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Exercise for Seniors and Middle Age too

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 02, 2010

As we reach middle age and get older, it takes longer and longer to recover from exercising/workouts and injuries. You may want consider running every other day, instead of every day to give your body more time to heal/recover. Or take two days off between workouts instead of one. Be realistic about your exercise and adapt what is necessary to feel good. You can keep the quality of your workouts high but just cut the quantity or frequency of those workouts.

There are other considerations that should be addressed as well.  Most seniors exercise the same as younger people, but there are a few areas that tend to weaken as we get older. One is neck flexibility ... needed to see behind you when driving or cycling. Another is grip strength which enables you to open jars and hold heavy objects. You have always been independent and an exercise program can help you stay that way.

Lastly, exercise may help keep your mind young.  Human studies on aging and exercise have found an association between physical activity and maintenance of cognitive ability in older people. Exercise can help you feel younger.

Yoga Pilates or Working Out

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 29, 2010

MA - RI - Can sitting completely still really be as good for you as a workout as moving around? Yes it can. Holding a yoga or Pilates pose (for example the Downward Dog asana and the Spine Stretch in Pilates) offers as much challenge as 30 minutes of a heart-pounding (medium pace) treadmill workout.

Don't think that you need to be sweating and dizzy to feel as though your workout routines work. If you are overly sweating and/or are dizzy too often, that may be a sign that you need to have your heart checked or change your fitness workout routines. Your cardiologist will probably recommend a more balanced workout plan.

Don't overload your workout plan with blood, sweat, and tears. The gentle tai chi and bagua movements redirect the energy and function as effective body building workout routines without outward effort. All your muscle work is inward, no matter what workout program you choose.

Group Extreme Fitness Program

Joseph Coupal - Friday, March 26, 2010

Our Group Extreme boot camp (5 weeks) will increase your cardio-respiratory endurance, overall strength and flexibility.  With summer right around the corner our mission is to get you in the best possible shape by  providing you with the means to reduce your overall body fat percentage.  You will lose weight, get ripped and feel great.

Now you can stop wondering what you could look like and realize your bodies full potential for greatness.

Jumping Training and Exercises

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 22, 2010

Jumping Training

Jumping is an essential part of many sports including basketball, football, tennis, soccer, and more.  Training or exercising to get better at jumping should be a part of your fitness routine.

To get better at jumping, you need to start with the basics which would be what we call an Explosive Squat. Jumping really begins with a squat ... using your lower body muscles to push you up and off the ground.   Getting lift in the face of gravity.

To practice jumping, begin by jumping in place from a squat, exploding from your lower body to push you up, then landing in a squat. When you land in a squat you prevent intense impact on the joints of your lower body, especially your knees. Once you get comfortable with this routine, begin jumping onto steps or platforms. Once you become comfortable jumping up, add jumping down (off a bench or steps) making sure you land in the squat position. Soon you will feel much more explosive strength in your legs allowing thereby enabling you to jump higher and more quickly, sprint faster, accelerate more quickly, and even perform better in sports.

Running on a treadmill vs running outdoors

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 15, 2010

You'll get equally fit running on a treadmill or running outdoors. In fact, many distance-running athletes use the treadmill for training to save their legs from the pounding of roadwork. However, there is a slight difference in energy expenditure (calories burned) between the two.  Outdoor running burns slightly more calories than treadmill running at the same speed due to lack of air resistance on the treadmill. Researchers studying this phenomenon found that setting the treadmill at 1% elevation pretty much equals things out.  So set the treadmill at 1% so that treadmill walking or running mimics outdoor exercise.


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