• Aerobic fitness can reduce heart failure
    Exercise,  Fitness tips,  Health

    Aerobic capacity lowers risk for heart failure

    Aerobic activity, the ability of the heart, vascular network, and lungs to perform work, is important for good health. Good aerobic fitness (aerobic capacity) is linked with a lower risk of heart disease, various forms of cancer, lower rates of metabolic disorders, better mental health, lower odds of premature death from all-cause and specific diseases. Now a meta-analysis (analysis looking at many studies) has shown that higher levels of aerobic fitness are associated with a lower risk for heart failure. Heart failure Heart failure is a major health concern and can affect people who have had a heart attack (myocardial infarction) or have hypertension which is uncontrolled and other disorders.…

  • Do strength training and cardio play well?
    Exercise,  Fitness tips

    Do strength training and cardio play well?

    Integration of different modes of exercise in relation to training goals should be taken into consideration before prescribing a total conditioning program. Different blends of exercise training modes can either enhance or hurt gains of specific fitness-related adaptations. There is potential for competing systems to interfere with fitness improvements during concurrent training. Possible explanations for non-compatibility include genetic ceiling, problems when an activity requires recruitment of similar muscle fiber types, changes in cardiovascular, immune, neuroendocrine systems that support skeletal muscle, conflicts in cellular adaptation in skeletal muscle, overreaching or overtraining, and conflicts related to support needs for systems to recover (Baechle & Earle, 2008; Fleck & Kraemer, 2014). The exercise…

  • Put the FITT in fitness with a VP
    Exercise,  Fitness tips

    Put the FITT in fitness with a VP

    When I first started in the fitness industry (in college) the Exercise Rx was F.I.T (Frequency, Intensity and Time). Then it was expanded to F.I.T.T the mnemonic for Frequency – Intensity – Time and Type. Today there’s an addition beyond FIIT which adds a VP. VP adds the concept of volume and progression. It forms the most basic concept in developing exercise prescriptions/programs and helps identify minimal thresholds for benefits. In this article, we’ll look at FITT-VP and what it means, plus how to use the information in your exercise program. Even though the F.I.T.T-VP formula applies to all exercise prescriptions it will vary depending upon goals, medical status, culture,…