The Cooper Institute
 

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

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Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017

Correcting the Excess Forward Lean During the Squat

A common movement pattern deviation observed during the squat is the excessive torso lean. This misalignment in form is often the result of weak back extensors (erector spinae) and hips. Learn more......

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Wednesday, Aug 09, 2017

Back-Saver Strategies

Low back pain, injury, and other back disorders may be the most pressing orthopedic health problem in modern America. The exercise strategies performed in this Fit Tip can be utilized to improve the strength of the back muscles, specifically the erector spinae....

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Thursday, Jul 13, 2017

Preventing the Nuisance of Shin Splints

Shin splints is a generalized term for pain on the front edge of the shin bone. Shin splints are common in runners, dancers, military recruits, activities requiring bursts of speed or sudden stops, individuals who have increased exercise duration/frequency/intensity, and those exercising on uneven surfaces. Learn more......

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Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017

CPR Tips

CPR can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival. The thought of performing CPR on someone can be scary, but don’t let fear prohibit you from being a lifesaver. So how do you know if someone really needs CPR? Check out this month’s Fit Tip to learn some quick, practical tips when it comes to administering CPR....

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Monday, Jun 05, 2017

Creative Cardio Circuit Strategies for Youth - Part 1

In April, we introduced you to circuit training strategies designed to improve FitnessGram® scores. The circuit training session should alternate one minute of cardio exercise with one minute of strength exercise. As mentioned previously, the strength training routine should target all major muscle groups. However, creating fun and innovative ways to include cardio can be a challenge. Incorporate fit tip cardio strategies to make your next circuit training workout a fun activity for kids of all ages....

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dietary Approaches to Stopping Hypertension (DASH)

In this Fit Tip video, we will discuss how the DASH eating plan, as well as moderate amounts of cardiovascular and strength training can have a favorable impact on your resting blood pressure....

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Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017

Rotator Cuff Alternatives

One of the most common causes of shoulder pain is a weakness or injury of the rotator cuff muscle group. This group of muscles is responsible for stabilization and internal/external rotation of the shoulder. There are many options that can be utilized for the purpose of strengthening the rotator cuff group. Here are a few suggestions....

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Sue Beckham, PhD
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Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016

How Much Protein Do You Need?

Excess protein can lead to increased body fat. Protein intake should be determined based on body weight and activity level....

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Thursday, Nov 17, 2016

High Row Stability Progressions

Spice up your high pull exercises. Change the exercise position to modify or amplify basic exercises like the single-arm high row adding a core stability challenge....

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Thursday, Nov 17, 2016

Partner Resistance Exercises

No equipment? No problem! In situations where equipment is scarce, you can still have a very effective workout by utilizing partner resistance training....

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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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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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