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What is Glycogen and How Does it Affect Athletes?

Glycogen is a storage form of glucose. While we can store an almost limitless amount of fat in our adipose tissues, the glycogen storage is limited to about a pound. Our muscles store about 75% of glycogen and the rest of it is stored in the liver. Liver glycogen is an important source of energy for our […]

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How To Strengthen Your Heart: 5 Simple Tips

Increase your energy, lower your blood pressure and reduce your stress. Learn how to get a stronger heart with these 5 types of activities.

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Great HIIT Elliptical Workouts that Get Results!

When most people think about High Intensity Interval Training (or HIIT) workouts, they often associate them with the treadmill, bike or outdoor sprinting. But what about a HIIT elliptical workout? Take your elliptical workouts to the next level by including HIIT. The elliptical is a great choice when it comes to getting in your interval sessions […]

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How to Increase Your Fitness this Winter by Indoor Rowing

This is the first in the Winter Indoor Rowing series. Check out the second post for specific workouts for weight loss: This Expert Rower Circuit Workout Will Help You Lose Weight. Have you considered purchasing an indoor rowing machine? Rowing machines have recently become enormously popular. Rowers offer a low impact workout that is great […]

The cold and flu season is here. We will address the question of whether or not it's okay to be working out while sick.
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Working Out While Sick – The Cold and Flu Season Is Here

I’ve only recently realized that there’s more than cold weather and busy schedules working against my exercise regime during this time of year. It’s also the cold and flu season. Although many hardcore exercise enthusiasts will simply work through their illness, is it always the best decision to be working out while sick? When is it […]

Shoveling snow is part of our Technical Tuesday tips this week. Make shoveling snow your workout!
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Make Shoveling Snow Your Workout – Tips On How to Do It Safely

For anyone that has shoveled snow, you know it can be a workout!  Pushing and throwing that wet, heavy snow can be comparable to a weight-lifting session or even an aerobic workout on the treadmill. According to LiveStrong, an average person can burn 223 calories per 30 minutes while shoveling snow. So the next time […]

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6 Benefits of Strength Training Beyond Building Muscle

Everyone knows that strength training (working with free weights, machines, resistance bands, etc.) is a great way to build and maintain muscle and strength.  What many people may not know about, however, is all of the other benefits that are associated with a strength training routine. Today’s strength training workouts offer a ton of benefits […]

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A Circuit Workout Proven to be Convenient and Customizable

Are the winter months keeping you away from the gym more than you’d like?  Maybe you don’t want to fight the New Year’s Resolution crowds.  Or perhaps you’re in a post-holiday funk. Sounds like the perfect time to add your own circuit workout to get you back in the groove! Working out at home can not […]

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Fool-Proof Methods for Meeting Your New Year's Resolutions

The right New Year’s resolution is a powerful way to state your intentions for the coming year.  Whether you choose to focus on improving your health, body image, or stress reduction, your fitness plan should support this goal.  Keep your fitness resolution from losing momentum before Valentine’s Day by trying a new tool to stay […]

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How Exercise Can Reduce your Holiday Stress.

Fitting in shopping while prepping for the holidays? Juggling family and financial obligations?  Overwhelmed by parties with too much food and alcohol? There are good reasons that the holidays can skyrocket your stress level.  If you’re looking for ways to relieve that holiday stress, exercise will help. Exercise is one of the most powerful stress […]

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How to Dress for Winter Running with the Best Gear

Running outside in the winter may seem daunting, but with the right gear, it can break the hibernation like a breath of fresh air. Follow these guidelines for dressing for winter runs. Less is more It’s tempting to dress to be warm when you head out the door, but when you do, you’ll be overdressed […]

Inspire Fitness FT-2 Functional Trainer - Review
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Inspire FT2 Functional Trainer Review

Inspire FT2 Functional Trainer – Review by Paul Maggiotto The Inspire FT2 Functional Trainer is the perfect mix between a traditional functional trainer and free bar smith machine. The unit flows seamlessly between standard functional training and your more traditional free bar training simply by switching a tab from the front of the carriages to […]

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How to Stretch Every Muscle of the Body

Stretching is an important practice after every workout. It clears the muscles of metabolic waste, reduces chance for injury, and over time, will give you a long, lean look. Many of us tend to breeze through a stretching regime, but it’s important to take the time to do it correctly.

WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine Review - by Fitness Experts at Johnson Fitness & Wellness
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WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine with S4 Monitor Review

WaterRower Natural S4 Classic – Review by Paul Maggiotto High Quality Rowing Machine For those looking for a high intensity, low impact workout, I would highly recommend the WaterRower. This unit comes in three different types of wood; natural ash wood, cherry wood, and the most durable black walnut. The stronger the wood choice the […]

Horizon Elite T9-02 Treadmill Review
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Horizon Elite T9 Treadmill Review

Horizon Elite T9-02 Treadmill – Review by Paul Maggiotto The Horizon Elite T9-02 Treadmill is an award-winning treadmill from a variety of fitness equipment review organizations. The Horizon Elite T9-02 is designed in mind to those looking to purchase a solid treadmill while still keeping a budget of under $2,000. Unlike some other folding style […]

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Get A Killer Workout in Just 10 Minutes

It’s true, you really can get a beneficial workout in if all you have is 5-10 minutes. As a fitness professional, one of the top excuses I hear is that people just don’t have time to exercise. For many, lack of time is definitely a real obstacle when it comes to staying fit. There are […]

Landice Treadmill L7 with Orthopedic Belt and Cardio Control Panel - Treadmill Review
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Landice L7 Treadmill with Ortho Belt and Cardio Console – Treadmill Review

Landice L7 Treadmill with Ortho Belt and Cardio Console – Review by Paul Maggiotto The Landice L7 Treadmill with Ortho Belt and Cardio Console is an award-winning treadmill from a variety of fitness equipment review organizations. One of the sturdiest treadmills on the market, Landice is great for any level from beginner to advanced. It’s […]

Matrix E30 Elliptical with XIR Console - Top Rated Elliptical
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Matrix E30 Elliptical with XIR Console – Elliptical Review

Matrix E30 Elliptical with XIR Console – Review by Shane Munson The E30 elliptical by Matrix is where upscale ellipticals begin. There are three main reasons that separate the E30 from introductory level ellipticals; Engineering, feel and features. The superb feel of the elliptical comes from the engineering. The E30 is a suspension elliptical, meaning […]

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2 Popular Running Form Problems & How-to Fix Them

You can easily get faster by simply focusing on your running form. Like your car, boosting your running efficiency will help you gain more speed, cover miles more efficiently, and drastically reduce your risk for injury.

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Matrix A50 Ascent Trainer with XIR Console Review

Matrix A50 Ascent Trainer with XIR Console – Review The Matrix A50 Ascent Trainer is a step above an elliptical. The incline allows for total lower body engagement, not just quad engagement like most ellipticals. It also has a very natural motion that does not hurt the knees. Some of the 1st generation ellipticals are […]

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Hoist V Express Home Gym – Review

Hoist V Express Home Gym – Review The Hoist V Express Home Gym is the home gym for everyone in the family. It allows for someone just starting out with strength training all the way to the seasoned gym goer. It’s footprint takes up less space than your average bench press making it ideal for […]

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How To Set Up Functional Training At Home

How to do Functional Training at home | Part 2 of 2 Good, Better, Best — Which home gym setup is right for you?  Good: Once you’ve got the right space in your home, you will probably want to consider investing in at least one piece of cardiovascular equipment, as well as mapping an outside running route that […]

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Gratitude Can Change Your Life

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. As we celebrate, many of us will pause to share with others something for which we are thankful. While this simple tradition is a wonderful reminder of the reason for our celebration, it may also have lasting benefits for our mental health. Drawing on her research with thousands of […]

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Functional Fitness at Home

How to do Functional Fitness at Home – Part 1 of 2 Emphasizing functional but constantly varied workouts, functional fitness is a serious force in fitness today. While competitive athletes complete grueling and extreme workouts, these workouts are also scalable for all levels and can be implemented in a home gym setting. Is Functional Training for you? […]

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6 Strength Exercises You Should Be Doing

As you all hopefully know by now, there’s much more to strength training than bicep curls and leg extensions! If you do, however, find yourself stuck in an outdated strength routine, it’s time to take a look at some strength exercises that will give your time in the gym a big boost. Whether you’re a […]

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Black Friday Treadmill Deals

We can’t believe the 2018 holiday shopping season is here! Black Friday isn’t until Friday, November 23rd, but the Black Friday deals for 2018 have already begun. So, how do you know which ones are the best? If you have a treadmill or other fitness equipment on your list, we’ll help you figure out what […]

