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Family Fitness

Family Fitness


Does fitness run in your family? Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Sam Laceky explains the importance and benefits of incorporating fitness into your family dynamic.

Purpose and Perks of Compound Moves

Purpose and Perks of Compound Moves


Maximize your calorie burn and add more diversity to your workouts. Cooper Fitness Center Director of Fitness Education Carla Sottovia, PhD, shares the benefits of compound exercise movements.

Strength Circuits to Rev Up Metabolism

Strength Circuits to Rev Up Metabolism


Looking to burn more calories both during and after exercise? Cooper Fitness Center Director of Fitness Mary Edwards, MS, shares how you can challenge your body metabolically for greater results.

Breathe Right, Lift Strong

Breathe Right, Lift Strong


Breathe new life into your weightlifting routine. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Ryan Sheppard, MSEd, elaborates on proper breathing techniques to improve the quality of your strength training workout.

Boost Your Flexibility and Mobility

Boost Your Flexibility and Mobility


To feel your best physically, you must first be able to move your best. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainers Clay Fredrickson, DPT, PT, and Carla Sottovia, PhD, share the importance of flexibility and mobility in your exercise routine.

Cardio-Focused HIIT Workouts

Cardio-Focused HIIT Workouts


How can you maximize your potential by knowing your maximum heart rate? Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Debi Wilkins, MS, shares the benefits of a different take on HIIT workouts by emphasizing cardio.

Total Body Weight Workouts

Total Body Weight Workouts


Looking for a workout plan that is as short as it is efficient? Maximize your time with a convenient, zero equipment workout that can be done virtually anywhere. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Lara Price discusses the benefits of total body weight workouts.

Build Immunity the Active Way

Build Immunity the Active Way


Can exercise boost your immune system? Cooper Fitness Center Director of Education Carla Sottovia, PhD, elaborates on the relationship between physical activity and immunity against disease.

The Plus Side of Power Training

The Plus Side of Power Training


Is power training the same as strength training? Ryan Sheppard, MSEd, Professional Fitness Trainer at Cooper Fitness Center, explains the difference and the plus sides of power training.

Female Focus: Cancer Prevention

Female Focus: Cancer Prevention


Exercise is key to preventing disease. Cooper Fitness Center Director of Fitness Mary Edwards, MS, and Professional Fitness Trainer Colette Cole, MS, explain how the Female Focus program emphasizes the importance of exercise in cancer prevention.

Wrap Your Head Around Brain Fitness

Wrap Your Head Around Brain Fitness


Exercise is not only for your heart but your head, too! Cooper Fitness Center Director of Personal Training Education Carla Sottovia, PhD, discusses the importance of physical activity to your overall brain health.

MAT: Addressing Old Injuries with New Techniques

MAT: Addressing Old Injuries with New Techniques


Addressing muscular imbalance and limited range of motion are key to long-term health. Learn how your body can once again function the way it was designed to with MAT.

Managing Menopause with Exercise

Managing Menopause with Exercise


Dealing with menopause is challenging, but exercise can help. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Angela Horner explains why the way you take care of yourself during this time in your life is so important to your present and future health.

The Push and Pull of Balanced Strength Training

The Push and Pull of Balanced Strength Training


Would you like to increase your metabolism, reduce your chance of injury and improve your ability to perform daily functions? Then strength training is for you, especially if you are over the age of 50.

Too Hot to Handle

Too Hot to Handle


As temperatures rise in the summertime, so do the risks that come with exercising outdoors. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainers Tonya Gutch and Sam Laceky share their insights on how to effectively work out indoors this summer.

How to Get a Full-Body Workout with Dumbbells

How to Get a Full-Body Workout with Dumbbells


Being versatile and easy-to-use, dumbbells may be the star of your home gym these days. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Patrick Fisher explains how to get creative and cover your bases with a full-body workout that only requires a pair of dumbbells.

Just Add Water

Just Add Water


Is your body hydrated enough to get the most out of your workouts? Revamp your workouts by drinking enough water before, during and after. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Christian Mazur discusses how to stay practically and properly hydrated.

