Not Crossfit, Better than Bootcamp…Duffy’s Ultimate Functional Fitness on FUNCTIONAL FITNESS and WHY IT’S IMPORTANT!

It’s in our name and it’s at the core of what we do for clients all over Mount Pleasant and Charleston…but WHAT EXACTLY IS FUNCTIONAL FITNESS?  And WHY IS FUNCTIONAL FITNESS IMPORTANT!?!? Read on to hear what our favorite experts have to say on the subject! WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL FITNESS? According to Mayo Clinic, “Functional fitness exercises train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports. While using various muscles in the upper and lower body at the same time, functional fitness exercises also emphasize core stability.” So basically, functional fitness training at the gym gets you in shape for living a healthy life.  The American Academy of Exercise explains, “Properly applied, functional strength training may provide exercise variety and additional training benefits that more directly transfer improvements to real-life activities.”  WHY IS FUNCTIONAL FITNESS IMPORTANT? But why do we need this?  Aren’t my six-pack abs enough?  The New York Times is not subtle when spelling it out why LOOKING fit isn’t always the same as BEING fit: “What good is having the sexiest biceps in town if you can’t scramble up subway steps with ease, run for a bus without knee pain or lift a toddler without wrenching your back?  Functional fitness means that the goal of working out is preparing your body so it can perform daily activities — walking, bending, lifting, climbing stairs — without pain, injury or discomfort.”  When push comes to shove, well-defined muscles are nice, but living your healthiest life is WAY more important.  WHAT EXERCISES...

Not Crossfit, Better than Bootcamp…Duffy’s Ultimate Functional Fitness on GROUP FITNESS DO’s and DON’TS

Clearly we at DUFF believe that Group Fitness is one of the BEST THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR BODY!  We have clients from all over Mount Pleasant and Charleston to make the commitment to show up regularly and sweat it out with the amazing community we’ve built! For those of you thinking about trying a class, read these Group Fitness DO’s and DON’TS! DO MAKE NEW FRIENDS.  Men’s Journal reminds us of one of the reasons why group fitness rocks—the relationships you form!  MJ quotes Trainer Jonny Edward of Denver’s Pure Vita Fitness:  “DO Introduce yourself. “Many friendships have been forged by the agony and triumph of high-rep burpees, deadlifts, and Tabata circuits.”  And we must say, DUFF has some of the smartest, funniest and overall awesome clients in town!  DON’T BRING YOUR EGO! And on the flip side, MJ reminds us that we don’t need to “bring your ego.”  There is no Olympic Gold Medal for machismo.  The greatest thing about working out in a group is that we’re all in it together, no matter what fitness level we’re working at.  The more open we are to our own ability to grow as athletes (instead of showing off what we can do already), the more effective our workouts will be!  DUFF is an inviting place that inspires people to reach their highest potential, no matter where they are on their workout journey.  DO SHOW UP EARLY. Especially if you’re new to a class, it’s a great idea to show up a few minutes early to class to prepare yourself for your workout.  The Nutritious Life explains: “Many people...

Not Crossfit, Better than Bootcamp…Duffy’s Ultimate Functional Fitness on EXTREME WORKOUT IDEAS

So we all love our time in the gym with our favorite trainers and best workout buds.  But what can we do during this amazing summer to get OUTSIDE and around this gorgeous town of ours?  We recommend adding an EXTREME WORKOUT into your  mix! This week we are focusing on some extreme workouts you can do around Charleston and Mount Pleasant!  Now this goes without saying, that you should NEVER do any extreme workout (or any workout for that matter) without talking to an expert first and without using the proper safety equipment.  Also, one last thing:  Before starting any new exercise, be sure that you are cleared by your doctor first! Be sure to check out the links after each sport opportunity to find out where you can practice these awesome outdoor exercises in a supervised and safe setting! EXTREME WORKOUT #1: WINDSURFING If you’re an expert, you know that windsurfing is a major workout.   But for those who are starting out, take HealthFitnessRevoution’s word for it, no matter what level you’re working at, windsurfing is a killer in the exercise department! HRF explains: “As a beginner, you’ll probably spend most of your time learning how to stand on the board of the windsurf. This involves using your leg muscles to balance on the board while employing your shoulders, forearms and lower back to control the force of the sail. Novices might spend half their time in the water, but this is all part of a workout. Falling off the board means you are constantly pulling yourself out of the water which works your arms and increases...

Not Crossfit, Better than Bootcamp…Duffys Ultimate Functional Fitness on FITNESS INSTAGRAM INSPIRATION!

