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5 Healthy Ideas as You ‘Fall Back’ This Year – 2015 Fall Time Change

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It is time to “fall back” and rewind our clocks one hour this Sunday, November 1st at 2 a.m. That is unless you live in Arizona or Hawaii, in which case you carry on as usual since your states do not participate in Daylight Saving Time.

For those of you who view the day through a personal perspective of your sleep cycles, you might consider this time change to be occurring while you are sleeping Saturday night. Either way, remember to adjust your clocks accordingly. Here are five tips to help you take full advantage of this occasion and use it to get ahead on your health & fitness.
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How many calories should I eat per day if I weigh 173 pounds and want to lose weight?

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Should I limit the number of starchy foods and high-sugar fruits I eat if I want to lose weight?

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The A+ AUTUMN Workout – AEROBICS, ABS, ARMS & AWESOME Legs ALL-in-one

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When it comes to fitness, the autumn season is not traditionally a focal point for getting into shape for many people. Darker mornings, colder weather, tasty Halloween treats and calorie-laden Thanksgiving meals tend to encourage unhealthy habits that can make it tough to stay focused on health and fitness. Don’t “fall” into this common pitfall this autumn! Instead, follow this A+ AUTUMN Workout to stay on track through the fall season this year.

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Why You Should be SCARED this Halloween…for Your Waistline

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You know the scene…

A bowl of goodies lurking at the reception desk in the office, at the salon, at the dry cleaners. Candy for the taking is everywhere. It’s almost too much for the eyes to bear and for your hand to resist reaching for a treat. Ahhh, the horror!

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How much sugar should I have per day?

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How to do a Lying Leg Curl

How to do Exercises and use the Fitness Equipment at LA Fitness.

Lying Leg Curl Machine

Select an appropriate weight and make any necessary adjustments for your height. Begin by placing your legs under the padded bar near the back of your ankles and lower calves. Squeeze your heels toward your thighs, pause, and then reverse the motion. Pause again, just before the weight stack rests in the original position, and repeat for your desired number of repetitions.

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LA Fitness and Kids Klub Hours for Halloween 2015

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LA Fitness is open for normal operating hours on Halloween, Saturday, October 31, 2015. Although, Kids Klub is closed all day.

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How to do a Standing Cable Shoulder Press

How to do Exercises and use the Fitness Equipment at LA Fitness.

Standing Cable Shoulder Press

Select an appropriate weight and adjust the stabilizing arms to their lowest position. As you face away from the machine, your arms should be just wider than the width of your shoulders. Now push the handles straight up above your head, pause, and then reverse the motion. Repeat for your desired number of repetitions.

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How to do a Seated Leg Extension

How to do Exercises and use the Fitness Equipment at LA Fitness.

Seated Leg Extension Machine

Select an appropriate weight, and make any necessary adjustments for your height. Start by placing your shins underneath the padded bar and push your feet out in front of you, pause, and then reverse the motion. Pause again, just before the weight stack rests in the original position. Repeat for the necessary amount of repetitions required for your workout program and fitness goal.

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What is a good way to fight my sweet tooth? I am very good about eating healthy and clean until after dinner when I crave sweets.

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How to do a Machine Leg Press

How to do Exercises and use the Fitness Equipment at LA Fitness.

Leg Press Machine

Select an appropriate weight, and make any necessary adjustments for your height. Start with your feet just outside of shoulder width apart and flat on the platform. Push away from the platform with your legs, stopping with a slight bend at your knees, then reverse the motion, stopping again when your knees are at approximately 90 degrees. Continue for the necessary amount of repetitions required for your workout program and fitness goal.

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How many calories a day should I eat and what should I be eating to lose weight?

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How to do a Dumbbell Lunge Midair Switch

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Begin in a lunge position with your hands at your sides. Start by jumping, in an explosive manner, while swinging your arms above your head and switching your leg position. Bring your hands back to your sides upon landing, and continue for the necessary amount of repetitions required for your workout program and fitness goal.

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How to do a Dumbbell Hammer Curl

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Dumbbell Hammer Curls

Hold the dumbbells in a hammer grip, so that your palms are facing inward. Now curl the dumbbells up and in toward your body without moving your upper arms or shoulders, pause and then lower the weight, stopping just before you completely straighten your arms. Continue for the necessary amount of repetitions required for your workout program and fitness goal.

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Top 5 Yoga Poses to Tone Your Abs

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When it comes to yoga, there is a long list benefits you always hear about in regards to the good it does for the mind and soul. However, the incredible job it does toning and strengthening your abs and core muscles sometimes seems to be understated!

