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Vacation Workouts Made Easy–Part 3

Vacation Workouts Made Easy--Part 3 Split Squats About once a month, I get requests from clients for a training plan they can do using minimal equipment while traveling in order to stay on track with their fitness program.  While it’s impossible to reap all the benefits of training with the diverse equipment found at a good training facility, exercising while traveling can help people maintain the habit of exercise and prevent the loss of fitness gains, especially during extended time away from traditional training.  One of the simplest things that can be done is to just be active.  Use the stairs instead of the elevator when traveling, park at the back of parking lots, walk or ride a bike whenever…

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Vacation Workouts Made Easy–Part 2

Vacation Workouts Made Easy--Part 2 Prone Swimmer's Row, Prone Y Lift Offs, and Prone T Lift Offs About once a month, I get requests from clients for a training plan they can do using minimal equipment while traveling in order to stay on track with their fitness program.  While it’s impossible to reap all the benefits of training with the diverse equipment found at a good training facility, exercising while traveling can help people maintain the habit of exercise and prevent the loss of fitness gains, especially during extended time away from traditional training.  One of the simplest things that can be done is to just be active.  Use the stairs instead of the elevator when traveling, park at the…

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Vacation Workouts Made Easy–Part 1

Vacation Workouts Made Easy--Part 1 Push Ups About once a month, I get requests from clients for a training plan they can do using minimal equipment while traveling in order to stay on track with their fitness program.  While it’s impossible to reap all the benefits of training with the diverse equipment found at a good training facility, exercising while traveling can help people maintain the habit of exercise and prevent the loss of fitness gains, especially during extended time away from traditional training.  One of the simplest things that can be done is to just be active.  Use the stairs instead of the elevator when traveling, park at the back of parking lots, walk or ride a bike whenever…

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Modification for Constant Progress

Modification for Constant Progress I see two extremes among fitness enthusiasts in the way that they handle injuries. The first is “Meathead Mike” who has the “no pain, no gain” mentality.  Mike has pain but he ignores it, keeps exercising the painful area, and the pain increases. Eventually, the pain impacts other exercises and activities of his daily life outside of the gym. Finally, when he can no longer comfortably drive his car to work or can’t pick up his children, he goes to the doctor to be diagnosed with severe tendonitis, a torn rotator cuff, or meniscus tear. Mike doesn’t know how to quit, so even with his diagnosis, he will continue to train. Our next personality is “Delicate…

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Life In The Lateral Lane–Lateral Lunges

Life In The Lateral Lane Better Motor Control With Medicine Ball Lateral Lunges Most gym activities are front to back movement patterns.  We call this sagittal plane training.  Running, elliptical training, and biking, all are predominantly sagittal plane activities.  In athletics and daily activities, a great deal of movement is side to side or frontal plane movement.  Most of the motor control issues we find in physical therapy and fitness clients involve poor control of side to side (frontal plane) movement patterns.  The lateral lunge with a medicine ball is a simple exercise that will resolve many of these problems.  Read the rest of this article and watch the video. Medicine Ball Lateral Lunges:  I like fitness activities that develop…

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Core Progressions–Part 5

Core Progressions--Part 5 Adductor Side Planks At Fenton Fitness, we love training the core to be a strong, stiff stabilizer.  The stronger and more stable the core becomes, the lower the risk of injury to the spine, and the more strength and power the rest of the body can display.  Over the next few weeks, we will present five unique core progressions we’ve been using at Fenton Fitness over the last year that we’ve really been enjoying.  Check them out, give them a try, and let us know what you think.  All progressions will be posted on our website. Adductor Side Planks- Traditional side planks challenge the lateral core and your glutes.  This progression shifts the focus to the lateral…

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