Total Gym Shoulder Workout
Shoulders are an often neglected but critical part of the body. Having shoulder strength and flexibility will help you in simple everyday tasks such as reaching and lifting as well as enhance workouts that focusing on other parts of the body. Continue Reading >>
Did you know that your muscles don’t know their age? That’s right! No matter your age, muscles can’t tell if they are old or young. They can only tell whether or not they are in action and have been used. It’s extremely important to have well developed muscles, especially as we get older. Simple tasks such as getting out of your chair, picking up groceries and lifting a suitcase can become difficult without proper muscle strength.
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How to Eat Better When Eating Out
Surprisingly, it’s controlled food consumption that has a bigger impact on weight loss than exercise, although both are crucial for losing weight and keeping it off. For most, eating food is much more accessible and pleasant than exercise, so this part is all the more difficult. Of course, there are also the psychological factors associated with overeating, which include boredom, depression and anxiety.
It’s easier to control our eating at home because we can limit our grocery purchases to exclude fattening foods and cook ourselves healthy meals. Dining out, on the other hand, can be like walking into a dark, dangerous forest. The menu can be a merciless taunting of will power. So how do we avoid the danger?
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Benefits of Coconut Oil
There are many benefits of including coconut oil as part of your daily nutritional plan. Did you know that consuming coconut oil builds resistance to bacteria and viruses that can cause illness? It also helps in the fight against fungus, yeast and Candida. In addition, a steady dose of coconut oil in your diet can have a positive influence on the hormones that control your thyroid and blood sugar levels and it can help increase your metabolism, endurance and overall energy level.
Joining us today on Total Gym Pulse is fitness trainer and long time Total Gym user Rosalie Brown, to tell us about one of her favorite ways to use coconut oil for cooking. Rosalie loves using coconut oil when preparing popcorn, which she admits is one of her all time favorite snacks.
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How to Use a Foam Roller to Recover Your Muscles and Maximize Your Performance
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we all had our own personal masseuse to regularly get rid of the kinks, soreness and tight areas in our muscles, any time we wanted? Nice thought. Well… there is a way to massage yourself to these effects any time you want! A simple piece of foam known as a foam roller will do the trick. The technique is known as Self Myofascial Release Technique (SMRT) and it can change the way you move, feel and workout. Continue Reading >>
Best Time To Workout
You will encounter many opinions and theories during your journey to achieve better health and fitness – most likely leaving you with a lot of questions. One common question is what is the best time to workout? Joining us today on Total Gym Pulse is fitness trainer and long time Total Gym user Rosalie Brown here to help us answer this very question.
Rosalie gets asked by her clients often – when is the best time to workout to maximize results? According to Rosalie, there is no best time to workout. It all depends on your personal preference and what works best for you. However, she does point out studies have shown people who work out on a Monday are more than likely to stay consistent with their workouts the rest of the week. This is also true for people who choose to workout in the morning. Continue Reading >>
Shoulder Injury? How Total Gym Can Help
Since shoulder injuries are one of the most common orthopedic complaints, we wanted to provide you with some tips for preventing them and getting your strength back post-injury. Common shoulder injuries include strains/sprains and tendonitis/tears and can arise from too much mobility (instability), too little mobility (hypomobility), or decreased strength and stabilization. Rehab or post rehab programs focus on restoring pain-free range of motion, enhancing awareness of how you move and how to correctly move, as well as strengthening and stabilizing the surrounding muscles. Since the shoulder muscles influence the stabilization to your back, neck and core, a total body approach is recommended. The Total Gym is the perfect tool for to address all of these aspects of shoulder health. Continue Reading >>
The Gym That NEVER Closes
In a world where many gyms are open most days of the year and some 24/7, there is still only one that is guaranteed NEVER to close on you: The Total Gym. Today on Total Gym Pulse we are joined once again by fitness enthusiast and long time Total Gym user Mike “The FAT Guy” Campbell to tell us one of his favorite things about the Total Gym. For those of you who don’t know Mike’s story, Mike was able to lose 150 pounds in one year using the Total Gym! Continue Reading >>
Myofascial Release Technique & Strengthening Exercises
WHAT IS MYOFASCIAL RELEASE?
Self-myofascial release is a fancy term for self-massage. Myofascial release, also know as “foam rolling,” releases muscle soreness, tightness, or trigger points. This method can be performed with a roller, a small ball, or manually with your hands.
Recovery is vital to healthy muscle development, and myofascial release assists in returning muscles to normal function before your next workout or activity. By applying pressure to specific areas or points on your body, tension is released and the muscle recovery process improves. Continue Reading >>
Toning the Glutes!
It’s Summer. That means many of us will be hitting the beach or swimming pool looking to show off our new swimsuits and more importantly our bodies. The chest, biceps, triceps, back and abs all play a pivotal role in one’s physical appearance. However, one area that tends to be overlooked in most workouts are the butt and legs.
Everyone wants to have a nice butt – it looks good, however there are also other more important reasons why one should not neglect their glutes. The gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus are responsible for abducting, extending, and internally and externally rotating your hips. They also help improve your body’s alignment, enhance athletic performance and aid in preventing injury. Continue Reading >>