The “Fifty Shades” of Fitness

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For obvious reasons, most of us are aware of the numerous benefits of physical activity and exercise.  These benefits are what the entire fitness industry is built on (but this doesn't tell the whole story).  Fitness (as an industry) is not just black and white ... there are fifty shades of grey in between.  For the past five decades the industry has marketed the positive side of fitness: Preventing metabolic disease Improving quality of life Looking … [Read more...]

Fitness Insight Podcast | Pros and Cons of Summer Fitness

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Pros and Cons of Summer Fitness We're coming up to the end of the glorious summer weather ... and the slowest time of the year for personal trainers!  This week Andrea, Jamie, and Pharoah talk about managing the "highs and lows" of the summer season and how to leverage the unique opportunities this time of year offers personal trainers. The People Behind the Voices Jamie Atlas Jamie is the Founder and Owner of Bonza Bodies Fitness in Denver, Colorado … [Read more...]

Fitness Insight Podcast | Fitness “Nerds” Unite

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Fitness "Nerds" Unite! The Fitness Insight Podcast brings together personal trainers and fitness professionals from around the globe to share their thoughts on everything fitness, wellness, and exercise.  Unlike traditional fitness shows or podcasts, where the focus is on workout programs and exercise tips, Fitness Insight is essentially an open conversation between fitness professionals about what we do in the fitness industry  … the good, the bad, and the … [Read more...]

Mind Body Podcast Episode 2: Mindfulness Exercises in Practice

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The "Mind Body Podcast" brings together professionals from around the world to discuss topics relating to a 360 approach to fitness, health, and wellness. Each week we focus on a topic relating to fitness and exercise, sports performance, rehabilitation, and everything in between! In this episode of the Mind Body Podcast (", the panelists include Kris Eiring (licensed psychologists), Colleen Hathaway (chiropractor specializing in mind-body techniques), and Andrea … [Read more...]

Mind-Body Podcast Episode 1: Awareness and Mindfulness

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Welcome to the very first edition of the “Mind-Body Forum”.  The Mind-Body Forum brings together professionals from around the world to discuss topics relating to a 360 approach to fitness, health, and wellness.  Each week we focus on a topic relating to fitness and exercise, sports performance, rehabilitation, and everything in between! Inspired by a year filled with major sporting events that happen once every four years (i.e., Olympic Games and World Cup), … [Read more...]

Jimmy Fallon & “The Rock” on Fitness and Exercise

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Jimmy Fallon and Dwayne Johnson's Workout Videos - Part One Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's visit to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon may have just catapulted him into fitness stardom as he served up a cameo appearance as one of the infamous "Fungo Brothers"!   With their parody, highlighting fitness fads and infomercial flops from the last few decades, they had a ton of fun in leg warmers, headbands, and muscle shirts (that were a bit too tight for Dwayne and … [Read more...]

The Health Benefits of Tai Chi

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The health benefits of the ancient art of tai chi are, quite literally, legendary. Like all the martial arts, tai chi originated as a form of self-defense, but many today use it for other forms of combat: to fight stress, obesity, joint pain, disability, and loss of balance (physical and mental). Studies have shown that tai chi improves balance and coordination in seniors, and can reduce the risk of falls in the elderly. It also helps maintain and improve mobility … [Read more...]

Workout Music Mix – Zen Grooves

Workout Music Mix - Zen Grooves

Yoga is well known as a form of exercise that can calm the mind and body and decrease one's overall stress levels.  Music can provide the same benefits as it can "soothe the human soul".  By combining the soothing effects of music with the breathing and flow of many yoga postures you can take your yoga practice to the next level! Alexa Kelly, Moksha hot yoga and Aerial yoga instructor in Calgary (Alberta, Canada), utilizes the power of music in her classes and her … [Read more...]

Workout Music Mix – Pump It Up

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When it comes to a really tough strength workout, motivation is something that you can't get enough of!  The right music can play a big role in helping you get to that last repetition or give you the "guts" to increase the weight on your last set!  Because it's always a good idea to change-up and update your workout music playlist, TodaysFitnessTrainer.com has put together a list of some of the best tunes to pump out those reps on the workout floor!  The hard rock … [Read more...]

Ask the Expert – Aerial Yoga Basics

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This is an exciting time in the area of health, fitness, and exercise as we are at a point where the industry is ready to move beyond cardio and weights! Functional training has become an area of interest over the past decade which has blurred the lines between fitness and sport performance and movement. Unlike most forms of exercise, which are bound to the floor (i.e., feet, hands, back, or front on the floor), activities that are suspended provide new challenges … [Read more...]