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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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Resistance Training for Runners | Personal Trainer Portland Oregon

Posted On December 15th, 2014

Resistance training for runners Let’s face it: running is one of the easiest, cheapest, and most effective ways to get in a good bout of exercise.  It doesn’t require a gym membership or expensive weights.  All you need are shoes.  However, using running as your only mode of exercise can have its drawbacks.  Much as […]

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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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Poor Posture From Too Much Running | Portland Oregon Personal Trainer

Posted On December 11th, 2014

Exercises to fix poor posture from too much running Running is a great form of exercise, but is sorely lacking in certain areas, specifically strengthening the upper body.  Many runners have underdeveloped musculature on their backs especially, because doing a pull-up is more difficult than a push-up and requires more equipment.  This leads to the […]

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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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