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.
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.
Mar 29, 2017
"Monitoring progression during strength training can be a struggle."
Use YWCA personal trainer Christopher Zink's tip on how to increase both the number of reps and weight used in your strength training routine.
Feb 24, 2017
"Did you know the average American is sedentary for more than half of the time they spend awake throughout the day?"
YWCA personal trainer Aliah Hurt provides easy lifestyle modifications you can do during the day to become more active.
Jan 31, 2017
"Have you ever been unable to finish a workout because your back hurts? One major cause of back pain is due to a weak core."
YWCA personal trainer Cora Brunell provides a variety of simple, yet challenging plank moves you can add to each workout and strengthen your core.
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.
Sep 29, 2016
"Developing a routine is good for an individual new to exercise. But eventually, a routine becomes just that — routine."
Learn what YWCA personal trainer Tyler Barrett suggests to keep your gym time fresh.
Jul 25, 2016"Do you feel exhausted or out of breath a few minutes into a workout? You may need to pay attention to how you’re breathing. To maximize your workout, inhale first and then exhale as you move through the exercise."
Jun 29, 2016
"When building strength or endurance don’t forget balance! While exercising at the gym, it is easy to gravitate toward weights and cardio equipment, but ignore stability-focused exercises. Use adequate stretching, warm-ups, cool-downs and joint stabilization to regulate the fatigue of difficult workouts and optimize results."