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Tight Muscles? Try MAT

Tight Muscles? Try MAT


The tense muscle pain you’re feeling could be a sign of a bigger problem─muscle weakness. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Robert Treece explains how Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) can help correct muscular imbalances that lead to tightness, pain and potentially injury.

How To Incorporate Functional Training

How To Incorporate Functional Training


Understanding how you move daily can help you create a functional training exercise plan. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Aaron Feldman discusses the benefits of functional training and provides functional exercise examples to help get you started.

The Benefits of Active Aging

The Benefits of Active Aging


Just because you're getting older doesn't mean you have to quit exercising. In fact, staying active as you age is something that can help keep your mind and body sharp. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Lisa Hanley discusses how you can stay strong at any age.

Pump Up Your Workout with Heart Rate Tracking

Pump Up Your Workout with Heart Rate Tracking


The frequency, duration and intensity of your exercise all factor into the effectiveness of your workout program. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainers Angela Horner and Ryan Sheppard discuss how heart rate tracking can help ensure you're getting the most out of your workout.

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. 

Implementing Technology Into Your Workouts

Implementing Technology Into Your Workouts


Can wearable fitness technology help improve your workout? Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainers Christian Mazur and Patrick Fisher discuss how these small pieces of equipment can make a big difference in reaching your fitness goals.

Managing Pain Through Exercise

Managing Pain Through Exercise


Acute and chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. If you suffer from pain, it’s important to know it doesn’t mean you have to quit moving. Cooper Fitness Center professional fitness trainers explain how exercise can be used to help manage pain.

How Exercise Helps Improve Memory and Cognitive Function

How Exercise Helps Improve Memory and Cognitive Function


You know exercise is good for your body, but what about for your brain? Discover how physical activity can help improve brain health at any age.

Move More, Sit Less

Move More, Sit Less


Sitting for a majority of the day can increase your risk for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and more. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainers Debi Wilkins and Aaron Feldman discuss how adding just 10 minutes of movement to your day can make a difference in your health.

The Truth About Weight Loss

The Truth About Weight Loss


When you’re trying to lose weight, it’s easy to overcomplicate things. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainers, Paul Mossa and Stephanie Hill, give us their perspective on some of the most common weight loss myths. 

At-Home or On-The-Go Circuit Training

At-Home or On-The-Go Circuit Training


Looking to spice up your workout? Circuit training might be your answer. The exercise provides benefits of both cardio and strength training.

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.

Try the Tri: Triathlon Training Tips

Try the Tri: Triathlon Training Tips


Training for a triathlon involves establishing goals, building endurance and incorporating healthy nutrition habits. If you’re ready to try a tri, these tips from Cooper Fitness Center’s Carla Sottovia will set you on the path to success.

Personal Training: Beyond the Workout

Personal Training: Beyond the Workout


Working with a personal trainer can improve your physical fitness while also providing education, goal-setting and building relationships. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Louie Herrera explains.

SGT and Accountability

SGT and Accountability


Starting a fitness journey alongside others gives you a greater chance of success. Cooper Fitness Center's Small Group Training (SGT) program combines the attention of one-on-one training with the camaraderie of group exercise to help you achieve your fitness goals.

Holiday Workouts in a Flash

Holiday Workouts in a Flash


Is your schedule full this time of year? Don’t let it affect your workout routine – you can get your heart pumping in just 10 minutes. Cooper Fitness Center’s Melissa Stansell explains how to make the most out of your limited workout time this holiday season.

Indoor Alternatives to Outdoor Workouts

Indoor Alternatives to Outdoor Workouts


Exercising outdoors in the winter months can be difficult due to weather and time constraints. Transform your outdoor exercise routine into an incredible indoor workout with tips from CFC Professional Fitness Trainer Angela Horner.

Endurance Training Explained

Endurance Training Explained


Training for a race or other form of endurance testing requires a balance of cardio and strength training, and requires a special focus on your body's movement. Cooper Fitness Center's Christian Mazur explains.

Exercise and Injury Rehabilitation

Exercise and Injury Rehabilitation


Suffering from an injury doesn't have to set you back on your exercise program. Cooper Fitness Center's Meridan Zerner explains how modification and knowing your body can keep you in shape, even through the rehabilitation process.

Pilates for Fitness, Health and Pain Relief

Pilates for Fitness, Health and Pain Relief


Pilates was originally developed as a rehabilitation tool. Cooper Fitness Center's Sarah Paxton explains how she works with clients to tailor workouts specifically to their needs to achieve lean and strong muscles.

Female Focus: A Tight-Knit Community

Female Focus: A Tight-Knit Community


Women facing health issues such as breast cancer can find a supportive, health-focused community through Cooper Fitness Center's Female Focus program.

The Art of Martial Arts

The Art of Martial Arts


Martial arts focus on much more than fighting and self-defense – they are truly an art form. Learn more about the mental and physical benefits of martial arts from Cooper Fitness Center Martial Arts Pro Mike Proctor.

Finding Fun and Fitness in Lifelong Sports

Finding Fun and Fitness in Lifelong Sports


Adjusting your physical activity level as you age is normal. Participation in lifelong sports such as swimming, golf and tennis, you can continue to compete well into your mature years.

Functional Movement: Your Fitness Base

Functional Movement: Your Fitness Base


The key to longevity is simple, according to Cooper Fitness Center’s Carla Sottovia – get moving and stay moving as you age. Learn more about functional movement and how it should be incorporated into the aging process.

The Facts About Warming Up and Cooling Down

The Facts About Warming Up and Cooling Down


Is it really necessary to warm-up before a workout or cool down after exercise? Cooper Fitness Center’s Wellness and Sports Pro Manager Heather Abrahamson explains.

Strength Training vs. Aerobic Training: Which is Best for Weight Loss?

Strength Training vs. Aerobic Training: Which is Best for Weight Loss?


Which type of exercise is the best to help you burn fat and shed unwanted pounds? Find out the secret to getting the most out of your time at the gym.

Summer Fun Should Include Pool Safety

Summer Fun Should Include Pool Safety


Spending time in the pool is one of the best ways to pass the hot summer days. Keep your kids safe in and around the water with these tips.

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.

Powering Through the Snooze Button For Your Morning Workouts

Powering Through the Snooze Button For Your Morning Workouts


Does the snooze button get in the way of your morning workout? Read on for motivation to resist snoozing and begin your day with exercise.

Functional Training Is the Best Way to Prepare for Extreme Sports

Functional Training Is the Best Way to Prepare for Extreme Sports


Train your body to do more than walk on a treadmill—train for extreme sports and improve multi-directional movement and strength with functional training.

Martial Arts Gives Kids the Tools to Stand Up to Bullies

Martial Arts Gives Kids the Tools to Stand Up to Bullies


Every day in America, children and adults will be bullied by another person trying to exert his power or strength over his victim. Find out how learning Martial Arts can help reduce bullying in our culture.

Covering All Bases with the Adaptive Motion Trainer

Covering All Bases with the Adaptive Motion Trainer


Looking for an all-in-one workout option? Everything you need to know about the Precor® Adaptive Motion Trainer.

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