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Author:
Joseph Aratari, CFSC, CPT

As the holidays approach, and a new year around the corner, it’s time for the whole “new year, new me” statements and resolutions. Across all the resolutions and goals made, “sticking to a gym program” or “getting healthy” are among the top goals. Your typical commercial gym loves the new year celebration. Why you ask? Because people make farfetched resolutions, sign up for memberships, come for maybe two-three weeks then stop coming but keep paying. Nothing make your typical gym happier than collecting money on people who aren’t using their equipment, showers, towels, etc…However, and... READ MORE

Author:
Heather D’Errico, MA, CFSC, CSCS

Today I read an article about the old adage of RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) not being as affective for treating injuries as we once thought.  The article explained that many research studies are now showing that icing an injury keeps Insulin-like Growth Factor hormone (IGF-1) from being released to the injured area and IGF-1 has been shown to aid in repairing muscle damage.  For years we have believed that we want to reduce inflammation with the RICE methods but the inflammation is the body’s natural response that signals the release of cells the work to repair damage. 

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Author:
Mike Moon, CFSC, CSCS

Before my time at Next Level, I had an avid and extensive background in being a meathead; I lifted heavy iron in pursuit of being the biggest and strongest football player I could be. From my self­taught YMCA lifting sessions, to lifting with BFS through high school, and on to our workouts at Ithaca College, I always thought all that mattered was the number. The number I could bench, the number I could squat, the number I could deadlift, and the number I could clean would make me the best. Looking back on it, I wasn’t half as bad as the guys that cared about the number they could preacher... READ MORE

Author:
Kurtis Bednarcyk, CFSC

It’s an increasingly common buzz-phrase in the strength and conditioning world – “sport specific.” After several years of effectively preparing athletes for success their chosen sports – improvement in game performance, work capacity, and mental strength along with reduction in injury, we still find athletes, parents, and coaches questioning the process: “is the training sport specific???”

In a word, no. At least not in the way you’re probably thinking. My definition for the phrase would be: corresponding or analogous to the demands of one’s sport or activity; you know –... READ MORE

Author:
Joseph Aratari, CFSC, CPT

Nutrition and a sound workout regime go hand in hand; without one, the benefits of the other are limited. As a strength and conditioning coach for Penfield High School & Next Level Strength & Conditioning my fellow coaches and I are always asked “what should we be eating close to and after workouts?” I wanted to briefly write on pre, during & post workout nutrition and put it as simply as possible for those just striving to increase their performance and make healthy changes in their life’s.

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Pre workout nutrition is highly individualized, which is sometimes... READ MORE

Author:
Nate VanKouwenberg, MA, CFSC, USAW

Nate VanKouwenberg, MA, CFSC, USAW

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Author:
Nate VanKouwenberg, MA, CFSC, USAW

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s time to prepare for Black Friday. As we all know, this is a day that people from all walks of life make it their mission to find doorbuster deals on whatever random products they can get their hands on. Instead of watching football and sleeping on the couch, many Americans are now spending their Thanksgiving evenings mapping out their plan of attack and taping foil on their knuckles. Ever wonder why they call it Black Friday? Check out this insane video for your answer: https://www.youtube... READ MORE

Author:
Joseph Aratari, CFSC, CPT

1) Read Daily

There aren’t any intelligent & successful people who don’t read. Strive to read 45 minutes-1 hour each day, and break up your reading into three groups. These groups include subjects directly related to your field, business & finance, and last, strive to read about lifestyle, philosophy, psychology, motivation, inspiration etc… Always strive to continue your education through books, articles, journals, blogs to better yourself!

2) Get On Social Media

If you aren’t on twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, etc.. .... READ MORE

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