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Trainer Tips

Personal Training Tips

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.

  • Compound Lifting
    brandon hunter, ywca trainer

    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.

    Dec 13, 2017

    Posted 12/13/17 by Brandon Hunter, YWCA personal trainer | Read More

  • What to Eat Before and After Workouts
    alvin taye, ywca minneapolis personal trainer

    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.

    Nov 14, 2017

    Posted 11/14/17 by Alvin Taye, YWCA Personal Trainer | Read More

  • Strong Glute Muscles with Glute Bridge Exercise
    joy claypoole, ywca personal trainer

    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.

    Sep 14, 2017

    Posted 9/14/17 by Joy Claypoole, YWCA Personal Trainer | Read More

  • Engage the Breath During Workouts
    nick veazie, ywca trainer

    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.

    Aug 15, 2017

    Posted 8/15/17 by Nick Veazie, YWCA Minneapolis Personal Trainer | Read More

  • Simple Balance Exercise to do Anywhere
    cha yang, ywca personal trainer

    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 29, 2017

    Posted 6/29/17 by Cha Yang, YWCA Minneapolis Trainer | Read More

  • Cut Your Workout Time in Half with Supersets
    YWCA trainer Dillon Altonen

    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!

    Jun 12, 2017

    Posted 6/12/17 by Dillon Altonen, YWCA Personal Trainer | Read More

  • 3 Form Drills to Transition from Biking to Running (T2)
    Sara Lipinski, YWCA Endurance Sports Coach

    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.

    Apr 28, 2017

    Posted 4/28/17 by Sarah Lipinski, YWCA Endurance Sports Coach | Read More

  • Exercise With Friends for Consistency and Fun
    Angela Haeg, YWCA Endurance Sports Coach

    "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. 

    Dec 28, 2016

    Posted 12/28/16 by Angela Haeg, YWCA Endurance Sports Coach | Read More

  • Rest Intervals Between Sets for Strength Training
    Leslie Oskey Personal Trainer

    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. 

    Nov 23, 2016

    Posted 11/23/16 by Leslie Oskey, YWCA Personal Trainer | Read More

  • Increased Intensity and Effectiveness with Compound Exercises
    Chloe Shovein YWCA Trainer

    "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.

    Oct 28, 2016

    Posted 10/28/16 by YWCA Minneapolis | Read More