Top Tips for Working on Muscle & Strength Imbalances

woman doing bicep curlsBecause the body isn’t perfectly symmetrical, we all have strength imbalances to some extent. Strong and weak sides are natural, while injuries and habits can accentuate them even more.

You have a dominant leg and arm, and you might have certain muscles that simply respond better. Here are some tips for bringing up your smaller side or your weaker muscle groups.

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How Fitness Changes Everything: Harold’s New Life

man working with personal trainerLast summer, XSport Fitness member Harold N. took a hard look at himself. The stressors of life had taken their toll on his weight, energy and mood. He decided he needed a change.

So Harold entered our Get Fit competition — but a major loss made his experience unlike any of the other finalists. Six months later, he’s a trainer at our Crestwood, IL, club where he trained last year to reclaim the body and lifestyle he once knew. And in the process, he also reframed his life on his journey to a new job, new outlook and new future.

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Why You Get Muscle Cramps & How to Avoid Them

woman stretchingMaybe it’s the end of a long, tiring day, or in the middle of a hard work out, or worst of all, when you’re out on the field or competing in a race… muscle cramps can really shut you down.

While they’re not uncommon, you want to avoid them. Aside from the obvious pain, these spasms can cost you your performance, or even your sleep, depending on when they occur. Because cramps seem to come on suddenly without warning, whether it be a stitch in your side while you’re running, or a “charley horse” in the middle of the night, prevention is ideal.

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Insanity – Should You Give it a Try?

people in insanity classPerhaps you’ve heard of the popular cardio-based, total-body conditioning program created by Shawn T. – it’s called “INSANITY” and it’s based on the principles of what he calls MAX training.

Most people who give Insanity a try feel it pushes them to new training heights, which can mean more calories burned, faster results and a more efficient metabolism. But is it for you?

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Should You Ever Do as Many Reps as Possible?

man doing pushupsMaybe you’ve heard of “training to failure,” which requires you to perform a movement until you literally can’t anymore. Note: it’s not for beginners, and it’s not necessary for great results.

But there are other approaches to “as many reps as possible,” or AMRAP, which could be a great way for you to change up your workouts, break through plateaus and reach new goals.

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