Summer is here, Charleston and Mount Pleasant!  And that means that it’s vacation time!  While many of us are fleeing the heat of the LowCountry, that means we have LOTS of time waiting in airports, riding in cars…and away from the gym!  So what’s a DUFFNATIC to do with all this downtime?  Look at your smartphone, of course!  But to keep you from wasting away in cyberland, we have culled the internet for our favorite expert recommendations for INSPIRING INSTAGRAM  ACCOUNTS to follow! Not only do these Instagram Accounts post inspiring images, most are packed with workout ideas to take on the road with you! Men’s Health INSTAGRAM Recommendation: @curtiswilliams17 “Curtis Williams will help you kick your routine up a notch. This former Baltimore Ravens player is now an elite performance coach and has his own training program. His exercises are designed to enhance your athleticism—so they’re high energy, challenging, and empowering.”  Plus the man has what looks like 20-pack abs.  Shape INSTAGRAM Recommendation:  @docjenfit “Jen Esquer, a self-proclaimed “avid mover,” has been active since she was a kid, participating in gymnastics, track and field, and dance. She turned her love of movement into a career, becoming a doctor of physical therapy as well as a Pilates instructor and yogi based in Los Angeles. Her specialty, though, is mobility: She created an entire program called The Mobility Method, hosts free mobility challenges online, and serves up functional movement tips daily on her Instagram feed. You can rest assured knowing that anything you get off her IG is backed with serious knowledge of the human body and how it works.” Huffington...

Not Crossfit, Better than Bootcamp…Duffy’s Ultimate Functional Fitness on HOW TO STAY COOL BEFORE AND AFTER YOUR WORKOUT!

It’s no secret that it’s hot here in the LowCountry.  With heat advisories daily in Mount Pleasant and Charleston, a workout can feel like a CHORE.  Dangers of heatstroke are REAL.  So what are we DUFFNATICS to do?  We want to hit the GYM and stay FIT.  But how do we stay cool??? Read on for THREE WAYS to STAY COOL before, during and after your workout. PREPARE PRE-WORKOUT Pro-athletes deal with high performance exercise in the heat on the reg.  The BBC interviewed Dr Jamie Pringle, senior physiologist at the English Institute of Sport to get the scoop on how these world class athletes prevent heat-related illness.  “Over the last few years we’ve been working on ways to pre-cool the body before competition and before exercise, by simple methods such as getting in a cold bath, or by taking cold water and icy, slushy drinks before exercise. Having those in the stomach before beginning exercise allows you to absorb more heat.” SWEAT IT OUT DURING YOUR WORKOUT ABC reminds us that our bodies are pre-equipped with cooling aids built in!  While we often try to AVOID sweating, we need to remember that sweating is an essential part of keeping cool: “While your natural reaction may be to towel off, Jessica Matthews, the senior advisor for health and fitness education at the American Council on Exercise, told Health [Magazine] that letting perspiration stay on your skin will actually help you feel cooler. ‘It’s not just the act of sweating that keeps your body temperature regulated, but how that sweat is evaporated by the body,’ she says. ‘Letting yourself sweat...

Not Crossfit, Better than Bootcamp…Duffy’s Ultimate Functional Fitness on WHY YOUR HEART RATE MATTERS

With Apple Watches and Fitbits the rage around Charleston and Mount Pleasant, many of you may have noticed the ubiquitous heart rate monitor pulsing it’s little red heart every time you workout at the gym.  And while most of us exercise enthusiasts know that having a good heart rate is AWESOME, do we really know that having a good heart rate MEANS? This week, we are going to focus on exactly what a GOOD HEART RATE is for each age group and WHY keeping your heart in the “happy zone” matters! WHAT EXACTLY IS A “HEART RATE”? While this may seem like a silly question, the implications of ignoring your HR are NOT so funny.  We’ve all felt our pulses after exercising in elementary school gym class.  But what’s so important about how fast your heart is going?  According to The American Heart Association, “Your heart rate, or pulse, is the number of times your heart beats per minute. Normal heart rate varies from person to person. Knowing yours can be an important heart-health gauge.  As you age, changes in the rate and regularity of your pulse can change and may signify a heart condition or other condition that needs to be addressed.”  So basically, getting familiar with the way your ticker beats will help you gauge your fitness levels while you exercise. WHY SHOULD WE CARE? According to Harvard Medical School (and who can argue with them?), “Heart rate is important because the heart’s function is so important. The heart circulates oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout the body. When it’s not working properly, just about everything is affected....
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