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Category: Fitness

June 28, 2013

My First Triathlon part 4: Rodney’s Perspective

After witnessing two triathlons, it was time for Theresa’s first mock triathlon, AKA "brick." We swam 300 yards in the pool, ran outside into our transition area (the Rex Bike rack), jumped on our bikes then ran. She did great. Am I concerned that Theresa will fall off the wagon while I am gone? Not at all. She is so determined to succeed and her Rex Support group will continue to support her.

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June 5, 2013

My First Sprint Triathlon: Part Three

As of this post, I am about five weeks into the training program. As expected, the intensity level has started to pick up a bit. The swims, bike rides, and runs are all getting longer. I am still working on my swimming technique but I know with more practice it will continue to improve. I'm about as new to cycling as I am to swimming so I've really got my work cut out for me, but I'm up for the challenge! There are a lot of avid cyclists at the wellness center and I have sought advice from many of them. I have been on a bike rides with some of my fellow members, Ron and Shannon. Shannon even rode his bike in the rain with me one Sunday! We have done a lot of hill work and I have been on some trailways for my shorter rides during the week. I believe Shannon was hand-picked by Rodney to wear me out on those hills and he does a good job!

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May 23, 2013

My First Sprint Triathlon: Part Two (Rodney’s Perspective)

As a Rex Garner Group Exercise Instructor, I have been fortunate to meet, observe and workout with a great number of dedicated athletes. We have runners, cyclists and swimmers who are dedicated to their training. We also have professional trainers and registered dietitians. It quickly became clear to me that we- Rex athletes and co-workers- could in fact take on the task of training someone that had a desire to become a triathlete.

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May 16, 2013

My First Sprint Triathlon: Part 1

When I was asked to train with Rodney and blog about my experiences in training for my first triathlon, I have to admit I was a bit nervous. One of my fellow members, Lisa, encouraged me to do it, even though I had just recently learned proper swim technique.

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Strength Training

April 8, 2013

Emerging Trends in Exercise Science

Post by Logan Johnson, CSCS. Logan is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Personal Trainer and Wellness Instructor at Rex Wellness Center of Raleigh. A fellow co-worker forwarded a rather interesting article to me a few weeks ago regarding strength training and its effects on the ‘biomarkers of aging.’ These indicators give a more accurate…

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January 24, 2013

Are You In A Fitness Rut?

Post by Cheryl Wheelock - What exactly is a fitness rut? Does the following sound familiar? It’s the start of another week and your favorite class is on the schedule but you’re dragging your feet to get there. Your typical fitness routine has become stale and boring. You are over-worked, over-tired and cannot seem to find the motivation. Maybe you’ve been plagued with an unexpected injury, or you’re not losing weight as quickly as you would like. Whatever your reason, you have lost that spark and feel unsure of your fitness future. Do you know that this happens to everyone?...

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January 17, 2013

Functional Anatomy & Resistance Training

Post by M. Logan Johnson - Have you ever tried to switch from a selectorized chest press (i.e. cybex, hammer strength, nautilis, etc.) to a barbell chest press? Or how about switching from a barbell chest press to a dumbbell chest press? Were you able to press the same amount of weight for one exercise versus the other? Chances are, no, you weren't...

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Why not... Turkey Trot?

November 16, 2012

Avoiding Post Race Doldrums… Turkey Trot Anyone?

Post by Rodney Jenkins - So, you trained for months and completed that race you trained so hard for. Mission accomplished and as that old car commercial goes, “Oh What a Feeling.” And it is a wonderful feeling to reach that goal and celebrate your accomplishment with family and friends. So, what’s next for you? If you don’t know, if you don’t have a plan, you may be falling into the dreaded post race doldrums...

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November 9, 2012

I’m an Ironman!

Post by Rodney Jenkins - When Saturday, October 20 rolled around, it was hard to believe that 30 weeks of training were done and my wife Angie and I were standing on the beach of the Intracoastal Waterway at Wrightsville Beach along with 800 ironman wannabes. Before getting to this point, I had three “tests” to pass...

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October 26, 2012

A Different Kind Of Physical Therapy…

Physical therapists (PT) treat a wide variety of patients. While most people are familiar with therapists helping patients with low back pain or recovering from a stroke, doctors are increasing referrals to PTs for pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD)...

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October 24, 2012

Fueling for Exercise

Post by Diane Danchi, R.D., L.D.N. - Have you ever felt like you needed to stop in the middle of an exercise session due to weakness? Have you ever felt nauseated or light-headed after a workout? Inadequate food and fluids might be the problem...

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Stretch those muscles!

October 5, 2012

Muscle Fuzz

Post by Amy Slater - In order to move efficiently, muscles must be able to slide and glide against one another. The more you move, the more efficiently your muscles are able to move. When you go for long periods without movement, your muscles become less efficient. One of the reasons for this is that the muscle tissue actually grows fuzz that prevents them from sliding and gliding against one another...

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