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January 2016

Why and how to develop the aerobic energy system for maximum performance

Monday, January 18, 2016
Mike Moon, CFSC, CSCS

Whether we’re talking about performance in the gym, athletic performance, or everyday activity, your physiological capacity will determine how long and how intense you can complete an event.  Whenever I refer to an energy system of the body, I am talking about a series of chemical reactions between your muscles, heart, and lungs that provide you with energy to complete an activity and your ability to recover and recycle energy for repeated bouts of activity.

Personality and Philosophy: The Non-Negotiable Traits of a Quality Strength Coach

Friday, January 15, 2016
Nate VanKouwenberg, MA, CFSC, USAW

Since opening the doors of our own facility almost three years ago, I’ve had the opportunity to interview several potential strength coaches and interns. My philosophy has, and always will be that I want the people on my staff to be as good, if not better than me. This approach allows me to step back at times to deal with the business/ management side of things and not have to worry about the quality of training that’s taking place on the floor. As a self-admitted control freak, having a highly qualified staff takes an invaluable amount of weight off of my shoulders!

Post Workout Cool Down

Monday, January 4, 2016
Mike Moon, CFSC, CSCS

As a follow-up to my last blog post, a proper warm up is crucial for optimum performance, while taking time to cool down is imperative for your body’s recovery.  When cooling down, you would generally continue along with the same activity you have been doing, but at a much slower pace and reduced intensity.  If you just powered through a strenuous leg workout, you may consider walking for 5-10 minutes post-workout, while a high intensity upper body day might bring you to the airdyne or rower for your cool down.  Why should you take the time to cool down when you need to be getting out of the gym to go get the kids or get home to make a meal?

  • A cool down allows for gradual, rather than abrupt, recovery of heart rate and blood pressure