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On-the-Road Fitness: Staying Active While Traveling

On-the-Road Fitness: Staying Active While Traveling


Summer vacations are meant to be relaxing, but over relaxing can have a negative impact on your return to the gym. Professional Fitness Trainer Aaron Feldman, MS, explains the importance of staying active and keeping your fitness goals top of mind while enjoying your time off.

Ground-Based Movements

Ground-Based Movements


From the ground up. Not as easy to get up off the floor as it used to be? Or is squatting down to pick up something more difficult? Carla Sottovia, PhD, Fitness and Personal Trainer Education Director at Cooper Fitness Center, discusses how incorporating ground-based movements into your workouts can help you move with ease through your day.

Getting to the Core of Core Training

Getting to the Core of Core Training


Training your core is more than just your abs. Sam Laceky, Professional Fitness Trainer at Cooper Fitness Center, discusses the importance of a strong core and how it can better your everyday life and help prevent injury. He provides tips for selecting and safely performing core exercises right for you.

The Benefits of Strength and Power as You Age

The Benefits of Strength and Power as You Age


Power and strength exercises are not only for body builders! Learn how some simple power and strength exercises can help you age healthfully. Professional Fitness Trainer Patrick Fisher shares strength training advice to start your active aging journey.

All You Need is You! Cardio Exercise without Equipment

All You Need is You! Cardio Exercise without Equipment


When you hear the term cardio what comes to mind? Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Stephanie Hill explains it is much more than just running. Any exercise you enjoy that engages large muscle groups and increases your heart rate is cardio.

Setting Goals to Start Your Fitness Journey

Setting Goals to Start Your Fitness Journey


Do you want to begin an exercise program, but aren't sure how to get started? Professional Fitness Trainer Ryan Sheppard, MSEd, provides goal-setting advice to help you take the first steps and establish an exercise routine you enjoy.

Balancing Your Body with Three Planes of Motion

Balancing Your Body with Three Planes of Motion


There's more to weight training than just raw power. Focusing on agile strength is just as important. Professional Fitness Trainer Sam Laceky shares the three planes of motion for maximum balance, strength and agility.

The SMART Way to Set Fitness Goals

The SMART Way to Set Fitness Goals


Whether you're new to exercise or a longtime gym goer, it's important to have fitness goals. Professional Fitness Trainer Aaron Feldman explains it's not just about the end result and why setting a SMART goal is a tried-and-true approach to achieving them.

Exercising at Work

Exercising at Work


During busy weeks, exercise is often the first item cut from our daily to-do list. But with basic exercises you can do anywhere—including at work— that doesn't have to be the case. Professional Fitness Trainer Patrick Fisher explains.

Using Treadmill Exercises to Maximize Your Speed

Using Treadmill Exercises to Maximize Your Speed


Cardiovascular Pro & Professional Fitness Trainer Jonny Wright shares tips on how to maximize your treadmill workouts for increased speed and endurance. He also provides three treadmill workouts to improve performance.

Using Plyometric Workouts to Build Power

Using Plyometric Workouts to Build Power


Did you know jumping, hopping and skipping build muscle power? Cooper Fitness Center Professional Trainer Ryan Sheppard, MSEd, shares how plyometrics training can help prevent falls, improve reflexes and more.

Improving Movement Patterns From the Ground Up

Improving Movement Patterns From the Ground Up


Relearning to move after years of a sedentary lifestyle can be a big challenge Professional Fitness Trainer Carla Botelho Sottovia, PhD, shares several exercises she teaches to get people back on their feet after only a few weeks of training.

Getting Ready to Move: The Big 3 Rocks

Getting Ready to Move: The Big 3 Rocks


One of the most important components of exercise is the 10 minutes before and after your workout. Professional Fitness Trainer Clay Fredrickson, DPT, PT, shares why you should dedicate time for a proper warm-up and cool-down.

Foam Rollers and Other Effective Tools for Workout Recovery

Foam Rollers and Other Effective Tools for Workout Recovery


Sore muscles go hand-in-hand with a good workout, right? What if there was a way to help reduce muscle soreness and tightness? Learn how to recover from your workouts with the help of tools such as foam rollers, trigger point balls and percussion therapy.

Improving Fitness with Technology

Improving Fitness with Technology


Technology is a common tool many use in their everyday lives. But did you know there are numerous devices to help track and improve your fitness? Professional Fitness Trainer Christian Mazur discusses the benefits of technology and devices to consider.

