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The Rise of the Superman

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imagesHave you ever been playing a sport, doing an activity, or even driving and all of a sudden you come out of an almost “blackout” type daze not knowing how the last few seconds have just played out? That my friends is Flow, but to put it more scientific terms for you; Flow is basically a state of optimal consciousness that allows you to focus on the task at hand and ...

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Vertex Shuffle

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images-3Its called the Vertex Shuffle and it goes something like this: After completing a set on the Leg Press, the client emits a dull whimper and slides her legs slowly off the footplate and onto the ground. After an agonizing 15 seconds, she reaches a position resembling standing and begins to go to the Hammer Row machine. Even though the Row is only five feet away, she will walk the ...

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Are You Working Hard Enough?

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UnknownI actually had something else in mind to write my blog about this week, but Dwayne sent something out to the Vertex team that really inspired me and I wanted to continue the discussion. What he sent was a video of an interview with Mavericks owner and self-made billionaire Mark Cuban talking about his biggest regrets in life. Here is someone who has reached an elevation in life that is beyond ...

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Chef Jacquie’s Blog – Herbs and Spice Make Everything Nice

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Blog_HerbsAndSpiceHerbs and spices provide flavor rather than substance to food. They are also used in medicine, added to perfume, and have spiritual properties, as well. The use of spices dates back TO 50,000 BCE. Egyptians used herbs for embalming while Greeks and Romans used spices and herbs in rituals, especially during this time of year (Halloween and All Souls Day). They were burned as an offering to their gods and used ...

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Practice Makes Perfect or Nature over Nurture?

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UnknownThis has been something that has puzzled me for years; Can hard work and determination overcome God given natural ability? I’m sure when you can remember being young, trying something new and wondering why someone was better at something that you were? Heck that’s something I still look around and say when I see others excelling at something I just can’t seem to get a handle on. There are two stances on ...

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Fitness Leaders Alliance to host the First Fitness Leaders Summit in Orlando, FL

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This is exciting news! Vertex Fitness has teamed with S.P.A.R.T.A. & the IART and formed The Fitness Leaders Alliance.  The Alliance’s first event is The Fitness Leaders Summit, November 7th & 8th at Walt Disney’s Swan & Dolphin Resort in Sunny Orlando, Florida.

Are you a fitness business owner or an entrepreneurial fitness professional that wants to take their business to a new level? Register now to attend the first Fitness Leaders Alliance Summit on November 7 ...

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Spondylolisthesis

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imagesSpondylolisthesis is a condition in which one vertebra slips either forward or backward on an adjacent vertebra. There are three types of spondylolisthesis:congenital spondylolisthesis (means your were born with it), isthmic spondylolisthesis (overuse-think football lineman and gymnasts), and degenerative spondylolisthesis (by far the most common type).

 

The most common symptom of spondylolisthesis is generalized lower back pain. Tight hamstrings and the inability to bend are other symptoms, along with pain, tingling, and ...

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Strong Teeth?

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images-2This one’s for Mom. Mom was a dental hygienist (she’s retired now). As I’m sure you can imagine, twice daily tooth brushing and twice yearly visits to the dentist were not only encouraged, but also viewed as mandatory acts, kind of like the sun coming up.

To this day, I am still a stickler about brushing and flossing. I am trying desperately to pass this love of oral hygiene onto ...

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Chef Jacquie’s Blog – Eve in the Garden of Eatin’

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Billowy white tents housed 76 of Philly’s best chefs; which I dubbed The Garden of Eatin’. But it wasn’t limited to just food; the City’s finest mixologists were present as well as Audi and their magnificent machines…vroom vroom! The entertainment is always fun and one thing is for sure about Feastival, it is going to be an adventure for all the senses.

My mission was to visit as many chefs and mixologists ...

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Whats your Motivation?

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imagesI believe that all training should have a purpose. It should be a means of building your body and mind, with the ultimate goal of being ready to perform at your best when it counts most. And one of the biggest failing points for most people is not getting their mind right; while you may be physically dialed in, not having mental focus will too often lead to sub-par performance and disappointment. ...