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What is your Fitness Routine Missing? The Goblet Squat

This is the first in a series of exercises I will share that may not be well-known or commonly done, but are highly recommended as part of a well-rounded functional fitness routine. First up is the Goblet Squat. Dan John, who happens to be one of my favorite strength coaches and authors, has long been […]

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How To Do A Proper Squat

The Ultimate Total Body Exercise: If you’re looking for a powerful way to boost your overall fitness and get some serious results fast, look no further than the squat exercise. Squats are the one exercise that should be a part of everyone’s routine, as they’re relatively simple to perform, and can be done just about anywhere. More importantly, […]

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CSA Haul Recipe of the Week: Crispy Potato Wedges with Truffle Oil

Sometimes there’s nothing more comforting than some good old-fashioned fried potatoes. Ordering fries at a fast food place may be easier, but making your own potato wedges can be surprisingly satisfying. On top of being healthier than fast food fries, making your own wedges means that you can doctor it up with better ingredients and seasonings. […]

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Flexibility and Mobility

Flexibility and mobility are fairly common terms in today’s fitness world–and I’m sure a good majority of you have heard these words in relation to your own workouts. While both have a very important place in fitness (especially when you are first starting out on a fitness program) people often mistake flexibility and mobility as […]

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Why Vegetable Gardens Are The Best Way To Practice Clean Eating

Whether you’re eating clean for performance or to lose weight, growing your own vegetable garden is a powerful way to increase your health.

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CSA Haul Recipe of the Week: Stuffed Acorn Squash with Couscous

It’s gourd season! Butternut squash, spaghetti squash, pumpkins, and acorn squash are filling the grocery store aisles with rich fall colors. These gourds are heavy, both physically and nutritionally. They are filled with fiber and antioxidants, and they work as a beautiful canvas to sweet and savory flavors alike. With this recipe, we jumped on the […]

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Top 4 Yoga Routines To Look Amazing On Your Wedding Day

Do you want to get in the best shape of your life for your wedding day? Do these 4 yoga, bodyweight and pilates-inspired workouts and get the tone and definition you want to look amazing for your wedding day.

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Why Mindful Eating Works for Weight Loss (And How to Start Now)

Can changing your relationship with food result in weight loss without dieting? Ongoing research demonstrates that mindfulness practices can result in significant weight loss without choosing to diet or restrict calories. You can bring mindfulness into your daily life during your work day, morning preparations, time with your loved ones … really at any time. […]

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CSA Haul Recipe of the Week: Orzo Tomato Salad

You don’t need to go out to a Greek restaurant to fix that Meditarrenean craving. This orzo salad is so simple to make and also stores well in the refrigerator for the rest of the week! Make a big batch at the beginning and pack it for lunch. The best part? This dish is best […]

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Brunswick Billiards Merrimack Pool Table – Review

Brunswick Billiards Merrimack Pool Table– Review by Shane Munson The Merrimack table from Brunswick Billiards is one of our best selling pool tables. The Merrimack is from the Brunswick’s Authentic collection, which means there are certain upgrades included. The rails are SuperSpeed rails, which offer incredible accuracy. This is a solid wood table that will […]

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CSA Haul Recipe of the Week: Green Bean & Fennel Potato Salad

The only thing that this potato salad has in common with your typical potato salads is the use of potato. Gone are the unappetizing bland shades of beige and in its stead are the bright greens, tart flavors, and more nutritious ingredients. The beans and potatoes in this recipe are sure to fill you up […]

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What Are The Best Types Of Exercise For A Healthy Pregnancy?

One of the best things you can while pregnant is to keep moving! Here is your comprehensive exercise plan for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

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The Ultimate Treadmill Circuit Training Workout (That You Can Do At Home!)

Adding a treadmill into your circuit style workouts provides a convenient option that can improve the quality of your training. Including a treadmill in your training program provides a greater range of options to make running more convenient, to increase the level of feedback you receive so that you can push harder during tough workouts, and […]

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CSA Haul Recipe of the Week: Easy Kale Chips

Maybe you bought a bunch of kale to try out that recipe that you pinned a long time ago, but now it’s started to wilt a little. Maybe you’re just tired of spending a bunch of money on kale chips that you know are overpriced. Or, maybe you’re just looking for potato chip replacement and […]