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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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Make ‘Time’ for this Healthy Drink, You Might be Surprised by all of its Benefits

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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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Add Abs to Your Physique by Adding the C.A.L.I. 3.0 Workout to your Routine

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C.A.L.I. Workout 3.0 – Adding medicine balls

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Daylight Saving Time Spring 2015 Helpful Tips and Reminders – The Countdown to Summer Begins

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

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#Dance2CureALSChallenge

Do YOU accept the #Dance2CureALSChallenge?

 

Here’s how to do it…

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Define Your Abs and Work Your Core with C.A.L.I. 2.0

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C.A.L.I. Workout 2.0 – Stability Ball Integration
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Dance, Donate and Help Find a Cure to ALS!

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5 Outstanding Cable Exercises to Define and Tone Your Shoulders

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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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Meet the C.A.L.I. Workout 1.0, and Say Hello to Your Abs!

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C.A.L.I. Workout 1.0

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Sculpt Your Abs in 2015 with These Advanced Six Pack Defining Exercises!

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Hours for LA Fitness – All Clubs are Open on MLK Day 2015

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Is LA Fitness closed on MLK day? Many people are asking the same question. See below for the Martin Luther King, Jr. day hours at LA Fitness clubs.

All LA Fitness Clubs and Kids Klubs are OPEN and will maintain normal operating hours on MLK Day, Monday, January 19th, 2015.

 

Learn from the Past with Living Healthy’s Top 5 Series and Articles of 2014…Happy New Year!

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LA Fitness New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Holiday Hours 2014


Is LA Fitness closed on New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve? Many people are asking the same question. See below for these holiday hours at LA Fitness clubs in the United States and Canada for the 2014 Holiday Season.

New Year’s Eve Hours for LA Fitness. Wednesday, December 31, 2014 – All clubs in the US and Canada are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

New Year’s Day Hours for LA Fitness. Thursday, January 1, 2015 – All clubs in the US and Canada are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Kids Club is closed on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at ALL LA Fitness Clubs for the 2014 Holiday Season.

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LA Fitness Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Holiday Hours 2014

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LA Fitness New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Holiday Hours 2014


Is LA Fitness closed on New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve? Many people are asking the same question. See below for these holiday hours at LA Fitness clubs in the United States and Canada for the 2014 Holiday Season.

New Year’s Eve Hours for LA Fitness. Wednesday, December 31, 2014 – All clubs in the US and Canada are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

New Year’s Day Hours for LA Fitness. Thursday, January 1, 2015 – All clubs in the US and Canada are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Kids Club is closed on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at ALL LA Fitness Clubs for the 2014 Holiday Season.

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LA Fitness Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Holiday Hours 2014

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Eat All You Want at Thanksgiving Dinner and Not Gain Weight!?

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Simply the Best…Exercise for Your Chest!

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It’s Time for Change in 2014 with this Fall’s Time Change

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The 7 Minute Ab Circuit You’re Probably not Doing, But Should Be!

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Sculpt, Shape and Define Your Legs and Butt with These Exercises

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

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SNACK SMARTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR!

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

It’s not just the kids and teachers heading back to school that need to pay attention and make sure that they are eating healthy snacks during the day. Many people are grabbing the wrong things to manage hunger outside of mealtimes.

Snack  noun \ˈsnak\ : a small amount of food eaten between meals

Look at the definition of “snack” above and you’ll see that volume and timing are mentioned, not content. No wonder so many people are clueless about what to snack on! Read on to find out what to pack in your work, school or gym bag.

Snacks only need to comprise 1-3 elements: a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat — the 3 macronutrients. This is much less than the 4-5 elements food groups required for a square meal. This is because protein slows digestion, carbohydrates provide fuel and fat is satisfying. Having all three present in your snack means stable energy until the next meal, which means you have chosen and “A+” snack.

What is the best afternoon snack to curb hunger?

