Squat Racks: Intimidating or EMPOWERing?

EMPOWER Trainer Eric’s response to Planet Fitness removing squat racks and other useful equipment at their gyms because they are too “intimidating”: If you haven’t heard the news, Planet Fitness has decided to remove all of their squat racks.  They have also removed heavier dumbbells, benches, and open areas to perform deadlifts and other functional […]

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Health Benefits of Yoga

Health Benefits of Yoga Written By: RJ Lisander I hear it everyday from my roost at Empower Personalized Fitness.  Now is the time of year where we are all looking at our overall health and rededicating ourselves to our healthy eating habits and exercise routines.  For many, these exercise regimes include running, weight lifting and […]

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Tips for a Stronger. Healthier. Happier. 2014

Tips for a Stronger. Healthier. Happier. 2014 from the EMPOWER Team: Fitness Find physical activity you enjoy, it’s so much easier to do when it is no longer a chore, but a hobby. Do not hesitate to tackle the weight room and try new techniques.  If you find the weight room intimidating – let us […]

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EMPOWER Tabata

Tabata Blogga Here at Empower Raleigh, we specialize in Personal Training and offer a very diverse group of Fitness Classes. One of the classes that I teach, Tabata, is not for the faint of heart. You may or may not be familiar with this type of interval training known as Tabata, so I am here […]

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Recipe of the Week: Veggie Pumpkin Chili

Veggie Pumpkin Chili 2 Tbs canola oil 1 onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 3 carrots, peeled and chopped 28 oz diced or crushed tomatoes (diced=chunks, crushed=creamier) 15 oz canned pumpkin 15 oz can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained 15 oz can of black […]

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EATing Your Way to Better Health and Fitness: Part 2

EATing Your Way to Better Health and Fitness, Part Deux Written by EMPOWER General Manager, Michael Whitehurst Before we get into the next component of the EAT plan, bring out your homework that was assigned to you yesterday.  If you forgot your homework you may take a few minutes to complete it before reading on, […]

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EAT Your Way to Better Health & Fitness: Part 1

EAT your way to Better Health and Fitness: Part 1  Written by: Michael, General Manager at EMPOWER Personalized Fitness Raleigh & Durham. If you are reading this article you are probably a health and fitness enthusiast perusing topical subject matter, or you are realizing how you failed to keep last year’s New Year’s Resolution to […]

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Do I Need A Personal Trainer?

Do I Need to Hire a Personal Trainer? Written by Co-Owner and Founder Jessica Bottesch I bet many of you have found yourself contemplating this very same question.  Many of you have health goals that you haven’t successfully reached on your own, some of you don’t even know where to start, some can’t seem to […]

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Tips from the Trainer: Tiffani

The Importance of Glute Training: Written by: Tiffani Cox-Kuchyt, Personal Trainer at EMPOWER Personalized Fitness Raleigh and Durham. Booty, badonkadonk, junk in the trunk, caboose, buns, back with a crack, lazy lump, rump shaker are all adjectives that people use to describe the biggest and strongest muscle in the human body. Besides for looking good […]

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