The Cooper Institute
 

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

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Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016

Does Pickle Juice Relieve Muscle Cramps?

Many exercisers promote the benefits of pickle juice for relieving muscle cramps but what does the scientific evidence say about pickle juice – if it works and how it works?...

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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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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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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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Sue Beckham, PhD
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Friday, Jul 29, 2016

Glute Bridge with Mini-band

Muscle imbalances in the hips and core can contribute to low back pain. This version of the glute bridge not only strengthens the often weak gluteus maximus but also engages the hip abductor muscles that keep the hips and knees aligned during squatting movements....

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Sue Beckham, PhD
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Friday, Jul 15, 2016

Are Tight Hip Flexors Contributing to Your Low Back Pain?

Prolonged sitting and activities like jogging and cycling can lead to tight hip flexors and muscle imbalances which contribute to low back pain. Learn to release tight hip flexors using a medicine ball followed by static stretching to increase range of motion....

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Sue Beckham, PhD
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Monday, May 16, 2016

Circle Band Core Progression

Circle bands aren’t just for lower body strength training. Learn to use the circle band to create functional exercise progressions that challenge the whole body, including the core....

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Sue Beckham, PhD
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Thursday, Apr 14, 2016

Boot Camp for the Brain and Body

We focus on training our bodies but miss opportunities to train the brain. Making healthy choices to exercise, eat right, or manage stress doesn’t happen by chance. Learn how to create a brain training workout....

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Sue Beckham, PhD
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Monday, Mar 14, 2016

4 Quick Tips for Healthy Nutrition

Try these four quick and easy nutritional tips for healthy eating....

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Tuesday, Jan 12, 2016

Functional Training with the ViPR

Looking for new tools for functional training? The ViPR (an acronym for vitality, performance, and re-conditioning) is a great tool that allows for loaded, multi-directional training that easily transfers to activities of daily living. This video shows a combination sequence designed to raise heart rate, improve muscular strength, and coordination....

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Sue Beckham, PhD
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Thursday, Dec 31, 2015

Make It Happen In 2016!

2016 rings in a renewed commitment to health and fitness for many people. If you have the right tools and support, a solid plan, and are really committed to accomplishing your goals, YOU CAN DO IT. Here is a checklist of steps to get you started. Although you have probably heard these before, you might have missed a step here or there which got you off track. Print this list and use it to help you approach that New Year’s resolution with the power of a defensive tackle playing for the Super Bowl win....

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Sue Beckham, PhD
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Friday, Oct 09, 2015

Build Progressions to Activate the 5 Muscular Subsystems

This featured exercise targets the posterior chain and then progresses to challenge the lateral subsystem....

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