Written by :Elsie Velazquez CPT at Prescription Fitness (CLE,OH) When you think about cutting calories, losing weight, or clean eating it is easy to picture a life of total deprivation and misery.  Nobody wants to give up all of the foods they love for the sake of being healthier.   Luckily, there are ways around this dilemma. By making a few food swaps you’ll hardly even notice and making … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Increase Your Deadlift Strength

By Alex Janis, CPT at Prescription Fitness (CLE, Ohio) The deadlift is powerful exercise and when performed properly can make or break strength gains within the gym.  Perhaps it may seem excessively simple: Pick up the weight and put it back down.  This is a very primal movement pattern and is still utilized in daily activity with high degrees of frequency i.e. picking up groceries.  So not … [Read more...]

Spooktacular Workout

Written By: Elsie Velazquez CPT at Prescription Fitness (CLE, Ohio) Even as an adult, dressing up for Halloween party can be a lot of fun.  Eating tons of candy and over-indulging in sugary treats and drinks is also fun.  However, dealing with feelings of guilt and/or experiencing weight gain, is NOT fun. To help you stay committed and on track with your fitness goals while still partaking … [Read more...]

Injury Prevention Tactics

Written By Alex Janis, CPT at Prescription Fitness (Cleveland, Ohio) What is a primary reason people fail to reach their goals?  Often fear of future injury or previous injury discourages an individual from taking the first steps towards reaching a fitness goal.  Luckily, there is a lot that can be done when working with a trained professional with regards to working around injuries and … [Read more...]

Physical Activity and Cognitive Function

Written by: Kayla Kazanowski, ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist with Prescription Fitness (CLE, OH). Over the last decade, neuroimaging has proven the ability of physical activity to decrease cognitive decline that is commonly associated with aging. The hippocampus, an organ found in the medial temporal lobe, plays a fundamental role in memory processing, specifically long-term memory … [Read more...]

Don’t FALL Out of Fitness!

Written By: Elsie Velazquez cert. personal trainer with Prescription Fitness (CLE, OH) Last week was a little sad because summer officially came to an end. I find that working out and finding things to do is so much easier when the sun is shining and the temps are nice enough that you simply throw on a tee and shorts and head out the door for a walk or jog or game of volleyball.  No layering … [Read more...]

The Importance of Injury Prevention

Written by: Kayla Kazanowski cert. Personal Trainer with Prescription Fitness (CLE, Ohio) When competing at a high level of athletics, many individuals think they are “invincible.” Injury prevention programming can not only prevent the onset of an injury occurring during athletic participation, but can also ease the transition into activity following an injury. Injuries can be sport specific … [Read more...]

Mass vs. Strength

Written by: Elsie Velazquez CPT at Prescription Fitness (CLE,OH) I think it is fair to say that a person’s level of strength is often associated with the amount of muscle mass the person has. Although, there is a correlation between the two, a person who has more muscle mass is not necessarily always going to be stronger than someone with less muscle mass. One example is the difference between … [Read more...]

How much rest do you really need?

By Alex Janis, CPT at Prescription Fitness (CLE, Ohio) Have you ever felt completely exhausted after a tough workout and even continued to feel lethargic for a few days after?  Most likely we all have felt like that for a good reason: exercise is hard on the body!  How can you know how much rest you need before working out again?  Here are a few things to consider… Frequency Frequency … [Read more...]

Strength Training For Aesthetics

By Alex Janis, CPT at Prescription Fitness (CLE, OH)   You may be tempted to think that training heavy is exclusive for those who powerlift or go up against 350 lb grown men in the NFL.  However, when properly implemented, heavy submaximal strength training can take your physique to a whole new level, regardless of gender or current size.  Why might this be and how can this be … [Read more...]