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5 Strength and Conditioning Basics

When you first walked into the gym, your goal was most likely to lose weight and/or gain muscle strength. Even if it was something else, to accomplish the goals you set out to achieve and continue making significant progress, it’s first critical to understand the basics of strength and conditioning. Below is a list of 5 strength and conditioning basics we put together for you to get started.
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Move Over Kale – These Superfoods Are In Town

Kale.  Avocado.  Acai. Chia.  Apple Cider Vinegar.  Kombucha. Agai. Zinc.  Almond Flour. Coconut Oil.  What’s the common denominator of these foods?  “Alex, I’ll take ‘What are superfoods’ for $1,000.”  That’s right! They are all what we’ve come to understand to be superfoods. We’ve learned to live with them. Some have learned to love them. And just as fast as they rose to stardom on the superfood Train, they are quickly being sidelined by a new generation of superfoods. 
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Skinnytaste Meal Plan (September 9-September 15)

A free 7-day flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers SmartPoints®. It’s September, and although technically still summer, it’s getting pretty chilly in the evenings, which I am not mad about! With the cooler weather, we’ve been making lots of soups […] The post Skinnytaste Meal Plan (September 9-September 15) appeared first on Skinnytaste.
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Answers To The 8 Most Common Workout Questions Asked To Personal Trainers

Anyone who has ever picked up a dumbbell, hit play on a workout video, or laced up a pair of running shoes has faced-off with one sweat-inducing question: “Now what?” From figuring out the best training technique to nailing down a weeks-long program, people tend to question the new workout they’re about to jump, dive or sprint right into. In fact, a lot of exercisers ask the exact same things.
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How to Strengthen and Rehab Your Knee After Injury

The knee is the largest joint in the body. People use it heavily every day as they walk, run, climb, or jump. As a result, it is also very prone to injury and pain. When these occur, a doctor may recommend exercises to help a person strengthen the muscles around the knee.
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Episode 0: Introduction to the Health and Wellness Journey

Welcome everyone, I am your host, Matt Quigley, and this is episode 0: An Introduction to my Podcast, the Health and Wellness Journey. In this episode, I'll tell you why I created this podcast, what my goals for it are, and what you should expect from listening to it.
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