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Cardio before Weights?

Should you do cardiovascular exercise before weights or is it the other way around? Since I was a junior in college, I heard this question uttered in casual conversation among friends, professors and athletes alike.  Back then, few people could agree which order delivered better results. Today, technology and research have finally given way to […]

Improve Workout Performance in 1 Easy Step

Forget expensive supplements and crazy protein shakes. You can improve your workouts with one simple habit: warming up. Researchers in Australia uncovered evidence that a proper warm-up improves the speed of contraction inside your muscles, making them ready for action. The key, however, is to keep your warm-ups short and moderate. According to the study, athletes who […]

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Music Makes the Workout Go ‘Round

My husband used to make fun of me because I would go into a bit of a panic if I did not have my music. And, I have to be honest, without my music I lack the desire to workout. The beats are what fuel me to run faster, push further and keep on going […]

music improves workouts

Music Makes the Workout Go 'Round

My husband used to make fun of me because I would go into a bit of a panic if I did not have my music. And, I have to be honest, without my music I lack the desire to workout. The beats are what fuel me to run faster, push further and keep on going […]

Personal Training in Alabama

The 5,000 Crunch Challenge

Looking for new ways to stay motivated? Become a fan of K.I.C Fitness on Facebook! This up and coming fitness studio based in Alabama sponsors monthly challenges sure to motivate you, all in the spirit of competition. This month, the studio is featuring the 5,000 crunch challenge. Challengers complete as many crunches as they can in the […]

The Stretch Solution: Yin Yoga

Stretching is an integral part of the workout process that often gets neglected. And, I will be the first to admit that I do not dedicate the time that I should to stretching. Yesterday, however, I experienced the stretch of a lifetime and the impact on my workout performance was outstanding. If you have tight hip flexors […]

Sitting is Deadly, Exercise is the Cure

I often get on a soap box about the perils of sitting for long hours.  Mainly, I fear for my life because now that I make my living at a 9 to 5 job as a writer, sitting consumes a large part of my day. I am in the process of compiling research to present […]

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Running for Speed

Training for a race? How to add speed to your endurance training. Training for speed is not as easy as it may seem. Running as fast as you can against the clock can cause you to over train, resulting in breaks in your training schedule due to injury or fatigue – these breaks can really […]

Why do I Run?

Running is one of those sports, people either love it or they hate it… and I agree, it’s not for everyone. In fact, you might find it hard to believe that I hated running at one point in my life. Those years are well behind me, but from junior high through high school, I despised […]

Strength Exercises to Improve your Run

If you don’t think that you need strength training to improve your performance – think again. Strength training can improve so many aspects of your run, including the efficiency in which your body uses oxygen and injury prevention. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research examined the effects of […]