1. Garden Fitness

    By: Kylie Thompson, BS, CPT & Intelligent Fitness Gardener! Your garden is an unlikely location for exercise that provides so many physical and mental health benefits. When you’re absorbed with what’s going on in your garden, you’re not thinking about what happened earlier in the day, giving you a way to unwind. Not to mention the benefits of being outside in the sunshine. Gardening util…Read More

  2. A Quick Look at Hormones & Gut Health

    A Quick Look At Hormones & Gut Health By: Hannah Alderfer, BA, CPT, FMSC Ah… the great topic of hormones! When you think of hormones, things such as mood swings, weight gain, puberty, menopause, or stress might come to mind. These are all very real effects of hormones working in the body. Hormones are a necessary part of your body’s total functioning. Without them you wouldn’t survive. A…Read More

  3. Plan of Attack

    By Josh Sample, BA Have you ever wanted to accomplish a fitness goal (or any goal really) and felt that you’ve had all the motivation in the world and have no plan of attack? Or perhaps you’ve got a plan and lack motivation? Maybe you’ve even started a path in the past, or you're in one now, and just get burned out? My advice is to start at the beginning. Before working towards the goal, bef…Read More

  4. What Level Are You?

    By Melanie Neading, BS & a "3"More than likely, one of your recent training appointments began with your trainer holding a board in one hand and a pole in the other announcing your training is going to begin with a screening.  As you moved through your screening the initial panic probably wore off and you realized it really wasn't that bad!  So what EXACTLY was that all about???  A test to…Read More

  5. Curls for the Girls… Beating Sarcopenia!

    By Danielle Wirick, MS, CSCS, FMSC Curls for the girls! That’s what I regularly hear from one of our older (and wiser) clients at Intelligent Fitness. Although he might be lifting for “the girls” it might actually be giving him a longer, better quality of life and keep him above ground even longer! Age related loss of muscle mass, strength & power is known as Sarcopenia. Sarcopenia isn…Read More

  6. Busy Day Workout!

    Here’s a simple workout from Danielle that you can do at home, no equipment needed. 20 jumping jacks 5 body weight squats 5 Jump squats 5 Burpees 5 Squat Thrusts  1 minute break  20 skaters (10 each side) 30 second plank (or 10 bridge to planks) 5 pushups (any kind) 5 Dips 30 seconds of moving planks   Rest & Repeat!…Read More

  7. Should You Stretch?

    Have you read in a popular magazine or Internet article recently that stretching is not good for you because it decreases performance or doesn’t reduce injury risk, and thought to yourself, “Should I stop stretching?” If you’re a regular client at Intelligent Fitness, you’ll come to understand quickly that stretching and Range of Motion (ROM) exercises are very prominent here, and differ…Read More

  8. Stress – Can You Handle It?

    What exactly is stress? According to the dictionary, stress is, "a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances." To me, that means stress is something that makes a person feel uneasy and very overwhelmed. When a person is overwhelmed, they tend to neglect important areas of their lives such as their health. When you are feeling stressed, yo…Read More

  9. Living Skeletons

    As a kid, I didn't believe that my bones were anything more than hard sticks and weird shapes that held my body frame together. Bones were the foundation of the body, like building blocks, I thought, that only served to hold me upright, otherwise I'd be a heap of skin and muscles on the floor. It wasn't until I broke my arm at the age of ten that I instantly realized that bones are another living,…Read More

  10. All Tied Up… The Secret To Lacing Your Shoes

    Take a quick glance down at your shoes. I’d be willing to bet you have the laces criss-crossed all the way up to the top eyelet, just like you bought them in the store. What would you think if I said you were wearing your shoes wrong for your entire life? What if I said your shoes can fit better with the right lacing even when active… whether that be hiking, biking, running, or just plain walk…Read More