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Bridging the Gap

August 29th, 2018

Team, Hope you had a great weekend and did something that inspired you! Yesterday I attended my annual coaching conference and left full of INSPIRATION! I’m revved up and wanted to share some take-aways. Everyone knows they need to strength train to prevent muscle loss as they age. Everyone knows they need to eat better…

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Muscle, muscle, muscle….where art thou?

August 13th, 2018

At Training Ground Athletic (TGA), we take muscle very seriously. Did you know that after the age of 30, we lose 1% of muscle mass per year. This loss of muscle and muscle function is called sarcopenia. If you live a sedentary lifestyle, you’re pretty much doomed for frailty. Along with this loss of muscle…

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SWING WEEK is on!!!!

February 12th, 2018

Team, Being that Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, a day devoted to LOVE, I thought it would be appropriate to show a little love to one of my favorite exercises, the KETTLEBELL SWING! The swing, better known as the love child of a hip hinge and an explosive hip extension, might just be the most perfect…

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It’s A Tradeoff …

November 4th, 2016

Team TGA, Setting goals is EASY. Now accomplishing them, that’s a totally different story. Whether it’s a professional goal you have for your career or a physical goal like weight loss or increasing your strength, there’s something you need to know about goals that may help increase your success rate. It’s a TRADEOFF……. Instead of…

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Simply Deadlift …

October 27th, 2016

Team, I love the conventional barbell deadlift. When it comes to raw strength, there is no other exercise quite like it. The deadlift is essentially a hip hinge pattern. It’s amazing to me how many people struggle with the hinge. The ability to hinge is a basic human movement. Unfortunately, our culture relies on poor…

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Shoot for the GOLD!

August 3rd, 2016

TEAM TGA, The opening ceremonies for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be this Friday August 5. Over 10,000 elite athletes will represent 206 countries to compete in 42 Olympic sports. While we probably all missed our Olympic gold medal opportunity in life, Nike Co-Founder Bill Bowerman said it best, “If you…

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Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2016

Team, Happy New Year! One training session down for me, about 274 to go! I recognize that January 1 is a day of reflection for most people, myself included. Today I thought about all the things I accomplished and all the goals I reached in 2015. Opening our new Arlington Heights training facility was definitely…

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Why Strength Train?

July 29th, 2015

Team, Strength training is for EVERYONE. Some people may argue that lifting heavy weights is dangerous. I’m here to argue that being “weak” is dangerous. (My one disclaimer-lifting heavy weights with poor technique and an unstable core can lead to injury and is not allowed at Training Ground Athletic) There are no machines that can…

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March Madness at TGA

March 19th, 2015

Team, Welcome to “March Madness” at Training Ground Athletic! Beginning Monday, March 2, 2015, we will be testing your PRs or Personal Records for our three major lifts (straight bar deadlift, back squat, and strict overhead press). If you are unfamiliar with weightlifting terminology, a PR is the heaviest amount of weight you can lift…

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The “Total Athlete”

May 3rd, 2014

4/27/14 Hi Team, Hope you all had a great weekend! If you usually train on Saturday mornings, we hope you enjoyed your extra day of RECOVERY! Yesterday we participated in Northwestern University’s 1st Strength Coach Clinic. I was one of only two other women strength coaches in a weight room dominated by men. It was…

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