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What is a Spartan Race | Obstacle Racing Part 2 | Portland Personal Trainer

Posted On January 27th, 2015

Spartan Races Spartan Races are one of many different kinds of obstacle races.  Founded in 2010, Spartan Races consist of three different lengths: a 3+ mile race that is called the “Spartan Sprint,” an 8+ mile race that is called the “Super Spartan,” a 12+ mile race named “Spartan Beast,” and finally a 26+ mile […]

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What is an Obstacle Race | Portland Personal Trainer | Part 1

Posted On January 26th, 2015

Obstacle Race Obstacles races are exactly what they sound like: a race that includes obstacles.  However, these are not your average obstacles that you remember from obstacle courses you ran as a kid.  For one, they are a lot longer, ranging anywhere from three miles to marathon length, and the obstacles tend to be a […]

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Wavering Resolutions | Week of Failure | Portland Personal Training

Posted On January 21st, 2015

Wavering Resolutions It’s getting on into the latter half of January, which means only one thing: New Year’s Resolutions are starting to come apart at the seams.  The initial commitment and excitement of working out is starting to wear off, and it’s becoming easier and easier to convince yourself that you don’t have to hit […]

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Inactivity vs Obesity | United States | Obesity Problem

Posted On January 19th, 2015

Inactivity vs Obesity On the roving scale of things that may kill you, current thinking puts obesity somewhere between cigarettes and nukes.  It’s not a bad way of thinking; obesity has become an epidemic of sorts in the United States, and the health risks involved with it range from achy joints to premature death.  However, […]

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HIIT and Tabata | Interval Training | Intensity Training

Posted On January 13th, 2015

HIIT and Tabata There are lots of different types of workouts that fall under the HIIT umbrella.  The Tabata workout is one of them.  Fundamentally, the Tabata workout is classic HIIT – high intensity intervals with little rest – but it differs from other types of HIIT in a few key ways. The main difference […]

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Jumpstart Your Day | Exercise or Coffee | Portland, Oregon

Posted On January 8th, 2015

Jumpstart your day Coffee is an absolutely awesome thing to wake up to.  There is no doubt about that.  But it also can create a dependency, and you’ll eventually get to a point where you can’t wake up without a cup of coffee.  There are other ways to wake up your body and mind, however, […]

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Interval Training | Circuit Training | What is the Difference?

Posted On January 7th, 2015

Interval vs. Circuit training Interval and circuit training are easily confused, and understandably so.  They are both methods of working out that are slightly different from the norm, and it’s easy to get the intention of the two confused.  But there are key differences between the two types of workouts, and it’s important to understand […]

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Tabata | High Intensity Cardio Workouts | Portland, Oregon

Posted On December 31st, 2014

The Tabata Workout No, this isn’t a new and invigorating branch of yoga that involves putting your ear under your foot.  Tabata workouts are incredibly high-intensity cardiovascular workouts that were pioneered in the 1990s by Izumi Tabata.  Essentially, a Tabata workout is a short, high-intensity workout that will help you increase your VO2 max and […]

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2015 Diet Resolutions | Creating a Win-Win with your Food Plan

Posted On December 21st, 2014

2015 Diet Resolution Dieting is hard, and made even more challenging by eliminating things that we enjoy eating.  Many people try to cut out sugar or carbohydrates or fat entirely when trying to lose weight, in the hope that it will be enough to allow them to shed pounds and become healthier.  Unfortunately, restricting diet […]

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2015 New Year Goals | Fitness Consistency | Portland Personal Trainer

Posted On December 20th, 2014

With the New Year rolling around, people will be making resolutions to do all sorts of things.  One of the most common, and most failed, resolutions is to improve fitness.  People decide that they will sign up for a marathon, or join a gym, or buy the latest piece of equipment that nighttime TV is […]

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