Today, I am excited to announce the launch of a new workout planning tool: The Flash Routines Training Guides!
Have you ever thought about building a home gym? Especially now with all these New Year’s specials on fitness equipment? The thought of a home gym is a compelling reason to start your healthy resolution. I mean why not? It offers a range of benefits in terms of flexibility and convenience. However, before you rush and grab that hot deal on those treadmills, below are few points to consider so you can decide the approach that best fits your fitness goals:
Myth: I won't burn as many calories in a weight training class as I would in a traditional cardiovascular class.
Fact: Although resistance training does not result in significant immediate caloric expenditure, it does positively impact lean body mass and resting metabolic rate(1). As your muscles get stronger, the number of calories you burn just sitting around also increases.
As the country edges slowly towards reopening from the COVID-19 quarantine, businesses are putting in place plans to safely get back to normal (or the new normal) operations. Gyms and Fitness facilities are no exception to that.
COVID-19 is changing the way we think about fitness. Gyms, Health Studios, Crossfit Warehouses, even state parks are all shutting down. Staying home to stop the pandemic is the way to go. Having the ability to still be active while at home is an important step to help you stay strong and healthy.
Originally published 03/20/2019 - Updated 03/20/2020:
The current COVID-19 pandemic has forced most people to stay home and businesses (including gyms and fitness centers) to close doors, all in an effort to help control and reduce the spread of the Coronavirus. This blog was written exactly a year ago (How fast do things change in one year!). The goal of the original post back then was to offer some creative ideas to stay fit and active without the need of gym membership or equipment. I think we need this now more than ever! I did not change anything in the original post as I thought it was all relevant (some places are still allowing people to go to the park or beach), however, please do follow all local laws in place that are intended to help fight the spread of the virus. Don't forget to wash your hands, don't touch your face with hands not washed, and practice safe social distancing.
I put together the following guidelines to help you increase your running speed and cardiovascular endurance during the 12 weeks of the Challenge. Can’t run? No problem. The below guidelines can be applied to other cardiovascular exercises (like walking, rowing, elliptical, cross trainers, biking, etc.) Mileage modification might be needed depending on the activity.
In this guide:
Looking to start exercising but not sure what activity is best for your goals? There are 3 types of exercises that provide different benefits. Check out the below illustration for activity and benefits:
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