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What Matters Most When It Comes to Exercise: Quality or Quantity?

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | April 1st, 2013 | 1 Comment
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By The FIRM Master Instructor Amanda Gantt

This is a popular question, especially for those of us who have hit the inevitable plateau with our personal fitness goals. Is it possible to achieve your goals with intense workouts three days a week, instead of less-intense workouts five days a week? I believe the answer is YES! However, you’re going to have to exercise smarter (and harder) in order to see results.

Our schedules are hectic and our personal time is limited. If you are currently struggling to maintain a five-day-a-week fitness regimen, you may want to consider dropping back to working out only three days a week, as this can provide you with the time and results you need, provided that you commit to intense, total-body workouts — and that you give 100-percent effort.

Yoga Poses for Tight Hamstrings & Back Pain

Gwen Lawrence by Gwen Lawrence | November 8th, 2012 | 5 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: back strain, back-pain, breathe, desk jobs, desk stretches, desk yoga, Gwen Lawrence, hamstrings, herniated disc, injury, legs, low back pressure, lower back, lumbar, Pigeon pose, Plow Pose with straight legs, poses for hamstrings, posture, Seated Forward Bend, short hamstring, short hamstrings, spine, Standing Forward Bend, Standing Forward Bend against the wall, stretch, stretches, stretching, thighs, tight hips, weak abdominals, Wide-Legged Forward Bend, Yoga, yoga poses, yoga poses for hamstrings

Standing Forward FoldEverybody is susceptible to tight hamstrings, from professional athletes to soccer moms. People who spend long hours sitting at a desk or who have rigorous training schedules can especially benefit from a “hammie” stretch or two (or three or four).

Marathon Problems, Yoga Solutions

Gwen Lawrence by Gwen Lawrence | March 13th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: Achilles tendonitis, endurance, flexibility, Frog Pose, Heavy Legs, Hero Pose, injury, jogging, knee pain, legs up the wall pose, marathon, marathoning, mind-body fitness, muscle fatigue, Opposite Arm Opposite Leg, Pigeon pose, plantar fascia, running, Standing Forward Bend, stretching, Yoga, yoga for runners

Yoga for Marathon RunnersSetting a goal to run a marathon is life altering and monumental. But the training leading up to your marathon may be filled with blisters, mental challenges, muscle fatigue, weakness and injury. Yoga can help you:

The NYC marathon and many other races are approaching. Here are my top six yoga moves for runners — from weekend warriors to serious marathoners — to do daily before training, after a workout and, most importantly, after the big day.

4 Signs it’s Time to Change Up Your Exercise Routine

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | June 13th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness | tags: bored, boredom, burn-calories, cardio, challenge, change, exercise routine, fat-burning zone, Fitness, goals, heart rate monitor, injuries, injury, intensity, lose-weight, muscles, over training, recovery, rest, results, slump, strength training, target heart rate, the firm, variety, walking, weight loss plateau, weights, work out, workout, workout rut

Workout RutWe all know that the key ingredients to weight loss and maintenance are exercise, healthy nutrition and proper rest. But what happens when you feel like you’re no longer getting results with your exercise routine? Does this mean that exercise doesn’t work anymore? Not a chance! It could just mean that you need to break out of your current workout rut — variety is the spice of life, after all!

Here are four signals that your routine might need a tune-up:

1. Your workout bores you.

You used to enjoy walking outside, so why do you dread your walk workout each day? It’s easy to get bored if you stick with the same routine for too long. Sometimes it helps to add variety to your walks. For example, try listening to music when you walk, adding speed or hill intervals, or bringing a family member or friend along with you. I’m sure your family pooch would welcome a stroll around the neighborhood! If all of that isn’t enough, then maybe it’s time to try a new activity. Maybe you’ve always wanted to try biking or are interested in taking a dance class? Change can help keep your workouts fun and interesting, giving you something to look forward to.

Is Too Much Stretching Bad for You? One Yogini’s Story from Floppy to Fit

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | March 3rd, 2011 | 10 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: ashtanga, body, connective tissue, exercise, fascia, Fitness, hypermobility, injury, Jane Fonda, Jill Miller, joints, Kettelbell, Leaf Lifestyle, muscle, muscle tear, overstretching, PNF, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, sciatica, strength training, stretching, workout, Yoga Tune Up®

Woman stretching during yoga

I began practicing yoga at age 11. My mom brought home the Jane Fonda workout and Raquel Welch Yoga videos and I became obsessed … especially with the yoga. At first I wasn’t very flexible, couldn’t touch my toes, and was extremely weak in my shoulders and core.

7 Signs That It’s Time to Recharge

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | February 22nd, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: body, burnout, cardio, cool-down, depression, energy, exercise, fatigue, Fitness, headaches, high intensity, injuries, injury, interval training, low intensity, muscle pain, performance, recovery, repair, resolution, rest, sets, sleep, tears, the firm, thirst, time off, work out, workout

The FIRM Recovery blog

We are still early into 2011, so talking about recharging our batteries and taking a rest might sound crazy. However, it’s important to remember that sufficient rest and recovery periods are necessary to avoid burnout and injuries, as well as to get the best results possible from our exercise routines.

Check out this list of signs to see if you may need a little recharging:

What Good Balance Does for Your Body and How to Get It

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | April 23rd, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: agility, balance, balance disc, balance pads, balance training, balance workouts, balance-ball, balanceball, balancing, Bosu ball, injuries, injury, lunges, squats, strength, therapy

Feet balancing on a Bosu ball

The most overlooked and arguably the most important word in health is “balance.” Why? Because this one word says it all! We spend our entire lives trying to keep things in balance, whether it’s our checkbook, our diet or our time management. Then as we age, we need to literally improve our physical balance to keep on doing the things we like to do.

Endurance Training: Tuning Up Consciously to Race the Ironman

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | December 2nd, 2009 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss, Yoga | tags: conscious fitness, endurance athletics, endurance training, exercise, Fitness, injury, Ironman, marathon, obesity, stretching, training, workouts, Yoga, Yoga Tune Up®

IMAXfinishThroughout the years, I have worked with many athletes, marathoners, golfers, basketball players and professional dancers. The magic bullet in training consciously is a synergy of fluid biomechanics, coupled with a mind and spirit that are all on the same page. In other words, it is very difficult to fuel your passion for athletics if one of these elements is holding you back — be it pain from an injury, a lack of belief in yourself, or using your sport as a form of punishment.

Top 5 Exercise Fears & How to Overcome Them

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | October 22nd, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness | tags: conquering fears, exercise, exercise fears, facing fears, failure, fears, Fitness, fitness classes, health, injury, pain, sweating, work out

exercisefearfeature“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”     — Eleanor Roosevelt