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15 REAL STORIES of Fitness and Weight Loss in 2013

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Top 10 TOP TIPS of 2013

blog-top-10The New Year is almost here, and though 2013 is almost over, it has been an incredible year for LIVING HEALTHY and TOP TIPS! We published over 50 TOP TIPS articles this year to help you reach your personal health and fitness goals, and the response, which resulted in record-breaking readership, was amazing.

But before we dash off into a new year of fitness, exercises and healthy trends, we are taking a walk down memory lane and sharing with you the TOP 10 TOP TIPS of 2013…just in case you missed one.

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After Losing Almost 100 Pounds, Karrie’s Next Challenges – A 10K and Half Marathon

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Even though she had lost almost 100 pounds, Karrie wasn’t entirely serious when she said, “Maybe one day I’ll run a marathon.” Well, she didn’t think she was being serious anyway. Immediately after making this statement people began telling her that she should do it. In fact, everyone who knew her believed she could do it…but Karrie had never ran in any such race. A year ago she couldn’t even run one mile let alone consider running 26.2. She was flattered by the confidence that people had in her, but Karrie had her doubts.

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From Recruit to Law Enforcement Officer – James’ REAL STORY

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Get Back to the Basics for a Tight and Toned Body (Part 2 – Lifting Weights / Resistance Training)

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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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The Life of a Navy SEAL SERE Instructor – Scott’s REAL STORY

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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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Back on Course After Knee and Hip Surgery – Clay’s Story Continues to Inspire

LA Fitness member Clay back on the Golf course

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“I am doing more physical activities than I have in years… and I am doing them better,” Clay said.

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Carbohydrate Loading 2.0 – Eating for Endurance

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10 Fun Beach Activities to Keep You Fit and Active This Summer!

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237 to 147 Pounds and 3.1 Miles Later, Karrie Runs Her First 5K Race

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She Tried it all and Nothing Worked…Until Now! Karrie’s Secret to Losing 90 Pounds

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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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Check It Out! REAL STORIES Heads to Baltimore for an Incredible Weight Loss and Race Story!

Check It Out! REAL STORIES Heads to Baltimore for an Incredible Weight Loss and Race Story!

Before she began losing weight, the idea of running a 5K race never crossed Karrie’s mind any more than she thought about flying a rocket ship to the moon.  At 5‘4” and 237 pounds, endurance races were not a realistic thing to do.

But things can change…

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3 Super Set Exercises to Increase your Vertical Jump, Agility and Power on the Court

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F.E.S.P. – What it is and How it can Help YOU!

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Her Goal was to Lose 100 Pounds, So Shannon Gave 110 Percent

Shannon Getting it done losing 110 pounds at LA Fitness

Shannon actually surpassed her goal and lost 110 pounds! When we last caught up with Shannon, she was struggling not to plateau and decided to quit drinking diet sodas as a way to curb her late-night cravings and snacking. She felt that the diet sodas she was drinking, which had no calories, were causing her to crave sweet and sugary foods. Read the rest of this entry

How ‘Philadelphia’ Joe Took Control of Diabetes with Health and Fitness

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Only 4 Weeks Until Summer – Get Lean with this Plan!

Bailey doing Ice Skaters to prepare her body for bikini seasonThere is no time to waste, so let’s get to it! This NEW workout is certain to challenge your body and help you become a tighter and more defined version of yourself (aka YOU 2.0 Summer Edition).

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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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How ‘Extreme Traveling’ Helped Harry Lose 23 Pounds

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The 6 Weeks to Summer Slim-Down Workout – Look Better in Your Bathing Suit!

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If you’re sweating because summertime is drawing near…Perfect! You are on the right track; well as long as you’re sweating from all of the hard work you are putting into getting ready for bikini and board-short season. LIVING HEALTHY is here to help with Part 3 of our preparation for summer workout program – The 6 Weeks to Summer Slim Down Workout to Look Better in Your Bathing Suit!

If you missed Part 1 – 10 Week Workout Routine to have YOU Looking like a 10 this Summer or Part 2 – 8 Weeks Left to Prepare for Swimsuit Season, Your Next Workout is Here, simply click one of the links to get started!

