Fitness Dame is the main blog writer for Astone Fitness News. She greatly enjoys bringing you easy to understand information on the latest in fitness and nutrition.
Smoothies have been around for a while, and now juicing is the new trend. Many ask which is better, but the real question should be which is better for YOU. Both juicing and blending are great ways to increase your vitamin and nutrient intake, but there are some benefit differences, and pros and cons to each that you may want to note. Here is a full comparison to help you determine which is right for you and your specific needs.
This one goes out to all the new moms - Your lives just became a whirlwind of diapers, feedings, lack of sleep, hormonal ups and downs, and you don’t have time to pee let alone eat right and exercise. So, here’s my gift to you - A calming breath in your otherwise sea of chaos. I give you all the tips you need for success!
Most people know that a warm up before taking part in any kind of exercise is essential, but cooling down is often overlooked. People are either in rush, or don’t feel it’s necessary, but cooling down is very important, especially if you are engaging in intense exercise that increases your heart rate and place heavy stress on your muscles. Cooling down makes sure the body recovers properly, and is greatly important for the health of your heart.
Pain is something we all strive to stay away from, but when it comes to muscle soreness after a workout, pain should actually be welcomed because it indicates results. Of course, I mean “the right kind of pain” here. No one should welcome an injury.
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS is the kind of pain that NORMALLY appears within 12-72 hours after a good workout. The inflammation and healing associated with recovering from small amounts of muscle damage/tears that are caused from working out is what causes the pain, and in turn, what produces muscle growth and strength.
Though muscle soreness is a common part of exercise, no one said you have to suffer through it. Here are some tips to ease sore muscles after a tough workout.
Most people view Pull Ups as an exercise that only the very strong and athletic can successfully accomplish. Because of this, some will never even attempt one for fear of looking weak or foolish, and many of those who do try will give up early on because of frustration with how hard it can be to pull off even one properly executed Pull Up. The thing is, Pull Ups and Chin Ups are arguably the key exercises to build upper body strength, and are easier to successfully achieve than one may think.
Ever look at a baby and wonder in awe how you ever were that flexible, since now you can barely even touch your toes? As babies, we are the most flexible we will ever be. We can squat for hours, and put our feet in our mouths with ease. Most people think that losing flexibility is a natural part of getting older, but unless there is an injury of a joint involved, lack of flexibility is usually due to inactivity. For example, if you sit at a desk all day without stretching out afterwards you will automatically get tighter in your hip flexors, lower back, and shoulders.
You may ask yourself why you should care about flexibility. No one’s asking you to do the spilt anyway, right? But, flexibility is just as important as strength training and cardio when it comes to having an overall healthy body.
As of April 1st, 2013 Astone Fitness has a a new headquarters location, complete with a Human Trainer workout room!
We are happy to have this beautiful, zen new space to work from, and to have The Human Trainer Workout Room for future certification courses and personal training sessions.
We are now situated at:
This month's Human Trainer Featured User, Nikol Klein demostrates exercises she does with her personal trainer and ballet dancer clients, using The Human Trainer.
As a women’s fitness expert and professional ballet dancer, Nikol Klein prides herself on knowing all the tricks and techniques it takes for women to get the lean, toned, bulk-free bodies they’re after. One of these “tricks” happens to be using The Human Trainer Suspension Gym.