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5 New Rules to Stay Fit for Life

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Bodies change as they age and deal with adversity. Nobody knows that better than Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove. Schuler is 55. Cosgrove is a two-time cancer survivor. Cosgrove is a prominent trainer who has contributed to this site. Schuler is a prolific fitness journalist who served as editor for Mark Verstegen’s original Core Performance book.

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Tags: Energy, Longevity, Health, Build Muscle

Movement

6 TRX Moves to Build Total-Body Strength

The TRX is a versatile piece of training equipment that can be used to build total-body strength and stability, and we’ve just added dozens of instructional videos to our TRX section. To help you get started using the TRX, we asked our performance specialists for a few of their favorite moves:

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Tags: TRX, Training, Strength

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Spring Fitness Tips from Mark Verstegen

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Core Performance founder Mark Verstegen sat down with the Chicago Tribune to share his go-to tips to get fit for spring. Check out the excerpts below and make this your healthiest, most active spring yet.

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Movement

Refresh Your Bench Press Routine

Dave Cruz

Q: I normally do regular bench presses. Should I add incline and decline presses into my workout, and, if so, how often?

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Tags: Upper Body Push, Q&A, Chest, Upper Body, Triceps, Resistance Training, Strength

Movement

Q&A: When is the Best Time of Day to Run?

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Q: Is it better for me to run before lunch or before dinner?

A: The best time of day to run is the time of day that you will actually do it. That being said, running in the morning before work may be the ideal time to run fast and burn fat.

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Tags: Energy, Running, Weight Loss, Q&A

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Q&A: What are the Most Overrated Exercises?

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Q: It seems like most people I see in the gym use the same exercises. Which moves work and which ones are overrated?

A: Doing the same workout over and over again isn’t just boring, it’s ineffective. When you repeat the same movements time after time, your body adapts, which limits your results. You can also develop strength imbalances and postural issues over time if you don’t mix things up. To get the most out of your workout, swap out some of your usual moves with new ones. Here are three to get you started:

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Tags: Build Muscle, Pillar strength, Stability, Abs, Q&A, Resistance Training, Strength

Movement

Tap Into a New Power Source

Scott Wachter

The Core Performance Endurance program, tailored for runners and other endurance athletes, is an integrated system of mindset, nutrition, movement, and recovery. One of the keys of the program is elasticity—training your body to store and release energy efficiently.

Elasticity is not about stretching, it’s about force. The goal is for your muscles to store and release energy powerfully, like a pogo stick or super ball. Whether you’re running or reacting to slipping on a patch of ice, all movement has an elastic component.

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Tags: Power, Speed, Agility, Triathlon, Elasticity, Sports Performance, Running

Movement

Q&A: Resistance Band Exercises for Runners

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Q: I recently bought a set of resistance bands. What moves should I do to make myself a better runner?

A: Train your whole body with pushing and pulling movements like the ones below—and don’t underestimate the importance of the upper-body exercises. As you run, your upper body acts to counterbalance your legs. A strong upper body will help you transfer energy more efficiently with each stride. Start with these moves to build strength and improve your running.

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Tags: Upper Body, Total Body, Resistance Training, Build Muscle, Lower Body, Running, Q&A

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How to Strengthen Your Feet for Barefoot Running

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Advocates of barefoot running argue it’s the way evolution wants us to run—and they’re right. However, this ignores the fact that we spend the majority of our lives locked into regular shoes. Rarely do we go barefoot anywhere.

Before you start running in your new barefoot running shoes or minimalist shoes, let your feet adjust by wearing them to the store, the office, and around the house. Next, work on building strength in the tiny muscles on the bottom of your feet, also known as your foot intrinsic muscles. Here's how:

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Tags: Foot, Energy System Development, Injury Prevention, Foot Pain, Training, Outdoor Recreation, Cardio, Barefoot, Running, Conditioning

Movement

Q&A: Why Stretch Mid-Workout?

Q: Why are there stretches in my strength training workout?

A: Throughout the strength circuits in Core Performance workouts, you'll come across stretches and stability exercises. We call these "complementary exercises" because they complement the exercises they're paired with and help improve the quality of the movement pattern being trained, helping you move more efficiently, bust through plateaus and prevent the onset on aches, pains, and injuries.

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Tags: Q&A, Stretching, Training, Flexibility, Resistance Training, Strength

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.