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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Exercise(s) of the Week: Hip Flexors

In our earlier “lesser-known muscle groups” post HERE, we talked about what muscles comprise the hip flexors, what they do and why they need to be both stretched and strengthened. If you sit at a desk job all day or notice that you have anterior pelvic tilt (which you can read more about HERE), stretching […]

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Warm-Weather Workouts

Now that the weather has finished being unpredictable on us and it’s consistently warm, it’s time to get outside!  Here are a few ideas for some fun activities that get you moving and help you on the way to achieving your health goals. Frisbee (Disc) Golf Official Website It’s time to teach the world the […]

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Loving this new active wear line

I love my Dolman Sleeve Boatneck Top from Ideology– Macy’s new active wear collection!  This loose fitting shirt moves freely, restricting no movements, while I train. Whether I am warming up, strength training or doing a cool down stretch this shirt performs beautifully.  My favorite workout currently is a functional strength training and cardio circuit […]

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Know your Calves

The calf muscles are notorious for being hard to build.  I often hear that they are something either you’re born with, or you’re not.  Well, if you’ve been doing leg press and lunges to no avail, keep reading to learn a little bit about what your calves are made of, and how to best work […]

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The Gluteus Minimus and Gluteus Medius for Stability

Part 4 of our “lesser-known muscle groups” will talk about the Glute Medius and Glute Minimus.   Most of us are familiar with the gluteus maximus – it is one of the strongest muscles in the body when activated and an integral part of proper squat, deadlift, clean, jumping, etc. form.  So where do the […]

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