Topic: Fitness & Training

Why Runners Should Not Run Away From Lifting

There are a number of misconceptions surrounding runners and weight training. Many runners feel they shouldn’t lift weights because it will hinder their performance. However, the opposite it true. Let’s look at some of these running misconceptions and how weight lifting actually benefits runners.

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Trainer Highlight: Curt Minter

Curt Minter is a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor at Elite Sports Club-River Glen and Elite Sports Club-North Shore. Curt strives to help his clients feel and move better because he understands the struggles they face. Learn all about Curt Minter and his take on health and fitness!

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What the Pilates Reformer Can Do for You

Pilates is most often performed on a mat. But did you know there is another way to do Pilates that will make your workouts even more effective? Enter the Pilates Reformer. I’ll tell you what it is, what Pilates exercises can be performed, and how it will impact your body.

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Swimming Drills to Learn Proper Technique

In the previous four posts in our series on “Learn Swimming Strokes,” we talked about each of the strokes’ most basic components. Even though we already went over how to perform each stroke, beginners still run into issues when learning to swim. Most errors in any stroke originate from incorrect body position. Body mechanics and […]

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Is Carb-Loading Before a Swim Meet a Good Idea?

For all those who participated in high school sports, you are probably familiar with the event called “carb-loading” or a “carbo-cram.” This involves eating large amounts of carbohydrate-rich foods the day prior to a big sporting event. The thought behind this nutrition technique is to maximize energy levels before an endurance competition. Does it really […]

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Hold Yourself Accountable by Tracking Activity

Statistics are useful in so many different ways. Just like in business, healthcare, and science, health and fitness metrics can be analyzed over a period of time to reveal trends. These trends can be used to help determine what future actions should be taken. If you already have goals you’re working towards, tracking activity on […]

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Learn Swimming Strokes: Butterfly

The fourth and final stroke of our swimming blog series is known by many as the most difficult to complete. Butterfly is a very physically and mentally demanding stroke, but when done properly, it looks and feels incredibly graceful. Butterfly works nearly every muscle in your body, and also works to greatly increase your lung […]

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Assessing Your Hydration Status

Fluids play a vital role in maintaining the health and function of your heart, brain, and muscles. They also help carry nutrients to your cells, flush bacteria from the body, protects vital organs, and can prevent digestive issues such as constipation. It is important to get the right amount of water before, during, and after exercise […]

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