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Barbells 101: A lesson in Specialty Bars (Lower edition)

Posted on June 13, 2018


A few weeks ago we discussed some of the funky looking bars that we have in the Strength Lab. That was all focused on the ones we use for upper body training. With this edition, I’d like to bring to light the bars we use for lower body training, along with some why’s and some … Continue reading Barbells 101: A lesson in Specialty Bars (Lower edition)

 

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Interning at Union Fitness

Posted on June 8, 2018


  Our evening members have probably noticed three little ducklings walking around, shadowing, and being generally awkward in class. Welcome our interns! Connor Hassinger, Alex Pong, and Connor Keenan joined us this summer from Pitt. As a staff, we’re all proud of their progress up to this point, and we want to thank you for … Continue reading Interning at Union Fitness

 

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Caloric Deficits: the not so good, the bad, and the ugly

Posted on June 4, 2018


  At some point in our lives women have heard “Keep the intensity high!” “Eat Clean!” “Exercise 7 days a week and let most of it be cardio!” These are the mantras from health teachers in grade school, sports coaches, social media, TV, health personalities etc. Do these mantras teach us about taking in enough … Continue reading Caloric Deficits: the not so good, the bad, and the ugly

 

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Is Body Image Affecting You?

Posted on May 29, 2018


  In this week’s blog, we wanted to shift our focus to the men of UF. Guys, I want each of you to take a minute or a less and describe yourself. What is the first thing that pops into your head?   How much of your description was based on looks? As a male, … Continue reading Is Body Image Affecting You?

 

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Union Fitness 101: How to use the Pit Shark

Posted on May 21, 2018


If you haven’t caught on by now, here at Union Fitness we are all about empowering our members. Whether it’s by supporting them as they reach their fitness goals, helping them set up a plan of action to do so, or encouraging them to step outside of their comfort zones, we are constantly striving to … Continue reading Union Fitness 101: How to use the Pit Shark

 

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It’s Never Too Late To Become An Olympic Weightlifter

Posted on May 15, 2018


    In the last few years, with the explosion of CrossFit and social media, the sport of Olympic weight lifting has grown in popularity, seeing its USA weightlifting membership numbers more than double since the 2012 Olympic games.  Despite the sport of weightlifting being around for over a century, it has been a relatively … Continue reading It’s Never Too Late To Become An Olympic Weightlifter

 

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Barbells 101: A Lesson in Specialty Bars

Posted on May 7, 2018


Anyone who has ventured into the Strength Lab for a training session has seen bars of all shapes and sizes on the racks or stacked in the bar holders. Most are covered in colored tape too. At first glance it seems like overkill, but there is a method to our madness. I want to dig … Continue reading Barbells 101: A Lesson in Specialty Bars

 

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#treatyoself

Posted on April 30, 2018


  It’s time for a health check up…and we’ll start with the basics. – What are you drinking right now- coffee, tea, energy drink? How much sleep did you get last night- the standard six or seven hours or maybe as little four? How much have you eaten today? Or have you eaten today? Did … Continue reading #treatyoself

 

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Good Stress, Bad Stress – What’s the Difference and How Do We Cope?

Posted on April 23, 2018


  This really goes without saying, but it’s how this article needs to start: every single person, reading this or not, has experienced stress of some kind. It’s unlikely that any of our readers have ever been chased by a bear (if you have been, please tell us all about it ASAP), but maybe you’ve … Continue reading Good Stress, Bad Stress – What’s the Difference and How Do We Cope?

 

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Union Fitness 101: How to use the Ski Erg

Posted on April 16, 2018


Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably noticed the new equipment in the Cardio Lab by now. If you’ve been lucky enough to participate in one of our HIIT, Grit, or Hybrid Flow classes, you’re most likely super familiar with the ski erg. It’s one of our favorite pieces of cardio equipment here … Continue reading Union Fitness 101: How to use the Ski Erg

 

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