Cardiovascular Exercise: More than Running

Cardiovascular Exercise: More than Running


When someone mentions cardiovascular exercise, your first thought may be running but your options are numerous. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Stephanie Hill shares cardiovascular training routines, new exercises to try and the benefits of adding cardio to your routine.

Specialized Techniques for Your Fitness Journey

Specialized Techniques for Your Fitness Journey


Over time, muscles can become weak due to injury, loss of motion and the aging process. Robert Treece, Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer, shares how specific techniques can help you move better to achieve your fitness goals.

Better Balance at Any Age

Better Balance at Any Age


Balance is the foundation to moving well—especially as we age. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Paul Mossa shares the balance and coordination relationship and why strength training is key to improving daily movements.

Reduce Inflammation with Breathing Techniques

Reduce Inflammation with Breathing Techniques


Inflammation is a natural response of the immune system but when acute inflammation turns chronic, your health could be on the line. Learn how breathing techniques help reduce inflammation by promoting relaxation and healing.

The Benefits of Active Aging

The Benefits of Active Aging


Aging is a natural part of life and with it comes new challenges. Staying active keeps your mind and body sharp. Read about ways to incorporate motion, balance and power into your workouts to help you stay strong at any age.

Wrap Your Head Around Brain Fitness

Wrap Your Head Around Brain Fitness


Improve your brain health with fitness. Participating in regular exercise including aerobic activity, resistance training and mind-body exercises can help keep your brain young and functioning at its best. Learn how exercise benefits your brain.

Exercise Your Way Through Menopause

Exercise Your Way Through Menopause


Menopause brings about many changes—both physical and mental—in a woman's body. Cooper Fitness Center Director of Fitness and Professional Fitness Trainer Mary Edwards, MS, explains how exercising is important before, during and after this phase of life.

Prevent Overtraining with Recovery

Prevent Overtraining with Recovery


Overtraining can be caused by not allowing the body to rest, poor sleep hygiene and uncontrolled stress. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Stephanie Hill explains the symptoms of overtraining and good habits to practice to ensure proper recovery.

No Equipment, No Problem: Tips to Stay Active on the Road

No Equipment, No Problem: Tips to Stay Active on the Road


Sticking to a fitness regimen while traveling can be difficult. But you don't have to give up family time or relaxation to get a workout in. Paul Nally, Professional Fitness Trainer, shares tips for staying active on the road.

Foundations of A Well-rounded Strength Training Routine

Foundations of A Well-rounded Strength Training Routine


Strength training is a critical component of a well-rounded exercise routine next to aerobic exercise and proper stretching. Professional Fitness Trainer Colette Cole, MS, shares four foundational strength training movements for a variety of individuals.

Functional Training Can Improve Daily Movements

Functional Training Can Improve Daily Movements


Functional movements are a part of your daily life, from sitting in a chair to climbing stairs. Professional Fitness Trainer David H. Williams explains the importance of functional exercises to help improve flexibility, strength and overall movement.

Foot Fitness: Ankle and Foot Mobility

Foot Fitness: Ankle and Foot Mobility


Did you know ankle mobility directly affects your knee and hip joints also? Learn why ankle mobility is one of the best ways you can prevent injury and which stretches and exercises are ideal for prevention.

Tips for Winter Workouts: What to Wear, How to Warm Up and More

Tips for Winter Workouts: What to Wear, How to Warm Up and More


Winterize your workouts. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Christian Mazur shares tips on what to wear and the ideal warm-up before heading outdoors for your next workout.

Are You Overtraining Your Core?

Are You Overtraining Your Core?


Doing endless crunches and planks and still not seeing results? Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Chris Parker, MS, explains the most common mistakes and helpful tips when it comes to overtraining your core.

Pain-Free Posture

Pain-Free Posture


Muscular imbalances can cause tightness and pain resulting in poor posture. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer and MAT Specialist Paul Mossa explains the common causes of poor posture and how Muscle Activation Techniques® can help.

Ask the Expert: A Balanced Approach to Strength Training

Ask the Expert: A Balanced Approach to Strength Training


How do you ensure you are working every muscle group? Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Patrick Fisher shares common strength training mistakes and practical tips for developing a well-balanced routine.

Female Focus 15

Female Focus 15


Keeping women's health and fitness the focus for 15 years. Cooper Fitness Center Female Focus Director Colette, Cole, MS, shares the history and profound impact the program has made on women and their overall health.

