For stretching calves and hamstrings. Lats and shoulders also. Good for Carpal massage i.e. palms and wrists. At the present time, we have no video for this exercise. (more…)


I’ve heard conflicting stories about creatine; some people say that it is effective for enhancing athletic performance, while others say that it is potentially hamful to the kidneys. What are your thoughts? (more…)

Athletes as Role Models Why They Fail

Many designated role models fail when it’s their turn at bat. A great number of quality individuals make their living as professional athletes. How do you pick out the good individuals from the good athletes? (more…)

Short-Term Personal Training

Your members may benefit from personal training, but many of them may not be able to afford the high cost, or they lack the accessibility to attend weekly sessions. Instead of losing business, you can offer members short-term personal training services that are accessible and affordable. Short-term services can be offered from two weeks to six months that include six to ten sessions. Prices can range from $300 to $500 total, which is much more affordable than $150 a week for life. (more…)

Eric Farell

Eric Farell is the founder of Eric Harr Omnimedia, a media company leveraging four platforms – television, publishing, athletic events and the Internet. In his first year as a triathlete, he won “Rookie of the Year.” He has been ranked as high as number 6 in the world, winning 25 events in 22 countries around the world.

This summer, he will co-host a 13-part documentary series that breaks new ground in sports programming called “Building a Champion: The Inside Secrets of the World’s Best Athletes.” In this show, he and Olympic Champion swimmer Dara Torres travel the globe to train with the world’s best athletes and glean their innermost wisdom on fitness. Viewers are then directed to a Web site that provides up-close interaction with their athletic heroes.

Eric recently signed a book deal with Random House (Broadway Imprint) for a new fitness book that will be available in bookstores May 1, 2001.

His Web site, The Athlete In You, has won five Internet awards including, “Netscape’s Site of the Day.” His new fitness store offers visitors a different shopping experience – with personal expert advice on top-rated fitness gear.

Eric is also a correspondent for the Bay Area’s second largest newspaper, “The Marin Independent Journal,” and he appears periodically on KFTY News Channel 50′s “Fitness Friday” broadcast to 480,000 Bay Area households each week.

Eric was recently featured in The San Francisco Chronicle.

His new book “The Portable Personal Trainer” (Random House) will be available in bookstores in June.

Elena’s Journal

Sharon and Armand, I am sorry, but, because of all that’s going on in my life now, I’ll need to withdraw from the Four Get Fit program. I have learned a lot from you both. Thank you for your help. (more…)

Weight-Training Injuries

Americans are increasingly becoming aware of the health and fitness benefits of lifting weights, but weight training may come at a price. The number of injuries caused by weight training has increased sharply since 1978, especially in older adults and young children, according to study findings published in the July issue of The Physician and Sports Medicine. (more…)

Steve’s Journal: Week Eight

Dear Sharon and Armand,
Well, I made a small step in the right direction diet-wise (and it was St. Patty’s week!) I’m still not strict enough on the snacks and grazing habits and the parties were tough. (more…)

Fitness Predictions For Health Clubs

The new fitness trends for health clubs feature more personalized training, a variety of workout options and business services for members (CNN, Feb. 7, 2011). Health clubs will offer a large variety of equipment, pools and spas, running tracks, weights, and personal coaches and trainers. (more…)

Group Weight Training

Studies have shown that weight training can reduce fat while increasing lean muscle, reversing bone loss, and increasing energy and balance. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, after a year of weight training twice a week, women?s bodies were 15 to 20 years more youthful. (more…)

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