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5 Ways to Bullet-Proof Your Body From Injury

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Do you have aches and pains that cause you to dread the activities you used to love? Do you feel awkward and out of balance when running or working out, but can't put a finger on what's wrong?

Many people have imbalances or injuries that prevent them from reaching their full potential in their fitness and in turn, their lives.

Maintaining flexibility and balance is CRUCIAL when planning a fitness regime. These 5 machines at Precor Home Fitness will help you offset the damage done after doing a lot of weight bearing activities such as running.

#1 Helix Lateral Trainer: This machine activates glutes, hips and core like no other! You are pushing in a side-to-side motion (think skiing). Not to mention the off-the-chart cardio workout you get simultaneously. This is my new favorite workout and takes about 15-20 minutes max! 

#2 Precor Stretch Trainer: Stretching never felt so goooood. The Precor stretch trainer allows for you to stretch your lower back, hamstrings, quads, glutes, etc. in a unique way using your own body weight as leverage. The lower back stretch alone is a game-changer.

#3 Elliptical: All the cardio, none of the pounding on your joints! Ellipticals allow for maximum calorie-burn with minimum impact. To stay engaged and prevent boredom, try an interval workout (i.e. 2 min hard, 1 min easy for 40 minutes). An hour on the elliptical will have you sweating, strengthening and feeling like a million bucks after.

#4 PowerPlate: Vibration plates have been scientifically proven to benefit athletes in their recovery and flexibility. PowerPlate increases blood flow, fires up metabolism and can even be used as a massage tool for tight or sore areas. Talk about an all-in-one machine! 

#5 Waterrower: No machine uses more different muscles during a workout than a waterrower. Resistance is based on your own pull, so you create your own intensity. The soothing sound of water (just like a real rowboat) relaxes you as you burn calories and gain strength!

The Creative Side of Exercise

“Fun” is not the first thought that comes to mind when you hear the word “exercise”. Most people assume that you have to work out in the gym everyday, with little to no variety in order to be considered healthy. That is far from the truth! What is true, is that you need to exercise at least 5 times [...]

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The Ultimate Butt-Kicker! Why you need HELIX in your life

The Ultimate Butt-Kicker, Helix Lateral TrainerBy Meg SullivanThink about your favorite cardio workouts- running, biking, elliptical...These activities are excellent for overall fitness and once you build a base can be very enjoyable and even addicting. But you are only moving in one plane of motion, forward, while doing these workouts. To stay truly balanced and [...]

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What should I look for when buying a treadmill?

By Gerad Cassello With a good chunk of the winter season still ahead, quality treadmills for runners and walkers are in high demand. Buying a home treadmill is harder than buying a new car. The reason is that the auto industry has more regulations. Much of the information on treadmill review sites and on-line opinion [...]

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Delicious, HEALTHY Brunch recipes to help you stay fit!

Yesterday I hosted a great group of runners for a fun run with DWRunning followed by brunch that included a bunch of my favorite pre-, post- and during workout fuel options. Since I didn’t have copies of every recipe for individuals to take home, I wanted to include them all here for easy access. I’ve [...]

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Why Buy Precor?

By Meg SullivanThis past week I had the honor of attending the 2016 Precor Immersion Training session at the company's headquarters in Woodinville, WA. New sales associates and industry veterans alike gathered to hear the Precor story- a story of rich tradition and commitment to excellence with every single fitness piece that comes off the factory line. If you're an [...]

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ElliptiGO a go-to solution for injured runners

ElliptiGO rep Chuck Day (from left), Elite marathoner Tera Moody and Precor Home Fitness Communications Manager, Meg SullivanElliptiGO a go-to training tool for injured athletesBy: Meg SullivanOne year ago, I faced an endurance runner's worst nightmare- dealing with an injury at the beginning of marathon-training season.I worked as the training program manager for a running organization at the time, [...]

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Joy ride: How to choose the best indoor bike for you

Low-impact, simple to use and able to deliver as sweaty or easy a workout as you need, bikes are the perfect home exercise equipment. But which is right for you? “The one you’ll use,” jokes Cris Dobrosielski, spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise and owner of Monumental Results in San Diego. So, try out a few to find the [...]

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5 fitness tools that will never get boring

This gear may not seem like the most exciting, but it actually offers the most versatility and options, says Cris Dobrosielski, spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise and owner of Monumental Results in San Diego. It's also extra effective at melting fat, building muscle and helping you stay healthy.This sponsored content was produced by Tribune Content Solutions on [...]

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5 reasons you need kettlebells in your life

This sponsored content was produced by Tribune Content Solutions on behalf of Precor Home Fitness. The newsroom or editorial department of Tribune Publishing was not involved in its production.

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