Let's Get Functional

Let's Get Functional


Train your body to function efficiently in your day-to-day routine. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Paul Nally explains how function fitness training can positively impact your daily activities with practical exercises to incorporate into your workout program.

Family Fitness

Family Fitness


Does fitness run in your family? Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Sam Laceky explains the importance and benefits of incorporating fitness into your family dynamic.

Purpose and Perks of Compound Moves

Purpose and Perks of Compound Moves


Maximize your calorie burn and add more diversity to your workouts. Cooper Fitness Center Director of Fitness Education Carla Sottovia, PhD, shares the benefits of compound exercise movements.

Strength Circuits to Rev Up Metabolism

Strength Circuits to Rev Up Metabolism


Looking to burn more calories both during and after exercise? Cooper Fitness Center Director of Fitness Mary Edwards, MS, shares how you can challenge your body metabolically for greater results.

Breathe Right, Lift Strong

Breathe Right, Lift Strong


Breathe new life into your weightlifting routine. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Ryan Sheppard, MSEd, elaborates on proper breathing techniques to improve the quality of your strength training workout.

Boost Your Flexibility and Mobility

Boost Your Flexibility and Mobility


To feel your best physically, you must first be able to move your best. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainers Clay Fredrickson, DPT, PT, and Carla Sottovia, PhD, share the importance of flexibility and mobility in your exercise routine.

Cardio-Focused HIIT Workouts

Cardio-Focused HIIT Workouts


How can you maximize your potential by knowing your maximum heart rate? Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Debi Wilkins, MS, shares the benefits of a different take on HIIT workouts by emphasizing cardio.

Total Body Weight Workouts

Total Body Weight Workouts


Looking for a workout plan that is as short as it is efficient? Maximize your time with a convenient, zero equipment workout that can be done virtually anywhere. Read about the benefits of total body weight workouts.

Build Immunity the Active Way

Build Immunity the Active Way


Can exercise boost your immune system? Cooper Fitness Center Director of Education Carla Sottovia, PhD, elaborates on the relationship between physical activity and immunity against disease.

The Plus Side of Power Training

The Plus Side of Power Training


Is power training the same as strength training? Ryan Sheppard, MSEd, Professional Fitness Trainer at Cooper Fitness Center, explains the difference and the plus sides of power training.

Female Focus: Cancer Prevention

Female Focus: Cancer Prevention


Exercise is key to preventing disease. Cooper Fitness Center Director of Fitness Mary Edwards, MS, and Professional Fitness Trainer Colette Cole, MS, explain how the Female Focus program emphasizes the importance of exercise in cancer prevention.

MAT: Addressing Old Injuries with New Techniques

MAT: Addressing Old Injuries with New Techniques


Addressing muscular imbalance and limited range of motion are key to long-term health. Learn how your body can once again function the way it was designed to with MAT.

Managing Menopause with Exercise

Managing Menopause with Exercise


Dealing with menopause is challenging, but exercise can help. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Angela Horner explains why the way you take care of yourself during this time in your life is so important to your present and future health.

The Push and Pull of Balanced Strength Training

The Push and Pull of Balanced Strength Training


Would you like to increase your metabolism, reduce your chance of injury and improve your ability to perform daily functions? Then strength training is for you, especially if you are over the age of 50.

How to Get a Full-Body Workout with Dumbbells

How to Get a Full-Body Workout with Dumbbells


Being versatile and easy-to-use, dumbbells may be the star of your home gym these days. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Patrick Fisher explains how to get creative and cover your bases with a full-body workout that only requires a pair of dumbbells.

Just Add Water

Just Add Water


Is your body hydrated enough to get the most out of your workouts? Revamp your workouts by drinking enough water before, during and after. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Christian Mazur discusses how to stay practically and properly hydrated.

Heart Rate Tracking with Myzone®

Heart Rate Tracking with Myzone®


Are you exercising at an intensity sufficient enough for weight loss, cardiovascular benefit or activity recovery? Cooper Fitness Center Director of Fitness and Professional Fitness Trainer Mary Edwards, MS, shares the benefit and importance of tracking your heart rate to take your fitness goals to the next level.

Life is a Balancing Act

Life is a Balancing Act


Balance is an essential part of life—especially your physical well-being. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Daniel Montes explains the basics of balance and how to incorporate it into your routine for maximum lifetime benefit.

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