Weak Knees? Put the Pep Back in Your Step

GymnasticBodies athlete performs an inside squat for knee health.

Life would be a lot easier if you only had to worry about moving your knees in a perfect plane of motion, but more movement is required by our active lives. If you’ve ever played tag, you’ve experienced this first-hand. Think back to your childhood on the playground — do you recall one of those

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Joint Prep for Skiers: 3 Exercises to Dominate Your Season

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As summer winds to a close, with cooler days and longer nights, we have just one thing on our minds: hitting the slopes! There’s nothing quite like waking up to some fresh powder and heading to the mountain. The winter adventures await, but is your body ready for it? Joint prep is important for skiers, especially

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3 Bodyweight Exercises that Launch Your Squats

GymnasticBodies athlete performs a single leg squats while on a hike.

It’s leg day! And guess what’s on the menu for today’s lower body workout? Squats! Prepare your body for action with these essential bodyweight exercises to increase your weight or reps while keeping your body injury-free in the process. It’s important to remember that lifting heavy without proper physical preparation has its consequences. If your

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Foot Fitness 101—Keeping Your Feet Happy

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This little piggy went to the gym, this little piggy went for a run… you know the saying. And how apropos it is: our feet never get a rest day. But that doesn’t mean we can’t focus on foot fitness and keep our feet happy and working hard for us. What do humans and the

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Barefoot Mojo: Do More For Your Health and Athletic Performance


This may come as a surprise to you but new research and trends confirm that shoes are WAY overrated. What you thought was protecting your delicate soles, in all actuality, is inhibiting them from doing what feet were made to do barefoot. Your feet are designed to support the weight of your body. You will

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Mindshift: 2 Glute Exercises You Haven't Thought of Yet

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If you ask all your fitness savvy friends what their favorite lower body and glute exercises are, squats, deadlifts, and lunges are likely at the top of their lists. And with good reason! These are highly effective exercises to develop lower body strength and endurance. But there’s something they all lack. They can’t be remedied

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Sculpt Lean and Limber Legs with These 4 Moves!

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Shorts season is officially here and these 4 moves are going to get your legs in prime condition. They’ll sculpt, tone, and strengthen lean and limber legs! Your legs do a lot! They jump, run, squat, and play, so take a moment to give them some extra attention with this quick, easy, and effective workout.

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Safeguard your Squat with This Potent, Protective Practice

GymnasticBodies athlete demonstrates how to strengthen and protect knees with a natural leg extension.

Busting out insane skills like an elite level gymnast might not be the focus of your fitness routine, but creating bulletproof knees like theirs should be! Prepare your lower body to easily handle both the demands of life and weighted lower body work by increasing the resiliency and longevity of your joints. The added plus?

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Balancing Act: Why Lower Body Joints Need More Than You’re Giving Them

GymnasticBodies female athlete demonstrates hip mobility and overall strength in a single leg squat.

We know what athletic qualities are beneficial for physical performance, because we follow sports on TV, admire athlete’s superhuman qualities and work to mimic sought-after physically fit celebrities. But we know firsthand, because we experience our own physical lives in unique bodies, and know our strengths and weaknesses. While attributes such as strength, power, and

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Bodyweight Squats for Lower Body Mobility

Christopher Sommer's athlete demonstrates hip, knee, and ankle mobility with a bodyweight squat.

When discussing all the possible lower body strength and power exercises available in Gymnastic Strength Training, it is easy to overlook how important the bodyweight squat truly is. There are many exciting movement choices out there, and more often than not, trainers are too focused on entertaining their clients rather than training them. In order

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