Category Archive » CORE Exercise

Core Exercises for Seniors | Portland Personal Trainer

Posted On February 16th, 2015

Core strengthening exercises for seniors are somewhat the same as they are for most people, but are generally somewhat modified to make them easier.  For example, things like planks, side planks, sit ups and Russian twists are to be avoided because of the amount of stress they put on the body.  Instead, the focus is […]

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Exercising while Pregnant | What can you do?

Posted On February 10th, 2015

Unsurprisingly, exercise is important to do when pregnant.  Not only can it help to prepare the body for labor, but it can help keep muscles toned and in balance while your body puts on weight.  But you need to know that there are certain protocols that you must follow during your trimesters. When you enter […]

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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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Female Upper Body Strength | Female Runners | Portland Personal Trainer

Posted On December 12th, 2014

Upper body strength in female runners As a group, runners aren’t known for their bulging muscles and incredible strength.  They are more famous for their speedy legs and thin bodies.  However, many recognize the importance of certain kinds of strength.  Core work is fundamental to many running programs, as are leg strengthening exercises. Some runners, especially […]

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Portland Oregon Personal Trainer | Power vs. Strength

Posted On November 2nd, 2014

There is a difference between powerlifting and strength building.  Both involve weights, yes, and both are tested and measured in competition, but there is a fundamental difference between the two, and a fundamental difference in how to train for them.  Strength is the ability to lift a heavy object or resist gravity’s pull against a […]

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Personal Trainer Portland Oregon | Learning Control With Free Weights

Posted On November 2nd, 2014

One of the biggest challenges for people new to working out is controlling their movements while lifting weights.  Typically they are fine as they go up, but more often than not they let gravity do the work on the way down and offer very little resistance to the weight.  Typically, this is either because the […]

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Why Are Pull-Ups So Hard | Body Weight Training | Portland Personal Trainer

Posted On October 28th, 2014

Without question the most difficult basic body-weight exercise is the pull-up.  There is a reason that it is a benchmark of physical fitness for the military.  The reason pull-ups are so hard is because they are the truest body-weight exercise.  When you are performing a pull-up, you are legitimately pulling up your entire body weight, […]

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What is CORE Strength? | Keeping The CORE Tight

Posted On October 19th, 2014

Let’s get this out of the way first: what exactly is the CORE?  We always hear about people improving core strength and are constantly cued to keep our cores tight while performing exercises, but what does that actually mean?  Essentially, the “core” is a general name for the muscles around your abdomen and pelvis.  They […]

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The Benefit of Body-Weight | Resistance Training

Posted On October 15th, 2014

Body-weight exercising is probably the oldest form of resistance training, besides maybe lifting rocks or carrying dead animals home for food.  In fact, body-weight training is one of the most functional forms of resistance training.  After all, what is more functional than being able to lift or propel one’s body in any way that is […]

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Beast Slastix Battle Rope | Stroops | Personal Trainer Portland

Posted On August 19th, 2014

We just got our 77 lb Beast Slastix Battle Rope by Stroops over the weekend and it is awesome. We were not sure where to put it because we did not want to anchor in an area that would get in the way while we were training other clients in our studio. What we ended […]

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