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

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Thursday, Aug 31, 2017

Update on The Cooper Institute® Certified Personal Trainer Exam

The Cooper Institute continuously completes internal procedures in compliance with NCCA standards in order to maintain accreditation. Over the past 14 months, exam development processes have resulted in an updated CI-CPT exam that will be launched on June 1, 2017....

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Update on The Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer Exam

The Cooper Institute continuously completes internal procedures in compliance with NCCA standards in order to maintain accreditation. Over the past 14 months, exam development processes have resulted in an updated CI-CPT exam that will be launched on June 1, 2017....

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Thursday, May 08, 2014

Eating for Recovery

After a spirited training session, your body may be lacking energy and nutrients it needs to recover. Have you ever wondered what is best to eat for recovery after that hard workout? Well here are some guidelines. For the purposes of this article, we will define an endurance athlete as someone who spends 5-7 hours per week or more performing moderate to vigorous aerobic training, with a goal of improved endurance performance. We will define a strength athlete as someone who is performing multiple sets of multiple high intensity strength training exercises at least 4 days per week with a goal ...

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Thursday, Apr 24, 2014

Mexican Food Minus the Calories

Here in Dallas, we are looking forward to another beautiful weekend… Sounds like the perfect weekend for some Mexican cuisine and a lime beverage on-the-rocks while sitting outdoors watching the Dallas Stars and Mavericks play-off games. But let’s have a quick reality check before our trip to Margaritaville. This previous post I have in mind reveals the min, the max, and the Ay Dios Mio! (OMG!) of calories found in various Mexican foods and provides some calorie-cutting strategies to help make your patio days palatable. Lower Calorie Choices*: Chicken tortilla soup; 1 to 2 grilled chicken, be...

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Michael Harper, MEd
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Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Increasing the Caloric Burn in Low Impact Cardio

Low impact cardiovascular activities can help to minimize the risk of injury. However, low impact activities such as walking are sometimes perceived as not having as many options for increasing caloric burn. Fortunately, incorporating interval training with walking can help increase caloric expenditure. Plus, walking is an activity that requires no equipment, is easy to do, and is one of the most natural forms of physical activity. Interval training involves bouts of higher intensity exercise mixed with periods of lower intensity exercise that allows for partial recovery. More calories are bu...

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Thursday, Apr 10, 2014

The Sweet (and Sour) of Sugar

Pop Quiz: How many more pounds of sugar do Americans eat each year as compared to 1970? 5 pounds? Maybe 10?... Would you believe 15 more pounds? According to NPHW.org, the average American eats 15 more pounds of sugar each year than in 1970. This finding suggests that Americans, on average, need to scale way back on added sugars and sweeteners! Let’s reflect to an earlier post to remind us of the ever-present sugars surrounding us every day. What exactly are added sugars? Added sugars are sugars and syrups that are added to foods or beverages during processing or preparation. They differ from...

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Today I Will TIW
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Thursday, Mar 20, 2014

Spring Into Action!

It’s official… Spring has sprung! Everyone in the neighborhood knows where to find my family this time of year – outdoors! I’m so excited to welcome the green grass, beautiful blooms, and warmer weather. It’s a great time to stretch your legs (and arms and back and abs) to burn calories and increase health benefits. An earlier post springs to mind as I begin my household chore list – it reveals various springtime activities and the amount of calories each burns if done for 30 minutes*. Check out the list below: Watering lawn or garden – 63 calories Bird watching – 104 calories Playing croq...

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Karyn Hughes, MEd
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Thursday, Feb 27, 2014

Foam Rolling as a Recovery Tool from Intense Physical Activity and Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

In a recent posted blog in September, 2013 on Whole-Body Cryotherapy we examined whether cold therapy speeds up recovery from muscle soreness.  This topic is of great importance to athletes and coaches alike who want to plan an athlete’s workout to maximize performance as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) often reduces force production and range of motion (ROM) at joints.  Even if you don’t classify yourself as an athlete, if you exercise you have likely experienced DOMS.  Now the use of foam rollers is commonly advocated to alleviate muscles soreness and stiff joints along with improving n...

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Michael Harper, MEd
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Thursday, Feb 20, 2014

Battle Ropes: How hard is the body working?

The use of ropes as fitness equipment has been on the rise in gyms. Ropes, often called battle ropes, similar looking to the ones used at one time for climbing in PE classes, are now being used for a variety of other exercises. The ropes are normally between 30 – 50 feet in length, 1 -2 inches in thickness, and anchored around a pole so an individual can hold both ends of the rope. Thicker and longer ropes will make exercises more advanced. Examples of common repeated movements using battle ropes include the following exercises: Alternating Waves: In a stable half squat stance, holding one ...

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Thursday, Jan 30, 2014

Be Mindful This Super Bowl Sunday

I can’t wait for the Super Bowl this Sunday… Especially the commercials! Visions of ice-cold beer, cheesy tortilla chips, and sweet sodas dance through my head. Whoa, let’s hold the Clydesdale horses for a moment. I also have a vision of an earlier post that will come in handy this Sunday. It’s about mindful eating - eating when you're physically hungry and stopping when you're full - as opposed to eating for psychological reasons (e.g., stress, excitement, etc.) or outside triggers. A major trigger for eating when not truly hungry is smelling or seeing food. So how might you limit this trigge...

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Today I Will TIW
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Thursday, Jan 02, 2014

Apps to Make Change LASTING in 2014!

‘Tis the season of resolutions a large many of which are to “get healthier” or to “lose weight.” And to achieve these, many may turn to their mobile device for assistance. Search for “weight loss apps” at the iTunes App Store and almost 2,000 apps are available. Many of the apps provide the opportunity for individuals to track activity, or food intake, as well as set goals. However, are these strategies effective at changing behavior traits for sustained weight loss? Behavioral weight loss strategies are reflected in evidence based lifestyle interventions. These types of strategies have been ...

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Written by
Sue Beckham, PhD
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Monday, Dec 30, 2013

Helping Others with Change: What Role Can You Play?

Another year, another resolution? What’s the best strategy for helping others achieve their New Year’s resolutions?  These tips will help you meet that friend, coworker, or family member struggling with change, where they are and nudge them forward in the process. 1. You can facilitate change but you cannot change someone else.  An individual must make their own decision to change. You can show your support but no amount of nagging or coercion will force someone to change if they are not ready.  So do not take responsibility for their decisions and actions. Do what you can and realize the res...

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