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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.

  • Get the Most Out of Your Ab Exercises
    ryan wied, ywca personal trainer

    Strong abdominal muscles are important for daily activities and sports.

    The abdominal muscles consist of four different muscle groups.

    Watch YWCA trainer Ryan Wied's tip video on how to activate your ab muscles.

    May 15, 2018

    Posted 5/15/18 by Ryan Wied, YWCA Personal Trainer | Read More

  • Your Go-To Exercise to Improve Core Strength
    mary smith, ywca minneapolis personal trainer

    Core muscles are one of the largest stabilizers in our body.

    A weak core contributes to poor posture, imbalance and instability.

    Watch YWCA trainer Mary Smith's tip video on how to improve core strength.

    Apr 16, 2018

    Posted 4/16/18 by Mary Smith, YWCA Minneapolis Personal Trainer | Read More

  • Unilateral Exercises Build Balance
    ramona vann, ywca personal trainer

    Unilateral movements (using only one limb) can bring balance and build strength.

    Check out YWCA trainer Ramona Vann's quick and easy unilateral exercise, the Bulgarian Split Squat.

    Jan 31, 2018

    Posted 1/31/18 by Ramona Vann, YWCA Personal Trainer | Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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