What is the most important gear any avid exerciser can invest in? Without a doubt—it’s shoes. Some types of workouts require other equipment, but even if you’re exclusively doing cardio and bodyweight training, you still need shoes. $20 discount store shoes won’t do, either. You don’t get replacement feet after you’ve worn them out, so what you put on them as you set your body in motion definitely matters. We’ve talked before about choosing shoes that offer the right types of support and motion for a variety of exercise types (for example, shoes that are ideal for running will not do so well for dancing). But after “what do I buy?” the next most important question is “when do I throw them away?” [···]
Did you know that one of the most effective things you can do to your body is… confuse it?
Keeping your muscles—including your heart—guessing, is a powerful way to see fast fitness results. And a popular method we’ve just added at Club 14 Fitness is HIIT training, courtesy of the LES MILLS GRIT™ class. [···]
It shouldn’t surprise you that around here we encourage women to lift weights. But when it comes to the heavy weights, even those who lift regularly may pause. I mean, how heavy is too heavy? Will a woman who lifts heavy look like “Ah-nold”? [···]
Even though football is one of the most energetic and intense popular team sports in America, for most of us, “Are you ready for some football?” means reserving a spot on the sofa and clearing the coffee table to accommodate chips, dips, and beer. While our sports heroes sweat it out on the gridiron, we’re packing on the pounds for winter.
That’s like eating ice cream—from the carton—while watching The Biggest Loser. [···]
Most of us, as we start working out, major in cardio fitness: treadmill or elliptical, group aerobic classes, running or walking, etc. But as we gain endurance and look for more, or even hit plateaus, strength training is the natural next step. [···]
Making it through an intense workout is difficult enough, but emotional and social obstacles can stop you from even starting the workout (and all the workouts after that). But by recognizing these 5 obstacles, you’ll be able to stand up for yourself and your health and overcome them. [···]
Cardio workouts are the popular choice for many exercisers—particularly women. Treadmills, bikes, and ellipticals are pretty accessible machines to get started on, and cardio dance or kickboxing classes add fun, camaraderie, intensity and group accountability. There’s no doubt that cardiovascular workouts are essential to health and fitness, and a key ingredient in weightloss. But what about weight training? [···]
There’s no doubt that having a workout buddy is a big help when it comes to staying on target, keeping accountable, and meeting your fitness goals. But when you can’t always have a friend or family member come to the gym with you (and even when you can), there’s another resource available to you, and you may even be reading this on it right now! Your smartphone is likely already your constant companion and handy assistant for a variety of daily tasks, so making it and its apps part of your fitness routine makes a lot of sense. But just like any other category of apps and utilities, how do you find what’s useful for you in a sea of App Store icons? [···]
Dance workouts have become incredibly popular, and even dance itself has become more mainstream with dance competitions filling the airwaves and gathering millions of weekly viewers. So if you’re interested in dance for fitness, it’s easy to find a variety of classes and music styles to groove and get fit to, including latin, hip hop, ballroom, line dancing, and more. But even if you’re unsure if dance is for you (or even as effective as hitting the treadmill), you may be surprised at all the benefits of adding dance to your fitness mix! [···]
Spring is a natural season to motivate change, but after a long winter, a lack of holidays off work, and the fatigue of trying to keep new habits going, you may be feeling a little blue. So as we approach the season equivalent of “hump day,” here’s some encouragement to keep going, push harder, and set yourself up for continued success! [···]