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Top 5 Ways Yoga Can Benefit Your Mind and Body

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Happy National YOGA Month! Celebrate your love of YOGA this September—or possibly future love if you decide to give it a try.

Yoga is renowned for its ability to connect the mind and body to benefit both your mental and physical health in a variety of ways. In fact, there are so many benefits to YOGA it can be tough to pinpoint just 5, but here it goes!

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LA Fitness Labor Day Hours for Clubs and Kids Klubs 2015

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5 Ways to Burn Calories at the Beach or In the Pool Before Summer Ends

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5 Sports to Help You Burn Calories and Enjoy the Summer Sun

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Playing sports is an excellent way to compliment your fitness routine at the gym, no matter what season. However, there are certain sports that feel like they were just made to be played under the beaming summer sun! Make the most of your summer days and stay active playing some of these exciting sunshine sports.

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How to do a Standing Cable Lat Row

How to do Exercises and use the Fitness Equipment at LA Fitness.

Standing Cable Lat Row

Select an appropriate weight and adjust the stabilizing arms to an upright position. Now pull the handles toward the outside of your shoulders using your upper back muscles as you squeeze your shoulder blades together, pause, and then reverse the motion, stopping with a slight bend at your elbows. Be careful not to let your shoulders relax or roll forward as you return to the starting position. Repeat for your desired number of repetitions.

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5 Fat-Burning Meals You Need to Eat


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How is it that I can be at a certain weight one day and weigh 8 pounds more 2 days later? I eat the same day after day and go to the gym 5 days a week.

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Lose Weight, Burn Calories and Get Plenty of Vitamin D with These 5 Outdoor Summer Activities

 

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5 Ways to Burn Calories and Get Things Done This Summer

Summer is here, which means it’s time to enjoy being outdoors and getting things done: wash the car, plant tomatoes in your garden, paint the trim around your house AND burn calories the entire time!

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LA Fitness Fourth of July Hours and Kids Klubs 4th of July Holiday Hours 2015

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Is LA Fitness and the Kids Klub open on the 4th of July? What are the hours for LA Fitness clubs and Kids Klub for the Fourth of July Holiday?

Fourth of July – July 4th, 2015, all LA Fitness clubs located in the United States are open until 4 p.m. to commemorate Independence Day in the United States .

Kids Klub is closed on the 4th of July at all LA Fitness clubs located in the United States, for Independence Day.

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Bank on This Workout to Improve Your Basketball Skills

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Whether you play in a competitive basketball league or just show off your skills in pick-up games, working out in the gym can help improve your game on the court! That’s why we designed the perfect workout to complement your basketball game.

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‘Ace’ This Exercise Routine – A Gym Workout for Volleyball Players

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Volleyball is a sport that requires a series of quick explosive movements and excellent overall body control; all while smacking a ball with a great degree of finesse. Being able to accurately spike the ball with extreme velocity and also set that very same ball with ease and touch means you have to be quick and ready. It’s a stop-and-go mix of aggressive and graceful movements that commands a physical skill set from athletes.

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Define, Tone and Strengthen Your Chest with These Cable Exercises

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Chest Exercises – Cables 101

If you’re like many people, the first exercise that probably comes to mind when you think about chest exercises is the classic barbell bench press. However, chest exercises aren’t limited to the bench press. In fact, there are a variety of other chest exercises that you can perform with cables!

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A Gym Workout for Soccer Players – Working Out Off the Field to Score Goals on it

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Soccer, or football (for anyone reading this outside of North America), requires a rare type of athlete with a dynamic combination of explosive athleticism and excellent aerobic fitness. In order to compete on a soccer field, you need to be able to jog for long durations and explode into a sprint at a moment’s notice. You also need the strength and stability to leverage your body against your opponents, the agility to dodge defenders laterally while dribbling a ball and the velocity to kick the ball with power and accuracy, as well as with finesse. The best way to develop these skills and handle the physical demands of a complete soccer game is to train both on and off the field.

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No Ice Bucket Needed. Help Find a Cure for ALS by Dancing. You’ve Been Nominated!

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Do YOU accept the #Dance2CureALSChallenge?

 

Here’s how to do it…

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Train for Your Next Adventure – A Workout for Hiking

 

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Hiking is a great way to stay active and keep your body in shape while also enjoying the great outdoors. However, traveling long distances up and down different terrains can be physically taxing. That’s why combining your love for the trails with a gym routine that is customized to develop your hiking skills is the perfect way to put your body in prime shape for hiking.

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Dance, Donate and Help Find a Cure to ALS!

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The Gym Workout for Baseball Players – Train to Hit Further, Throw Harder and Run Faster

 

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If you’re a baseball player, then it’s time to step up your game in the gym to help you the get to the next level when you are stepping up to the plate this season!

