Anna LaBarre’s August Nutrition Tip – Tomatoes

Mid-August in NC means it’s time to savor tomatoes! Whip up this refreshing Gazpacho alongside grilled fish and corn on the cob for a mouthwatering, easy dinner.  (This chilled soup is even great after several days in the fridge, so it’s an ideal way to pack vegetables in your brown bag lunch.)   Tomatoes are […]

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Trainer Spotlight – Amanda Fontaine’s 5 Favorite Exercises

Ever wondered what your EMPOWER trainers love to do when they exercise? Well today you get to find out! This week’s blog features the lovely Amanda Fontaine and her 5 Favorite Exercises! Her response is below. Enjoy!   “Working out and physical fitness have always been huge passions of mine. When it comes to exercise, no one […]

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Empower Blog – Myth Busters Edition

Welcome to Empower Blog: Myth Busters Edition, your bi-monthly debunking of common fitness misconceptions! This episode features the very common assumption that strength training will turn you into a giant green monster known as the Hulk. While lifting weights will promote the development of lean muscle mass, it will not automatically make you start bulging […]

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Post Workout Snacking

Bars and shakes are convenient, but they’re not the only refueling options post-workout. If you’ve been missing real food after your workout, try these snack options. The best post-workout snack is a carbohydrate and protein mix, since our muscles at that time are primed to replace glycogen stores (carbohydrate) and repair and rebuild (protein). Research […]

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Recipe of the Month

Our Director of Client Relations J.J. Yager is always rolling in to work with delicious leftovers for lunch. That being said, we were able to twist her arm and get her to share with us one of her recipes that she uses when she gets shrimp. This looks like a great summer recipe! Garlic Lime […]

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Want to Improve Your Fitness? Sleep!

Want to Improve Your Fitness? Sleep!   When we are training hard, most of us focus on more reps, heavier weight, longer runs, or twice-a-days to see progress. But what if I told you that sleeping more might be the better option for making gains in strength, decreasing your times, and looking better overall?   […]

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