For those of you who are ready, weeks 5 & 6 are sure to challenge your body as we hit the weight room for some Strength Training with Free Weights and integrate High-Intensity Interval Training as your fat-melting cardio workout. Read the rest of this entry

8 Weeks Left to Prepare for Swimsuit Season, Your Next Workout is Here

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Here it is…Your workout PLAN for the next two weeks to get you ready for summer. This is Part 2 of our series 10 Week Workout Routine to have YOU Looking like a 10 this Summer , but don’t worry if you missed Part 1, just CLICK THIS LINK to start your 10 week workout today!

During weeks 1 and 2 you built your strength training base by allowing your muscles to ease into your new workout program, and you strengthened your core with stabilization training. You also built your musculoskeletal and endurance base doing interval training to burn extra calories.

Now it’s time to step it up by challenging your body with circuit training and extended duration cardio for weeks 3 and 4.

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Inspired by Kayaking, Harry’s First Day in a Gym at Age 57

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When he talks about his childhood and growing up, Harry doesn’t describe himself as an athlete. In fact, Harry never stepped foot into a gym during the first 56 years of his life.

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10 Week Workout Routine to have YOU Looking like a 10 this Summer

??????????????????????????????????????????????There’s only 10 weeks left until swimsuit season! If you haven’t committed to a solid workout plan to get your body ready for summer, don’t worry. We have a plan that can help you to get back into the gym and back into shape for summertime with this 5 Part Series.

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Incorporating Explosive and Advanced Stability Exercises

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Easter Weekend Hours for LA Fitness Clubs in the United States and Canada

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Have a BALL! 3 Great Medicine Ball Exercises to Tone and Define your Entire Body!

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Competing at the Arnold Sports Festival, Denita’s Big Day Arrives!

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Fuel your Workouts to Maximize Your Results

Fuel Your Workout and Maximize Your Results

This article was contributed by Debbie M., MS, RD 

Did you know that during anaerobic activity like resistance training, sugar is your body’s primary fuel source?

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Get Back to the Basics for a Tight and Toned Body (Part 1 – Walking / Running)

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Tips and Exercises to get you Back in Shape – How to get started RUNNING (or back into it again).

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Preparing to Compete at the Arnold Sports Festival, Denita Shares her Experience

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How Mary’s 38 Lb. Weight Loss Led to Incredible Health Benefits

LA Fitness Member Mary Before and After Losing 38 pounds

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

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13.1 Miles Away and 6 Pounds to Go, Joey’s Goals Meet the Flu Season

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Two ‘Abmazing’ Exercises for a Flatter Stomach and More Ab Definition

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

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Fun, Get in Shape and Help Augie’s Quest by taking a ZUMBA class? Yep!

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It is perhaps the best opportunity of the year for you to feel great after a workout both inside and out! On Saturday, February 23rd at 3pm LA Fitness is holding a special Zumba class that you can attend in order to support Augie’s Quest and help find a cure for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). CLICK here to learn more about this event and make a donation. *LA Fitness clubs not participating in this promotion: Grove City, OH (Former Urban Active), Grandview, OH (Former Urban Active), and Presale locations.

You probably want to know more, right? Well, who better to tell you than Augie Nieto himself? So, we contacted Augie for a Q&A about Augie’s Quest, ALS and the LA Fitness Zumba event.

Why is it important for everyone to participate in this event?

Augie: The fitness industry has been instrumental to MDA’s Augie’s Quest…we’ve raised over $35 million to date because of clubs and members around the country. YOU have the opportunity to be a part of history and help families fighting ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).  Plus, I can’t think of a more entertaining way to get a workout!

How will the donations received from the LA Fitness Zumba event help Augie’s Quest, ALS and MDA?

Augie: Donations received will go directly to fast-track research for ALS.  Our goal is to find an effective treatment for this disease as soon as possible.

How far has research and treatment come since you were first diagnosed?

