Is Fast Food Less Expensive?

This week’s blog post is more of a question to YOU, our clients, than it is a paragraph of information. There was an interesting article from the New York Times a while back that compared the prices of several different meals – including two from the grocery store and 1 from McDonald’s. Read the article […]

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How Can I Recover Faster?

It’s happened to everyone who trains – sometimes as late as 2 days after you worked out!  Terrible, crippling muscle soreness that makes walking down the stairs a 5-minute trial. Many times we’ll hear the question “how can I prevent soreness?”  Let’s take a look first at what happens when you’re sore, and what you […]

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How do Trainers Train?

Blaine Warren 1) What are your training goals? My main goals are to stay strong, fit and healthy.  I train to be better at everything I do in life.  Especially my job.  I am a big believer in practicing what you preach.  I feel it is a professional obligation for me to stay in shape. […]

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Sports of Fitness

Today at Empower the staff learned about and went through a Crossfit workout – inspiring this post! You may have heard of Crossfit before – it’s been growing steadily in popularity through the years, even more so now that Reebok has started sponsoring the brand.  You may have seen the ‘Crossfit Games’ air on ESPN […]

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How do Trainers Train?

Patty Shoaf   What are your training goals? First of all, to be an Ironman.   Each day I have daily goals to accomplish in order to achieve the main goal.  These daily goals keep me on track for the long term.  I plan on a week by week basis due to my osteoarthritis in my […]

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Spend time with friends and family – minus the calories

With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, I’m sure many of us are wondering where to take Mom to lunch.  While a few months ago I wrote a blog post emphasizing that you should have meals with family and friends, there are other alternatives to eating when you want to spend time with loved ones! […]

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Embrace the ViPR!

A couple Sundays ago, the Empower Team became certified ViPR instructors!  You may have noticed them (whether by observing other clients, or working with them yourself!) being used in the studio a bit more recently now that all of the trainers have some new tricks in their bags.  So what exactly is ViPR? ViPR: Vitality, […]

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Keep your Temperature in Check!

With the hot North Carolina summer months coming upon us, it’s a good time to talk about how your body regulates heat – and how you can keep safe and cool doing yard work, working on the car, hiking or exercising outdoors. How does your body regulate heat? Your body regulates its temperature primarily through […]

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Exercise(s) of the Week: Spinal Erectors

A few weeks back we talked about the Spinal Erectors and why they’re important.  (Refresh your memory HERE) Here are 5 exercises that are great for building up strength and endurance in this muscle group. Hyperextensions There are a few ways to adjust most of these exercises.  For posture, you’ll want to focus on endurance […]

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Did you watch “Is Sugar Toxic?”

There’s been a lot of buzz around the internet about a recent 60 Minutes piece, “Is Sugar Toxic?”. Video: Is Sugar Toxic? If you ask either of our nutritionists, Monica or Cara, I’m sure they’d agree – Cara’s 21-Day Detox requires the elimination of all sugar in the diet!  The video is only 14 minutes long, […]

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