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The 3 Biggest Lies!
The 3 Biggest Lies! By Greg Hammons You have been going to the gym, consistently but things are moving as fast or in the direction you want. Is it the
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10 Pounds Looks Like This!
10 Pounds Looks Like This! By Michael Harland A client of our shared some transformation photos recently and we wanted to share them with the rest of our community. Britney,
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Client Expectations
Client Expectations By Michael Harland Recently I wrote about expectations and left out one important group of people to have expectations for… My clients. You see, they absolutely have expectations
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Summer Slim-Down Challenge!
Summer Slim-Down Challenge! By Michael Harland Recently, we’ve heard a lot of our members mention that they wanted some help to stay on track/get back on track. So, we just
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Strength Gains, What It Really Takes
Strength Gains, What It Really Takes By Greg Hammons Its all about those gains, right?!? Well, strength gains don’t always come the way you expect. Check out the video to
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Jen’s Transformation!
Jen’s Transformation! By Michael Harland Today’s transformation is someone that started with our Best Me Yet program and has continued training with us, even taking the next step and joining
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Activation For Healthy Shoulders
Activation For Healthy Shoulders By LeighAnn Clark Do you experience pain or lack of mobility in your shoulders? If you do, activation could be the answer to cleaning that up.
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Pain In The Neck?!
Pain In The Neck?! By Greg Hammons If you have ever sat at a desk you have probably felt that achy burning in the back of your shoulder and neck.
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Kara’s Transformation!
Kara’s Transformation! By Michael Harland A few weeks back we announced our Best Me Yet winners. Since then, we’ve been publishing other participants results and wanted to share Kara. She
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The Importance Of Eccentric
The Importance Of Eccentric By LeighAnn Clark We often say that the eccentric part of the exercise can be used to make an exercise harder, or we mention that is
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Welcome Our Newest Coach, Kena!
Welcome Our Newest Coach, Kena! By Kena Perry My passion for fitness began as a kid playing sports, I especially fell in love with basketball and volleyball. While attending UConn
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Kathy’s Transformation!
Kathy’s Transformation! By Michael Harland We’ve recently announced all of the winners for Best Me Yet and now wanted to recognize some of our other standout participants. Kathy was a
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Do You Have Back Pain?
Do You Have Back Pain? By Greg Hammons Do you have back pain? Want to find out what you can do about it? In this video we go over the
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Why I Relay – Mike
Why I Relay By: Mike Harland I’ve put writing this off as long as I possibly can. Sometimes, I just want to forget the reasons that bring me to walk.
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Hip Flexors, Are They Tight Or Weak?
Hip Flexors, Are They Tight Or Weak? By Greg Hammons Stop stretching your hip flexors like crazy until you watch this video! The sensation of “hip tightness” might not actually
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And The Winner Is!!!
Andrea! By Michael Harland We have wanted to show off these pictures since the day they were taken! Andrea, our first place winner, did an absolutely amazing job and we
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Excessive Hip External Rotation
Excessive Hip External Rotation By LeighAnn Clark Hip mobility is huge for us. It’s one of the main areas of mobility that most people work on. And while good hip
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Why I Relay – Makayla
Why I Relay By: Makayla McKenzie I went to Relay For Life every year as a Girl Scout growing up. It was at our high school’s track with a huge
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Think? About Your Deadlift
Think? About Your Deadlift By Greg Hammons Deadlifting if a major part of our program. You have heard your coaches harp on the form a thousand times, hips back, backs
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2nd Place Winner – Billy
2nd Place Winner -Billy By Michael Harland What can I say… Billy crushed it! He was brand new to A|M Fitness and eager to learn and apply and work. He
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All Children Exercise Simultaneously
All Children Exercise Simultaneously By Michael Harland Last week I was able to head back to Linden St. School in Plainville to be a part of the world’s largest exercise
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Why I Relay – Sandy
Why I Relay By: Sandy Davis Our sister Karen was diagnosed with stage 4 lung Cancer 5 years ago. Because of these relays, she has been able to participate in
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What’s Your Foot Type?
