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Health & Fitness: New Classes at Core Performance


By Kim Duke NETA & AAFA Certified Trainer Core Performance Fitness and Training is very excited to announce a variety of new classes for this Spring season.  As many of you have seen, Pound Class has come to Core Performance.  Core was able to import a fabulous instructor, April Woolley, who is a traveling Pound instructor.  In real life, April ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: Stretching Rules

NETA & AAFA Certified Trainer There is a part of a fitness regime that often gets overlooked— stretching. Believe it or not— stretching is actually pretty controversial in the fitness industry.  Some studies have shown that stretching before you begin a workout can be counterproductive and even dangerous.  “Before a workout, a cold muscle is like a frozen elastic band, ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: Small Changes for Big Results


By Kim Duke NETA & AAFA Certified Trainer Make small changes to your diet like swapping a cheese stick or a handful of nuts for the chips and soda.  Take mini walking breaks when you feel fatigue setting in instead of looking for a caffeine/energy drink fix.  These are small changes that will give you big results.  To exemplify this, ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: Posture Perfect


By Kim Duke NETA & AAFA Certified Trainer There is a physical deformity crisis that has been developing for years.  I see it on a daily basis on the streets, in restaurants and even in my studio.  I refer to it as “Schlumpliness.”  That’s right— schlumpliness, which means posture befitting our prehistoric predecessors.  Just picture the prehistoric man with rounded ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: Short & Sweet Workouts


By Kim Duke NETA & AAFA Certified Trainer A couple of my clients told me they do not read my articles because they are too long.  My knee-jerk reaction was to be annoyed, but then, I also find myself skimming articles that I find interesting, but go on and on. So, I thought I would write an article this week ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: Consistency is Key


By Kim Duke NETA & AAFA Certified Trainer Through my years as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, I have noticed the one main ingredient that keeps people from reaching their fitness goals. That ingredient is consistency! People tend to be impatient when it comes to exercise. Too many times people do not give their exercise plans enough time ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: Positive You for Positive Change: Stop Passing Judgment


By Kim Duke NETA & AAFA Certified Trainer All the ideas I had for articles today seem like nonsense compared to the incredibly upsetting events that have taken place in our country.  For anyone who knows me, you know that I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve.  I have endured my share of ups and downs and have ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: Why does exercise improve your mood?


By Kim Duke NETA & AAFA Certified Trainer It’s about that time of year when the sight of wool makes your skin crawl — literally. We’ve been insulated by layers of clothing — and the occasional comfort food — and it’s finally time to peel it all away. With spring in sight, the longer days and better weather mean a ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: Engage the Core


By Kim Duke NETA & AAFA Certified Trainer By now, most of us have heard that we need to “engage the core” for better stability and function. But people often interpret “engage” to mean “suck in”— so they proceed to suck in their belly buttons while exercising. Unfortunately, that is the exact opposite of how you should engage the core as ... Read More »

Health & Fitness: Weight Loss vs. Fat Loss


By Kim Duke NETA & AAFA Certified Trainer Are you setting yourself up for failure? Step away from the body weight scale. Let’s stop using the term “weight loss” and instead use the phrase “fat loss.” The term “weight loss” causes us to focus on the wrong things. When participating in a “fat loss” program, solely depending on a standard body ... Read More »

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