Heart Rate Tracking with Myzone®

Heart Rate Tracking with Myzone®


Are you exercising at an intensity sufficient enough for weight loss, cardiovascular benefit or activity recovery? Cooper Fitness Center Director of Fitness and Professional Fitness Trainer Mary Edwards, MS, shares the benefit and importance of tracking your heart rate to take your fitness goals to the next level.

Life is a Balancing Act

Life is a Balancing Act


Balance is an essential part of life—especially your physical well-being. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Daniel Montes explains the basics of balance and how to incorporate it into your routine for maximum lifetime benefit.

At-Home for the Holidays

At-Home for the Holidays


With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, finding time to exercise can be tricky. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Louie Herrera explains how to get the most of a 30-minute at-home workout without sacrificing quality.

Put the Function Back in Fitness

Put the Function Back in Fitness


Our bodies need strength and proper motion to perform daily activities. Did you know that specific exercises using your own body weight can help build your strength?

The Power of Fitness: Fight Back with Hope

The Power of Fitness: Fight Back with Hope


Cancer doesn't have to be the victor. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Colette Cole shares how her program inspires women who face the daunting reality of breast cancer and are fighting back without losing hope.

A Brighter Outlook with Exercise

A Brighter Outlook with Exercise


Clear your mind by getting up and getting active. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainers discuss how exercise gives you a brighter outlook on life and share their favorite types of activities to combat depression.

The Science Behind the Perfect Workout Plan

The Science Behind the Perfect Workout Plan


There is no one-size-fits-all workout program. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainers Louie Herrera and Robert Treece share the secrets to creating an exercise schedule that meets your goals and interests.

Take a Swing at These Golf Training Tips

Take a Swing at These Golf Training Tips


Non-traditional forms of exercise, such as golf, can be the ideal balance of physical fitness and an enjoyable hobby. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer David H. Williams shares training tips to keep your golf game young.

Lean in and Tone Up

Lean in and Tone Up


Find yourself shying away from weight lifting at the gym? Building lean muscle benefits far more than just your muscles. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Patrick Fisher explains the advantages of developing lean muscle mass.

Recover Faster with MAT

Recover Faster with MAT


Muscle Activation Technique is a revolutionary approach to correcting muscle imbalances, helping you feel and function your absolute best. Professional Fitness Trainer Robert Treece explains how using MAT to focus on correcting the source of pain can promote faster recovery from muscular injuries.

Exercise's Role in Stress Management

Exercise's Role in Stress Management


Exercise is a powerful, proven remedy for even the most stressful days. Professional Fitness Trainer Shannon Edwards shares his favorite ways to relieve stress through physical activity.

Stretch. Hydrate. Repeat.

Stretch. Hydrate. Repeat.


No matter the intensity of your workouts, recovery is key. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Angela Horner shares her post-workout recovery tips while discussing the importance of stretching and refueling your body properly after exercise.

Steady State or Bursts of Intensity?

Steady State or Bursts of Intensity?


Training intensities are designed to achieve different fitness goals. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Carla Botelho Sottovia explains the advantages of low and high intensity workouts and how to select the right training program for you.

Efficient Workouts: Why Brief is Best

Efficient Workouts: Why Brief is Best


An effective workout doesn’t have to be lengthy. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainers discuss the benefits of efficient workouts and provide a circuit you can perform in less than an hour.

Workouts in the Palm of your Hand

Workouts in the Palm of your Hand


Looking to maximize your fitness routine? There's an app for that! With so many smartphone apps available, how do you know which one is best for you? Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Patrick Fisher shares the top three apps he uses to stay fit.

Are You Overtraining Your Core?

Are You Overtraining Your Core?


Training your abs too much may be doing you more harm than good. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainers Tonya Gutch and Chris Parker explain the most common mistakes when it comes to overtraining your core.

Manage Disease with Exercise

Manage Disease with Exercise


We all know exercise can keep us in top cardiovascular condition, but did you know it can also help ward off certain diseases?

