With All Her Heart – Oxygen Magazine

With All Her Heart – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
Growing up, Mauri Peterson was an avid gymnast and surfer who thrived on competition. But around age 10, she began suffering from fainting spells and blackouts. She was misdiagnosed with anxiety and hypoglycemia for several years, but then she experienced a cardiac arrest. An EKG determined she had sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS) long QT type 2 — a dysfunction of the heart’s electrical system that causes rapid and irregular heartbeats. Peterson had surgery to implant a defibrillator, which administered a shock to her heart each time it went into arrest.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteBut perhaps worse for Peterson was the news that came next. “My cardiologists said I could never again participate in physical sports because my heart was unable to sustain a rapid heartbeat,” she says. “I felt sorry…
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America’s Fittest Couple Challenge 3: FAQ

America’s Fittest Couple Challenge 3: FAQ

America's Fittest Couple 3
Program QuestionsHow much does the America’s Fittest Couple Challenge 3 cost?We are offering early-bird pricing ($89.95) from September 17, 2018 to October 7, 2018. After that, the program will be $98.95.Is the cost per person or per couple?The cost is per couple.When I sign up for the America’s Fittest Couple Challenge 3, how long do I have access to the program?You will have unlimited access to the program.Note: Only the primary email account of the purchaser will have access to the program and its videos.How is “partner” defined?We define a partner as a husband and wife, significant others, mother and son, roommates, best friends, colleagues, siblings — anyone who is 18 years or older and who wants to join you in this journey and transform your lives together! Thanks for…
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Cardio and Resistance Training: Water Workout

Cardio and Resistance Training: Water Workout

Cardio for Women, Workouts For Women
The kids are back to school, Labor Day has passed and pumpkin lattes are already making their seasonal appearance. But, according to your local weather forecast, it’s still very much so summer outside. This never-ending heat can take a toll on your workout mojo and make it hard to find your stride. Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteSo what’s a girl to do? Don’t sweat it. A pool-based exercise program is the perfect workout solution for these dog days of summer. And after you’re done, you’ll have no guilt about lounging on a raft and soaking up some rays.Water WaysNot only are water workouts a refreshing option, but they also offer plenty of other benefits."A water-based workout promotes weight loss, increased flexibility and range of motion, and better balance and posture. It…
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Top Weight-Training Techniques for Women

Top Weight-Training Techniques for Women

Total-Body Workouts for Women, Training Techniques for Women, Workouts For Women
When you first picked up a barbell and began your fitness journey, the basics were enough — perform a few exercises per bodypart, do a few sets of 10 to 15 and feel the burn. Now that you’ve been at it a while, however, the gains that came so easily at first seem so much more difficult to achieve. Whether your go-to workouts have gotten stale or you’re looking for an extra edge, these techniques — some traditional, some unorthodox — can help propel you toward your goals.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteTECHNIQUES TO BOOST STRENGTHNegativesNegatives are probably one of the most taxing training methods both physically and psychologically, but they are undeniably effective at breaking through plateaus and increasing overall strength. Negatives focus on the eccentric phase of the lift —…
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Lift Heavy to Lose Weight

Lift Heavy to Lose Weight

Blogs, Lift & Burn, Total-Body Workouts for Women, Training Advice for Women, Training Tips for Women, Workouts For Women
  You’ve heard it before — there are no shortcuts when it comes to fitness. But what if this were only halfway true? What if there was a faster and arguably better way to change your body and lean out, involving fewer sets and reps and less time spent in the gym, a shortcut you can use starting right now without regret or a lick of guilt? Read on to find out about this magical training unicorn. Rep Rap Though many people assume that lifting lighter weights for 15 to 25 or more reps somehow creates a leaner muscle as a result, the body doesn’t work like that. “Super-long sets are great for muscular endurance,” explains Heather Farmer, an Olympic weightlifting national competitor and fitness coach in New York City.…
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How to Eat Healthy at a Barbecue

How to Eat Healthy at a Barbecue

Healthy Eating for Women, Life, Nutrition for Women, Nutrition Tips for Women
  We all know the importance of a healthy diet in keeping our bodies in optimal shape, but we also know how delicious food can be, especially at a barbecue. The aromas wafting from the grill alone can be enough to make our mouths water. And when the spread is ready, it’s easy to pile our plates high with the good stuff. Photo Credit: Stephanie McCabe   Thanks for watching!Visit Website     There’s no reason to leave a barbecue feeling guilty, though. If you know what you’re doing, it’s totally possible to eat healthy and thoroughly enjoy your food. Follow these five tips to satisfy your barbecue itch and remain on your health streak at the same time. 1. Always Start With Vegetables Yes, just like mom and dad used…
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Athlete Spotlight: Susan Francia – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight: Susan Francia – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
Oxygen: How many hours of sleep do you get per night?Susan Francia: I try to sleep about eight hours but usually get closer to six and a half. I’m a night owl. I somehow find a second wind at 10 p.m. Where is that second wind at 4 p.m.? Sometimes I take a 30- to 45-minute nap after work, usually before I work out in the afternoon. It's the perfect amount of time to wake up refreshed.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteOxygen: How have you adjusted your sleep schedule to cater to your training and travel schedule?SF: Practice starts pretty early. Nobody told me that when I joined rowing! So I try my best to go to bed early. When I’m traveling, I have to be very disciplined and not take naps.…
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5 Must-Try Stretches for Women

5 Must-Try Stretches for Women

Flexibility And Mobility, Sports Medicine for Women, Stretching Workouts for Women, Training Tips for Women, Workouts For Women
How many of you out there skip your warm-up? Now that everyone in North America has raised their hands, let’s talk time-turkey: This stretch hits almost every muscle in your body and takes less than five minutes to execute. It also combines dynamic and static elements, challenging your central nervous system, increasing your range of motion, and lengthening and strengthening your muscles simultaneously.Do these five positions in order, holding each for three to five seconds when using as a warm-up or for five to 10 seconds when using as a cool-down or for mobility training. Move smoothly between positions, and perform the entire sequence three to five times per side. Breathe deeply throughout, and each time you repeat the sequence, try to stretch a little farther.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsitePart 1:…
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Build a Better Squat: Part 2

Build a Better Squat: Part 2

Exercises by Bodypart for Women, Glute Exercises for Women, Training Tips for Women
If you read my first article Build a Better Squat: Part 1, you know all about my obsession with not only the beauty and virtuosity of the squat but also its functionality. I discussed some of the basics for improving form and depth of the squat. As a physical therapist and athlete, I can’t encourage my clients enough to use their entire range of motion. You were born with it for a reason. I encourage clients to move in the ways the human body was made to function. These movement patterns are vital to preserving joints and promoting tissue health. Through moving well, we optimize our ability to perform everyday activities without pain as we age. Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteHere, I’ll focus specifically on ankle and hip mobility and stability…
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