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  • Turn Missteps into Learning Lessons | Spartan Championships

    Turn Missteps into Learning Lessons | Spartan Championships

    Two weeks before the Spartan U.S. Championship Series in West Virginia (Last weekend of August), I started suffering plantar aching in both feet and sharp pain in my right heel. When I attended the course preview the night before the big race, I wavered on whether to race or not. I felt even more torn because the course was gorgeous —long and not too hilly. Before going to bed that night, I decided to assess my discomfort after my warm-up in the morning. On race day, I taped up both plantar regions for the warm-up. The pump up music was playing in the festival area, the mountains were beautiful and my foot felt OK. With the atmosphere, excitement, my adrenaline pumping and no real pain in my foot (just some general aching in both) I decided I was going to race. Continue reading
  • Maximize Your Leg Gains with Proper Form

    Maximize Your Leg Gains with Proper Form

    It doesn't matter if you're advanced, intermediate or a beginner when doing a leg work-out a curved lower back will kill your gains. A forward pelvic tilt typically happens as soon as your hips drop down below parallel with the floor and your lower back rounds in and causes your pelvis to rotate down and forward. To maximize your gains, learn to rotate your pelvis into a neutral position. Continue reading
  • Exercises for a Stronger Core

    Exercises for a Stronger Core

    Champion Performance's Trainer, Jennifer Rendfrey details ab exercises to help boost your core strength in your workouts. Continue reading
  • Get a Grip – The Fundamental Strength of a Ninja

    Get a Grip – The Fundamental Strength of a Ninja

    Grip strength is one of the most single handily (pun intended) important elements to work on for athletes in just about every sport. In weight lifting, for example, without a strong grip your deadlift record might not go up any higher; if you can hang onto the bar you’re not going to be able to lift it. Continue reading
  • OCR Training: Where to Start?

    OCR Training: Where to Start?

    Have you ever thought of competing in a Spartan race? Spartan races are a series of obstacle course races of varying distance and difficulty, ranging from “Sprint” races (20-23 obstacles over 3-5 miles) to “Super” races (24-29 obstacles over 8-10 miles) to “Beast” races (30-35 obstacles over 12-14 miles). Continue reading
  • Firefighters: More Than Putting Out Flames

    Firefighters: More Than Putting Out Flames

    Firefighters are known for what they do on the job, but many of us pride ourselves on what we do off the clock. Most of us chose this career to help people. And when that alarm rings, it’s a beacon to help someone in distress from a fire or medical emergency. But you probably don’t know that many of us also volunteer in the community to reinforce our bond with the public. Continue reading
  • Mind Over Matter: Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge - Round Two

    Mind Over Matter: Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge - Round Two

    After winning the first round in the TV series, “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” in June, my team, called Strike a Pose, felt accomplished and relieved. But this competition was far from over. Even though we performed well in that first race, it was close. So I knew I had to iron out some errors for the next race. Continue reading
  • Eat this. Don’t eat that. Carbs: The good and the bad.

    Eat this. Don’t eat that. Carbs: The good and the bad.

    I’m not a nutritionist, but here’s what I’ve learned about healthy eating and what helps me perform as a top-ranked obstacle-course racer. Continue reading
  • Defining Fitness Goals

    Defining Fitness Goals

    When someone makes the decision to hire a personal trainer, they already have an image in their mind of what their goal looks like. With my educational background, I understand the science of how the body works and what you have to do to get the look you want. Continue reading
  • The “Do’s and Don’ts” for Nice Arms

    The “Do’s and Don’ts” for Nice Arms

    Summer’s here and it’s time to break out those t-shirts, tank tops, and bathing suits. So naturally, it’s also time to start working on those arms. In the fitness industry, one of the most popular body parts clients ask to work on and improve is their arms. Whether it’s “toning” or strengthening your arms there are some important details you need to be aware of before starting to work on those “guns”. Continue reading

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