s resolutions have been made and the gyms will be filled with eager patrons ready to lose weight, build muscle and improve their overall health. Here are three of the most common errors made by these new gym patrons which cause them to fail in their attempts and […]

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Rely On Preparation not Energy Drinks

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Question: I’m training four days a week and wondered if there was a good energy drink or pre-workout drink I should use when I don’t feel up to a workout. Also, what’s more important, water or Gatorade when working out? Answer: Pre-workout and energy drinks supply a big boost of caffeine and sugar, at best, […]

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Do I Really Need 8 to 10 Hours of Sleep?

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Question: I usually get six hours of sleep a night. My coach says I need more and I know growth occurs during my sleep but if I feel ok do I need more sleep? Answer: You are correct that growth does occur during R.E.M. sleep which is the time our minds and bodies are in […]

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Time Management for Workouts

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Question: I’m spending way too much time in the gym and haven’t been able to complete my workouts. By too much, I mean over two hours. Do you have a shorter routine that won’t take as long to complete and is effective? I’m usually do five different exercises per large body part with three to […]

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Cupping Alternative Medicine

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Question: I’ve seen the purple circular bruises on Michael Phelps and other athletes at the Rio Olympics. The commentators have talked about them but I still don’t understand how the suction cups improve recovery. Can you elaborate? Answer: Cupping, which has been around for centuries, requires special cups that either use a pump or a […]

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Olympic Level Mindset

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Question: As I watched the Olympic trials, I was amazed at the performances of these athletes. What struck me in particular was how completely exhausted they were once their races were over. Additionally Simone Biles made a comment in passing after her floor routine the her legs were dead going into her final tumbling run. […]

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Be Specific in Your Goals, Use Time Wisely

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Question: I try to follow routines I read online but it just doesn’t seem to work for me. I train a couple days a week and don’t know how to stay on pace to get the job done in the gym or how much weight to use. Any suggestions? Answer: To be successful on a […]

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Pre-Puberty Weight Training

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Question: My nine year old daughter wants to workout like her brothers and sisters who are older. She plays volleyball, soccer and softball. Should she workout with weights yet? Answer: She is involved in three sports already which helps her to be well rounded with the basics of movement and by playing those sports she […]

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You Need an Off-Season to Reach Potential

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Question: My season has ended but I don’t want to shut down my training. I enjoy the workouts and like the shape I’m in but I am constantly told to take a break. How important are breaks and how long should I break from training? Answer: Every sport has a season and an off-season. Over […]

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Working Out on the Road

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Question: My job has me traveling to another office for the next few weeks. I usually workout at lunch and had a pretty stable schedule to stay in shape. Now my whole fitness routine is shot. I get home too late and am worn out by the changes we are making at my job to […]

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