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Fitness Goals? Meal Prep May Be the Key. . .

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Abby Pro Pic  Posted by Abby Hollister, BS, ACSM-CPT

We see people here at Athlon with a variety of goals–improving general health, weight loss, weight gain, fitness competition, etc.  While all these goals are different, we’ve found one important thing in common for achieving each of them… “meal prepping.”  Meal prepping is the art AND science of having your entire week’s meals thought-up, planned, and the ingredients prepared ahead of time.

The biggest excuse we coaches hear at Athlon when asking a client why they’ve fallen off the nutritional bandwagon is, “I was just so busy this week, I didn’t have time to cook,” or “I was having a bad day, and it was too easy to just get some wine and pizza!”  When we follow up with the question, “did you plan or prep your meals ahead of time for the week?” The answer’s always, (head-down, bottom lip out…) “no…

As you know, it’s very frustrating to put in time at the gym and still not see good results.  It’s even more frustrating when you know you’re self-sabotaging your results by what you’re putting in your mouth…

Here’s the simple answer… Read more

Fitness in the context of real human life. . .

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Ryan Pro_pic 3_compress  Posted by Ryan Joiner, MS, CSCS

Now that January is half over, I’m seeing some people slip up on their New Year’s resolutions, or starting to feel bad because they haven’t started their resolution.

For those of you that know me, (or at least have ever asked me), you know that I DON’T set New Year’s resolutions.  Never have.  Not once.  

My first karate instructor many years ago turned 50 when I was training with him.  He got all the typical gag gifts one gets on a 50th birthday: bouquets of black balloons, “over-the-hill” greeting cards, and other even more distasteful novelty items…  And I remember very clearly someone asking him if he was going to do anything special on this “milestone” of birthdays, to which he said: Read more

Bone Broth Does a Body Good.

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Athlon_013_compress  Posted by Angela Martin, BS, ACSM-CPT

I’m sure by now you’ve heard some of the vast research touting the benefits of sipping bone broth for health and inflammation (if you haven’t, well listen up!). In the past few years the popularity of this ancient soup-making practice has really risen. It’s easy to make, it smells and tastes great, it’s incredibly economical, and has tons of physiological benefits with daily use.

Let’s start with a brief history.

Contrary to popular belief, bone broth (as well as most of our modern day meats and vegetables) did not originate in the Paleolithic Era. Bone broth requires a large clay or stone cooking vessel, high heat (probably cooked earliest by hot stones) and a somewhat static home life. Early on, bones, skin and everything else not used in the first version of a meal would be thrown back into water and boiled. Once a metal cooking vessel was invented, it was common to see a constant batch of broth simmering to be used as additions to meals or distributed out to the sick and poor. Read more

Coach Andy’s Tips In a Tie

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Elite Fitness Group Training

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The Athlon community grows each day. We are lucky to be a part of personal training and coaching that makes a difference in so many peoples’ lives. This Athlon Elite Fitness Group comes in at minimum four days a week and trains hard for speed, power, agility, coordination, strength and conditioning! We’re excited to see their progress even through exercises like medicine ball tosses!

Nutrition and Inflammatory Foods

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Abby Pro Pic  Posted by Abby Hollister, BS, ACSM-CPT

So you are getting to the gym 4x a week, kicking butt and taking names, but you aren’t seeing the needle on the scale tick backward like you want it to. What’s up with that??

Well, there can be a few explanations for this:  First, it is important to remember that muscle weighs more than fat, so if the scale isn’t budging but your clothes are fitting much better and your circumference measurements are decreasing, things are going right. However, if you are still squeezing into your jeans every morning, something most likely needs to change with your nutrition…as the sayings go, 80 percent of body transformation actually takes place in the kitchen and you unfortunately can’t outrun your fork.

Cleaning up your diet and ensuring that calories going out exceeds calories coming in, could be the key to finally seeing proof of all the hard work you put in at the gym. How do you do that? Following Athlon’s 10 healthy habits is a wonderful place to start. Seriously, we encourage Read more

How to Counteract All That Sitting

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If you sit 6-8 hours a day at work, and then go home and end up reading and watching TV, and hence sitting more, then the 2 minutes your stretching at the gym or as a part of your “workout” are likely insufficient to counteract the negative effects.  Here’s a quick video from one of my colleagues on how to understand and then fix this problem…
(and the answer may surprise you!)

If you’d like a little more help or guidance on this topic, or any other fitness and performance topic, click this link to request a FREE Diagnostic Consultation from us here at Athlon.  

We’ll discuss your goals in more detail, answer your questions and present you some options that’ll get you moving in the right direction in no time!!!


Train your visual system for performance and pain-relief!

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  1. Stephen Curry visual training

Above: Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors doing a cool visual drill to improve performance.

We’re starting to see a lot more high level training facilities get into visual training for their athletes (something Athlon has been doing for 4+ years now)

Above is a clip from a recent video put out by the NBA on Stephen Curry’s off-season training program (which includes a challenging drill of five flashing lights that he must react to).

Why are trainers starting to put training time into the visual system?  Well, it’s simple, and it’s complicated…

Let’s start with the simple: Read more

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