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Strength wins!

Posted: March 8th, 2016 | Expert Advice | No Comments

by Bret Smith CPT, B. A., B.S. | Move Strong Studio “In the blue corner is the undisputed champion of human kind…STRENGTH! In the red corner is one of many obstacles and barriers that hold you back from success…UNCERTAINTY!”

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Be a white belt again

Posted: December 2nd, 2015 | Expert Advice | No Comments

by Bret Smith CPT, B. A., B.S. | Move Strong Studio I was exposed to martial arts at a young age with classes at the local Boys and Girls Clubs. Fondly, I remember the days of walking into the training area and feeling so excited to learn new techniques, scenarios and applications. That feeling of being so open and excited to learn is rare and sometimes fleeting. I would like to recount a story I heard […]

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Stuff happens

Posted: November 3rd, 2015 | Expert Advice | No Comments

by Bret Smith CPT, B. A., B.S. | Move Strong Studio he time of year is upon us where the beginning of the fall and winter holiday season has arrived. Ushering in the coming winter months we celebrate the vanquishing of ghosts with All Hallows Eve followed by the day of Thanksgiving and culminating in the season of giving and the New Year. Our focus turns toward family, travel and friendship as we join together to […]

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When to listen

Posted: October 9th, 2015 | Expert Advice | No Comments

by Bret Smith CPT, B. A., B.S. | Move Strong Studio When it comes to your body, it is so important to determine what it is saying and how to listen. Recently I overheard a conversation with a group of women training at a gym where I train.

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Bottom of the squat

Posted: September 8th, 2015 | Expert Advice | No Comments

by Bret Smith CPT, B. A., B.S. | Move Strong Studio Where does it begin? This will not be an article on the technicalities of lifting weights, posture or proper biomechanics. I know what you are saying…”oh bummer!” Fear not as I attempt to use the metaphorical approach linking the struggles of daily life and exercise to that of putting yourself into the proper mindset to succeed at all you do.

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‘Double down’

Posted: August 5th, 2015 | Expert Advice | No Comments

by Bret Smith CPT, B. A., B.S. | Move Strong Studio I have the opportunity of working with a wide range of clientele and one group I train are those suffering from complications due to physical trauma such as stroke, aneurysm, and knees/hip replacement.

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Three “C’s” for fitness

Posted: July 8th, 2015 | Expert Advice | No Comments

by Bret Smith CPT, B. A., B.S. | Move Strong Studio The title of this article does not reveal all that is needed for lasting success in a fitness program but “The Three C’s” do offer the structure for what will make lasting progress a reality.

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Just show up!

Posted: June 10th, 2015 | Expert Advice | No Comments

by Bret Smith CPT, B. A., B.S. | Move Strong Studio Taking on the challenges a new fitness and wellness program can be very intimidating. New exercises, daily routines and what seems like a boat load of information – all in the name of getting the best results possible – only serve to bog the system down and negate any initial successes.

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Creative vs. productive

Posted: May 4th, 2015 | Expert Advice | No Comments

by Bret Smith CPT, B. A., B.S. | Move Strong Studio           “Do you really expect me to do that?” “I just saw this great exercise on TV can we try it?” “My last trainer said I should never do this exercise, but this one instead!”

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Hormones and fat loss

Posted: March 31st, 2015 | Expert Advice | No Comments

by Bret Smith CPT, B. A., B.S. | Move Strong Studio Let’s get this straight right from the start…fat loss is hard! There is no question about it. Having to exercise and eat at levels that create the best possible environment for fat loss and muscle gain is a challenging endeavor.

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5 Steps to a Healthy Core

Posted: March 3rd, 2015 | Expert Advice | No Comments

by Bret Smith CPT, B. A., B.S. | Move Strong Studio I bet you are reading this thinking…”Great! Here are some new ab exercises!” Sorry to disappoint, but to lead you down the path of more boring explanations about “ab” and “plank” exercises would waste our time. Instead I would like to describe The 5 Core Principles of a Healthy Workout Routine. All clients here at Move Strong Studio go through a thorough assessment to help […]

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Running Down The Dream

Posted: February 5th, 2015 | Expert Advice | No Comments

by Bret Smith CPT, B. A., B.S. | Move Strong Studio Now that the sheen from the season of New Year’s resolutions has dulled a little, let’s get real about what it takes to see lasting results while undertaking a healthy lifestyle. Taking a look back at all the energy we spent during the holiday season and realizing how much we are doing each day, it is no wonder that fitness and nutrition opportunities take a […]

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Empty your bucket

Posted: January 5th, 2015 | Expert Advice | No Comments

by Bret Smith CPT, B. A., B.S. | Move Strong Studio They’re herrrre! All the New Year’s promises to eat better, exercise more, lose that holiday bulge, train for that obstacle race and more help set the tone for us to feel better about the damage being done right now.

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Myths and Mysteries

Posted: December 2nd, 2014 | Expert Advice | No Comments

by Bret Smith CPT, B. A., B.S. | Move Strong Studio Barely a week goes by where I don’t read an article or post about fitness and nutritional myths supported or debunked by the latest research. Yet again and again I am left with the mystery of what those myths really mean- if anything.

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