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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.

  • Staying Active During the Workday
    Aliah Hurt, YWCA Personal Trainer

    "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.

    Feb 24, 2017

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  • Plank Variations to Strengthen Your Core
    Cora Brunell, YWCA Personal Trainer

    "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.

    Jan 31, 2017

    Posted 1/31/17 by Cora Brunell, YWCA Personal Trainer | 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

  • Adding Variety to Your Exercise Routine
    Tyler Barrett, YWCA Minneapolis Personal Trainer

    "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.

    Sep 29, 2016

    Posted 9/29/16 by YWCA Minneapolis | Read More

  • Breath Work During Exercise
    Nur Adem YWCA Personal Trainer

    Nur Adem, YWCA Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, shares tips on breath work while exercising.

    "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."
    Jul 25, 2016

    Posted 7/25/16 by YWCA Minneapolis | Read More

  • Muscle Building with Proper Form
    YWCA Minneapolis Personal Trainer Nick Veazie

    YWCA Personal Trainer and yoga instructor Nick Veazie shares this helpful reminder when building strength or endurance:

    "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."

    Jun 29, 2016

    Posted 6/29/16 by YWCA Minneapolis | Read More

  • Weight Training and Training to Failure

    Dillon Altonen, a YWCA Personal Trainer and nutritionist, is here to provide positive reinforcement and help you meet your full potential.

    Dillon shares helpful tips on weight training and training to failure, including a push up demonstration and guidance on how NOT to train to failure.

    May 27, 2016

    Posted 5/27/16 by YWCA Minneapolis | Read More

  • Bring Balance to Your Life
    Emily Shelton, YWCA Minneapolis Personal Trainer

    YWCA Personal Trainer, will-push-you-to-work-hard, puddle jumping guru Emily Shelton will show you how to incorporate balance into your daily life.

    Mar 28, 2016

    Posted 3/28/16 by YWCA Minneapolis | Read More