ROMANIAN DEADLIFT (AKA “RDL”)

Written by: Elsie Velazquez cert. Personal Trainer at Prescription Fitness (Cleveland, Ohio) The Romanian deadlift (also known as the RDL) was developed by a Romanian weightlifter named Nicu Vlad with the intention of working on lower back and hamstring strength and to build power for pulling movements.  To this day, that is what the exercise is mainly known for but it does more than simply … [Read more...]

Memorial Day – Keeping it Active

Written By: Elsie Velazquez cert. Personal Trainer at Prescription Fitness (Cleveland, Ohio) Memorial Day is coming up in just a few short weeks.  Not only is it a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered, it is also the unofficial start of the summer season for many.  If you don’t have plans to leave town, don’t despair.  Whether you are looking for adult … [Read more...]

TIRE WORKOUTS

Written by: Elsie Velazquez cert. personal trainer at Prescription Fitness (Cleveland, Ohio) You don't need to spend thousands of dollars on expensive equipment to get results.   Even with a basic tire, you can reap serious physical benefits because they offer a ton of workout variations.  Plus, tires can be acquired rather easily and are great for challenging your power, strength, and … [Read more...]

STEADY STATE CARDIO – AN OLDIE BUT GOODIE

Written By: Elsie Velazquez, Cert. Personal Trainer at Prescription Fitness (Cleveland, Ohio)             In recent years HIIT (high intensity interval training) has become very popular on the fitness scene because of the metabolic benefits it offers and because it allows you to get in and out of the gym in a very short time.  The problem is that it is not good for everyone.  HIIT training is not … [Read more...]

Simple vs. Complex Carbs

Written by: Elsie Velazquez cert. personal trainer at Prescription Fitness (Cleveland, Ohio) There are three main types of carbohydrates are sugars, starches, and fiber.   Furthermore, Carbohydrates are sugars that come in 2 main forms - simple and complex.  They are also referred to as “good” and “bad” carbs. The difference between a simple and complex carb is in how quickly it is digested and … [Read more...]

Post Winter Sport Program Design

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How to get a cute butt: HIP THRUSTS!

Written by: Elsie Velazquez cert. personal trainer at Prescription Fitness (Cleveland, Ohio) The hip thrust is a popular exercise among athletes and those who want to strengthen their core and glutes muscles.  Hip thrusts also target the quads, hamstrings, and calves.  Hip thrusts can be performed using just your bodyweight, with a barbell, with dumbbells, or with resistance bands (this choice … [Read more...]

PRE-WORKOUT SUPPLEMENTS

Written by: Elsie Velazquez cert. personal trainer at Prescription Fitness (Cleveland, Ohio) Over the years, I’ve been asked many times to give my opinion on pre-workout supplements.  Are they safe?  Do they work?  Are some better than others?  The list of questions goes on and on. First of all, let me start by explaining why people choose to take a pre-workout supplement.  Most pre-workout … [Read more...]

Intermittent Fasting

Written by: Elsie Velazquez cert. personal trainer with Prescription Fitness (Cleveland, Ohio) Intermittent fasting has become a popular health and fitness trend recently.  It is mostly done by those trying to lose weight, improve their health and/or simplify their lifestyle.  There are many studies that show that it can have a positive effect on your body and brain – essentially, can help you … [Read more...]

THE IMPORTANCE OF FIBER

Written by: Elsie Velazquez cert. personal trainer at Prescription Fitness (Cleveland, Ohio) You probably already know that fiber is important to good health, but do you know why and if you are getting enough?   Chances are that even if you know why you need it, you may not be consuming enough of it.  Women need about 25 grams per day and men need about 38 grams according to the Institute of … [Read more...]