What’s Your Foot Type? By LeighAnn Clark To determine what type of foot you have, and therefore what course of action you should take, take a picture or a video
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3rd Place Winner (Part 2) – Missy
3rd Place Winner (Part 2) – Missy By Michael Harland Dedication, commitment, work ethic, and a desire to be her best brought Missy into this prize. Despite a crazy nurses
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Coaching Greatness
Coaching Greatness Recently, our staff went to a Coaching Greatness seminar. Events like this are something we try to do on a fairly regular basis and this one was definitely
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Why I Relay – Alli
Why I Relay By: Alli Knight I relay because losing someone you love after watching them suffer and lose a battle that they were so determined to beat is devastating.
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Don’t Eat That Protein Bar!
Don’t Eat That Protein Bar! By Michael Harland In a world of convenience, we’ve learned to rely on too many quick-fix solutions to weight loss. Unfortunately, the quick fix isn’t
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3rd Place Winner (Part 1) – Amanda
3rd Place Winner (Part 1) – Amanda By Michael Harland As we mentioned in our MVP blog, we had a ton of members that excelled in our last edition of
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We Sell Education
We Sell Education By Michael Harland Last night we had an orientation at our facility. We’ve recently started working with a new marketing company, so I invited one of our
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Why I Relay – Patty
Why I Relay By: Patty Davis The number of loved ones that have been diagnosed with this ugly disease is too overwhelming to mention. I continue to raise money and
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Dorsiflexion For A Better Squat
Dorsiflexion For A Better Squat By Greg Hammons Looking to improve your squat? Don’t forget to look down! Squats start from the floor up, so making sure we have enough
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MVP Award – Andrea
MVP Award – Andrea By Michael Harlandrland This year is a little different for us when picking the winners of Best Me Yet. We had so many people do so
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100 Healthy Days
100 Healthy Days By Michael Harland Today’s blog is going to be quick and simple. I’m inviting you to join me in a free program that lasts 100 days. Read
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Why I Relay – Andrea
Why I Relay By: Andrea Sinclair I relay because cancer made me an orphan. Cancer stole my parents during the same year- it barely felt like the leaves had changed
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Conscious Walking
Conscious Walking By LeighAnn Clark The foot is a very complex, important structure. It is our foundation. It is our only point of contact with the ground. If something is
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Transformation Tuesday – Chantelle
Transformation Tuesday – Chantelle By Michael Harland Today we wanted to recognize one of our newer members, Chantelle, who has been consistent since the day that she started. She recently
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Creating Your Center of Stability
Creating Your Center of Stability (Blog 3 of 3) By LeighAnn Clark The next step after learning how to activate our pelvic floor and then learning how to activate short
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Why I Relay – Kathy
Why I Relay By: Kathy Kielbowicz Why I relay….. Cancer has touched my life in so many ways. I have lost both of my grandmothers to cancer and I have
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Short Foot Activation
Short Foot Activation (Blog 2 of 3) By LeighAnn Clark We live in a society where shoes are accepted as a natural part of life. We weren’t born with shoes
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This S*** Actually Works!
This S*** Actually Works! By Carly Ouellette As this challenge comes to an end, I decided to take my “after” pictures during the snow day. I have done a number
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Pelvic Floor Activation
Pelvic Floor Activation (Blog 1 of 3) By LeighAnn Clark Your pelvic floor is your center of gravity, and therefore your center of stability. Without it, we are not using
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Why I Relay – Spencer
Why I Relay By: Spencer Ingvertsen When I was in middle school I did relay for life to be able to spend an entire day with all my friends, to
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It’s Not About The Calories!
It’s Not About The Calories! By Greg Hammons It’s not about the calories! …. Wait …What? Hear me out for a second. I know it sounds confusing but the goal
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85 Pounds! – One Year Later
85 Pounds! – One Year Later By Kim Cyr So I got to thinking… in a few days, it’ll be a year since I started working with you. A year
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Core Activation For Hip Mobility
Core Activation For Hip Mobility By LeighAnn Clark How often do you work on hip mobility? How many times have you come into a squat and said “I really need
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Why I Relay – Nicole
Why I Relay By Nicole Riley Why I Relay… Cancer has affected me more times than I would like to say. I have lost a mother-in-law and father-in-law, an aunt
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More New Equipment!
More New Equipment! By Michael Harland As with anything, the more you can invest, the better you can become. We live by that belief and try to constantly invest in
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Stretch And Strengthen To Better Posture
Stretch And Strengthen To Better Posture By Greg Hammons If you spend most your day at a desk then your posture may be impeding your progress!! Check out the 4
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Why I Relay – Jen
Why I Relay By Jen Adorno For me, cancer has been something that has been up close and personal my entire life. My maternal grandfather died of lung cancer when
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Let’s Work Backwards
Let’s Work Backwards By Michael Harland When we talk about goal setting we often encourage someone to state their goal. Following that, we then have them figure out what it
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Winter Weather Warning!!!
