Weight training is a critical component to the success of an athlete.
By becoming stronger and increasing muscular endurance, an athlete is able to perform more efficiently and is better able to avoid injury. Furthermore, there are a numbe... Read more
A fitness trend is sweeping the nation that involves balancing oneself on an oversized ball while performing functional resistance movements. The ball is referred to as a "physio" or "Swiss" ball and has grabbed the attention of n... Read more
Yoga, which comes from the Sanskrit yuj word meaning "union," originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. There are many forms of yoga, but in general, yoga focuses on breathing techniques (pranayama), postures (asanas), flexibility, and... Read more
In this exercise, movement will come from the ankles.
Sit on the seat of the calf raise machine. Place your thighs under the leg pad, just above your knees. Place the balls of your feet on the foot rest, allowing your ankles to hang... Read more
In this exercise, movement will come from the knees.
Sit on the chair and place your feet behind the foot pads, which should make contact with your lower shin, just above your ankles. Adjust the seat so that the back of your legs lie... Read more
I recently took up running as an alternative to my elliptical, and absolutely fell in love with it! I was doing great, logging 4-5 miles 6 days a week. I have excellent running shoes. In fact, every other time I have started running in the past, I... Read more
Hi! I'm new to SparkPeople and would love to have some encouragement and support for my weight loss journey. I am 35 years old, have been married almost 14 years & have 2 boys (9 & 2). I seem to always do well for a week or two on my diets and then... Read more
Ok so far I've lost 25 pounds since the beginning of July. These last two weeks I've been watching my diet and running everyday. And I've gained 3 pounds. I don't understand. Before if I exercised and ate moderately healthy, I lost weight. Yesterday... Read more
So I'm 26 years old, 5'5, and 245 pounds. I have done some weight lifting in the past, but it has been at least a year since I last touched a weight. Not only do I want to loose about 100 pounds, I want to get fit and healthy too. I'm worried abou... Read more
Hi! My name is Sheryll and I am 27 years old. I weigh way more than I should. I've been through some things over the past 2 years that led to me overeating and gaining a lot of weight. My confidence is sometimes a lot lower than I should be and it is... Read more
Instead of using weights on your extremities, increase your intensity - either go faster, or use incline and interval training to increase the intensity of your workouts. If you need to add weights, consider a weighted vest. You will suffer fewer i... Read more
Put ankle weights and arm weights before playing wii fit, not only do you get the benefit of being active on something really fun -- but the added resistance from the ankle weights and arm weights burns more calories!... Read more
SparkPeople's fitness experts advise against wearing wrist and ankle weights while doing cardio exercise and other general daily activities. Even though they are lightweight (usually two pounds or less), the risk of injuring yourself by wearing t... Read more
Having strong calf muscles are what gives our lower legs that often sought after well-defined look, but having strong calf muscles also aids running and walking by allowing for ankle extension. While many of us find working the quadriceps (front t... Read more
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