Posts tagged fitness
Feel Good Friday - We Stuffed Our Faces. Now What?

Temperatures are dropping, crowds are scurrying to find pumpkin spice flavored goodies, and the winter boots, hats and scarves are making their first appearances. Though the crisp air and grey skies might tempt the masses to indulge in winter’s hibernation early, a great many New Yorkers are gearing up for the fall hiking season. Read more to find out where to go!

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Feel Good Friday: Digesting the Correct Information

In this day of fast technology and media, there is quite a bit of information out there, but people still remain pretty uninformed about nutrition. Perhaps they don't know where to look, what to trust, or simply don’t have the time to wade through it all. Here are some great resources to steer you on the right path. 

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Take Pride Tuesdays - No False Starts Here, Strictly Results!!!

The keys of success through Alex’s eyes are “finally finding exercises that challenge me without discouraging me.”Alex now looks forward to her time at the gym with her 5-day per week program "The coaches and other members have become friends that are borderline family. The support each member shows one another is so unique.  It helps reinforce my commitment to myself, my strength and my health” Alex stated.  You can now find Alex swinging the 64-pound kettle bell, deadlifting 205 pounds on the trap bar for homework, and randomly doing inchworms like a crazy person (it’s her favorite exercise, yes we know…. strange). “My body continues to surprise me, and I am lucky to share those physical wins with my Iron Lion Performance family,” Alex explained. 

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Mindful Eating

  I am sure that by now, you have heard that eating slowly can prevent overeating. Turns out that this is more than common sense. Your body determines fullness not only on stretch cues (determined by the bulk of the food –THINK: Fill Level) but also from a hormonal response that's triggered as your food leaves the stomach and enters the small intestine. This takes time. (around 20 mins or so). So… how do you slow down? Try eating with mindfulness.

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Portion Control: Size Matters

Eating your feelings, cleaning your plate when you’re full, finishing the bowl of popcorn at a movie. We’ve all been there.  When we’re given a container of anything… be it a container of ice cream or a bucket of popcorn, we tend to think of it as a portion. These are extreme examples, of course, but even things like soft drink cans be confusing as they often contain more than one portion.  So how much is a portion? 

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Feel Good Friday: The Winning Mindset

Matters of mindset and mental approach have long been of interest in the world of athletics, but a recent abundance of research and literature on the topic has peaked my interest in how it can help all of us achieve our goals in and out of the gym.

Today, I’d like to mention a popular idea of Fixed vs. Growth Mindset, made famous by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck in Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, as demonstrated in the graphic below.

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Stronger Feet for Stronger Deadlifts

Here at Iron Lion, you will hear the trainers cueing you to grip with your feet or to root your feet into the ground. Why are the feet so important? It’s because the feet spread over a surface, grip it and send sensory messages about it to the rest of the muscles, telling them how much strength to apply. Athletes and clients should be able to separate the toes, spread the floor and grip with the big toe, lighting up the muscles of foot and creating an arch of support or neutral foot. One exercise that really helps you feel this foot-body connection is the RDL.

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