Welcome to the Trainer Tips blog, your place to find motivational exercises that keep you engaged in your workouts. Whether you're new to working out or a fitness guru, there's something for everyone.
Dec 13, 2017
Compound lifts are exercises that target large muscle groups and work many different areas of the body at the same time. YWCA trainer Brandon Hunter demonstrates a Kettlebell Goblet Squat (using a kettlebell or just your bodyweight), one form of a compound lift.
Nov 14, 2017
Eating before and after a workout can increase your energy level and push your body to achieve maximum results. YWCA personal trainer Alvin Taye provides tips on the best foods to eat before you begin your workout and after your workout is complete.
Sep 14, 2017
Squeeze Those Glutes!
Want to see and feel benefits such as a lifted, firmer booty and decreased back pain? View YWCA trainer Joy Claypoole's tips on how and when to engage your glutes.
Aug 15, 2017
Prevent injury and make the most of each workout by properly engaging the breath.
Watch these three examples by YWCA trainer Nick Veazie on inhaling and exhaling during specific exercises.
Jun 29, 2017
YWCA trainer Cha Yang provides a simple balance exercise you can take with you anywhere, even while traveling!
He recommends doing balance exercises for 30 minutes per week to help improve core strength and overall athletic ability.
Jun 12, 2017
Do you have trouble finding the time to make it to the gym? You don't have to spend hours doing resistance training and cardio.
Use YWCA trainer Dillon Altonen's "Superset" tip to cut your workout time in half!
Apr 28, 2017
A common challenge triathletes face when transitioning from the biking to running is the feeling of “jello legs”.
View YWCA trainer Sarah Lipinski's three tips on how to overcome this feeling.
Dec 28, 2016
"Seek out friends within your community who make exercise a priority and make plans to exercise with them on a regular basis."
YWCA Endurance Sports Coach Angela Haeg provides ideas on how to incorporate friends into your workout routine.
Nov 23, 2016
How much rest time should you have between sets?
It can depend on your strength training goal.
YWCA personal trainer Leslie Oskey provides guidance on rest times for three different strength training goals in her trainer tip.
Oct 28, 2016
"Compound exercises can make your workouts more intense and effective by allowing you to train more than one muscle group at a time."
YWCA personal trainer Chloe Shovein provides tips on reducing your overall workout time with compound exercises.