Fitness spotlight

Can (And Should) You Exercise With COVID-19?

Dr. Scott Cheatham
Dr. Scott Cheatham |
COVID-19 has spread worldwide, causing the fifth documented pandemic in history since the 1918 flu pandemic (Liu et al., 2020). The pandemic has had a significant impact on the world, resulting in humans having to isolate themselves to prevent community ...
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How to Do a Plank With 4 Variations: Position & Form

Melissa Hatton
Melissa Hatton |
Do you remember the recent social media "planking" fad where individuals would perform planks in some precarious and curious places? While some were photoshopped to express creativity and superhuman strength, when performed correctly, he plank is an ...
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Fitness Workout Plans

Maximize Bench Press Form by Addressing These Common Issues

Andrew Mills
Andrew Mills |
The ability to perform horizontal pushing patterns, like a chest press is an essential component of anyone's movement capability. Perhaps one of the most utilized methods for practicing this movement in the gym setting is the bench press.
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Preventing Cardiovascular Disease With Hardiness Coaching

Patricia VanGalen
Patricia VanGalen |
Like a leaky roof, do we patch the hole and hope for the best? Or do we replace and restore it and do the maintenance to optimize it, despite extreme weather conditions? In ski-speak, we joke about variable conditions, which are never predictable. In ...
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Fitness Workout Plans

Bench Press Elbow Pain: Avoid Lifter's Elbow With These Modifications

Andrew Mills
Andrew Mills |
Anyone having experienced pain in their elbow while bench pressing knows it can be a frustrating ordeal. For those who have not, imagine entering the gym ready to put in the work, and after loading the appropriate weight onto the bar, laying back on the ...
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Fitness HIIT

Exploring Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC): 'Burn Baby Burn!'

Geoff Lecovin |
EPOC is the acronym for Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption. Many refer to it as the "afterburn." To better understand how EPOC works, let's review the basics of energy systems.
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Fitness Recovery

19 Signs of Overtraining: How to Avoid Excess Fatigue and OTS

Laura Quaglio
Laura Quaglio |
Are you giving workouts your all but getting less in return—or even backsliding? Does it seem like you’re always battling bronchitis, tendonitis, or another “itis”? Or maybe your usual over-the-top enthusiasm for workouts has faded to “barely there.”
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Fitness Workout Plans exercise science

Bench Press Targeted Muscles, Grips, and Movement Patterns

Brian Sutton, MA, MS, CSCS, NASM-CPT, CNC, CES, PES |
The bench press is a popular exercise and there is ample evidence describing its use for improving upper body muscular endurance, strength, muscle size, and power.
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Fitness COVID-19

5 Tips for Setting Realistic New Year’s Resolutions Despite the Pandemic

Dana Bender
Dana Bender |
As we consider setting personal resolutions for 2021, it is crucial to recognize that the goal-setting process and the behaviors are chosen to achieve those goals might look different this year due to the pandemic.
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Fitness News

Welcome to the Future of Fitness

National Academy of Sports Medicine
National Academy of Sports Medicine |
The following is a transcript of the #OptimaOnline Keynote address from Global Fitness and Wellness Solutions President Laurie McCartney. Want to attend the rest of the conference or see everything on demand?
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