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Start a Boot Camp Class to Improve Functional Fitness

Though the name “boot camp” was inspired by military training camps, it doesn’t require one to be athletically inclined to join a boot camp class. There is nothing that uses intimidation tactics, but a focus on breathing and relaxation techniques, core training, and a better understanding of how the body moves. They often feature bodyweight exercises, high-intensity cardiovascular sprints, and heavy equipment like sandbags or kettlebells to boost fitness level quickly. Based on programs used to whip new military recruits into shape, you too can start a boot camp class to improve functional fitness.

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http://greatist.com/tips/start-boot-camp-class-improve-functional-fitness

 

Try Deadstop Weight Training to Smash Fitness Plateaus

Starting your fitness journey with even a little bit of weight training updates can go a long way toward your future success. Amongst all this solid training, you’ve seen gains and kept injury free. But now, you’ve hit a plateau. Enter dead-stop training—an exercise tweak that allows the weight to settle at the bottom of an exercise. Even the most diligent weightlifters take advantage of this body’s momentum that uses stored energy to transfer between the lower and upper part of the rep. It may be a good idea to try deadstop weight training to smash fitness plateaus.

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http://greatist.com/tips/try-deadstop-weight-training-smash-fitness-plateaus

You May Be ‘Stomaching’ Stress More Than You Think

Historically speaking, a stress response may be all about fighting and/or fleeing. When this happens, it utilizes the stress hormones the way in which they were designed. Meaning, you may be “stomaching” stress more than you think. You may think you got dealt a lousy genetic hand when it came to fat distribution, but what you might not know is that chronic fat around your midsection might be due to stress. So what can you do to get bursts of exercise that mimic the fight or flight response? A special training can help combat these negative effects of stress.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jenny-c-evans/stress_b_5724008.html

19 Funniest Fitness Fads of All Time: Where Are They Now?

Fitness fads come and go. Some of them help, and some we’re still not sure what they do. Do you remember Billy Blanks and how he became known as the man who turned violence into a popular form of exercise? We’ve all seen the Shake Weight, but what does it do? What about those vibrating-belt weight-loss machines that promised to jiggle the fat right off your body? Find out the rest of the funniest fitness fads of all time and what these weird trends are all about. Read on to see how many of these fads you remember.

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http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1011141-19-funniest-fitness-fads-time-now/

8 Underrated Vegetables With Extraordinary Health Benefits

Did you know that some of the most ordinary vegetables have extraordinary benefits? Some of them even taste superior than any conventional produce. That’s why you’ll see these vegetables as among the favorite of many. These foods are but a few out there yet among the most powerful tools we have to keep our health in the best shape. Read on to learn about the nutritional power of these seemingly underrated vegetables with extraordinary health benefits. From helping reduce the risk of cancer to boosting your immune system, let’s access their nutritional goodness.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/01/best-vegetables-_n_5042989.html

Spice Up Any Fitness Routine With These Alternative Gyms

In some areas, going to a gym can be expensive, not to mention additional fees for every class you might take. Naturally, being creative in many different free and low-cost alternatives to gym works really well. There’s a gym out there to fit your individual personality and preferences. While alternative gyms are substantially less than most gym memberships and perhaps lacking all the equipment most gyms provide, the creative options will help open your eyes to new workouts that are not boring. Go ahead, give those joints a break and spice up any fitness routine with these alternative gyms.

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http://greatist.com/tips/alternative-gym-workout

What Trainers Wish They’d Known Before First Workout

Establishing a fitness routine and a healthier lifestyle can seem overwhelming, complicated, and even impossible. But taking a bold first step will go a long way toward boosting confidence and preparing for success.  There’s a lot of information out there, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed, especially as a beginner. We asked Greatist Experts and fitness professionals what they wish they had known before their first workout. Triathlete Terra Castro says, “The first step is putting it out there—being bold and believing you can do it. Take even a baby step.” You’ll find the rest good news!

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http://greatist.com/move/health-fitness-tips-experts

33 Super Delicious Ways to Eat Cauliflower

From burgers to pizza, frittatas to brownies, cauliflower is the multitasking superfood that’s rich in vitamin C. Known as a cruciferous vegetable, cauliflower is known for high levels of cancer-fighting phytochemicals. Cauliflower for dessert? You’d never know they’re the secret ingredient in a fudgy, chocolate-y brownies. Better yet, your cauliflower chocolate cake doesn’t contain crazy boxed-cake-mix ingredients. Get your mouse ready for these 33 super delicious ways to eat cauliflower. As comfort foods to cauliflower classics and international eats, we’ve collected the best cauliflower recipes around the web to help you get on the cauliflower party!

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http://greatist.com/eat/super-surprising-super-delicious-cauliflower-recipes

32 Science-Backed Ways To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

We can now smell the joyful air of holidays, and of course, when there’s a holiday it means delicious food and lots of it! Many of us experience weight gain during the festive winter months. Is it possible to celebrate the holidays without gaining weight? The answer is a big YES. The holiday season is all about celebrating, having fun, and indulging. So let’s tackle how to navigate holiday party food treats, hectic schedules, and ruined gym routines — without turning into Mr. Scrooge.  You’d still wake up the same size or even less!

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http://greatist.com/health/ways-to-avoid-holiday-weight-gain

Whistler Spirit Run 2014

There was fantastic weather and participation levels that exceeded expectations says Peter Diemer, President of the Organizing Committee.  The 7th annual Whistler Spirit Run had record attendance and strong finishes from a very competitive field that includes top athletes down to elementary school runners.  SierraSil President Michael Bently and Community Manager Melanie Trepanier also had very strong showings.  Here are some pictures from the event:

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