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  The Fitness Evolution: Fad or Fixture? By Kim Duke, NETA & AFAA Certified Trainer Present day fitness centers look nothing like they did when I first walked into one back in the 80’s.  Gone are the outdated machines for each isolated muscle group:  one chest press, one shoulder press, one leg press and so on. What you now find are ... Read More »

Health & Fitness Appreciation for the Push-Up


  By Kim Duke, NETA & AFAA Certified Trainer  As a personal trainer, I can attest to the fact that the push-up is one of the most underrated exercises in existence. Not only would I place the push-up over any single arm exercise out there for sculpting great arms and toned triceps, but it is also a killer total-body move. The ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: What to Do About Muscle Ailments


By Kim Duke, NETA & AFAA Certified Trainer  Try as we may, human beings are injury prone.  Whether you’re a competitive athlete, someone who exercises regularly to stay in shape or a couch potato, you will most likely have to deal with an injury that interrupts your routine at some point in your life. A lack of muscle strength, inflexibility or ... Read More »

Health & Fitness Blast Away Fat with Weight Training


By Kim Duke NETA & AFAA Certified Trainer If you think cardio is the key to blasting belly fat, keep reading. When Penn State researchers put dieters into three groups – a no exercise group, aerobic exercise only and an anaerobic exercise and weight training group – all participants lost about 21 pounds, but the weight lifters shed six more ... Read More »

Strength Training 101: Where Do I Start?

By Kim Duke neta & afaa Certified Trainer You know that strength training will help you meet your weight loss or fitness goals, no matter what they are. And you know a strong body is a healthy body. But, starting a whole new workout routine can be daunting. It’s the reason so many people stick to the same old habits ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: Exercise Of The Week Arnold Dumbbell Press


By Kim Duke, NETA & AFAA Certified Trainer Arnold Schwarzenegger created the “Arnold dumbbell press to the squat” as an excellent exercise that essentially combines two moves for maximum shoulder-muscle building. By pairing the squat and the Arnold press you have a compound exercise that literally works your entire body. 1. Hold a pair of dumbbells in front of your chest, ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: Proper Breathing Techniques for Weight Lifting


  By Kim Duke, NETA & AFAA Certified Trainer Whether you’re lifting barbells in the gym or moving house furniture, it’s probably your natural inclination to hold your breath. Unfortunately, this is the wrong instinct. Breathing effectively and efficiently during any physical activity will enable you to achieve maximal performance; it is just as important as maintaining correct form and using ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: Health in the New Year – Small Changes for Lasting Results


By Kim Duke, NETA & AFAA Certified Trainer A new year has arrived and resolutions are everywhere. Often those resolutions involve a change of diet and exercise, and advertisers know it. Commercials are pushing Hydroxycut ® gummies and NutriSystem’s ® meal options. News shows are hyping the latest trends in fitness such as the paleo diet or caveman workout or bodyweight ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: Using Exercise to Relieve Holiday Stress – Part 1

By Kim Duke, NETA & AFAA Certified Trainer With the holidays approaching fiercely and fast, exercise is literally the last thing most of us are thinking about, let alone making extra time for it. So, instead of focusing on one strength training exercise, I’m going to show you how exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Being ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: Exercise of the Week – Squats


By Kim Duke, NETA & AFAA Certified Trainer If you’re looking for a powerful way to boost your overall fitness and get some serious results — fast — from your workout routine, look no further than performing squatting exercises. This is one exercise that should be a part of virtually everyone’s routine, as it’s relatively simple to perform, requires no equipment ... Read More »

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