Winter Weather Warning!!! By LeighAnn Clark Winter weather has a bigger impact on your body than you might think. You don’t just feel cold in the winter, you don’t just
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Why I Relay – Claire
Why I Relay By Claire DiCenzo When Mike asked me to write a blog post about “Why I Relay,” I immediately agreed but then I had to take a step
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Communication is Key
Communication is Key By Michael Harland One of the things I try and remind my clients is the importance of communication. We’ve heard it a million times, haven’t we? Communication
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Jaimie Speaks Her Mind
Jaimie Speaks Her Mind By Jaimie Clout One of our trial members Jaimie has gone to many different types of gyms, she has participated in big box gyms as well
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Your Life Success
Your Life Success By Mike Harland This was an email sent to a private group we’re running, but something I think all of us should do from time to time.
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Does Your Lower Back Arch When You Press Overhead?
Does Your Lower Back Arch When You Press Overhead? By LeighAnn Clark Overhead movement patterns are very common, not just in your “fitness” world, but in your “real” life as
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Bench Press Tips
Bench Press Tips By Greg Hammons   The bench press is one of the most used and beneficial exercises in any exercise program. Its great for building overall upper body
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Is It Your Pecs?
Is It Your Pecs? By LeighAnn Clark   You may have never paid much attention to your pectoralis major and minor muscles outside of being instructed to perform a chest
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Planks and Breathing?
Planks and Breathing? By Greg Hammons Planks are awesome exercises to create core stability, which intern creates overall performance gains. But are you getting all you can from your plank?
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Let’s Build A House Together
Wait, what?   By Mike Harland I like analogies. I like comparing things and hope that it can help someone to see things a different way. When it comes to
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Before and After | Raabi Blackwell
It’s very hard for me to put into words the gratitude that I feel from the changes that I’ve undergone, from becoming a member of AM Fitness.   By Raabi
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No More New Year, New You
We all know that the New Years holiday brings resolutions revolving around a “new me”.   By Mike Harland Well, not at A|M Fitness. Don’t get me wrong, we are
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4 Years Later, a Reminder
I know it doesn’t seem it…especially with all the corrections I need…but it has been 4 years! Came across a letter that I wrote to you about a year in
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Jay’s Official List of Grievances
Since joining AM Fitness in February I’ve read all of the happy-happy, joy-joy posts about how great AM Fitness is.   By Jay Friedman Mike, People keep writing to you
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Shoulder Stabilization Exercises
If you think you have a winging scapula you’re probably wrong.   By Greg Hammons A true wing is due to a neurologic injury. More than likely what’s going on
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Wrist Mobility
Ever drop out of a plank or stop doing push ups, not because your core or your upper body was tired but because your wrists just weren’t having it?  
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Hamstring Stretch
Our warmups sometimes include a hamstring stretch, one that is very much needed by the majority of us.   By LeighAnn Clark It’s a fantastic stretch, but are we doing
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Jungle Gym Squats
If you are new to working out or it’s been awhile since you have used a squat pattern, the Jungle Gym system can be a great way to understand the
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You Created That Habit, Now Create A New One
One of the biggest things to remember, especially in regards to fitness, health, and lifestyle, is that we are creatures of habit.   By Mike Harland We will continue to
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$1.63 – Our Value Proposition
I just wrapped up a meeting with our staff. One of the topics was our new member experience and the value we provide.   By Mike Harland The reality is,
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I Have Two Questions For You
I have 2 questions I need you to answer as truthfully as possible:   By Mike Harland 1. Are you comfortable with where your health is right now? a. Are
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Squat Hack
The squat has so many bits and pieces to it; lock the abs, tuck the hips, eyes up, chest up, shoulders back, knees in line with the toes, etc.  
