Why is Warm-up Important? by Coach Heather

Why is warm-up so important?  For one, the activity or your job that you were doing it shifts your mind and gets not only your body ready but your mind ready.  I had a runner over the weekend tell me they don’t warm-up before a race – the runner asked if that’s why his/her hamstrings feel so tight and stiff.  Absolutely! Warm-up gets your cardiorespiratory and neuromuscular systems and metabolic energy pathways stimulated.  Muscles contract and, to meet their increasing demands for oxygen, your heart rate, blood flow, cardiac output and breathing rate increase.  Blood moves faster through your arteries and veins and is gradually routed to your working muscles.  Think of it this way: those of you in the colder states think of just getting in your car without defrosting the windshield and rear view mirror.  Your car has to work harder and you can’t see.  You’re basically doing the same thing to your body.  You also risk injury.  Warm-up is injury prevention.  You can’t go from sitting or working and just into a workout without a proper warm-up to get your body and mind prepared.  Your body will not like it.  Your brain tells your body what to do. Your blood temperature rises and oxygen is released quicky, raising the temperature of the muscles.  This allows the muscles to use glucose and fatty acids to burn calories and create energy for the exercise.  All of these processes prepare the body for higher-intensity!  You cheat your mind and body when you don’t warm-up! A proper warm-up leads to the following benefits: 1. Leads to efficient calorie burning (who...
Product Review by Coach Kristie  – ipsy

Product Review by Coach Kristie – ipsy

Being a part of the fitness and endurance community from time to time I am approached to review products that are widely used, or newly being introduced, in the fitness and endurance worlds.  I currently have a few products I am working with to create reviews for the very near future. Recently I have been approached by an entirely different community.  The community of health and beauty for both men and women.  They want to reach a different demographic.  People who are “real” in the world and not necessarily experts or influencers in the health and beauty community. Keep in mind, fitness and endurance sports are my specialty, my reviews will not be the typical as you would see by a beauty expert.  However I hope it provides you a fresh perspective. Welcome to the first of these product reviews! There are many monthly subscription services out there.  Bark Box, Runnerbox, Wine of the Month, etc.  This was the first time I have been introduced to a company that does health and beauty, primarily, make-up. My first impression, it’s VERY affordable.  $10 a month to be exact.  What you get each month is a “Glam Bag” with 5 sample sized items picked out for you based upon a product/beauty profile you fill out before you subscribe.  When you first sign up, you are placed on a wait list unless you want to get your Glam Bag right away.  To get off the wait list you have some options with sharing on social media.   I decided to go on the wait list as I didn’t want to give ipsy...
Exercise of the Week – Center Chest Press

Exercise of the Week – Center Chest Press

  Coach Kristie demonstrates the Exercise of the Week, Center Chest Press. This workout can also work the triceps if you hug the elbows and arms to your side in the start position. In the start position, elbows at side, hands cradling weight.  Weight should be moderate to heavy depending on desired result of the workout.   Raise and return to start. For added difficulty you can raise weight, drop to skull crusher, return, then down. If you want more information on the benefits of this workout feel free to contact Coach Kristie at kristie@krendurance.com      ...
Introducing Coach Diane!

Introducing Coach Diane!

I consider myself a life time athlete and coach! My athletic career started at 11 years old, continued through high school, collegiate softball player. My coaching began as a volunteer in the athletic community of Northeast Philadelphia. With the leadership and mentoring from my coaches, I went on to pursue my BS in Health and Physical Education and taught and coached for 15 years at various levels. Upon relocating to FL, I changed careers and received my AS degree and have been a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. I continued my athletic involvement by participating in running, cycling, and triathlon. I have continued as a PTA for the past 28 years in various setting. In 1999, I was one of the first USAT certified coaches (16) and in 2001, became a USAT level 2 coach. I also was certified in US Cycling, US Swimming. I am currently ITCA certified. ( I hold many other certifications in my “tool box”) I have had many local coaching programs in the St. Petersburg  area, including a children’s triathlon program. My running coaching program was large group yearly lead in preparation in varied distances. If we total my years of coaching, it would be over 30 years of experience. Most recently,  I have expanded to virtual coaching to include para athletes in both running and triathlon. I have coached runners from beginner to elite in both running and triathlon. My participation as a multi sport athletes spans almost 30 years. I have experienced both US National and World competition in triathlon as a visually impaired para athlete. I have run several Boston Marathons. Oh,...
Exercise of the Week:  Fire Hydrants

Exercise of the Week: Fire Hydrants

Coach Rebecca demonstrates Fire hydrants. A classic exercise targeting the often overlooked glute medial. 20-30 reps each side. Start on hands and knees. Bring one leg up with a bent knee, as high as you can with good form, do not rotate as you lift. You should feel this in the glute. To increase difficulty raise the opposite arm straight out in front of...
Guest Blog by Dina Griffin, MS, RD, CSSD, METS II, Board Certified Sport Dietician:  Nutrition Tips for the Off Season

Guest Blog by Dina Griffin, MS, RD, CSSD, METS II, Board Certified Sport Dietician: Nutrition Tips for the Off Season

  Tips for the Off Season For athletes in the northern hemisphere, the “off season” typically occurs around the months of November and December and into the early part of the following new year. Most athletes have finished up their racing season and are enjoying some less structured training time. Because the holiday season coincides with this period of time, numerous nutritional challenges can arise. There are usually two modes of thought during this time: “I don’t care what I eat. I’ve been eating too rigidly all year and I want to be free!” or 2) “I don’t want to fall into the trap of overeating junk food and gaining a bunch of weight! ” If you associate with camp #1, I encourage you to keep reading as this article may change your mind about how you ponder your nutrition. For camp #2 folks, kudos for wanting to stay a notch ahead of the game. So what do we do to get through this off season (and holiday season) to feel free from harsh nutrition rules and yet still keep nutrition on the brain? Sure, we have the classic nutrition strategies of “drink more water” and “eat before you go to the party”, but I’d like to present a few other considerations related to food and nutrition for this off season:   It may be the season for some rest time, but take advantage of your time to explore different foods and try other food preparation methods. Get a collection of recipes that interest you, either from websites, youtube videos, or library books and then allocate time to tinker...