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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. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Lara Price discusses 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.

Wrap Your Head Around Brain Fitness

Wrap Your Head Around Brain Fitness


Exercise is not only for your heart but your head, too! Cooper Fitness Center Director of Personal Training Education Carla Sottovia, PhD, discusses the importance of physical activity to your overall brain health.

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.

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.

Too Hot to Handle

Too Hot to Handle


As temperatures rise in the summertime, so do the risks that come with exercising outdoors. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainers Tonya Gutch and Sam Laceky share their insights on how to effectively work out indoors this summer.

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.

At-Home for the Holidays

At-Home for the Holidays


With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, finding time to exercise can be tricky. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Louie Herrera explains how to get the most of a 30-minute at-home workout without sacrificing quality.

Put the Function Back in Fitness

Put the Function Back in Fitness


Our bodies need strength and proper motion to perform daily activities. Did you know that specific exercises using your own body weight can help build your strength?

The Power of Fitness: Fight Back with Hope

The Power of Fitness: Fight Back with Hope


Cancer doesn't have to be the victor. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Colette Cole shares how her program inspires women who face the daunting reality of breast cancer and are fighting back without losing hope.

A Brighter Outlook with Exercise

A Brighter Outlook with Exercise


Clear your mind by getting up and getting active. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainers discuss how exercise gives you a brighter outlook on life and share their favorite types of activities to combat depression.

Take a Swing at These Golf Training Tips

Take a Swing at These Golf Training Tips


Non-traditional forms of exercise, such as golf, can be the ideal balance of physical fitness and an enjoyable hobby. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer David H. Williams shares training tips to keep your golf game young.

Lean in and Tone Up

Lean in and Tone Up


Find yourself shying away from weight lifting at the gym? Building lean muscle benefits far more than just your muscles. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Patrick Fisher explains the advantages of developing lean muscle mass.

Exercise's Role in Stress Management

Exercise's Role in Stress Management


Exercise is a powerful, proven remedy for even the most stressful days. Professional Fitness Trainer Shannon Edwards shares his favorite ways to relieve stress through physical activity.

Efficient Workouts: Why Brief is Best

Efficient Workouts: Why Brief is Best


An effective workout doesn’t have to be lengthy. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainers discuss the benefits of efficient workouts and provide a circuit you can perform in less than an hour.

Workouts in the Palm of your Hand

Workouts in the Palm of your Hand


Looking to maximize your fitness routine? There's an app for that! With so many smartphone apps available, how do you know which one is best for you? Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Patrick Fisher shares the top three apps he uses to stay fit.

Are You Overtraining Your Core?

Are You Overtraining Your Core?


Training your abs too much may be doing you more harm than good. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainers Tonya Gutch and Chris Parker explain the most common mistakes when it comes to overtraining your core.

Manage Disease with Exercise

Manage Disease with Exercise


We all know exercise can keep us in top cardiovascular condition, but did you know it can also help ward off certain diseases?

Brain Benefits of Exercise

Brain Benefits of Exercise


Did you know exercise can help strengthen your mind? Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Angela Horner shares the best exercises you can do to help improve cognition.

Stay Fit While Traveling

Stay Fit While Traveling


When planning a vacation, exercising may be the last thing on your mind. Yet, maintaining your fitness routine when traveling can help ensure you don't lose what you've worked so hard to achieve leading up to your trip. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Shannon Edwards offers simple, easy exercises you can do while traveling.

Ways to Maintain or Improve Flexibility with Age

Ways to Maintain or Improve Flexibility with Age


Maybe you can't move like you once did in your earlier years, but that doesn't mean you should stop working to improve your flexibility. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Louis Herrera discusses ways you can improve your flexibility, no matter your age.

Getting Back To Fitness in a Few Simple Steps

Getting Back To Fitness in a Few Simple Steps


Has your fitness regimen been slacking lately? Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Melissa Stansell offers three easy ways to get back to fitness.

Managing Stress with Exercise

Managing Stress with Exercise


Everyone experiences periods of stress throughout their lives. While some stressors can help motivate you, uncontrolled stress can make you physically unhealthy. Trainers Alicia Parker and James Silvester explain how getting up and getting moving can do wonders for your worry. 

Want To Get Fit? Try HIIT

Want To Get Fit? Try HIIT


HIIT workouts may seem intimidating, but any person of any fitness level and age group can do it.

Core Exercise Dos and Don'ts

Core Exercise Dos and Don'ts


Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainers Shannon and Mary Edwards explain the right and wrong way to do core exercises.

