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...]

Move of the month – back extension!

Written by: Elsie Velazquez cert. personal trainer for Prescription Fitness (Cleveland, Ohio) According to doctors at the Cleveland Clinic, 8 out of 10 people will experience low back pain at least once in their lifetime.  This high injury statistic makes strengthening your back to prevent back injury an important priority. Luckily, even if you don’t have access to a gym and/or gym … [Read more...]

The Many Benefits of Swimming!

Written by: Elsie Velazquez cert. personal trainer at Prescription Fitness (Cleveland, Ohio) When we think of doing cardio, generally what comes to mind is walking, biking, hiking, and jogging.  Swimming is not always the first activity that comes to mind.  It should be!  Swimming is an excellent way to work your entire body and cardiovascular system. An hour of swimming burns almost as many … [Read more...]

Weight Training & Posture

Written by: Elsie Velazquez, cert. personal trainer at Prescription Fitness (Cleveland, Ohio)             Poor posture, a very common condition, can cause anything from back and shoulder pain to frequent headaches.  In order to improve your posture, it is important to be aware the factors that can contribute to poor posture and making a conscious effort to correct those you can.  The most … [Read more...]

Be Healthy- Drink Tea!

Written by: Elsie Velazquez, cert. Personal Trainer at Prescription Fitness (Cleveland, Ohio) Regardless of whether it is winter, spring, summer, or fall, tea can be a tasty (and low calorie) drink of choice because it can be served hot or over ice.  In addition to the hydration benefits, there is research that shows tea has many health benefits.  Tea provides a flavorful alternative to plain … [Read more...]

Osteoporosis and Weight training…a Winning Combination?

Written by: Elsie Velazquez cert. personal trainer at Prescription Fitness (Cleveland, Ohio) What is Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis by definition is the thinning of the bones, with reduction in bone mass, due to depletion of calcium and bone protein. Osteoporosis predisposes a person to fractures.  Fractures are often slow healing and/or heal poorly. Osteoporosis is most common in older adults, … [Read more...]

MOVE OF THE MONTH – LUNGES!

Written by: Elsie Velazquez cert. Personal Trainer at Prescription Fitness (Cleveland, Ohio) Aside from squats, lunges are my next favorite exercise.  Lunges allow you to shape and strengthen almost every muscle in the lower body - hips, glutes, quads, hamstring and calves. Lunges are a bit tougher than squats because the split stance puts you in an unstable position, which challenges your … [Read more...]

BELLY FAT – HOW TO LOSE IT!

Written by: Elsie Velazquez cert. personal trainer at Prescription Fitness (Cleveland, Ohio) Getting rid of your abdominal fat is important for more than just vanity's sake.  Excess abdominal fat – also known as visceral fat - surrounds your liver and other organs and is extremely unhealthy.  Even those who are of healthy weight but have excess belly fat have an increased risk of health … [Read more...]