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How Many Burpees Does It Take To Burn One Pound Of Fat?

Billy Pratt, BS, CPT, CPFT, PAS, GIPS, CFMSP Sep 28, 2015 Cardio

Depending on how much you weigh, performing one burpee (a full one, including the jump at the top) will burn anywhere from a half to one-and-a-half calories.  One pound of bodyfat contains approximately 3500 calories.  So in order to burn the equivalent of just one pound of fat, you would need to perform anywhere from 1,750-5,250 burpees!  And this is assuming...

How Can I Avoid Gaining Weight While I Train For An Endurance Event?

Jul 2, 2014 Cardio

Carrie Burr:  Manager of Fitness Together South End in CharlotteAfter training for 5 marathons myself, I finally feel that I have conquered the dreaded endurance training weight gain.  Here is the thing…if you are training for an endurance event, don’t focus on weight loss because it probably won’t happen.  A lot of physiological...

What Are Some Important Things To Look For In A Running Shoe?

May 20, 2014 Cardio

Matt GriffithFT Spokane"The best way to get the proper shoe is to start with getting fitted properly.  Do you have a high arch, normal arch or flat feet? Do you supinate, pronate, overpronate, or are you lucky enough to be neutral? After that, always invest in good insoles! A good insole should last longer than the running shoe itself as the insoles the companies...

What's My Target Heart Rate, And Why Should I Care?

Apr 30, 2014 Cardio

Billy PrattFT Avon"Your target heart rate is the number of times your heart should beat in one minute while pursuing an activity.  The target range is very individual, as it depends on the fitness level of the exerciser and what the purpose of that exercise session is.  Contacting a personal trainer for more information on how to determine what yours should be is a...

What's The Harm Of Only Doing Cardio When I Work Out?

Jan 8, 2014 Cardio

Bruce KellyFT Media"Cardio-only means you won't be able to build muscle. Only strength training builds muscle which means your lean body mass is higher which in turn leads you to burn more calories at rest as well as at play, which is key in maintaining or losing weight. Also, strength training obviously can improve functional strength, mobility, power and...

How Long And How Often Should I Do Cardio?

Oct 16, 2013 Cardio

Annette SuridisFT Naples"Cardiovascular wellbeing is pertinent to living a healthy lifestyle. Each day a person should minimally walk at a fast pace to get some basic cardiovascular work for at least 20 minutes. Further advanced training is dependent upon your current cardiovascular health and may depend upon monitoring your heart rate and blood pressure. Remember that you...


Apr 23, 2013 Cardio

Alex MuellerFT Lake Forest"Foam rolling your IT bands is the single most effective injury prevention task.  That's helped me finish three marathons and four triathlons, including Ironman. It saves both your knees and hips."Kris DixonFT Auburn"I would say that most runners encounter knee pain throughout the course of their running career.  However, most of...

Aging Gracefully

Billy Pratt, Head Trainer Sep 4, 2012 Cardio

As the saying goes, "with age comes wisdom." Unfortunately other things come with aging as well, such as loss of balance.  Every year, 1.6 million older Americans are admitted to the emergency room due to sustaining a fall-related injury.  While it may sound vogue to say "well that's just what happens when you get older", the truth is that it is possible to lower your...

Beat The Heat And Stay Hydrated!

Billy Pratt, Head Trainer Jul 10, 2012 Cardio

Stay Hydrated!Beat The Heat This SummerWith water making up about 70% of the human body's composition, it only stands to reason that staying hydrated is of utmost importance in maintaining your health and well-being.The average person should be drinking 8 8-oz. glasses of water per day, more if you find yourself exercising in the heat.  A good barometer for determining if...

Jumpstart The Holidays With High Intensity Cardio!

Nov 23, 2011 Cardio

As you dive into the winter season, you may find yourself in a rut of doing the same old, same old when it comes to your fitness and wellness routine. And as the temperatures get cooler, climbing on the dreaded treadmill or elliptical machine may seem to be your only options for burning those inevitable extra holiday calories.Effective cardio training, though, can include more...

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