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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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Balance Improvement for the Elderly | Senior Fitness

Posted On February 8th, 2015

As we get older, our bodies begin to break down.  Bone density decreases, as does muscular strength, and things that were once easy to bounce back from, such as falls, suddenly become dangerous and life-threatening.  That’s why it’s so important for elderly people to maintain good balance.  Balance naturally deteriorates, or at least stagnates, with […]

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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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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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Runners Hunch | Tight Muscles | The Art of Personal Training

Posted On December 8th, 2014

Fix the Runners hunch! Technology is a wonderful thing, no question about that, but it does have some negative side effects.  One of the less touched upon curses of technology is the ‘computer hunch’, which causes people’s shoulders to roll forward, destroying good posture.  Fortunately, there are things you can do to combat the computer […]

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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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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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