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  • 5 Full Body Stretches For Your Office

    5 Full Body Stretches For Your Office

    5 Full Body Stretches For Your Office There is no denying the fact that most of us should be stretching more. But let’s be honest, how many of us actually have the time to do this... let alone meal prep, get to the gym, show up to work, and have time for family? Well, your days of deciding between 10 more minutes of sleep or getting up early to stretch before your gym session are over. Why? Because new research has found that stretching does not have to be an elaborate, lengthy routine. Even five minutes per major muscle group per week is enough to reap the benefits.¹ That equates to about one minute per day for each body region! Certainly, we ....

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  • The Unexpected Benefits of Kickboxing

    The Unexpected Benefits of Kickboxing

    The Unexpected Benefits of Kickboxing Kickboxing is one of the top fitness trends of 2021, and it is here to stay. This high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout will leave you feeling breathless, sweaty, and AWESOME no matter what your fitness level is! But there is so much more to kickboxing than punching, kicking, and getting your sweat on. Before we dive into the unexpected benefits of kickboxing, let us get to know what kickboxing is A bout at Farrell’s and why you should try it today. Kickboxing 101 Kickboxing is a form of martial arts, combined with combative sport principles. When it is done for exercise [1] it is performed in a ....

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  • The Coaster Has Finally Reached the Station

    The Coaster Has Finally Reached the Station

    The Coaster Has Finally Reached the Station By Bobby Turnquist Farrell’s National Challenge Finalist My entire adult life has been a rollercoaster ride of weight. Even in high school, I was never happy with the way I looked. I was never what one would call “fat”, but I always carried a little extra. Thankfully, I was also blessed with a pretty decent athletic ability. This kept me active and is likely why I was not an obese teenager. I never had a grasp on good nutrition and have always eaten whatever I wanted. Surely, as I have discovered over the last year, this was going to catch up with me eventually… I graduated from High school weighing about ....

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  • Get Sparkling! How To Spruce Up Your Water Intake Regime

    Get Sparkling! How To Spruce Up Your Water Intake Regime

    Get Sparkling! How To Spruce Up Your Water Intake Regime We all know how important it is to rehydrate after a sweaty kickboxing or strength training workout. Research has shown that drinking around 64 ounces—or eight, eight-ounce servings—of water each day can help you lose weight and get in shape. But sometimes, plain water just doesn’t quench your thirst. This may have you wondering: Does sparkling water count toward your “eight glasses a day” goal? What is sparkling water? Simply put, sparkling water is just regular water combined with carbon dioxide. The CO2 is what gives sparkling water those addictive bubbles—just like in ....

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  • The Surprising Benefits of The Sunshine Vitamin (AKA Vitamin D)

    The Surprising Benefits of The Sunshine Vitamin (AKA Vitamin D)

    Vitamin D is getting a lot of time in the spotlight lately—and for a good reason. Best known for promoting bone health, this nutrient has also been linked to improving muscle strength , fighting depression , and preventing heart disease . Some studies have even shown vitamin D boosts immune system function , which helps your body fight off illnesses caused by viruses and bacteria. There was also a study that showed people with high levels of vitamin D get a boost in their workout routines at the gym and people who go to the gym regularly are more likely to have high vitamin D levels. Getting enough vitamin D can keep your hormone levels in check and ....

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  • Don't Watch Your Weight

    Don't Watch Your Weight

    Don't Watch Your Weight Why the scale is not a friend of your progress We have all been here before. The end of the year marks the beginning of new opportunities, goals, and resolutions. Health, fitness, and weight loss are at the top of many people’s list. Inevitably, most of us hit the gym hard to get in shape and lose the weight we gained over the holiday season. Eventually, we step on the dusty scale that has been pushed to the back corner of our bathroom to see what progress we have made. We deem our success based on the number that is revealed as though this is the only deciding factor in how far we have come. But our weight is only one ....

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  • Should I Be Concerned About Losing Weight Or Losing Fat?

    Should I Be Concerned About Losing Weight Or Losing Fat?

    If you’re looking to join a new gym or fitness program in West Des Moines, there’s a good chance that one of your main goals is to lose weight. But what does losing weight really involve? Is there a differentiation between losing weight and losing fat? Weight loss is different from fat loss. It’s important to know the difference to help you achieve your goals. And keep them. Weight Loss Your body’s total weight includes bones, organs, muscles, fat and water. Losing weight could result in a smaller number on the scale, but weight loss doesn’t automatically mean the equivalent of health. If you’re losing weight from your muscles, you won’t ....

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  • 4 Tips For Returning To Your Healthy Habits At The Gym And At Home

    4 Tips For Returning To Your Healthy Habits At The Gym And At Home

    Picture this: You hit the snooze button, skip your morning workout at the gym in West Des Moines, get the kids prepped for the day, and run to the office (or your work-from-home room), getting breakfast and a coffee at the drive-through. You slowly find yourself doing this more regularly, and eventually, it turns into your new morning routine. You think to yourself, “Monday, I’ll start again on Monday!” Ring a bell? If you’ve been through this before, you’re not alone! And don’t be so critical of yourself up either – it’s happened to all of us. If you’re set to get back in the gym and improve your health, you’ve arrived at the ....

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  • How To Remain Healthy While Staying Home

    How To Remain Healthy While Staying Home

    With changes going on in the world today, most of us are using more time in our houses. It can seem tricky to keep up with a positive lifestyle when your gym in Colorado Springs is closed. You could have found yourself becoming the teacher, home cook, and parent in your house. Or you are working from home for the time being and struggling to set up some structure in your day. In these changing times, it can be tempting to devote more time to the couch, checking the news and movie after movie, and casually losing your day-to-day workout routine. We may be passing more time at home, but we can always create ways to keep up healthy behavior! Below, find our preferred positive habits ....

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  • Becoming The Man I Knew I Could Be

    Becoming The Man I Knew I Could Be

    Doug Wespiser is a Farrell’s member at Farrell’s White Bear, Minnesota. Doug’s story is truly one of hard work and dedication. Keep reading to hear, in Doug’s words, how he became the father, husband, and man he always wanted to be! Chapter 41: How Did I Get Here? Growing up, I was full of ambitions and dreams. “Who do I want to be? What do I want to do when I grow up?” As a husky boy in my teens, I planned to be an avid hunter, camper, and fisherman, exploring remote locations and surviving off the land. Today, at 41 years of age and nearly 300 pounds, I think to myself, “How did I get here? How could I be so far away from what I had envisioned ....

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