Becoming a Certified Personal Trainer

BECOMING A CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER Becoming a personal trainer has elevated not only my professional career but also my personal development as a health and fitness enthusiast. After getting certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), I have a better appreciation and understanding of how exercise influences not only the musculoskeletal system but…

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Strength Training for Runners

  Taking a comprehensive approach to running will ensure a stronger and healthier runner. By incorporating strength training into weekly workouts, runners can experience increased speed, improved imbalances, enhanced mobility, and decreased risk of injury. Additionally, strength training can improve body composition by maintaining and/or increasing lean body mass and decreasing percentage of body fat.…

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Running in Chilly Weather: Prep for Warmth!

Although running in the winter might not be every runner’s favorite, it doesn’t have to be miserable if you prepare! In fact, it can be very enjoyable and beautiful. Follow these chilly–weather–running–tips to enjoy your next chilly run. Keep Extremities Warm Our body reacts to cold temperatures by reducing blood flow to the hands and…

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Road Running Safety Checklist

Training for a race will almost always require you to run outside on the roads. It is great to train outside because that is where you will be racing, but it’s imperative to be SAFE and SMART especially if you’re new to the area or to the running route.   Check off these safety boxes…

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Why and How to Warm Up for a Run

Actively warming up prepares your body physically and mentally for the demands of running. A proper warm up not only enhances performance but is also crucial to injury risk reduction.     Why Warmup?  Increases core body temperature   Improves range of motion  Activates the central nervous system  Boosts blood flow to the muscles you rely on…

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6 Tips Beginner 5K Runners Need to Know

The 5-kilometer distance, or 3.1 miles, is a great goal for any new runner. In fact, the 5K distance race is the most popular event nationally by a large margin.   Follow these 5K tips to best prepare and train smart for your first 5K!   The Most Important Gear: Running Shoes  Running is a relatively inexpensive…

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8 Reasons to Run a Virtual Race

Virtual races are not a novel idea, but these events have exploded in popularity and variety since the start of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. The widely used race promotion platform, runningusa.org, estimated that over 18.1 million people registered for a race in 2018. Of those races, the 5K is the most popular distance making up…

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