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It’s fall competition time in the tennis world! Tennis leagues are in full swing and matches mean more - not just for you, but also for the rest of the team. That’s a lot of pressure, right? Don’t worry, with a few of the following tennis tips, you can be at the top of your tennis game faster than you can say “love.”

 

 The lyrics from the popular 1965 song "What the World Needs Now is Love" with lyrics by Hal David still ring true today. Maybe the world does need more love; but in the fitness community what we really need is time, sweet time. Time is a precious commodity when it comes to fitness - especially when working out every day may not be possible. Keeping our bodies in healthy maintenance mode or in peak athletic form requires plenty of attention, cardiovascular work, strength training, flexibility, recovery and repair. The fitness cycle takes time, and we can help you maximize what workout time you do have.

 

After a workout, do you know exactly how much effort was expended by your heart and body, or are you still left wondering if your time in the gym was truly well spent? Fitness trackers and wearables, like step trackers and simple calorie-burning trackers, give you the ability to track all kinds of health measurements. But are these trackers enough to just know and monitor your physical effort or calories? If you’re serious about your fitness goals and tracking your fitness efforts, you may find that a heart rate monitoring system better serves your needs and can help you more efficiently achieve your fitness goals.

Come August, summer unofficially comes to a close in the Valley of the Sun. Residents are back in town from vacation, and schools are back in session. When it comes to fitness goals and routines, back-to-school time is an ideal time to get back into a routine. Attending group fitness classes for accountability and motivation is a great way to commit to a routine. Read on for the top five benefits of choosing group fitness classes to ramp up your back-to-school routine.

Have you noticed how niche the fitness industry is? There’s a special studio or facility for just about any type of fitness activity you can imagine. I have seen many changes in the fitness industry over the past 26 years of my career. Many fads come and go, many things I thought would fade away are still here, and many small gyms open and close. One of the biggest surprises to me is the continuous growth of the niche boutique-style physical fitness outlets, which usually only offer one format of physical activity. Whether it’s a Pilates studio, cycle or spin studio, Barre studio, CrossFit gym or yoga studio, the niche boutique gym appears to be here to stay.

Do you feel like you’re on a treadmill heading nowhere with your workout routine? When was the last time you switched up your fitness routine? If you’re struggling with seeing results, whether it’s losing weight or building muscle, adding in weight training to your routine can give you that extra spice you’re looking for.

 

If you’re a pro in the pool, your swimming workouts consist of swimming laps up and down the lane a few times a week, and maybe even participating in Master Swim classes. This may translate to thinking that swimming in a triathlon is going to be easy. However, swimming in a lake or ocean, referred to as an open water swim, is a much different scenario than swimming in the pool at the gym or in your backyard.

With the vast array of exercise and fitness choices available to us today — from group classes to weightlifting, and even the almost cult-like following of CrossFit — it seems gym enthusiasts are more pumped than ever to hit the gym and knock out a sweat session. That’s a good thing! However, before hitting the weight room, the cardio machines, or popping into a group fitness class, it’s important to warm up before and cool down after.

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