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.
May 15, 2018
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.
Apr 16, 2018
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.
Jan 31, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.