Despite the value it has to offer your workout, and your health, the odds are that you’ve never had a pre-training fitness evaluation. The reason is that most people don’t. This is a shame as the difference it can make is a surprising one. This is the case regardless of whether or not the rest of your workouts will be guided by a personal trainer. What is a Pre-Training Fitness Evaluation? When it comes to starting a new workout or…
A few years ago, smart fitness clothes were a concept only seen in personal training in science fiction movies. That said, tech has come a long way in a few short years and now not only do these options exist, but they're becoming increasingly affordable, too. Smart fitness clothes don't stop at fitness trackers built into wristbands and watches. You'll now find tech worked into full suits, yoga pants, tank tops and sports bras, among other things. While there is…
When you think of strength training, you likely call to mind images of lifting weights and push ups. That said, there are muscles other than those similar to abs, glutes and biceps. Recent research shows that the lungs must also be strengthened just as you would work on muscle groups throughout the rest of your body. In fact, even five minutes per day of heavy breathing can provide a type of "strength training" your lungs that can make a difference.…
Many fitness experts and weight loss pros will recommend that you take on your exercises first thing in the morning. After all, it means that you get your workout done right away, before your schedule has the chance to fill up and before you have the chance to run out of steam. By exercising in the morning, you make sure you always complete those workouts. That said, while you're certainly doing your body a favor, research shows that your mind…

Tips to Stay in Shape While Away on Spring Break

Written by : CCF 19 February 2019
Spring Break season is here and many of us are heading away on winter vacations. Whether your plan is to escape to somewhere balmy where you can spend some time in the warm weather and sun, or whether you're off on an adventure vacation, you likely don't want to come home heavier and behind in your fitness. In fact, staying in shape while on vacation is a rapidly rising travel trend. Regardless of where you're going, it is possible to…

Do You Have a Mindful Workout?

Written by : CCF 31 December 2018
Mindfulness is an important topic at the moment. It can feel as though we've lost the ability to live in the moment. Mindfulness reminds us to bring ourselves back to what is going on in the here and now. It is a practice used for many different purposes, including by athletes who want to improve their performance at the gym. It may be a trending buzzword at the moment, but a mindful workout can make a considerable difference. Of course,…
Christmas Day is a strange combination of being very busy and very idle. You may not be able to fit in a typical workout, but it isn't impossible for you to sneak in ten minutes here and there. Even if all you can find is a single ten minute break, you have enough time to move around. Sure, you might be thinking that because it's Christmas, you have the opportunity to take the day off. You could do that if…
Fall is here, so it's time to adapt your fitness plan to suit the season. There are many things you're likely already doing that can carry over from summer to autumn. However, whenever you begin a new routine, especially when there will be new weather involved, it's important to make certain changes. Use the following to make sure you're going to stay on track throughout your workout this season. These tips will also help you to make sure you'll get…
If you find you're dragging a lot at work, it could be the timing of your workouts that are getting in your way. Most people who work out on a regular basis will do so before work or after work. Some will try to fit in a bit of exercise during their lunch hour if they do indeed get a full hour. That said, pouring all your workout time into a single stretch during the day may give you your…

Toe Cramp Causes and Treatments

Written by : CCF 23 June 2018
Toes may be small, but when they hurt they feel as though they're as big as your entire leg. Toe cramping is extremely common and can be caused by many things. If your toes cramp, it can stop you from getting the most out of your workout or may require you to stop altogether. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to stop toe cramps or prevent them from happening in the first place. The following are some…

Top Tips to Strengthen Your Legs Faster

Written by : CCF 19 May 2018
When you want to build strong, lean muscle to be fitter, more powerful or burn more calories, you're in luck. Large lower body muscles are among the fastest to build. From the waist down, you have around 200 muscles. This includes the largest muscle on your whole body – the gluteus maximus, your backside. But if you want to really build your lower body strength for great looking, strong legs, you have to move! The more you get your lower…
When you lose weight, your body fat diminishes and you are able to slim down. But have you ever wondered where the fat really goes when it goes away? What happens to body fat when you lose weight? This is a question that is surprisingly rather common, with a lot of people wondering the same thing. That's why we decided to dive into this inquiry in order to find the answers that you want. To see what we discovered, check…
Weight loss spas come in many different shapes and forms, from those more closely resembling a health and wellness retreat to those that are nearer to fitness boot camps. The promises differ from one to the next, which makes it challenging to try to imagine what you can genuinely expect from the experience. To start, it’s important to note that if you head to a high quality, well reputed weight loss spa, you will not be there for a long…
If you've decided that you need to lose some weight, exercise plays an important role in being able to achieve that goal. That said, if you've already found your way to a workout strategy that you love, it can be challenging to have to change it. After all, if you're already doing regular workouts, why would you want to tamper with it? The issue is that if you're not losing the weight you want to lose based on dietary changes…

Top Signs You’re About to Hit a Plateau

Written by : CCF 09 December 2017
Keeping up with consistent training in order to achieve your goals can be tough. However, when you are seeing the results you want – improved performance, greater strength, longer endurance, or even weight loss – it can make it all worthwhile. On the other hand, when you feel as though all your progress has ground to a halt, it can cause your motivation levels to plummet. After all, what’s the point in continuing to work so hard if it’s not…