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Congratulations to Our 30th Anniversary T-Shirt Winners!

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The results are in! We asked you, our loyal Living Healthy readers, to leave a comment on our blog post for a chance to win an LA Fitness 30th Anniversary T-shirt and you did not disappoint! We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts on our blog as well as your personal fitness experiences.

Congratulations to Frank, David, Jessica, Karrenann and Jacquelyn. Now, here’s what the winners had to say!

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Fun Facts You May Not Know about LA Fitness

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  1. LA Fitness just turned 30!

When the first LA Fitness first opened its doors, things were quite different. Cardio machines were basic, displays were simple, and there were no machine-mounted TV screens. Women donned leotards, tights and leg warmers as their preferred workout apparel, men often wore thigh-exposing spandex, short shorts, tank shirts or singlets, and pretty much everybody sported sweatbands on both their head and wrists. The year was 1984, and since then the trends, science, equipment and, yes, even the fashion of fitness have changed.

LA Fitness, too, has evolved drastically in ways we couldn’t even imagine back then…

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LA Fitness Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Holiday Hours 2014

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These 6 Surprising Holiday Activities Could Help You Lose Weight

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It’s the time of year when we all seem to pack on a few extra pounds. After all, the rich desserts and calorie heavy meals most of us are surrounded by are practically unavoidable, and it’s so easy to submit to the idea that you will simply rededicate yourself once the New Year rolls around. This is a recipe for disaster.

But there is hope…

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There’s Still Time! The LA Fitness Black Friday Sale is Still in Full Swing at ShopLAFitness.com

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Did you wake up at the crack of dawn for those incredible Black Friday discounts? Or instead, did you enjoy a nice post-Thanksgiving slumber? Well, we have good news for you, either way you can still get in on the Black Friday sale at ShopLAFitness.com!

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Get Leaner and More Athletic with Medicine Ball Plyometrics

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Challenge Your Core and Build a Six-Pack with These Medicine Ball Exercises

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2 Simple Exercises to Sculpt Your Shoulders

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Look Your Very Best with These Medicine Ball Exercises

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Medicine Ball Exercises 101 – Single Muscle Group Exercises

Do you want to look your very best? With this combination of exercises you will focus on individual muscle groups in order to tighten and tone targeted areas of your body.

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Burn More Calories and Work More Muscles with These Medicine Ball Exercises

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Medicine Ball Exercises 101 – Multi-Movement Exercises

It’s impossible to miss them. You know, medicine balls, those bright colored balls with numbers on them. Though you have seen them in the gym for as long as you can remember, you’re not quite sure what to do with them, or how to use them, rather.

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7 Plank Exercises for a Tighter and Toned Stomach

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If you’re like most people, this is the time of year you’re trying to define your abs & lose your love handles. After all, we all want enviable abs for the summer. If this sounds like you, these 7 Plank exercises can help you achieve your goal.

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Father’s Day Hours at LA Fitness Clubs and Kids Klubs

 

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Is LA Fitness and the Kids Klub open on Father’s Day? What are the hours for LA Fitness clubs and Kids Klub on Fathers’s day?

Fathers’s Day – June 15, 2014 hours are normal operating hours for ALL of our LA Fitness clubs and Kids Klubs.

Happy Father’s Day! Enjoy your day and keep LIVING HEALTHY Dads!

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The ‘Which Way is the Beach?!’ Arm Workout – 3 Week BIG Bicep Challenge

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Summertime is almost here, and for many of you that means you are starting to work out so that you can look great in swimsuits and tank tops at the many beach outings and pool parties you’ll be attending. Well there is no time like the present to make your summertime fitness goals a reality! Seriously it’s time to get started.

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The Earth Day Full-Body ‘Around the World’ Workout

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LA Fitness Easter Weekend Hours 2014


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Is LA Fitness open on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, and Easter Weekend? What are the hours that LA Fitness clubs are open during Easter Weekend, and what about Good Friday?

Here are the hours of operation for LA Fitness Clubs and Kids’ Klubs in the United States and Canada for Good Friday, Easter Weekend and Easter Monday (Canada) 2014:

Good Friday – 4/18/2014

USA – All clubs and Kids’ Klubs are open for normal operating hours.

Canada – All CLUBS are OPEN from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kids’ Klub and Personal Training CLOSED.

 

Saturday – 4/19/2014

Normal operating hours for ALL clubs in the United States and Canada.

 

EASTER SUNDAY – 4/20/2014

USA – Normal opening hours – 3 p.m. close. Kids’ Klub closed all day.

Canada – Open 8 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Kids’ Club closed all day.