You can start with any one food group you like – fruit, starch, meats, vegetables, dairy or fat. Then add another item that fills any macronutrient gaps. Some things, like soybeans (edamame) or low-fat fruited Greek yogurt don’t need this macronutrient pairing because they are well-balanced by themselves. Here are some great examples of combinations that make the grade:

  • Oranges + peanuts
  • Wheat crackers + tuna salad
  • Half a turkey sandwich with avocado
  • Hard cooked egg + pretzels
  • Celery and carrot sticks + hummus
  • V-8 juice + string cheese
  • Cottage cheese + pineapple
  • Low-fat milk + protein powder
  • Almonds + banana

If you’ve forgotten your homework and didn’t pack a snack, you can still grab a small 1-2 ounce protein bar from a convenience store, a cup of soup from a deli counter, or a single street taco at a fast-casual restaurant. As a last resort from a drive through (detention for you!), select a snack wrap or fruit and yogurt parfait.

 

Don’t forget that portion matters! Keep it small, which is about a handful total to give a visual idea of a proper portion. This is about one cup. If you want to look at it from the perspective of calories, then somewhere in the 100-200 calorie range for women and 150-300 calorie range for men is suitable.

15 Energy Sustaining Snacks for When You’re on the Go!

 

Considerations:

  • True, sugar and caffeine give you energy, but only temporarily. Sorry, candy bars and coffee get a failing grade here!
  • You can’t eat what you don’t have. So shop and prepare options in advance.
  • Convenience and portability matter. A shelf-stable package or individually portioned container can make the difference of a snack eaten instead of skipped. Skipping a snack could lead to overeating later in the day.
  • Snacks are a great time to fit in some elements that you don’t get at your meals. Perhaps some vegetables or a serving of dairy?
  • Let hunger be your guide. Waiting until you’re “starving” means going straight for the junk. On the flip side, don’t force yourself to eat just because “it’s time.”

RECESS! Timing is important to the concept of snacking. Ideally, a snack would fit in the midpoint of the break between meals. If your meals are tightly spaced 3-4 hours apart, there may not even be a need for snacks. Conversely, you may want to increase the size of your snack if there will be an extended time before your next meal.

Now you have no excuse (though, the dog really can eat it) to have a healthy snack.  Feel free to share other great snack ideas in the comments section below!

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LA Fitness Labor Day Hours for Clubs and Kids Klubs 2014

 

 

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Is LA Fitness and the Kids Klub open on Labor Day? What are the hours for LA Fitness clubs and Kids Klub for Labor Day 2014?

Labor Day – September 1, 2014 — All LA Fitness clubs located in the United States are open until 8 p.m.*, and all LA Fitness clubs in Canada open at 8 a.m and close at 8 p.m. to commemorate the holiday.

Kids Klub is closed on Labor Day at all LA Fitness clubs located in the United States and Canada.

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*LA Fitness Dearborn closes at 6:00 p.m.

Advance Your Abs with These Six-Pack Sculpting 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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Can You Hold Your Own on the Basketball Court? Nike Basketball Wants to See YOUR Best 3on3!

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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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Lose Your Belly and Define Your Stomach with our ‘Beach Abs’ Workout

 

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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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30 Minute Workout and 3 Weeks to Define Your Body for Summer Swimwear (Part 3)

3 Weeks to summer LA Fitness workout COVER photoIt’s time to work harder than ever to get ready for summer!

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Sculpting and Defining your Legs and Butt – Advanced Progression Exercises Series

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Advanced Dumbbell Leg Exercises

Progression and variety, the concept of constantly changing your workouts, are the keys to getting to your goal and avoiding the dreaded “plateau.”

People often see amazing and creative new workouts, and even if they are new to working out, or haven’t worked out in months or years, they immediately want to jump right into doing them. But this can lead to injury.

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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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Not Losing Weight? 5 Hard Truths You Need to Come to Terms With

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  1. It’s NOT because you have a SLOW METABOLISM.

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5 Best Butt Exercises to Get You That ‘Brazilian Lift’ in Your Summer Swimwear

 

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30 Minute Workout to Get Lean for Summer! (Part 2)

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Swimwear season is just 6 weeks away! Is your body beach ready?

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

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30 Minute Workout and 9 Week Program to Get Lean for Summer! (Part 1)

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Summertime is just 9 weeks away! Are you ready?

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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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Daylight Saving Spring Time Change 2014 Can Help You #MoveMoreBurnMore

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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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Your 90 Day Weight Loss Workout Plan – #MoveMoreBurnMore – Part 2 (Days 16 – 30)

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Define Your Abs and Your Mood with Laughter and These Exercises – Abs / Core 101 (Part 2)

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