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Glute Activation for Knee Pain
We focus a lot of our energy on mobility when we are preparing ourselves to train.   By LeighAnn Clark Mobility is incredibly important because we need to make sure
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Iliopsoas: The Hidden Culprit
Do you have chronic back or hip pain, that won’t go away, no matter how much you stretch and foam roll?   By Greg Hammons The hidden culprit may be
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Active Core
Whether you’re in the gym swinging a kettlebell or at home picking up your children, the ability to activate your core muscles, like your abs, will determine how well you
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Dynamic Warm-up Tips
Today Coach Greg discusses a few important things to remember during the warm-up process.   By Greg Hammons Check out the video for key points on how to avoid injuring
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Best Exercise Your Young Athletes Aren’t Doing
Do you have a child or children currently enrolled in a sports program or activity?   By Greg Hammons Today Coach Greg takes us through an easy to do exercise,
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Elbow Pain / Forearm Fix
More often than not, when someone experiences elbow pain, this is actually a symptom of a different problem.   By LeighAnn Clark This doesn’t apply to everyone, some people truly
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Kettlebell Intensity
Kettlebells are great metabolic tools, but when trying to increase the challenge of our swings its not always about weight, especially in a timed workout.   By Greg Hammons To
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Best Me Yet: Steven
My time at A|M fitness has been a great experience. Having good coaching has been amazing.   By Steven They put together a serious program and a great message. They
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Successful Goal Setting
A client recently asked me to help with setting some goals.   By Mike Harland This also prompted me to speak about successful goal setting strategies with our upcoming trial
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Shoulder IR
Shoulder Internal Rotation (IR) is a key piece of mobility that a lot of us are missing but we don’t necessarily know it.   By LeighAnn Clark If you aren’t
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Breathing Hack Part 1
One of the biggest struggles we see with our clients is their recovery time.   By Mike Harland We tend to have a great difficulty catching our breath and one
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Desk Hack 2
Working at a desk all day long can take a toll on many parts of our body.   By LeighAnn Clark The shoulders are one such place that get hit
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1,200 Square Feet Later
Recently we added roughly 1,200 square feet of training space, as well as renovated and added to our current training floor.   By Mike Harland Below we will post some
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Ankle Mobility
We talk a lot about improving hip mobility but sometimes we don’t think about how important the ankles are.   By LeighAnn Clark Squats are one of our most used
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Knee Pain
If you are starting to experience any kind of discomfort in the knees, it’s a good idea to make sure that we are mobilizing the areas so that hopefully we
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Foot Pain
If you have ever experienced any kind of foot pain or have been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, rolling and stretching your feet and calves will help to manage the pain
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Kettlebell Swings
Kettlebell swings are a great exercise for power development, along with increasing your metabolic rate, when they are done correctly.   By Greg Hammons Most people have jobs now that
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I Can’t Promise That
Sometimes I get frustrated with this industry.   By: Mike Harland A large part of that is because I can’t promise all of the things that other people do. I
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Peanut To The Rescue
If you’re finding that your low back tends to arch when you follow certain movement patterns, one muscle that we need to pay attention to is the erector spinae.  
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Tight Hamstrings?
If you have tight hamstrings and are looking for a way to increase your range of motion one of the best techniques to use is PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation).  
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Ice Cream or Your Goals
I was having a conversation with someone the other day and we were talking about why we weren’t seeing the changes we wanted to.   By: Mike Harland They were
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Back Pain From Sitting All Day?
People frequently experience back pain and every so often they’ll interpret SI (sacroiliac) joint pain as well.   By: Coach LeighAnn Clark You of course always have the option of
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Desk Hack
The sedentary workstyle that many of us have had to adopt, especially in the workplace, has led to a lot of back pain, hip pain, and generally poor posture.  
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Personal Coaching – Connie
Personal coaching is a great option for a lot of people.   By: Coach Greg One of the greatest benefits of personal coaching is the ability for the coach to
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Reward Yourself
Today I’m going to talk about something we sometimes forget to do, which is rewarding ourselves.   By: Coach Mike Harland When someone walks into our facility, it’s usually with
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Everyday Is Chest Day
Everyday is chest day.   Soooo yeah, about that… By: Coach Mike Harland When I was younger I hit a point where I wanted to get in shape. School was
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Fix a Winging Scapula
Your shoulder blades are more important than you may realize.   The movement of your scapula is responsible for the final 1/3 of the movement of your arms overhead. That
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Top 5 Ways to Keep Healthy Eating Fun
What’s one of the hardest things for someone making big lifestyle changes? Nutrition. Getting an understanding of what to eat, how much to eat, when to eat, how to cook
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