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Play Better

7 Tips to Train for an Obstacle Race

Jake Miola

Obstacle races continue to be the fastest-growing segment of endurance sports. This year more than 2 million people will climb walls and monkey bars, plunge into icy water, and crawl through mud at races such as Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash, and Spartan Race.

Spartan Race founder Joe DeSena, a former Wall Street institutional broker who once completed 12 Ironman triathlons in one year, believes obstacle racing isn't a version of running but a new endurance sports category.

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Tags: Outdoor Recreation, Running, Conditioning, Race, Energy System Development

Well at Work

The Fallout from Job Burnout

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Physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion are telltale signs of a burnt out employee. Those symptoms are usually accompanied by weight gain, insomnia, and anxiety. But to make matters even worse, a new Israeli study highlights how burnout can be your ultimate undoing.

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Tags: Health, Stress, Work

Mindset

5 Ways to Improve Your Focus

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The digital media era has made it more difficult to focus on the task at hand. Many assume multitasking and the constant digital chatter is a desirable part of the new workplace. But Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D., founder of the Center for BrainHealth and author of the book Make Your Brain Smarter, suggests all this digital noise actually is making us dumber, rewiring our brains in a negative way so we’re less effective and less productive. Here are five things she suggests to get more focused and train your brain.

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Tags: Work, Focus

Nutrition

How to Build a Healthy Pizza

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Ordering in pizza is a simple fix for a busy night, but most pizzas (including the kind you defrost) are high in calories, fat, and preservatives. We don't expect you to give it up, but use this guide to order healthier or make your own healthy pizza at home.

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Tags: Food, Dinner, Cooking, Lunch, Health

Movement

Mark Verstegen’s Hip-Strengthening Workout for Women

Having strong hips—specifically a strong hip cuff—is critical for women, Core Performance founder Mark Verstegen recently told SHAPE magazine. Women have wider pelvises than men, creating greater angles between hips and knees and increasing their risk of injury, he says. Use the moves below to build strong, stable hips and decrease your risk of injury.

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Tags: Women, Injury Prevention, Glutes, Injury, Hip

Nutrition

The Core Performance Nutrition Philosophy

Understanding how to eat right can easily feel overwhelming. Amanda Carlson-Phillips, our vice president of performance nutrition and research, breaks down the five mantras that make up our nutrition philosophy.

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Tags: Calories, Food, Hydration, Nutrients, Metabolism

Nutrition

7 Protein-Packed Smoothie Recipes

Smoothies make great breakfasts and post-workout snacks. Our Athletes' Performance nutritionists and chefs created seven protein-packed recipes to help you power through your day. Click on the image above to see smoothie recipes.

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Tags: Beverages, Shakes, Recipes

Nutrition

12 Healthy Snacks Around 100 Calories

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In recent years, 100-calorie snack packs have become an easy snack choice for people looking to control their portions. While these cleverly marketed snack packs may help you mind your calories, most are still the same unhealthy, processed foods loaded with artificial ingredients. Skip the pre-packaged foods in favor of real food. Try the healthy, low-calorie snacks below.

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Tags: Snacks, Food

Movement

Save Reading for Recovery

Do you read or watch TV during your cardio workout? Knock it off. Metabolic specialist Paul Robbins explains why this is a sign you aren't getting the most out of your training.

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Tags: Heart Rate, Energy System Development, Training, Cardio, Health

Nutrition

Study Says: Eat Fish, Live Longer

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While it’s been widely shown that the omega-3s found in fatty fish are good for your body, especially your heart, it can also help you live longer, according to a study from the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Washington [HuffingtonPost.com].

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Tags: Nutrients, Health

Blogs

Movement

5 Stretches to Refresh Your Warmup

Try these dynamic stretches to prepare for a better workout.

Live Better

Feeling Uninspired? Take a Walk

When you feel your creativity lacking, taking a walk can help you find inspiration, according to a small study from Stanford University researchers.

Nutrition

Q&A: Supplements for Vegetarian Bodybuilders

Three things to know if you train hard and don't eat meat.

Well at Work

Survey: American Employees Skipping Vacation Days for Work

A new survey found that only 25 percent of employees with paid time off took advantage of it in 2013.

The Performance Life

5 Tips to Build Teamwork and Fun Through Obstacle Racing

Here's what you need to know about using obstacle races to build teamwork at work.