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Post date: May 6, 2011
Resistance bands are a lightweight strength training tool that provides resistance when stretched. The bands are available for arms and legs in a variety of color-coded intensity levels. They are an alternative to using dumbells or body bars for building muscle tone and resistance bands actually make it easier to isolate muscles while doing strength training.
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Post date: May 5, 2011
According to the NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training, balance disks are...
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Post date: May 4, 2011
Get your arms in on the cardio action by jumping on the lonely rowing machine. It often goes unused because it can be more challenging than other machines - you're engaging large muscle groups in your upper and lower body to do the work. But that helps you burn up to 13 calories per minute (based on a 145 pound woman) while sculpting your legs, gluts, abs, back shoulders and biceps. If you are up for a good challenge, try this workout.
 
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Post date: May 3, 2011

The best way to eliminate and prevent muscle knots is the foam roller. The foam roller...

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Post date: May 2, 2011
This week's theme is "Exercise Equipment That You Should Use." We all tend to get into a routine with our workout. Many people find that doing the same workouts over and over becomes pretty monotonous, and as a result, may begin to lose their desire to workout on a regular basis. Research shows that adding variety to your routine can help to improve adherence. A study at the University of Florida observed that people who modified their workout every two weeks over...
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Post date: Apr 29, 2011
Just as important as preparing before the big race, it is equally important to give your body the attention it needs after the race. Follow these tips to prevent injury and ensure your body properly heals.
 
Rehydrate
Most races have hydrations stations set up along the route with water and Gatorade (check out the Illinois Marathon course map to see where the hydration stations are). Take...
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Post date: Apr 28, 2011
Pre-race nerves can often get the best of runners, especially those who are running their first race. Take these steps to prepare yourself for the big day and eliminate the stress so you can enjoy yourself and all you have worked for!
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Post date: Apr 27, 2011

For some, running is a solitary endeavour. They like to have the time to...

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Post date: Apr 26, 2011
There are thousands of different running shoes out there and picking the right shoe can be extremely difficult. Many people often choose a shoe based on how it looks or if it is on sale, but it is critical for runners to find a shoe that fits properly to prevent injury. A little investment in time and effort for finding the best running show will help keep you comfortable and injury-free.
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Post date: Apr 25, 2011
With the annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon this coming Saturday, April 30, it seemed appropriate to make this week's theme ...
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