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.

Must Try Moves for FIRM, Flat Abs

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | August 20th, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness | tags: abs, core, exercises, muscle, sculpt, the firm, toning, workout

By The FIRM Master Instructor Tina Smalley

For years, men and women have been searching for that ideal abdominal training routine that will give them a perfect six-pack. It’s relatively easy for me to sculpt my upper and lower body, but when it comes to really toning up my middle, it takes a little more than just crunches three times a week. It takes dedication and hard work!

The 3 E’s: Secret for Quick Total-Body Workouts

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | October 23rd, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: aerobic, Annie Lee, burn-calories, cardio, circuit workouts, exercise, fast workouts, Fitness, how-to video, lower body, muscle, quick workouts, strength, the firm, total-body workouts, upper body, workout routine, workouts

By The FIRM Master Instructor Annie Lee

My philosophy is all about the 3 E’s: effective, efficient exercise. Here’s a quick how-to video of my personal total body workouts that focus on the 3 E’s.

Moving Beyond the Scale: Best Ways to Determine a Healthy Weight

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | October 8th, 2009 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Weight Loss | tags: BMI, body composition, body fat, fitness assessment, healthy weight, measurements, muscle, scale, weight, weight gain, weight-loss


Numbers on the scale often become the center of focus when trying to determine a healthy weight. Annual exams at the doctor’s office include a weigh in; weight loss centers determine success by a drop in pounds; and there is talk from time to time about Body Mass Index (BMI) in the media, which refers to your “appropriate” weight based on your height.