Augie: When I was first diagnosed, there were ZERO dollars being invested in ALS research from ‘Big Pharma.’  We’ve been able to change the landscape of ALS research drastically.  The lab we fund is called ALS TDI (www.als.net).  It’s the largest ALS research lab in the world and we are focused on finding drugs to treat ALS.  We currently have two drugs moving into Phase 2 clinical trials and 11 more in the pipeline. I know that one day soon, thanks to the support from the fitness industry, we’ll have effective treatments for ALS.

Your challenges, and the challenges faced with treating ALS are daunting, and yet you continue to persevere with Augie’s Quest, how do you do it?

Augie: What keeps me going is the momentum we have right now…we are truly making great strides in ALS drug development.  Right now there is only one FDA approved drug on the market for ALS patients and it doesn’t do much.  I’m confident the research we are funding will result in new effective drugs for the ALS community.

What would you like to tell those who are attending the Zumba event?

Augie: THANK YOU!  Most people who attend probably haven’t had their lives touched by ALS…it’s amazing to me that so many people come out to support our cause.  Oh…and get there early to get a front row spot!

Fun Question: What would you like to tell those who are hiding behind their poor dance skills as an excuse to skip the Zumba event?

Augie: If I can do it, you can do it!  Zumba isn’t about perfect choreography…it’s about having fun.  I promise you won’t regret it…no one has ever left a Zumba class and said “that wasn’t fun!”

Falcons Cheerleader Denita Trains for National Bikini Physique Competition

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Exercise Your Options to Reach Your Goal

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It all Started with Molding Clay – LIVING HEALTHY’s First Anniversary

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Personal Trainer and Colts’ Cheerleader, Crystal, Helps Client Lose 91 Pounds

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The Penny Picker, A Super Simple and Secret Exercise to Define your Legs

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REAL STORIES Countdown to 2013

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Dealing with a Major Setback – Chrissy Breaks Her Leg

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Take a Ride on the Resolution Railroad

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Game Day in the Life with an Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader

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4 Easy Tips for Using Exercise and Weight Machines

LA Fitness member Tyler is comfortable working out on any piece of equipment

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How Joey Lost 11 Inches in Her Waist!

Joey is rnning Full Steam Toward her weight loss goal

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Weight Loss, Workouts, Marathons…Marriage? – A REAL STORIES Fairy Tale

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Hop, Skip and Jump Your Way to a Perfect Butt and Legs (Part 3)

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Making the Cut to Become an Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader

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Photos and a Special Message from Nicole to All of You

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Interval Training 101 – Lose Weight, Get Ripped, GET RESULTS!

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How Roy Lowered His Blood Pressure Through Fitness with 3 Simple Steps

Like many people, small business owner Roy Amor, 59, watched his blood pressure rise as his sales decreased during the recent recession.  Though he could not control the state of the economy, Roy read an article that gave him confidence that he could control his blood pressure and his health. He decided he needed a more dedicated approach to his health and fitness to get his health back on track. So, Roy made 3 simple changes to his lifestyle; changes that he attributes to lowering his high blood pressure to a now healthy level. To find out the 3 healthy lifestyle changes that Roy made, simply click the play button on the player above.

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Fall Expectations, 69 Lbs. Down and 25 to Go

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Hop, Skip and Jump Your Way to a Perfect Butt and Legs (Part 1)

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College, Kids and Weight Loss

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Check Yourself, Before You Wreck Yourself – 3 Common Exercises You May be Doing Wrong

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LA Fitness Pops Up in Allen Park, Lori’s Weight Goes Down

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4 Things That Can Make or Break Any Fitness Goal

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Hiking and Cupcakes

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LA Fitness Members to Compete in Nike Basketball Tournament

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Wave Goodbye to Arm Flab with 3 Surprising Exercises

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Got Abs? Want Abs?

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6 Summer Fitness Tips to Beat the Heat

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Pre Race Jitters and Preparation – The Half Marathon (Part I)

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Stretch Your Potential, Stretch Your Muscles

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LeAnn Rimes and Christina Milian Stop by and Talk Fitness

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Yes You Can…Lose the Weight You Gained While Pregnant!

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Real Results – Katie and Justin Before…Now…the Future!

5 Tips to get Your Body Ready for Summertime Swimwear

Don’t Worry, You Won’t ‘Bulk-up’ from Working Out…Unless you want to!

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