Outdoor Trainer

Trainer Question:  I am a trainer in Florida and I run my program in a school yard.  Some of my heavier clients complain of knee pain.  Do you think that the black top is contributing to higher impact?
 
Answer:  It certainly could, Shane. Especially if you have your clients doing moderate-to-high impact moves like jogging or plyometric exercises.
 

Just finished my morning workout and it was a blast in every way.  I hit a ridge trail overlooking both the Pacific and the San Francisco Bay -- simply gorgeous!  I did a 5 mile run that was laced with exercises like lunges, hill lunges, half-tuck hill squats, push ups, etc.  I was basically "freestyling it" and doing what ever felt right at the moment. 
 
If you are up for creating your own Traveling Workout, you can use this template below to get started. 
 
Happy Trails! 
~Tina
 

It's summer!!  To celebrate I went on hike with a friend thru Muir Woods.  If you are not familiar with this national monument, it is famous for its giant redwoods and as John Muir famously said himself, "This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world." Hiking to and thru the park is so overwhelmingly beautiful, however, there are precautions that must be make.  The hillsides are laced with poison oak.  If you're not aware a wonderous day could be followed by 10-14 days of misery.
 

The Outdoor Fitness Body Mind Workout (Podcast)
 
Take this audio podcast with you anytime, anywhere!
 

Mental Focus is the key to BodyMind Health (Video & Podcast included)
In Outdoor Fitness, you cultivate mental focus just as you develop physical strength and endurance. It’s a component to all the workouts, a skill to develop and hone, a tool to spur you to greater achievements and better health for your bodymind.

 What is mental focus?

Simply, it’s the ability to concentrate on the task at hand, to put your attention on the present moment, without interruption from internal chatter or external distractions.

You asked. We've answered your most frequently asked questions.

Got a question? Just ask!
 
1. Should I work out when I am sick?
If your symptoms are from your neck up, and you're feeling up to the task, ask yourself: Do I feel like working out? If the answer is yes, you're good to go.

If you're symptoms are located below your neck-difficulty breathing, chest tightness, wheezing, sneezing or coughing-don't exercise. Take the time to rest and recuperate.

Warm ups do more than just warm up your muscles!
 Every workout begins with a 5-10 minute warm up.  A warm-up is your time to limber up your body--and your mind--in preparation for the workout to come. A warm up can be a simple as a walk or a jog. Outdoor Fitness warm-ups combine breathing and posture exercises with joint lubrication exercises, followed by a walk, building to a slow jog.
 
 
Steps to Warming Up  (Video Below)

While technically you don’t have to stretch during your warm up session, we usually recommend that after your cardio warm up, you include the “Four Basics”—Hip Flexors, hamstrings, quadriceps and calves. If lunges are part of your workout, include the adductor or inner thighs as your fifth stretch.
 


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This season fend off Holiday weight gain with some basic cardio. It's actually pretty easy if you follow a few simple tips.
 
The most important thing to remember is to mix it up! Keep your mind entertained and your body guessing by adding variety to your cardiovascular routine. (Learn more about cardio - Listen to the Podcast)

Here are my top 5 methods for mixing it up:

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