What IS Recovery?

In every strength training program, there is a period of time between workouts in which we “recover” from the workout. Some workouts do not cause any detrimental effects that we need to “recover” from, and some in fact produce a temporary “potentiating” effect whereby performance is improved for a short time afterwards. Yet, other workouts (especially those involving high volumes …

Chris Beardsley

Christopher Beardsley

Director of Strength and Conditioning Research

Training like a warrior: Why a mace or club should be implemented into your routine

First off, just admit you said, “What the heck is a mace?” It’s okay. You’re not alone. I’d bet a majority of readers had the same reaction. Here’s the answer: A mace is a training tool based on an ancient weapon – the gada – which originated in South Asia. It is long and narrow with a weight at the …

CJ Kostranchuk

CJ Kostranchuk

Sales Manager at ELIVATE Fitness, Level 1 CrossFit Coach and Founder/Co-Owner, Coach at The Bar Athletics

Integrating Squats Into Your Client’s Routine

When it comes to squats, there are thousands of things we could talk about – including why they’re such an essential exercise for muscle building, fat burning, mobility, balance and more. But for this article I’m going to keep it simple and focus on ways to integrate squats into your client’s routine. I’m also going to gear the discussion towards …

CJ Kostranchuk

CJ Kostranchuk

Sales Manager at ELIVATE Fitness, Level 1 CrossFit Coach and Founder/Co-Owner, Coach at The Bar Athletics

Is the scapula truly meant to be stable?

In this post we’ll “dissect” the scapular stabilizers, and we’ll discuss why they should first be looked at from a mobility standpoint. When we talk about the shoulder, we need to consider a group of muscles called the scapular stabilizers. Actually the term “stabilizers” is a bit of a misnomer. Nothing about the scapula is truly meant to be “stable.” …

Sue Falsone

PT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, COMT, first female head athletic trainer in any of the four major sports in the US

Is sweating buckets better than a brisk walk?

Feel like your clients aren’t doing enough for their health unless they’re sweating buckets during your workouts? Cut yourself – and them – some slack. Research suggests that longer periods of walking briskly can give clients all the health benefits of running. The surprising findings, published in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, found that a …

Lori Harrison ELIVATE Fitness Personal Trainer

Lori Harrison

Corporate Fitness Manager and Certified Personal Trainer

How Do You Define Fitness for your Clients?

Fitness means different things to different people. The bodybuilder looks at muscle mass and physique as a measure of fitness, but may ignore cardiovascular endurance. The grandmother who wants to be strong enough to lift her grandchild may ignore the flexibility required to reach over the crib without hurting her back. The triathlete looks at the ability to perform endurance …

Dr. Ed Le Cara

DC, PhD, MBA, ATC, CSCS, Board Certified in Rehabilitation, Board Certified in Sports Medicine

Workout of the Month – February

Grab a partner and join ELIVATE in February’s Heart-Healthy, Partner Workout of the Month. This 25 – 30 min HIIT workout consists of five partner movements. You will perform each movement for 45 seconds, rest for 15 seconds and then move to the next movement. You will go through this circuit at least 3 times or as many rounds as …

Lori Harrison ELIVATE Fitness Personal Trainer

Lori Harrison

Corporate Fitness Manager and Certified Personal Trainer

Olympic Athletic Trainers Can Do It All – Or Can We?

When I was a young Athletic Training Student in the late 90’s I had a pretty narrow view of athlete care. I was deep into my own Athletic Training education but I knew very little about other medical professionals’ potential value within athletic teams.  Outside of Physicians, Athletic Trainers did it all.  There seemed to be an independence and professional …

Aaron Brock Head Athletic Trainer Mens USA Volleyball

Aaron Brock

USA Volleyball’s Director of Sports Medicine and Performance, Head Athletic Trainer for the Men’s National Volleyball Team

January Workout of the Month

Try this workout in your gym. The ELIVATE Workout of the Month for January utilizes Kettle bells and battle ropes. Workout Instructions: Perform all the exercises as a circuit. Perform #1, then #2, then #3. Each movement is performed for :30 seconds with a :05 second transition. Rest :30 seconds between each round.  

CJ Kostranchuk

CJ Kostranchuk

Sales Manager at ELIVATE Fitness, Level 1 CrossFit Coach and Founder/Co-Owner, Coach at The Bar Athletics

Sue Falsone: Yoga Shoulder and Neck Mobility Drill for your Clients

I’ll often prescribe yoga to an athlete who needs a lot of fundamental strength and stability and balance work. Yoga is great for establishing this foundation of movement. Yoga is also great when I want to work on re-establishing normal movement of a motion segment. It’s great for re-establishing psycho-motor control of the body as well as somatosensory control of the body. …

Sue Falsone

PT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, COMT, first female head athletic trainer in any of the four major sports in the US