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What is a Spartan Race and why would I ever want to do one?

on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 @ 11:11 AM By | Nicol Brescia | 0 Comments | body kinetics novato personal trainer Spartan Race what is the Spartan Race
Have you ever heard of a Spartan Race?  You might be asking, who, what, when, why? I’m here shed some light on those questions for you and tell you a little bit about my experience as a 3 time Spartan Finisher.  Spartan Races have been deemed the world’s toughest obstacle course races. These races are offered worldwide and have been growing in popularity since the mid 2000’s. There are 3 levels of races offered.
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What’s the Difference?

I tuned in and began listening at what seemed near the beginning.  The “source” on the news report said,  “when a person is stressed their body is worked up - heart rate, blood pressure, hormones-so the more we can prevent this overworked state, the less of a load it builds up.” Hmmm. Although I arrived a few moments after this broadcast I waited to hear the rest of the report for what I hoped would clarify this statement.  I was hoping to hear the words, “in sedentary conditions, not during exercise, or without exercise effect…” And I thought, what if It didn’t say that in the beginning.  
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How Proper Squatting Contributes to Better Overall Fitness

Many times when I begin working with a new client I often hear the phrase “I don’t squat; squats hurt my knees.” Although some people may have medical reasons in which squats truly do hurt their knees (limited range of motion due to past surgeries or recurring injuries), the average person should be using squats to help improve knee stability, flexibility, and connective tissue strength. 
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Strength Training - The Fountain of Youth

Ok, you’re convinced you want to strength train, but need a nudge or ideas to update your gym routine? Begin by identifying WHY you want to get stronger. Do you want to enhance your performance in running, golf, tennis or turn back the clock, and get as fit as you were when you were an elite athlete? How about strength to perform everyday household activities, lifting kids, dancing all night, or taking a long hike with a friend? According to the IDEA Fitness Journal, we lose 5% of muscle mass every decade after 40 and it accelerates after age 65. Strength training can reverse the loss of muscle, help your body move more youthfully, help you stand up straighter, and increase the range of motion in joints. “Most of us can be functionally younger every year for the next five or even ten years”, says Chris Crowley in his and Dr. Lodge’s book, Younger Next Year, a book advocating exercise six days a week for the rest of your life. It is well documented that being strong and fit improves the quality of life as one ages and reduces the chance of chronic diseases and limiting disabilities.
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Exercise is Medicine

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) launched this Global Initiative in 2008. This bold statement came as a result of years and years of studying the effect of exercise on people of numerous ages, classifications, and circumstances.  It is a result of scientific, repeatable conclusions, proof!  Exercise enhances mood, health, and ability.  And six years after the claim it retains its strength scientifically and personally.
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Suspension Training for the Body You Desire

Suspension training is a form of strength training that helps build lean muscle in the body using your own body weight for resistance. Building muscle is key to weight loss because nothing burns excess body fat like lean muscle. Even while your body is at rest, your muscles are burning excess fat in your body.  Unlike using free weights or strength training machines, suspension training uses your body weight as resistance for your workout, in combination with a system of ropes and webbing. The ropes allow you to suspend your body in the air during your workout to engage several muscle groups at the same time from different angles.
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