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Reasons why you have bad workout days

Not every day in the gym is going to be perfect. That being said, you shouldn’t have multiple bad days in a week. So what are the reasons we have bad workout days? It can vary and there are a lot of outside influences, but in this write up we will cover 4 reasons why you have bad workout days.

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Training and The Menstrual Cycle

Training and The Menstrual Cycle

A Write up provided by Lisa MacDonald, Head of Gym Jones Women’s Program, Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

There is a lot of talk about training and the menstrual cycle recently. You hear about a raise in

core temperature, sensitivity shifts to insulin and changes in cortisol levels. There are

guidelines for when it’s the right or wrong time to lift or when it’s time to just do cardio. The

truth is there is no scientific evidence showing that training according to your period has any

validation and that the fluctuation in cortisol and insulin sensitivity is so small it has no

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3 Strength Exercises for Every Runner

3 strength exercises for every runner

As a runner, it is very important that you mind the small things. Most of my running friends do the same thing before and after each run. A quick little stretch before heading out, and the same old stretches after a long run.

In order to continuously improve your running you have to make sure your strength work is there. Without it, you will over load the small parts of the body because you failed to focus on the major movers (glutes) after all those miles.

These 3 strength exercises for every runner are essential to building a strong running base. Do these movements after short workouts, or on your days off. If not, you will suffer the same as many of your running friends do from “bad hips and knees”. This pain can be prevented, but you have to work your strength.

Sweat it Saturday

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Sweat it Saturday is our reason to get up on Saturday morning and just go through the grinder with a group of like minded, and like-willing individuals. Please read all of the following:

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On Your Off Days

On your off days

– Coach David de Leon

The average person comes to OTL Fitness 3 days per week leaving them with 4 days to figure out what the heck to do. I’ve got a few tips to help keep training on your own very simple. So the next time you need to get one in on your own, you’ll know exactly what to do.

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Concept 2 Rowing Tips

Photo: Weston Carls

Rowing on the Concept 2 rower is something we have done over and over again in the gym and some amazing results have come from it. I try to teach as many points as possible, but sometimes when the same person tell you the same thing over and over again, we have a tendency to not listen. So I found this awesome video from Dark Horse Rowing and it is a great foundational video for concept 2 rowing tips.

*Photo By Weston Carls

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A New Cycle Begins

I love when people ask what cycle we are on. Like seriously, I love it. There are few things better than having students who care about what they are doing. Not just showing up to go through the motions, but actually care. So for those who are wondering, yes a new cycle begins. Read More

Don’t Chase Perfection

Don’t Chase Perfection

A write up by Coach David inspired by events, observations

Call it a disease controlled by society (uh oh, David is on some conspiracy stuff) or even by media but we have a disease and it’s called the “Chase of Perfection”. We need the perfect body, the perfect job, the perfect pay check, the perfect house, the perfect car, the perfect kid(s), the perfect husband/wife/girlfriend. We need the perfect everything and we try to publicize it on social media to make ourselves feel better and it’s all BULLSHIT. You are not perfect. I am not perfect, the people we love are not perfect, our kids act up, our cars break down, our bodies catch disease and sometimes put on weight and sometimes lose too much weight. It’s life, and life isn’t perfect so don’t chase perfection. Read More

The Benefits Of Group Training

The Benefits Of Group Training

And how it can help you achieve your goals faster!

By Coach David de Leon

 

When was the last time you walked into a big brand name gym by yourself? By big brand name I mean the type of gym flooded with machines and everyones favorite…MIRRORS! When you went, did you feel almost awkward, like you didn’t know what the hell to do next? I will be the first to admit that training alone, well, sucks. From girls who are sure to look “date night ready” while at the gym, to the folks doing bicep curls in the squat racks, working out solo can be demotivating, confusing and down right frustrating. But on the flip side, group training can be the complete opposite when done in the right atmosphere. And that’s why in this post I am going to talk about the benefits of group training, and when the correct group and place is chosen, the results will come much faster and the journey more enjoyable. Read More

Tracking Your Progress

Tracking Your Progress 

And why it is necessary in 2016

 

2015 came and went before we could even blink. The things we set out to do, be it travel or something health and fitness related, may have gone just as quickly. Did you track the places you went in 2015 ? Did you track the memories you had or the people you met? Sometimes we experience more than we think we do but by the end of the year but have nothing to refer to in order to say, “Wow, look at all of this great stuff I did/people I met”. The same goes for your fitness. Maybe you did make some incredible changes but simply just didn’t notice. In 2016, I want you to start tracking what you do in the gym, even if it isn’t your thing. Here’s why. Read More

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