Summer Tips

Summer Tips Summer is Here!! I will complain to the high heavens about the cold and snow, but you’ll hear nary a word from me about heat and humidity. However, summer does pose some problems for those of us who exercise. Here are a couple of tips on how to handle those issues. One of the…

Brad Pursell Summer Intern at Vertex Fitness

Meet Brad Pursell

Meet Brad Pursell My name is Brad Pursell, I am a Summer Intern at Vertex Fitness. I just finished my sophomore year at Endicott College, located in Beverly, Mass. I am currently in the exercise science program and may look to pursue a degree in physical therapy after graduation. Endicott requires 3 internships, 2-120-hour internships…

Sports Drinks

Are Sports Drinks Better Than Water When Exercising?

Are Sports Drinks Better Than Water When Exercising? What drink is best for getting and staying hydrated during exercise? Should you choose water? Are sports drinks best? The debate concerning sports drinks vs water as the better exercise drink concerns a number of factors, the most important of which is proper hydration. When exercising, the human body loses more…


Muscle and Function: The Gastrocnemius

Muscle and Function: The Gastrocnemius The Gastrocnemius is a bipennate muscle that originates on the lateral and medial condyles of the femur. It runs down the back of the leg and invests into the Achilles tendon and inserts into the calcaneus. It is the most superficial muscle of the lower leg. Because it crosses two joints, it…