Brain Benefits of Exercise

Brain Benefits of Exercise


Did you know exercise can help strengthen your mind? Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Angela Horner shares the best exercises you can do to help improve cognition.

Tone Up with Queenax™

Tone Up with Queenax™


If you think utilizing monkey bars or an AntiGravity® Hammock won’t get you fit at the gym, think again. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainers Alicia Parker and Carla Sottovia discuss how the Precor® Queenax™ can provide a full-body workout. 

Stay Fit While Traveling

Stay Fit While Traveling


When planning a vacation, exercising may be the last thing on your mind. Yet, maintaining your fitness routine when traveling can help ensure you don't lose what you've worked so hard to achieve leading up to your trip. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Shannon Edwards offers simple, easy exercises you can do while traveling.

Ways to Maintain or Improve Flexibility with Age

Ways to Maintain or Improve Flexibility with Age


Maybe you can't move like you once did in your earlier years, but that doesn't mean you should stop working to improve your flexibility. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Louis Herrera discusses ways you can improve your flexibility, no matter your age.

Tight Muscles? Try MAT

Tight Muscles? Try MAT


The tense muscle pain you’re feeling could be a sign of a bigger problem─muscle weakness. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Robert Treece explains how Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) can help correct muscular imbalances that lead to tightness, pain and potentially injury.

How To Incorporate Functional Training

How To Incorporate Functional Training


Understanding how you move daily can help you create a functional training exercise plan. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Aaron Feldman discusses the benefits of functional training and provides functional exercise examples to help get you started.

The Benefits of Active Aging

The Benefits of Active Aging


Just because you're getting older doesn't mean you have to quit exercising. In fact, staying active as you age is something that can help keep your mind and body sharp. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Lisa Hanley discusses how you can stay strong at any age.

Pump Up Your Workout with Heart Rate Tracking

Pump Up Your Workout with Heart Rate Tracking


The frequency, duration and intensity of your exercise all factor into the effectiveness of your workout program. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainers Angela Horner and Ryan Sheppard discuss how heart rate tracking can help ensure you're getting the most out of your workout.

Getting Back To Fitness in a Few Simple Steps

Getting Back To Fitness in a Few Simple Steps


Has your fitness regimen been slacking lately? Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainer Melissa Stansell offers three easy ways to get back to fitness.

Managing Stress with Exercise

Managing Stress with Exercise


Everyone experiences periods of stress throughout their lives. While some stressors can help motivate you, uncontrolled stress can make you physically unhealthy. Trainers Alicia Parker and James Silvester explain how getting up and getting moving can do wonders for your worry. 

Implementing Technology Into Your Workouts

Implementing Technology Into Your Workouts


Can wearable fitness technology help improve your workout? Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainers Christian Mazur and Patrick Fisher discuss how these small pieces of equipment can make a big difference in reaching your fitness goals.

Managing Pain Through Exercise

Managing Pain Through Exercise


Acute and chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. If you suffer from pain, it’s important to know it doesn’t mean you have to quit moving. Cooper Fitness Center professional fitness trainers explain how exercise can be used to help manage pain.

How Exercise Helps Improve Memory and Cognitive Function

How Exercise Helps Improve Memory and Cognitive Function


You know exercise is good for your body, but what about for your brain? Discover how physical activity can help improve brain health at any age.

Move More, Sit Less

Move More, Sit Less


Sitting for a majority of the day can increase your risk for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and more. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainers Debi Wilkins and Aaron Feldman discuss how adding just 10 minutes of movement to your day can make a difference in your health.

The Truth About Weight Loss

The Truth About Weight Loss


When you’re trying to lose weight, it’s easy to overcomplicate things. Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainers, Paul Mossa and Stephanie Hill, give us their perspective on some of the most common weight loss myths. 

At-Home or On-The-Go Circuit Training

At-Home or On-The-Go Circuit Training


Looking to spice up your workout? Circuit training might be your answer. The exercise provides benefits of both cardio and strength training.

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