Hormones and Muscle Growth

By Bev Ratcliff… In last month’s article, I made an introduction to a few hormones (Ghrelin, Leptin, Cortisol) that can cause some havoc if you don’t understand them or respect them in relation to your training goals. This month I’m going to take a closer look at one of the most important hormones to understand. […]

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Small Group Training: The Future of Fitness?

One of the most prominent health and fitness trends for the new year is small group training. Classes have long been the domain of the chain gyms, but more and more personal training studios have begun to offer their clients a different group fitness experience. What is small group training, you might ask? And how […]

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Put Those Winter Pounds to Work!

by Bev Ratcliff … Summer bodies are built in the winter. Yes, yes, I know–you drank too much, ate too much, generally did too much, but isn’t that the point of the festive season? Well, it’s over now and those extra few pounds you’re carrying around is the greatest tool in your toolbox. If you’re […]

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The Anti-Resolution Solution: Set Your Last Fitness Resolution Once and for All

By Michael Rizk, Lifestyle & Performance Catalyst, Condition for Life … I love working with people who are looking to get more active. It’s been my passion for the past 15 years and what I plan to do for the rest of my life. But every year, right after Thanksgiving, I start to cringe – […]

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Do It Because You Can

By Jimmy Everett … I always thought I needed to have a goal for working out. I figured I would just stop doing it if I didn’t have one. I also feared the day I would get lazy, and end up a 50ish guy with a beer belly and no desire to change. However, I’m finding […]

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PAIN IN THE FOOT?

by Daniel Lucas … Ok, let’s pop in the video and get jumping!  At least that’s what my sister Patti did with her new exercise program. Day 1 through Day 5, she did a lot of jumping, from low to high intensity.  She continued to follow her video exercise program till week 7, when it […]

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You’re Finally Getting In Shape This Year. Do You have A Plan?

by Daniel Lucas … One of the biggest mistakes people make with regards to their training program is that they don’t have one. As the new year begins, many people just head to the gym and do the same thing over and over again, or randomly try something different every visit. Committing to exercise is […]

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Reduce Your Health Care Costs TODAY!

While the President and Congress debate health insurance coverage for every American, you can start your own personal Heath Care Reform right now. There are steps you can take today that make a tremendous difference to your health—and they don’t cost a thing. In fact, we’ve created a Health Reform plan that will save you […]

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Healthy Back (Video) Series / Part II

Hello! This is the 2nd of a three-part video series on how to have and maintain a healthy lower back. In last month’s newsletter, we explained how proper hydration, nutrition and rest can lay a good foundation for having a healthier, happier lower back. This week, we’ll move forward and talk a little about what’s […]

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Beating the Late Summer Workout Blues

By Christina Perinhas … We have all been there. It’s the middle of August, it’s hot, and we fall into that workout slump. It’s like pulling teeth just to get to the gym door or to get outside for a run. Let’s face reality: physical activity is in constant competition with everything else in our […]

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Healthy for Life

by Antonio Sini … The business of fitness has taken an interesting turn.  We’re seeing fewer and fewer infomercials featuring silly pieces of exercise equipment that one uses in an overtly sexual manner to get in shape. (Head to YouTube and look up Shake Weight for a good laugh.)  There is a new, more serious […]

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Sun Salutation (video)

with Kristin Porter … Here is a shortened sun salutation that can be done anywhere. These gentle movements are beneficial for everyone whether you are a beginner or a born pretzel! The flexion and extension of the back creates heat, length, improves circulation and prepares the body for work or to simply start the day.

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Meet Your Muscle

by Christina Perinhas … There are about 650 muscles and millions of individual fibers within our body, so becoming acquainted with each one would be a difficult task.  However, when it comes to your body, knowledge is power.  The better you understand your major muscles and what they are capable of the more you can […]

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Down Dog (video)

by Kristin Porter … Follow this simple yoga flow series into Down Dog, which can be done anywhere. Breath as you move through Standing Forward Fold, Flat Back, Plank, Chaturanga, Up Dog, Down Dog and transition back into Forward Folding to begin again.

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Motivation

noun: Internal and external factors that stimulate desire and energy to seek or be committed to a goal. Motivation is critical for reaching any goal. It’s especially true when it comes to health and fitness. Motivation is often the key difference between success and failure. I find most people who are building a health program […]

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How To Lengthen Your Arm Line With A Reverse Plank.

This video by Nimble’s Kristin Porter demonstrates a great stretch to lengthen the front arm lines and increase range of motion in the shoulders. You’ll begin with one leg bent and work your way up to a full Reverse Plank. Take notice of the hand placement (fingers pointing towards feet) and how the shoulders are […]

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Shake Up Your Routine

When it comes to shaping up for the summer, we all tend to gravitate towards a workout routine that we know we can excel at. However, going to the same kickboxing class, or running the same 3-mile loop at the park, is not the most effective way to get your body back in action. Do […]

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Beware: Energy Drinks

by Nimble client, Anne Pelletier … Energy drinks promise many things – sustained energy, no calories and no “crash” when they wear off –but are they safe? And are these claims true? Energy drinks get their “oomph” from caffeine.  That’s right, even those that don’t list caffeine on the ingredients label! Some energy drinks contain […]

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Fighting Fat: Cardio vs. Strength Training

by Christina Perinhas … Most people who want to get a hard, fast fat-burning workout that brings quick results are usually thinking cardio, cardio, and more cardio. Sure, running on the treadmill, taking a spin class, and other calorie burning classes definitely have benefits: you’re shedding those calories steadily, getting rid of fat, preventing heart […]

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Leg Strength / Part II

By Daniel Lucas … Last month we gave you three exercises to help strengthen your legs. This month we’ll progress from those exercises into three new movements to specifically help you prepare your legs for the challenges of winter sports—such as skiing, snowboarding or climbing. These exercises move through a different plane of motion than […]

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