FREE Fitness Ideas for Everybody

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Is there a difference between free fitness options (i.e., at home workouts) and paying for a fitness membership to a health club when it comes to getting real results?  You would think there would be considering the annual U.S. gym and health club revenues exceeds $21.5 billion (click here for more information).  Unfortunately, people who pay for a membership are still NOT working out!  In fact, according to, 67 percent of people who pay for a gym … [Read more...]

Fitness Tracking Devices and Online Tools

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When it comes to any fitness goal, numbers play an important role if you are looking to get effective results. They help us to acknowledge improvement (or not) and assists in keeping us motivated and on track to reaching our end goal. In the last few years, increasingly more fitness tracking devices and tools have flooded the market (from fitness tracker mobile applications to the online calorie count tool and heart rate monitor watch). Let's take a closer look at a … [Read more...]

Fitness Insight Podcast | The Fear of Personal Training (and Trainers)

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The Fear of Personal Training (and Trainers) In this week's episode of Fitness Insight, Jamie Atlas (, Pharoah Kafele ( and Andrea Oh ( take a hard look at how fear of personal training (or a specific trainer) may get in the way of someone getting the help they need to reach a health and fitness goal successfully (and for the long term).  They also dive into recommendations … [Read more...]

Preventing Heart Attacks in Men

There are many contributing factors that increase risk of heart attack in men

The American Heart Association has estimated that as much as 80% of all cardiovascular disease is preventable. Recent research confirms this to be true when it comes to heart attacks in men. In the September 30, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers published results of a study that examined the effects of healthy diet and lifestyle habits on the prevention of heart attack in men. This study looked at nearly 21,000 Swedish … [Read more...]

Fitness Insight Podcast | FITNESS 911

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FITNESS 911 In this week's episode of Fitness Insight, Jamie Atlas (, Pharoah Kafele ( and Andrea Oh ( dig deep into the challenges people face when they decide to reach a fitness goal on their own and how the "fitness system" fails them.  They also announce their involvement in the FITNESS 911 Project (through and the upcoming launch of the FITNESS 911 podcast, a … [Read more...]

Fitness Insight Podcast | The Great “Personal Trainer vs. Fitness Instructor” Debate


The Great "Personal Trainer vs. Fitness Instructor" Debate In this week's episode of Fitness Insight, Jamie Atlas (, Pharoah Kafele ( and Andrea Oh ( dive into the relationships (or lack thereof) between personal trainers and fitness instructors in traditional fitness clubs.  Although they may be under one roof, it doesn't mean they get along and help each other become successful within those … [Read more...]

Ask the Expert – Women’s Health and Fitness (Part Two)

Exercise during pregnancy is beneficial but it is important to know what (and how much) is best

In part one of the "Ask the Expert - Women's Health and Fitness", Cassie Findley answered questions regarding breast cancer, coronary heart disease, menopause (and perimenopause), chronic depression, and why women gravitate to group fitness.  This week she continues to answer your questions as it relates to women's health and fitness issues. 6.  There are many concerns regarding exercise and pregnancy through different trimesters.  What are the concerns and … [Read more...]

Ask the Expert – Women’s Health and Fitness (Part One)

Women have different needs, expectations, and motivations when it comes to fitness and exercise

Men are from Mars.  Women are from Venus. Although they are both from the same species, their thoughts, desires, wants, needs, motivations, and expectations are very different.  Although John Gray (the author of "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus") shed light on how men and women differ in relationships there are also significant differences when it comes to both health and wellness.  Over the last two decade, there has been an increased awareness of women's … [Read more...]

Fitness Insight Podcast | Fitness Certifications

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Fitness Certifications Fitness certifications have been around for quite some time ... but what value do they bring to personal trainers, fitness clubs, or personal training clients?  In this week's Fitness Insight podcast, Jamie Atlas (, Pharoah Kafele ( and Andrea Oh ( look at fitness certifications, their value to fitness professionals, and the business opportunity it provides for the … [Read more...]

Fitness Insight Podcast | Technology, Gadgets and Gizmos

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Technology, Gadgets and Gizmos Fitness is nothing like what it was back in the 80's!  All you had to do was put on your generic sneakers, Adidas running shorts and cotton t-shirt and you were ready to go!  With the release of new technologies like the Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch, the anticipation of the Apple Watch, clothing that tracks activity and movement, and a growing field of technology tools available to the consumer (to track and motivate us to exercise), … [Read more...]