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On the ropes about battle ropes? See how to incorporate battle ropes into your personal training programs using the NASM OPT model.

Fitness has definitely changed over recent years, becoming smarter with the application of human movement principles and corrective exercise. Fitness now reaches an even wider audience online and through social media while also introducing new and innovative exercise equipment and programming to meet anyone’s goals or interests. One of those eye-catching pieces of equipment that has extended its reach is the battle rope. Battle ropes are easy to learn, easy to use and offer some serious strength and cardiovascular training results. This simple, yet fun and effective tool can be used by anyone, regardless of age or fitness level. The questions now become: Is there a preferred method for using battle ropes in a training program? How do you use them correctly?......

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Stress stimulates appetite, it increases abdominal fat, it increases risks for disease and it can even play a role in our intimate relationships. The list could keep going, but what exactly is stress and how is it connected to all these consequences? Examine the concept of stress and discover how chronic stress can negatively impact specific physiological systems within our body.

 

Stress can be is defined as a nonspecific response to any stimulus that overcomes, or threatens to overcome, the body’s ability to maintain homeostasis or allostasis (state of equilibrium of the body’s internal biological mechanisms) (1). In other word.....

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Olympic lifts and their variations have long been used as a strengthening technique to enhance sports performance.

Olympic lifts and their variations have long been used as a strengthening technique to enhance sports performance. The use of Olympic weightlifting is evident as regular practice by collegiate and professional strength coaches, and supported in refereed journals (1,2,3,4). As sports performance professionals become more knowledgeable and skilled in designing sport specific programs, more information regarding Olympic lifting is necessary in order to help them best serve their athletes. Before designing an Olympic lifting program, it is important for sports performance professionals to... 

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We know that weight loss or body fat reduction is largely based on a numbers game. And “working out” is a way of controlling the numbers (less calories in, more calories out and weight loss change can be achieved). Cardiovascular training and resistance training both have many desired benefits and we know that both should be done to achieve the best physical shape a person desires – but how can we get those “cardio” and “muscle building” clients to learn and embrace the benefits of both?...

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that chronic diseases were responsible for five of the six leading causes of death in the United States in 2006 (1). Not surprisingly, chronic diseases have become the leading cause of death and disability, accounting for 70% of deaths in the United States. Chronic disease includes heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Sedentary living (sitting for extended periods) and poor lifestyle choices are the primary cause for the rapid increase in chronic disease. However ...

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