Shoulder Press

The Shoulder Press is a vertical upper body pushing movement that compliments horizontal pushing exercises like chest presses and push ups. Is strengthens shoulder and arm muscles, and the core muscles provide support when it’s done standing or kneeling. Shoulder presses build shoulder strength very effectively, but can cause problems in painful or tight shoulders. If you have shoulder pain, avoid pressing overhead until you’re cleared by your doctor or physical therapist. If your shoulders, neck and upper back are tight but pain free, work on improving your mobility so you can perform this move safely. Talk to one of […]

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Lateral Squats

Lateral Squats work many of the same muscles as a Split Squat or a Lunge, but in a lateral motion rather than straight forward. It’s a solid lower body pushing exercise you can mix into your program for a different challenge. Setup Take a wide stance with one foot slightly forward of the other. I like to line up the arch of my front foot with the toes of my back foot to make sure I always get into the same position. Execution Sit down and back into the side of the front foot. You should aim to get your […]

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Bodyweight Travel Workout

Does traveling for work or vacation take you out of your routine or limit your access to a health club? If you don’t want to take the week off from exercise, you can maintain with this mini circuit travel workout: Bridge Lie on your back with arms out, knees bent and toes up. Push through your heels to raise your hips up until you form a straight line from shoulder to knees. Pushup Start with your hands wider than shoulders and your body aligned from ears to ankles. Try to keep most of the pressure on the outer part of […]

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Turning up the Intensity

With New Year’s celebrations a month behind us and a new year of progress ahead, it’s a good time to take stock of your workout. Are you moving closer to your goals, or are you stalled? If you’re not getting the results you want, consider stepping up your exercise intensity. Before diving into details, it’s important to be clear about what I mean by results. Improving markers of good health like blood pressure, triglyceride level or resting heart rate is one form of result. Another revolves around body shaping by decreasing body fat or building muscle. Low intensity exercise like walking is perfectly fine for improving […]

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5 Ways to Help Your Golf Game

The Golf Season is almost over here in New England. Most golfers are putting the clubs away for the winter to wait for the first opportunity next Spring to head back to the driving range to “knock the cobwebs” out of their swings. But now is a great time to work in the gym to improve your swing for next season. In recent years, there has been much research on specific training techniques which can help add more distance to your drives and set you up for success. So this off-season, take a quick look at these research driven tips […]

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