Snowboarder Chris Rice-McClure says exercising to strengthen the core will prepare the body for snowboarding. In the foreground is Bet Gendron, an avid cross-country skier for the past five years, who recommends people prepare themselves for cross-country skiing by strengthening the legs. (Marla Brose/Journal)

Snow day: Get fit for Winter sports

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Snowboarder Chris Rice-McClure says exercising to strengthen the core will prepare the body for snowboarding. In the foreground is Bet Gendron, an avid cross-country skier for the past five years, who recommends people prepare themselves for cross-country skiing by strengthening the legs. (Marla Brose/Journal)


As winter approaches, so does the season for on-snow sports – think skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing – that put different demands on... 

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Hard to resist

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Suspension trainers like the TRX (Total Resistance eXercise) have been on the market for nearly a decade. But it’s only been in the past few years that the use of the bright yellow straps with handles has become almost standard at gyms and fitness studios. In addition, the compact unit is idea for the road warrior who likes to work out on the go. Lawrence Herrera, a coach and partner at Elevate PHW in Albuquerque is a big proponent of the device. He says the device not only develops core body strength, but joint and muscular stability as well. He says trainers have developed more complex... 

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Fuelband

Monday, August 18, 2014

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It’s no coincidence that archrivals Apple and Google launched competing software initiatives this summer for wearable gadgets that track fitness and health. Health technology is hot in the Bay Area, where some of the biggest tech companies and a swarm of startups are working on everything from doctor-recommendation apps and video diagnostic services to data-crunching analytics and cutting-edge DNA sequencing. Hoping to capitalize on... 

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Is sitting the new smoking?

Monday, August 4, 2014

There’s a saying going around that sitting is the new smoking. It’s a bit snarky and perhaps a none-too-subtle dig at those of us who spend a lot of time on our rear ends for work and pleasure. But Dr. James Levine, who is credited with it, is dead serious. In fact, he says, sitting could be worse than smoking. What to do about it? “Get Up!” is the title of Levine’s new book, a jovial tale of how he came to the scientific conclusion that our chairs are killing us and what can be done to stop the threat. We lose two hours of life for every hour we sit, writes Levine,... 

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Coaching is a learning experience

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It was 2010 and as I entered the conference room at the hotel in Colorado Springs at USA Triathlon, I was just like the other 60 or so coaching wannabes. I know we said we all wanted to be coaches, but what we were looking for that “Silver Bullet.” You know, the special training plans that are locked in the vault at USA Triathlon. It was extremely obvious that many of my classmates were more interested in their own training plans than in their athletes. Deep down, I was as... Read More

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The search for a new bike

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The search for the new ride has begun in earnest and the more I look, the more confused I become. The past three-plus years, I have enjoyed my Scott Plasma 3. It has been a great ride with very little to no problems at all. The only issues have been self-induced, usually the result of a fall. The SRAM red components have been bulletproof and super reliable. My wheel selection has evolved over the years, but mostly have been of the Zipp variety, whether its a disc or deep profile... Read More

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Dam to Dam run

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The Dam to Dam Run is a must for any novice or seasoned runner. The run begins just west of Starbucks and Albertson’s (Academy and Tramway) and heads north — out and back — along the dam arroyos with scenic views of the city and majestic Sandia Mountains. The route includes a moderate climb (after […]

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Stress is everywhere, but it’s not all bad

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As a tax preparer, Stephen Yu deals with clients who can’t locate records or are panicked because they haven’t filed in years. Unfortunately, Yu picks up on their stress and sometimes takes it home, especially during tax season. He becomes irritable, distracted and can’t sleep. “My family gets stressed, too, because they’re worried about me,” […]

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Snow day: Get fit for Winter sports

Snowboarder Chris Rice-McClure says exercising to strengthen the core will prepare the body for snowboarding. In the foreground is Bet Gendron, an avid cross-country skier for the past five years, who recommends people prepare themselves for cross-country skiing by strengthening the legs. (Marla Brose/Journal)

As winter approaches, so does the season for on-snow sports – think skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing – that put different demands on an active body. As the snow-dependent sports season looms, so does the need for strength-building exercises that will make participating in those sports safer, easier and more fun. “The more you invest in […]

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10-Minute Fat Blaster

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Let’s resolve not to use the “I’m too busy” excuse not to exercise any more! Cedar McCrary, owner of Cedar Fit Personal Training and Bootcamp in Albuquerque, says exercise is like other maintenance you must perform. “Are you too busy to change the oil in your car? Too busy to brush your teeth and wash […]

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