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The True Meaning of “Fitness”

Written by: Syreeta McDonald, CFW Health & Fitness Professional The definition of fitness can be interpreted in a variety of ways and the meaning can vary from person to person. One definition is the state or condition of being physically sound and healthy, especially as the result of exercise and proper nutrition[1].In the fitness profession,…

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Navigating Fitness in a Pandemic

By: Brittany Halpin, Health Fitness Specialist When the COVID-19 pandemic initially shut down the U.S. via mandatory stay-at-home orders in March 2020, most of us wouldn’t have imagined it would still be presently affecting our daily lives come January 2021. With fitness center closures and mandatory face coverings at all times in public, maintaining a…

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Stretching as a Way of Life

Written by: Alexander Halsey, CFW Health & Fitness Professional Exercise, as simple as it may seem, communicates to us information about our strength and movement patterns. The gym is our lab to improve our strength and movement amongst other things. There is a movement of hierarchy on which efficient ambulation is built upon. Flexibility is…

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Have Fun With Your Health Goals

Written by: Yolanda Cantu, CFW Health Fitness Professional As a seasoned fitness professional and cycling instructor, I have come to enjoy everything fitness has to offer, even applying it to everyday life goals. I have always encouraged my clients to apply all the “gains in the gym” to real-world activities; apply Boot Camp skills to…

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Overcoming Strength Plateaus

Infographic from CFW Health and Fitness Professionals You’ve been working out for weeks, excited with progress and then seemingly out of nowhere, the journey seems to stall. You may feel bored, unmotivated or weaker as well as experience frustration by this unexpected development. What happened?  A “plateau” refers to a sudden and dramatic decrease in…

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Working and Living Back Pain Free!

Written by: Jina Nkrumah: Health Fitness Specialist Lower Back Pain (LBP) is one of the most prevalent complaints that impact the lives of many individuals worldwide  When LBP strikes, it can range from acute (< three months), to chronic (> three months) and it can interfere with an individual’s overall productivity. Common causes of lower…

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The Importance of Tracking Your Health

Written by: Jennifer Sabol, Assistant Health Fitness Program Manager Every time we set out to reach a new health and fitness goal, we begin by assessing what needs to be done to reach those goals. Whether it is weight loss, more sleep, strength gains, or healthy eating, tracking our activity and health habits can help…

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Take a hike!

Written by: Becky McGraw, CFW Health Fitness Program Manager Scenic overlook – photo credit: Becky McGraw As people search for a way to disconnect for a day, many will flock to the nearest trails. Although a walk around your town is always a great idea, hiking through a natural environment provides the ability to disconnect…

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It’s ‘Bout Time! Break through the Lack of Time Barrier to Fitness

Written by: Becky McGraw, CFW Health Fitness Program Manager One of the most common reasons people say they are unable to exercise is lack of time. With work and family demands, scheduling a 45-60 minute workout seems unattainable. However, any amount of activity is better than none at all. While physical activity recommendations do encourage…

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