The Cooper Institute
 

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

 
 
 
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Wednesday, Apr 27, 2022

10,000 steps a day: does one goal fit all?

Over the past several years, it has been ingrained in our culture that the goal for people whose primary activity consists of walking is 10,000 steps per day. You may be surprised to learn that the origin of this recommendation is not completely clear, and little data exists to support this number....

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Cardio

Thursday, Feb 03, 2022

Does Your Ability To Do Pushups Predict Cardiovascular Risk?

Are Results From a Push-up Test Associated With Future Cardiovascular Events?...

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Eat better

Thursday, Jan 20, 2022

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Monday, Jun 08, 2020

Get Active. Stay Healthy Fit Tips

After schools and businesses shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic, it seemed as though we were in for a long, lazy stretch of inactivity. Fortunately, many realized that this was the perfect time to make fitness a priority at home for the whole family....

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Thursday, Aug 01, 2019

Cardio or Strength Training - Which Comes First? 

Which comes first, cardio or strength? Get the most out of your workout by learning whether it is better to start with aerobic training or strength training.  ...

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Thursday, Dec 13, 2018

Your Gift Makes an Impact

The holiday season is a time for family, friends and giving – and we are so grateful to count you as a member of our family. As you consider your gifts at this time, we ask you to consider The Cooper Institute in your year-end giving plans....

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Fit Tips

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2018

Power Training is for Everyone

Muscular strength refers to the maximum amount of weight lifted at one time; power is proportional to the speed at which you can apply this maximum force. While many attributes of power such as speed, acceleration, and deceleration come to mind when thinking about sports, they are equally as important in activities of daily living such as standing up, stopping a fall, jumping, pushing a door, etc. Because power plays a crucial role in sport and everyday activities, it is imperative that all individuals, young and old alike, train this skill-related component of fitness. Follow these Fit Tips to enhance your performance in sports, fitness, and activities of daily living....

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Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018

Sandbag Training for Muscular Strength

While sandbag training has been utilized by athletes for many years, it is becoming increasingly popular among all exercisers. The sandbag is a great training tool that can improve muscular strength/endurance, stability, and power. As a result, many fitness professionals are incorporating sandbag training into their functional fitness programs. This month’s fit tip focuses on three sandbag exercises that, when combined, target all major muscles groups....

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Monday, Feb 05, 2018

Muscular Strength Strategies for Youth

Resistance (strength) training can be safely implemented for kids of all ages. Basic rules for strength training in kids and adolescents have been published in a previous blog (see: Strength Training for FitnessGram). Physical education teachers can utilize the following resistance training strategies to boost kids’ musculoskeletal fitness....

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Thursday, Jan 18, 2018

Knee Pain: Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Are you experiencing knee pain? While a vast majority of knee problems involve ligament damage, another common cause of knee pain is patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). PFPS is characterized by pain underneath the patella (knee cap). The pain increases with squatting movements, stair climbing, and prolonged sitting. This fit tip provides a variety of exercises that will strengthen the quadriceps muscle group and increase hip stability....

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Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017

Partner Strength Training

Small group and partner exercises have become quite popular as they keep individuals motivated and accountable while adding fun and variety to an exercise routine. Partner strength training may be performed with minimal or no equipment and typically does not require a large space. This can be extremely useful with a limited budget. So grab a friend, and try these partner exercises during your next workout....

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Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017

Plank Variations

Tired of holding that plank for minutes on end? Try these plank variation to make your next workout more challenging and fun....

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