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Diabetes and Strength Training

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images-1There are two types of Diabetes. Type 1 diabetes (sometimes called Juvenile Diabetes) is characterized by the bodies inability to produce insulin. Type 2 Diabetes (adult onset) is characterized by the body either not producing enough insulin or not responding to the insulin in the bloodstream.

Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas that removes glucose (broken-down sugars) from the bloodstream and deposits it into working tissue. In ...

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Chef Jacquie’s Blog – A Fig for Your Thoughts

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Do you like to adventure outside of your culinary cooking comfort zone? Me too.
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As the end of summer approaches, it is time to make jam with the abundance of the harvest, which will soon diminish.

Then, the moment arrived; my Fairy Fig Godmother, Karla J. Stockli, Chief Executive Officer, California Fig Advisory Board sent me a present, 4 boxes of California ...

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Hit a Strength Plateau and Not Sure How to Get Past It?

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UnknownWe all have! Everyone of us have been there: keeping up with the weekly workouts, not cheating on the diet, but for some reason we cannot seem to increase our strength or endurance. If what you are doing and have been doing isn’t working, its time to open up your world to an advanced training technique that will allow you to put this plateau in your rear view mirror, and its ...

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Balance

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UnknownBalance. Your body craves it. The technical term for balance in the body is HOMEOSTASIS. When the body is unable to maintain a homeostatic environment, disease and death are sure to follow.

One example of our bodies amazing ability to self-regulate is body temperature. We are wired to stay at about 98.6 degrees. When we are sick or when we exercise, our bodies produce sweat to help cool us off by evaporation. ...

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Success in Wealth and Health: More Similar Than You Think

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UnknownAt an early age my parents taught me the importance of saving money and investing for the future.  These conversations, although the best advice and information they could give me at the time, never really resonated. Why you ask?  Lets face it, kids and long-term thinking are like oil and water, just cant work no matter how you try to mix it in.  Similarly at a young age, we are taught ...

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Chef Jacquie’s Blog – Try To Understand, It’s A Magic Pan, Mama!

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I attended a fantastic event for bloggers this past June called “Eat, Write Retreat” held in Philadelphia. As a chef I attend lots of chef events to hone my culinary skills, techniques and keep up with culinary trends. I never attended any writing conferences; this was my first!

I only knew a few people and felt a little anxious as I checked-in. Each registrant received a swag bag filled to the ...

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Get Comfortable being Uncomfortable

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EllenComfortZone Why are we so scared to do things that we aren’t used too? Why do we fear change or failure? What is that weird sickening feeling in our stomachs that feels like a bodily shutdown has occurred? These are all questions we should ask ourselves when the symptoms of fear and discomfort overwhelm us, and try to force us back into our “comfort zone.”  When this happens to you, actually sit down ...

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The Importance of Sleep

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imagesThe purpose of exercise is to change your body in a positive manner. However, increases in muscle size, muscle strength, and stamina do not happen while you are working out. Those changes occur when you rest!

Strength training damages your muscles. This is good, because it sends a signal to your brain that something has to change (You either have to stop doing damage to your muscles or your muscles need to ...

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Even muscles work as a team

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TeamMuch like a team, you are only as strong as your weakest link. Studies have shown, that in order to get the most out of a team effort, everyone must work as hard as they can. If one muscle is stronger than the other, the stronger muscles wont get much out of the compound exercise. Lets consider a compound exercise as a team exercise since they use multiple muscles. For instance, if ...

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Tight IT Bands?

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UnknownWhile it is more commonly known as “runner’s knee,” IT band friction syndrome does not spare cyclists. Symptoms include pain on the outside of the knee, tenderness and sometimes swelling. IT pain is typically associated with prolonged, repetitive activity. But more advanced cases may cause pain when simply walking or going up and down stairs. You may feel stiff or tight after periods of inactivity and especially after prolonged sitting. Now, ...

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