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Post date: Aug 14, 2014

Stay warm this Fall 2014 as you stretch, strengthen, and tone in our heated studio. Discover the additional benefits that heat provides.

Benefits

  • Deeper stretches – Warm muscles help you safely enter deeper poses.
  • Reduced stress – Extra heat promotes relaxation of muscles and nerves.
  • Eliminate toxins – Heavy sweating helps to flush toxins from your body.

Choose a Night

Session 1:
Sundays, 4:30...

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Post date: Jul 29, 2014

We’ve put together four massage and spa packages of services which are sure to please. Each can be scheduled all in one day, or broken into separate days. Our design team is creating beautiful cards which will make great gifts for the special people in your life. Our packages can also make a great “spa day” for yourself or for you and a friend or loved one!

  1. "Perfect Pair"
    • Body Brush Exfoliation
    • 60-...
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Post date: Jul 29, 2014

Weight loss goals tend to be one of the top considerations amongst members and clients. I often get asked about the “fat burning” zone on the cardio machines.

The Fat Burning Zone

To understand this, we must know how and where the body derives its energy (adenosine triphosphate or ATP) to do activities. There are three energy systems that provide ATP:

  • Phosphagen System - Pulls ATP-CP stored directly in the muscles for activities that are...
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Post date: Jul 14, 2014

The second part of this series I would like to spend time talking about a different type of limitation: lack of knowledge.

We all have varying levels of knowledge when it comes to exercise and fitness. Our knowledge is accumulated through many means. Unfortunately, some of our sources are not completely accurate or are even biased to sell a certain product or exercise technique. Fortunately, for you, Mettler Center is stocked-full of the most experienced, educated, and certified...

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Post date: Jul 8, 2014

Have you hit a wall in your training? Have you become bored with your workout? Are you no longer seeing results? This “Breaking Through the Plateau” series will explore common reasons for not attaining and maximizing your fitness potential.

The first topic we will cover is not what you are (or are not) doing, but what you can’t do.

It is perfectly normal to have limitations. All of us have developed physical restrictions over our lifetime which hinder...

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Post date: Jun 10, 2014

As a physical therapist, I love reading people’s posture and analyzing people’s gait. The manner in which someone walks can tell you so much. It is fun. It is like a puzzle waiting for you to solve.

The gait pattern is a result of three different components: stiffness, weakness and compensation. If the knee joint is stiff, you cannot bend it. If the quadriceps is weak, you cannot stand on your...

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Post date: May 23, 2014

Think Hot Yoga is just for cooler days? Think again! There are multiple reasons to continue your hot yoga practice throughout the summer. We've listed a few.
 

  • Your muscles are already warmer and more pliable before class, taking even less time to reach those deeper stretches.
  • Maintaining practice will gain you an edge in other summer sports/exercises or outdoor activities you choose to do.
  • Appetites are suppressed during the summer meaning fewer...
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Post date: May 22, 2014

Do you have frequent headaches, chronic pain and/or tension, an injury that has changed the way your body feels and works? Are you tired of restricted movement? Do you have difficulty bending over to pick up your kids, or turning your neck to check your blind spot before changing lanes? If so, you deserve a plan of action.

Massage therapy can play a major role in this plan, but consider this:

Getting a massage on occasion is like going to the gym once in a while and...

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Post date: May 5, 2014

When you exercise, are you working hard or hardly working?           

Knowing what your heart rate is during exercise can help determine how hard you are working. You may think you have had a good workout, but if you never raise your heart rate you may not be receiving all the benefits.

Using a heart rate monitor is a great way to know what your HR is during your workout. It is easier than checking your pulse. Working out at...

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Post date: Apr 18, 2014

After training for, or running in, one of the many races during the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon weekend you may begin to experience common pain associated with running called shin splints. Shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), present themselves as pain along the tibia (the large bone in front of the lower leg). This pain can feel either dull or sharp. It is caused by improper...

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