Is Your Warmup Too Long?

10 Jun

The warmup is always a hot topic of debate (pun intended). Due to its popularity as a critical precursor to each workout, let’s review some of the basics of the warmup.  The prime objective of the ...

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How a Cyclical Low-Carb Diet Can Optimize Body Composition and Performance

03 Jun

Carbohydrate cycling is a nutritional strategy that prescribes variance in the amount of carbohydrates consumed per meal or day. Although there is a small body of scientific literature on humans to...

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Your Values Dictate Your Nutrition: Here's How

19 May

This is a guest blog by Sharon Blecker, a member of the CA community! Many of us know how to get back on track when we start to fall short of our performance, aesthetic, or health goals. We tend to...

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How I Became Disillusioned With the World

13 May

We are all born into a world that we do not necessarily question. We tend to accept authority figures such as doctors, teachers, and other professionals. We are taught from a very young age that ob...

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Squatting Deep: Knees Over Toes

06 May

“Never let your knees travel over your toes.” This axiom gets repeated during squats, lunges, or any other movement that requires knee flexion. Many of us have been told it’s unhealthy for the knee...

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How We Grew Month Over Month During a Pandemic

29 Apr

The past year has been quite a rollercoaster for businesses of all types. Gyms specifically were hit hard by the pandemic through mandates to close, having to limit interactions, and abiding by soc...

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Why Runners Need Strength Training

21 Apr

For quite some time, the conventional wisdom for improving at running was to simply run more. This isn’t wrong, but we now know that there is more to it. Strength training has a number of benefits ...

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How Your Job Impacts Your Health

15 Apr

“Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” While this is a nice sentiment, I don’t think it’s completely accurate. No matter how much you love your work, sometimes it’s still…work...

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5 Workouts You Can Do While Traveling

08 Apr

One of the greatest benefits of working with a coach at Central Athlete is that no matter where your life goes, we go with you. If you are accustomed to working out at group fitness classes while h...

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Food Hygiene 101

01 Apr

At Central Athlete, we maintain a range of clients with a variety of goals. Most of the goals our clients have are directly related to altering their body composition. While the nutritional prescri...

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Are You Actually Injured?

25 Mar

At Central Athlete, clients come to us with a wide range of fitness goals. Some individuals want to lose weight, get stronger, or get out of pain. Generally, though, most of our clients simply want...

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A Systematic Approach to Learning the Jerk

18 Mar

In Olympic weightlifting competitions, the clean and jerk combines two movements to lift the barbell from the ground to overhead. Historically, the clean and jerk can win or lose a competition. In ...

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A Systematic Approach to Learning the Clean

04 Mar

In Olympic weightlifting competitions, the clean and jerk combines two movements to lift the barbell from the ground to overhead. Historically, the clean and jerk can win or lose a competition. Whi...

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Becoming a More Resilient Human

25 Feb

All of us experience stress throughout life, whether it’s intentional physical stress in the gym, the unintentional stress of everyday life, or the major stresses of an accident or illness. In orde...

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Turning a Problem Into a Revenue Stream

17 Feb

All of the best entrepreneurs have one thing in common - they solve a real problem that their customers are experiencing. When Jesse and Amanda embarked on the journey of opening Central Athlete, t...

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5 Things I Learned On My Quest To Qualify For the Boston Marathon

11 Feb

One of the best things about fitness is that so much of what we learn in the gym (or on the trails, or the roads, or wherever we spend our time) can be applied to life outside of the gym. I spent t...

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Food Logging: A Valuable Tool

04 Feb

There are many ways to alter one’s body composition. With the consistent implementation of simple & effective basic lifestyle guidelines, one can achieve healthy and sustainable levels of body ...

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A Systematic Approach to Learning the Snatch

28 Jan

Olympic Weightlifting is undoubtedly one of the most difficult and oldest olympic sports to date. It consists of only two movements: the snatch and the clean and jerk. The former being a movement i...

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How to Kick Stress Eating to the Curb

21 Jan

2020 proved to be one of the most stressful years in recent memory. Many individuals developed habits to cope with all of the uncertainty, ranging from positive activities such as regularly exercis...

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The 5 Most Impactful Books We've Read on Health and Fitness

14 Jan

Central Athlete puts a big emphasis on striving for growth, for our clients and for our staff. One way that the coaches do that is through weekly education meetings where they review program design...

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The Benefits of Nasal Breathing for Health and Performance

16 Dec

How often do you breathe with your mouth open? Is it agape right now while you’re reading this? Or are you breathing deeply into your belly, using your diaphragm, while your lips are pursed shut? T...

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Poliquin Principles: A Review

10 Dec

The late Charles Poliquin was a legendary coach and expert in the field of nutrition and strength training. His principles still influence coaches and athletes today. In the third edition of his bo...

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6 Ways to Stay on Track During the Holidays

03 Dec

While the holidays will certainly look a little different this year, the struggles people have will remain the same (and may even be exacerbated by not being able to be with family.) How can you st...

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3 Training Hacks to Increase Your Bench Press

19 Nov

There’s always been one question that regularly makes its way around every gym: “How much can you bench?” So much so that Mark Bell created his entire company off of that one question. It’s a quest...

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Jesse O’Brien’s 12 Habits For Longevity, Mental Acuity and a Lean Physique

12 Nov

I’m a father, husband, and business owner and as anyone else who has several priorities on their plate knows, balancing health and fitness becomes a challenging thing to do consistently. This is wh...

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How Personalized Fitness Supports a High-Performance Lifestyle

29 Oct

From jazzercise to Zumba to the growth of CrossFit and SoulCycle, fitness trends rise and fall every few years. As we learn more about how the human body works and what drives behavior change, soci...

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3 Ways to Reduce Body Fat

21 Oct

When it comes to changing one’s body composition, there are a few variables that an individual can manipulate to elicit the changes they’d like to see. Although one’s basic lifestyle guidelines are...

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The Fastest Proven Way to Meal Prep

14 Oct

Setting up your environment for success is one of the underpinning habits that lead to favorable body composition changes, mental acuity, and optimal energy management. Do you have convenient acces...

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What The Fitness Industry Keeps Getting Wrong

08 Oct

The fitness industry has grown into a multi-billion-dollar industry over the last decade, primarily due to an increase in technology through wearables and products, as well as an increase in the di...

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5 Unconventional Uses of the Reverse Hyper

30 Sep

The Reverse Hyper is a piece of exercise equipment that was designed and invented by powerlifter, strength coach, inventor, and author, Louie Simmons. After breaking his back in 1973, surgeons want...

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