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HIIT vs. LISS: What You Need to Know

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 4/18/17 9:00 AM

The fitness world is replete with cardio trends, but among the many different types of cardio workouts that have emerged in recent years, two have really grabbed the spotlight as of late: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and Low Intensity Steady State cardio (LISS). Below are some need-to-know points about each type of workout, as well as how they compare with one another. 

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Cardio Then Strength Training or Strength Training Then Cardio: Which is Better?

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 4/11/17 9:00 AM

You've probably heard that you should balance your exercise regimen between strength training and cardio workouts, but which one should you do first? Well, if you're looking to slim down and tone your muscles (and who isn't), experts recommend hitting the weight rack before jumping on the elliptical. Below are some key points that explain why this approach makes the most sense. 

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4 Ways to Add a Kettlebell into Your Routine

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 3/30/17 9:00 AM

Ah, the kettlebell to some, it's a fantastic exercise tool; to others, it's a cleverly disguised torture device. Whatever your feelings might be about kettlebells, it's hard to deny that they're one of the most versatile pieces of exercise equipment around. While there are some workouts that utilize the kettlebell exclusively, many fitness enthusiasts don't necessarily want to quit their current exercise programs – they would just like to enhance them a little bit by adding some kettlebell movements into the mix. Below are 4 ways that you can add a kettlebell into your routine to improve your strength, muscle tone and endurance. 

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Time vs. Distance: Which is the Better Way to Train?

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 3/23/17 9:00 AM

Should you run for time or distance? Which method is a more effective way to train? Without a doubt, there are die-hard fans in both camps, but the important thing to remember is that what works well for one runner might be the undoing of another. In the spirit of fairness, we're going to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each approach, so that you can decide which one best fits your training style. 

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Spring Cleaning: Gym Bag Edition

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 3/21/17 9:00 AM

 

As we say our goodbyes to winter, it's customary to start thinking about cleaning up those not-so-often-cleaned areas of our home, but keep in mind that your gym bag might need some spring cleaning as well! Below are six simple tips you can keep in mind to give your gym bag a nice spring cleaning makeover. 

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Tips for Transitioning to Outdoor Running

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 3/14/17 9:00 AM

Perhaps you've been grinding it out on the treadmill all winter, but with warmer weather emerging, you're ready to try your hand at some outdoor running. This transition can be a little trickier than you think, as there are several conveniences to running indoors that you simply won't have when you hit the pavement. With treadmill running (or running on an indoor track), there's a lot more predictability, not to mention the perks of exercising in a controlled environment (e.g., TV monitors, towels, easy access to a water cooler, etc.). This doesn't make outdoor running any less awesome, though -- after all, there's nothing quite like going for a nice run while breathing fresh air and enjoying the natural beauty of the outdoors. Below are some tips to keep in mind that will help make your transition to outdoor running as smooth as possible.

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What You Need to Know Before Your First Group Class

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 3/2/17 9:00 AM

Perhaps you've been thinking about taking your first group fitness class, but you have a few hesitations. This is perfectly normal, especially if you're not a particularly outgoing person. If you feel a little intimidated about the whole group class thing, don't let it stop you – just keep the following tips in mind to help you properly prepare for your first group fitness class. 

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Get the Most Out of Spinning with These Helpful Tips

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 2/9/17 9:00 AM

Indoor cycling is a fun, challenging and invigorating form of exercise, but there are quite a few things you should keep in mind in order to maximize your ride. Below are some handy tips to help you get the most out of your spinning workout. 

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12 Clever Ways to Reuse Your Old Yoga Mat

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 1/26/17 9:00 AM

If your old yoga mat has seen one too many downward dogs, it may be time to retire your beleaguered rectangular friend in favor of a new one. So what should you do with the old mat? In the spirit of creative repurposing, consider the following 12 ways to reuse your yoga mat for ultimate upcycling glory. 

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Treadmill Workouts for Beginners

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 1/13/17 9:00 AM

Ah, the treadmill. This classic piece of exercise equipment is a perennially popular choice for people who are looking to lose weight, improve muscle tone and keep their heart healthy. If you're in the first stages of your fitness journey, one of the best ways to get started off on the right foot is to incorporate treadmill workouts into your regular exercise regimen. Not quite sure where or how to begin? No problem – below are some simple yet effective treadmill workouts for beginners that will help you burn calories, shed pounds and keep those muscles nice and toned. 

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