The Cooper Institute
 

Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH

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Tuesday, Nov 01, 2016

Small Group Training with Various Fitness Levels

Small group training is a great way to expand your clientele and income. Offering a small group personal training session allows the trainer to schedule multiple clients for one time slot. It is likely that the trainer will experience a variety of fitness levels within one small group. Therefore, it is essential that the trainer know how to utilize appropriate modifications and amplifications in this setting....

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Tuesday, Nov 01, 2016

The Alkaline Diet: Help or Hype?

The latest diet craze claims that you can lose weight, have more energy, and prevent chronic disease by consuming more alkaline foods and fewer acidic foods. Does this sound too good to be true?...

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Friday, Oct 14, 2016

Agility Combos for Job-related Tasks

Is your agency utilizing agility, speed, power, coordination, and balance training? While typically thought of as skills for athletes, these components are especially important for the police officers as their job-related physical tasks require a high degree of neuromotor fitness. Some examples of these tasks would include: jumping over obstacles, lateral movements, sustained pursuit, jumping, balancing on one leg, etc. While it may seem like a lot of training to add into a training program that is already hard to fit in, all of these key components of neuromotor fitness can be combined into one quick obstacle course. Utilize these agility combos to ensure you are “fit for duty and fit for life”....

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Sue Beckham, PhD
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Friday, Oct 14, 2016

Coaching for Change: Teacher or Coach?

Expand your reach and empower clients/students for greater change by adding coaching skills to your resume of teaching skills. Don’t believe the myth that you need at least 15 minutes or more in order to help someone move forward. Every encounter is an opportunity to help others take one more step toward meeting their goals....

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Friday, Oct 14, 2016

The Omega-3 Index: A Novel Way to Determine Cardiovascular Risk

You probably already know that omega-3 fatty acids (fish oils) are good for your heart and brain. In recent years, Dr. William Harris has developed a novel blood test known as the omega-3 index. We will discuss how the index is determined, as well as its implications for cardiovascular health in this article....

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Friday, Sep 30, 2016

Cardiovascular and Brain Health: How are They Related?

While we know quite a bit about the relationship between lifestyle habits and the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, much less is known about lifestyle and other aspects brain health such as cognitive function. This study examined the relationship between lifestyle and cognitive function among 3298 adult men and women, who underwent extensive testing at baseline. They were then followed for an average of 6 years, and then had the testing repeated....

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Friday, Sep 30, 2016

Improving Stepping Movement Patterns with RNT

Stepping movement patterns are an integral part of daily activities. A compromise to the stepping function can result in a decrease in efficiency which can ultimately affect performance and can even lead to injury due to the compensations that result. Including RNT exercises in exercise programs serves to improve functional stability and enhance motor-control skills....

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Sue Beckham, PhD
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Thursday, Sep 15, 2016

Bench Exercises for Osteoporosis and Osteopenia

Boost bone density while improving balance, coordination and agility with these bench exercises. Everyone from older adults to the prevention-minded can benefit from these exercises for osteoporosis and osteopenia....

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Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016

Beetroot Juice: A Boon for the Older Adult Heart?

Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization in adults ages 65 and older. Beetroot juice has been shown to be beneficial to the cardiovascular system in healthy adults. Here we describe a study on the effects of beetroot juice on the cardiovascular system of twenty older adults with heart failure....

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Thursday, Sep 01, 2016

Do Health Behaviors Early in Life Affect Health Risk Later on?

Little is known regarding how health behaviors such as diet during early adulthood impact the risk of developing coronary heart disease later in life. This study examined how fruit and vegetable intake at age 25 impacted the coronary artery calcium score 20 years later....

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Thursday, Sep 01, 2016

Is Not Engaging the Core Hindering Your Performance?

Many individuals who perform resistance training exercises unfortunately are not performing them in a biomechanically sound manner. As a result, they are often not challenging the muscle appropriately and / or are increasing the risk for injury. A strength coach I worked with would say in jest when observing this, “Well, they are working something.” But what good is “working something” if that is not what is intended or if it can potentially lead to harm. While there are many basic principles that are often violated, one common violation is not engaging the core properly prior to beginning movement. While it sounds easy enough, activating the core isn’t necessarily a simple task, especially after routine neglect. Often thought of as a low back exercise, the Quadraplex is a great exercise to work on spine stabilization through core activation as shown in this video. The main goal is to maintain the optimal position of the spine and pelvis during basic movement....

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Monday, Aug 15, 2016

Physical Activity vs. Physical Fitness: Which is More Important?

While many people assume that physical activity and physical fitness are either the same thing or are very closely correlated, this is not the case. We will examine the differences between the two, then report on which on is a better predictor of cardiovascular mortality....

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