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7 Health & Fitness Tips to Start off the New Year

by Sean Etsitty, BA, CPT The body doesn’t like to change. Whether you are starting your exercise journey or waking up for the millionth time to run in the cold, the body doesn’t initially want to get up. The body craves comfort. For 199,900 years the goal of the human race has been to not …

Helpful Good Morning Yoga Postures (You Can Do From Bed)

by Samantha Garrison, RYT 200 Being tight is no fun, especially since it can cause injuries to your body according to Harvard Health. Sometimes being tight means having muscle pain that is so bad that you wish you could remove that part of your body, maybe just for an hour. Turns out, doing some quick …

I Don’t Hate Crossfit But I Do Love Science: Why One Size Doesn’t Fit All In Fitness

   by Sean Etsitty, BA, CPT I don’t hate crossfit. In fact, from 18-20 years old I used to compete in crossfit. I loved the intensity. I loved the sense of community. I felt comfortable being vulnerable in the gym for the first time in my life, and that allowed me to try, fail, try, fail, …

Exercise Science Secrets: How High Intensity Endurance Training Can Leave You with a Belly

by Sean Etsitty, CPT The marathon commemorates the legendary Greek messenger who ran 25 miles from Marathon to Athens, then collapsed and died from exhaustion1. Such a strenuous activity is understandably highly respected, and any athlete who can complete this feat should be proud of themselves.  But have you ever heard some of these athletes …

6 Important Guidelines You Need To Know When Starting Resistance Training With Young Athletes

   by Sean Etsitty, BA, CPT The 7th grade basketball season was the first time I noticed the weight room. I remember my teammates going early in the morning, and I was stressed out because I had no idea what to do there. I was clueless on how to get started, or what muscles were important …

5 Powerful Postures To Introduce Yoga Into Your Life

by Samantha Garrison, BSc, RYT 200 Yoga is so intimidating, but the truth is yoga is for everyone. Practicing yoga truly can take anyone to a powerful new level of mind-body connection. My first time doing yoga was in PE class. I was lucky enough to have a teacher who was certified and so we …

Shoulder Pain? 9 Signs You Need To Balance Your Shoulder Girdle

by Sean Etsitty, BA, CPT As a personal trainer, it was so hard and frustrating to get back to a normal training routine after I injured my shoulder. I recall waking up in the middle of the night with such a deep ache inside my shoulder blade, and all I could think was, “If I …

Do You Love To Run But Your Knees Hurt?

by Sean Etsitty, BA, CPT Runners are some of the hardest working athletes. They feel and redefine pain. Often times, this results in runners not realizing they’re injured until they can’t run anymore.  A major factor in injury risk for runners is the development of muscle imbalances. Muscles are like your car’s belt system on …

The Best Fitness Advice: The Pillars of Physical Fitness

By Sean Etsitty, BA, CPT Growing up I was an athletic kid, who happened to be obese. I remember when I stopped playing sports. It was after I heard my white friends talking about how dirty Native kids had a black ring around their neck and armpits. Little did they know I also had these …

How To Not Panic In A Panicked World

by Samantha Garrison, BSc, RYT 200 So 2020 is probably not the way any of us expected it to be, where personal success lies in simply staying alive. I was shocked to look back at my journal in April and see “Stay Alive!” as my main goal for the month. Since then, things have been …