Release Your Inner Child with Jungle Gym Fitness

Release Your Inner Child with Jungle Gym Fitness


Relive your childhood with Jungle Gym Fitness, getting fit while playing like a child at recess. Jungle Gym Fitness focuses on movement through space with body weight and minimal equipment, using the body’s own weight. It’s like being a kid again.

Tracking Heart Rate During Exercise

Tracking Heart Rate During Exercise


While you can easily track frequency and duration of exercise, determining the intensity of your workout is more challenging. This is where heart rate tracking comes into play.

Putting Your Best Fitness Foot Forward

Putting Your Best Fitness Foot Forward


Committing to exercise is a great step toward better health. Cooper Fitness Center Fitness Director Mary Edwards gives her top five tips for putting your best foot forward when it comes to getting into a workout routine.

Your Guide to a Fit Holiday Season

Your Guide to a Fit Holiday Season


It can be challenging to keep up with your regular fitness routine during the busy holiday season. Try these tips from Cooper Fitness Center to keep yourself and your family active during this busy time of year.

Partner Training: Why Having a Workout Buddy is Worth It

Partner Training: Why Having a Workout Buddy is Worth It


It’s easy to get stuck in a rut or lose your motivation when you work out alone. Mary and Shannon Edwards, Professional Fitness Trainers at Cooper Fitness Center share some of the benefits of training with a partner.

Improve Strength and Conditioning with SGT

Improve Strength and Conditioning with SGT


Small Group Training (SGT) at Cooper Fitness Center incorporates both strength and conditioning to give you a challenging full-body workout modifiable to your fitness level and goals.

Revamp Classic Exercises to Add Depth to Your Workout

Revamp Classic Exercises to Add Depth to Your Workout


Don't let yourself get stuck in a workout rut. Classic exercises like push-ups and pull-ups can be modified and revamped to keep your workout routine fresh and challenging.

Improve Your Swimming Performance In and Out of the Water

Improve Your Swimming Performance In and Out of the Water


Swimming, though a low-impact workout, is one of the top five aerobic exercises and can boost your level of fitness. Learn how to maximize your training both in the pool and on dry land in order to grow stronger and improve your stroke.

Build Functional Movement and Strength with ViPR

Build Functional Movement and Strength with ViPR


Mix up your usual workout with functional movement and strength training through the ViPR. The versatile tool adds a level of dynamic movement to any part or your exercise routine.

How Training for Sports Can Improve Overall Fitness

How Training for Sports Can Improve Overall Fitness


When playing your favorite sport, to perform at the top of your game, a varied workout routine paired with sport-specific professional training can help you reach and exceed your goals.

Strengthening Muscles with Battle Ropes and Free Weight Techniques

Strengthening Muscles with Battle Ropes and Free Weight Techniques


Have you wondered what the long, large ropes you’ve seen in the gym have to do with exercise? Battle ropes are an exciting tool used in strength training and can be as effective at improving overall strength as lifting free weights.

Restoring Flexibility with Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT)

Restoring Flexibility with Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT)


Muscle Activation Techniques is often used during rehab from injuries, but MAT isn’t only for the injured or the athlete. Learn more about MAT from Cooper Fitness Center MAT specialist Paul Mossa.

Training and Safety Tips for Getting the Most Benefit from Cycling

Training and Safety Tips for Getting the Most Benefit from Cycling


Cycling has become an increasingly popular sport, as it offers a number of health benefits and is an excellent workout option. Learn more cycling tips and tricks from Cooper Fitness Center Indoor Cycling Instructor, Marianna Clement.

The Real Reason Yoga Is a Stress-Relieving Exercise

The Real Reason Yoga Is a Stress-Relieving Exercise


More than meditation, yoga is a physical activity that relieves stress. Focused breathing and proper posture are key when it comes to practicing yoga and leaving your worries behind.

Useful Fitness Training Tips and Drills for All Tennis Players

Useful Fitness Training Tips and Drills for All Tennis Players


Tennis requires specific conditioning to get the body in shape for the quick movements and power bursts needed to play. Learn tennis-specific conditioning tips from Cooper Fitness Center Tennis Pro Corey Noel.

Protecting Your Body from Painful Rotator Cuff Injuries

Protecting Your Body from Painful Rotator Cuff Injuries


Injuries to the rotator cuff are common in people who play sports such as golf or tennis, or whose job or lifestyle requires frequently lifting heavy objects overhead. Strength and flexibility training can prevent a number of injuries to the rotator cuff.

Overcoming Fear of Water

Overcoming Fear of Water


Fear of the water is common, even in adults, but learning water safety skills and how to swim can build the confidence needed.

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