Why and How You Should Stretch, Including Total Gym Stretching Exercises

Stretches for the Upper Body on the Total Gym


STRETCHING DOES A BODY GOOD


Stretching is important for people of all ages! Regardless of age, current flexibility, and whether or not you workout, stretching should be a part of your daily routine.

Just a few minutes of stretching a day is beneficial to your body. If your muscles, joints, and tendons are well conditioned they will be better able to handle the impact of sport, exercise, and daily activities and it helps prevent injuries.


WHY STRETCH?


As we age, our muscles tighten up and the range of motion in the joints decreases. Daily activities and normal movements can be affected due to an inhibited range of motion in the muscles and joints. Simple tasks such as reaching for something on the top shelf or bending down to tie your shoes can also become extremely difficult if the muscles are unable to accommodate these movements.

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Total Gym Challenge Episode 3: “Week Two…The Challenge Continues!”

Total Gym Challenge Episode 3
“Week Two…The Challenge Continues!”

After week one of The Total Gym Challenge you’ve met the participants and watched them go through their first workout. Now it’s time to continue all of the action in Week 2 with Episode 3 of The Total Gym Challenge exclusively on Total Gym Pulse!

Rosalie Brown - Total Gym Trainer

Fitness trainer and group leader Rosalie Brown starts us off by saying she’s never seen such great results in only one week with The Total Gym. She credits the strength training you are able to do on the machine such as pullups, chin ups, squats and more. By working the major muscle groups you are able to burn calories more efficiently. Rosalie also points out that on the Total Gym you can mix strength training with a cardio workout and this plays an important role in one’s fitness success. This episode features Rosalie taking the 14 participants through their exercise routine broken up into 1 minute intervals. In the video Rosalie tells the group that none of them have to leave the gym tonight and go for a run, go for a walk or go on a bike ride because their cardio is already included in their strength training.

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Popular Workout Trends for Fall

Fall Fitness: The Top Workout Trends

Total Gym Gravity Classes

This is an exciting time for fitness and wellness because we’re living longer and in the midst of all the chaos in the world, we can at least control taking care of ourselves. No longer can we use the excuse “exercise is boring” because there truly is something for everyone. There are plenty of new and exciting exercise trends for you to explore and hopefully they’re available in your area. The list below is by no means exhaustive, but it should give you an idea of what’s trending.

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Greek Yogurt as a Great Pre- or Post-Workout snack!

The Benefits of Greek Yogurt

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Is Greek yogurt healthier than regular yogurt?

Fermented foods provide good bacteria to your gut (called probiotics), which help to crowd out pathogenic or unhealthy bacteria. This is what makes yogurt such a beneficial part of a healthy diet. Yogurt is also a good source of protein and calcium, with far less lactose (milk sugar) than milk so people with lactose intolerance can often enjoy yogurt without all of the crippling stomach woes.

You may have noticed the recent increase in “Greek” yogurt on store shelves. Greek yogurt, which traditionally came from Greece (of course), is certainly trendy right now but is Greek yogurt all it’s cracked up to be? Is it actually healthier for you than regular yogurt? That depends on what you are looking for in a healthy snack.

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Total Gym Challenge Episode 2

Total Gym Challenge Episode 2:
“The 1st Workout”

The Total Gym Challenge continues with Episode 2 “The 1st Workout” exclusively on Total Gym Pulse! In case you missed Episode 1 “The Weigh-In” we met our 14 participants who all had goals of getting into better shape and living a healthier lifestyle. Fitness trainer Rosalie Brown weighed all of the participants and took their measurements. The group also told Rosalie their goals for the challenge such as losing weight, increasing strength, toning up their muscles and getting in the best shape of their life.

Rosalie Brown

Today in Episode 2, Rosalie leads the group of 14 participants through the first of 14 workouts on The Total Gym. She begins the segment by mentioning why most people want to get fast results when working out. From weddings to reunions to just having a baby, there are a multitude of reasons why people get motivated to get in better shape. The Total Gym is great for getting fast results because it works out all areas of the body during the training routine developed by Rosalie including cardio, strength and stretching – all on one machine!

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Total Gym Core Exercises to Add to Your Routine

Tighten Abs Without Crunches on the Total Gym

Why settle for the six-pack when you can own the entire brewery? Conventional exercises such as the abdominal crunch can be useful for some, but the prominence of this single plane exercise leaves the entire core unbalanced.

The core muscles work synergistically to provide three dimensional stability and mobility for optimal upper and lower extremity function. The main components of the core are the rectus abdominus, obliques and the inner-core (transverse abdominals (TA), diaphragm and pelvic floor). To sport flat abs, ensure the lower portion of the TA is activating and the internal obliques are not overcompensating. To simplify this, lie on your back and lift your head away from the floor. Do you notice your lower belly pushing outward or do you feel the area below the belly button activating and pulling backward toward your spine? To assist with the activation, tighten the pelvic floor first then feel the lower abs kick in. Use this to your advantage during abdominal exercises and help train your core as a team!

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Total Gym Challenge – Episode 1: “The Weigh-In”

Total Gym Challenge – Episode 1:
“The Weigh-In”

The wait is finally over! Episode 1 of the Total Gym Challenge is now up and ready to be viewed at the link above. We recently took 14 people who wanted to see if they could reach their weight loss goals and fitness goals in 14 workouts over 21 days using The Total Gym. Fitness trainer and Total Gym Pulse contributor Rosalie Brown leads the group over the next few weeks to a healthier, happier and more productive lifestyle.

In this episode “The Weigh-In” we meet the participants for the first time, learn what their fitness goals are and catch their reactions as they are weighed at the start of the program. Now let’s meet the group!

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Boost Your Nutrition Intake with Smoothies

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Cool off your summer with a healthy smoothie!

What are the benefits of smoothies?

If you’re making changes to your diet for overall good health, smoothies are a great way to boost your intake of nutrient-dense foods rich in antioxidants, protein, probiotics and more. Smoothies can be quite refreshing, not to mention they boost your workout and supplement muscle development. There are lots of quick and easy smoothie recipes out there, so you can enjoy one anytime of day – even on the go.

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20-Minute Total Gym Workout

Quick and Effective Lunch Break Workout

Whether you’re a busy mom, a rapid-fire executive or an athlete looking to get in two-a-day workouts, the flow of this quick and effective exercise sequence can boost your afternoon productivity and dare I say, replace your afternoon coffee! Reboot your posture and prime your metabolism with a brisk 20-minute Total Gym pre-lunch workout.

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Total Gym Challenge Debuts Next Week!

Today we give you another sneak peak at The Total Gym Challenge! Episode 1 debuts next Tuesday, August 12th, exclusively at Total Gym Pulse and features the group weigh in. We took 14 people with 14 different goals and put them through a series of 14 workouts. With fitness guru Rosalie Brown as their guide, watch as the participants take their fitness to a new level with the use of the Total Gym.

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