 

Easter Monday – 4/21/2014

USA – All clubs and Kids’ Klubs are open for normal operating hours.

Canada – Open 8 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Dumbbells 101 – Sculpting Your Summertime Shoulders

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Summer is just around the corner, and you know what that means, right? It’s time to say “GOODBYE” to sleeves and “HELLO” to cut-offs and tank-tops. Oh, and let’s not forget swimsuits. Now that your shoulders are going to be exposed, it’s time to advance your shoulder workouts by incorporating some dumbbell exercises.

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Break Through Weight Training Plateaus with Drop Sets

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We’ve all been there…You’re working hard and seeing consistent results, and then one day you notice the progress stopped…you plateaued.

This is when it’s time to add some additional strategy to your routine with drop sets. Drop sets are an awesome addition to get you past that plateau and on to new results.

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Dumbbells 101 – Get a Leg up with these Dumbbell Exercises!

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So you’ve gotten comfortable with a pair of dumbbells in your hand and you’re ready to start using them more in your workouts. How exciting! Now it’s time to move onto the largest muscle group in the body…your legs.

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Dumbbells 101 – Chest Exercises

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When you’re just beginning a strength training routine weight machines are an excellent option to help you build a solid foundation. However, as you continue to progress you should begin to substitute some of those machine exercises with dumbbell exercises to help build additional overall strength and balance.[i]

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20 New Ideas for the New Year

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Thanksgiving Day Holiday Hours for LA Fitness and Kids Klub

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CLICK HERE for the 2014 Thanksgiving Day hours

What are the Thanksgiving Day hours of operation for LA Fitness Clubs and Kids Klub? Is LA Fitness open or closed on Thanksgiving Day? Is the kids club open at LA Fitness on Thanksgiving Day? Look no further, LIVING HEALTHY has your Thanksgiving Day Holiday hours answer for LA Fitness and Kids Klub.

While you’re here, be sure to checkout a couple of our Thanksgiving TOP TIP articles:

CLICK HERE to READ – Popular Thanksgiving Foods, Calories and Healthy Options

CLICK HERE to READ  – The 15 Minute Thanksgiving Day Workout

LA Fitness Club Hours of operation for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2013 – All Clubs are open for workouts from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (United States Clubs only)*

Kids Klub is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2013.

LA Fitness and the kids club are open the day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, and will resume normal operating hours for the remainder of Thanksgiving weekend.

*All clubs located in Canada will maintain normal operating hours.

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Want to SHRED BODY FAT?! Follow These 4 Steps

If you are frustrated with your body fat, don’t worry. You just need to alter your approach, and combine these 4 Steps to help you shed body fat.

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5 Common Obstacles & How You Can Overcome Them

If you’re like most people, you have likely run into your fair share of obstacles due to work and other responsibilities that have prevented you from exercising as much as you would like to…Hey, it happens!

Even on days that you have your workouts scheduled in your calendar it seems that unexpected obstacles and extra responsibilities just seem to pop up, right?

So how do you make sure that you don’t get derailed by these obstacles?

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The Blue Print for Building Muscle

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Whether you’re a muscle bound fitness fanatic or someone who simply wants to live an active and healthy lifestyle, building muscle can help you!

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Sizzling Summer Six-Pack Tips

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Creating a summer six-pack isn’t just about the exercises you perform; it’s also about the lifestyle choices you make each and every day.

After integrating the Sizzling Summer Six-Pack Exercises from our last article into your fitness routine, you’ll probably want some equally sizzling six-pack lifestyle tips to complement your hard work in the gym.

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Sizzling Summer Six-Pack Exercises

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It’s finally that time of year! The sun is shining, the grass is green and the birds are singing their summer songs, but there’s just one problem…you still don’t have that summer six-pack you’ve been working so hard to get. Have no fear, LIVING HEALTHY is here to help you this summer. Read the rest of this entry

Are You Ready for a Sleeveless Summer? Define your Triceps with These 4 Exercises

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If you’re looking to build lean, well-defined “tank top arms,” then incorporating quality triceps exercises into your weight training plan is a must. The fact is, your triceps make up two-thirds of your upper arm muscle. This is why having exercises that focus on your triceps is integral to building great arms so you can sport a tank top with confidence this summer.

Start toning your triceps today by incorporating these exercises into your routine:

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Incorporating Explosive and Advanced Stability Exercises

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3 Progressive Chest Exercises – (Part 2 of Creating a Complete Chest Routine)

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How to Create a Complete Chest Routine – (Part 1 – Basic Chest Exercises)

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How Can You Create a Healthy Habit? 21 Days of Dedication

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5 Reasons You Should Be Strength Training. Yes You!

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