Lower Body Mobility

  I often hear a lot from clients or other folks in the community that there never seems to be enough time in the day to get a workout in or get any kind of stretching or mobility work in for the body. We are each given the same 24 hours each day to be […]

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Adults Should Play

    “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing”- George Bernard Shaw   Kidult definition: Noun- an adult with an air of free-spiritedness; childlike in spirit. A person who knows how to have fun. Adjective- Characteristic of an adult engaged in lighthearted behavior; to have a good, […]

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Beat Low Back Pain

Fitness Adventure Group

Do you have low back pain? Would you like to enjoy not having back pain? Chronic low back pain has many causes that often have the same solution. This means getting your pelvis and spine back to their neutral position. The stretch below helps kill many birds with one stretchy stone. This exercise stretches both […]

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That Fateful Day in June

  “How brain cancer EMPOWERed me to create and experience the life I envision” (step 1 of my 8-step plan to get you back on track towards pursuing the life you envision despite a cancer diagnosis or other major life-altering event).   STEP 1: Perform a self-assessment. What is my vision for my life? Write […]

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Chasing The Man Bod: Secret #2

  My second secret for getting that svelte man bod of yesteryear is weight training. There are several things to know about weight training so I’m gong to simplify them for you. Let’s get back to the basics.   Workout Order: Warm up 5-10 minutes, weight training workout, finish with the cardio. This order allows […]

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Trainer Spotlight: Amanda Fontaine

Amanda Fontaine

I am a fitness advocate, enthusiast and lover.   That’s what I spend a majority of my day doing, but who I am is a person who values God, my family, friends, serving the community and leaving a legacy in this world. I am strong, sensitive, reliable and a giver.   I was an only […]

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Trainer Spotlight – Nestor Paonessa

Nestor Paonessa

I am Nestor Paonessa, Assistant General Manager and Health and Fitness Coach at EMPOWER Personalized Fitness in Durham, North Carolina.  I am a brain cancer survivor, ultra-runner, backpacker, world traveler, tennis player, pianist, and very lucky husband to Ashley Paonessa.   Now, at the relatively young age of 36, I believe that I have already had […]

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Foam Rolling 101

At this point I’m sure you’ve heard about the importance of foam rolling or at the bare minimum a good friend or your trainer has introduced you to it. Many of us know that we should be foam rolling but struggle to understand the “why?” in regards to using it in a safe and effective […]

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Fun & Games: Get Fit With Play

Why use games in your fitness training?   I’ve been incorporating games in my Personal Training for years, because guess what? Everyone needs to have some FUN! As adults we don’t get enough opportunities to just play. Some people get bored of lifting weights, especially for those who are training multiple times per week.   […]

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