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How to find a personal trainer that is right for you.   Did you know there are roughly 340,000 personal trainers working in the US? That’s a lot of people who could help you reach your goal! But not all of them can do exactly what you want them to do. Knowing how to find a personal trainer is more than just searching for the best trainer in your area.  If you’re looking to hire the best personal trainer, you need to do your due diligence and research. If you’re going to be

Want to get better results in less time? Complexes workouts could be the answer. Whether it's work or workouts, we all want to get more done in less time (without sacrificing on quality, of course). And at Breakthrough Fitness, one of our favorite ways to do that is through complexes workouts.    What Are Complexes Workouts? Complexes workouts are a group of exercises done consecutively using one piece of equipment. Because you are using the same piece of equipment throughout the workout, the weight you are working with stays the same; only your movements change. Unlike HIIT,

"I thought I was in shape until I started getting in shape." One of my members said this to me not long ago and, as a personal trainer, it really rang true. Sometimes, we don't realize just how out of shape we are. It's only when we stop to ask ourselves, "Am I in shape?" that we are forced to come to terms with the fact that we can't go on a brisk walk without stopping to rest every five minutes. As we enter into a new year, health and fitness are

The lunge is a great lower body movement and a staple in our programming at Breakthrough Fitness.  It is also a movement that I have seen done very poorly. The poor mechanics usually come from people doing an advanced variation before mastering the basic lunge. Perfecting lunge progressions one at a time will give you functional leg strength in your daily routine without creating bad habits that risk injury.    Why Are Lunges Important? Lunging patterns require mobility through the hips, knees, ankles, feet, and toes. Doing lunge progressions with proper form can not

We’ve all heard the expression, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Well, I’ve got a good question for you: What if it’s true? Wouldn’t that be easy to do—to eat an apple a day? Here’s the problem: It’s also easy not to do. – Jim Rohn When it comes to physical fitness, humans are quintessentially human. We all want a quick fix. We want that magic pill. In short, we want results without having to work for them. The best fitness tips are the simplest ones: eat right and exercise.

A few days ago, I had a great conversation with an old friend about hiring a personal trainer. My friend has put everyone else first for the last decade and has finally carved out some time for her fitness and health. We discussed details like: How long are sessions? Rates Billing - credit, debit, check, cash, bank draft Does the trainer/gym have a trial? Contracts Cancellation policy, etc. These are important details and should be part of your decision, but not what this article is about.  I wanted to share with

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi would begin every season with a speech to his team that started out, “Men, this is football.” He would then start breaking down the fundamentals of the sport. Just as the pros needed a refresher of football basics, the rest of us need to brush up on the basic principles of exercise, namely: specificity, overload, and progression. Whether you are strength training, running, or pole dancing, knowing the principles of fitness can help you stick to your new lifestyle and reach your goals.   Three Principles of Exercise The