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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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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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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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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emPOWER Yoga: Crow Happened

The Day Crow Happened: Written By: RJ Lisander CROW HAPPENED There are lots of styles of yoga.  In general, my class sequences follow a flow traditional to the style I’m teaching.  However, this week during the 6:30 am emPOWER Yoga class at EMPOWER Durham, I threw the rulebook out the window and provided a totally […]

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