Archive for May 2014

TRX Suspension Training

I am now certified in TRX Suspension Training. Suspension Training is a system that uses your own body weight and suspended cables to give you a full body workout.The concept is that one part of the body is always grounded, similar to movement of everyday life. Most jobs are sedentary and require sitting for most of the day. Why do you go to the gym and sit more at a machine? Strength and mobility gains made on the TRX will transfer to activities of daily living and sports.

TRX is useful for all fitness levels and ages because you adjust the difficulty and load by changing your angle or position to the anchor. Even my senior clients and overweight clients perform well on the TRX and actually enjoy it. The suspended straps allow for greater range of motion than one might ordinarily have.

If you’ve never trained using Suspension Training, I highly recommend it! For more information or to find a TRX Certified Trainer in your area, click on the link below.


Sharon of Sharon’s Personal Training

Fitness Trainer of Tucson

Nutrition tip of the day

Eat wild caught salmon for heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids and an excellent source of protein. Here, I made salmon salad with homemade mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, organic red onions and organic celery.

I love eating something I know is good for me and tastes great!


Sharon Powell

Female fitness trainer of Tucson

Fitness Trainer Hiking With A Gila Monster

When I’m not training clients or working out in the gym, I enjoy hiking the many scenic trails of Tucson, Arizona. In April I hiked the Pontatoc Ridge Trail in the Catalina Foothills. I always have my camera ready to capture spectacular views or wildlife. This day I happened upon a Gila Monster. Click on the link below to watch how close he gets to me.

Gila Monster Close Encounter

Sharon Powell

Female Personal Trainer

Weight lifting tip of the day

Use thick-bar training to improve grip and forearm strength. If your gym does not have Thick-bar barbells, invest in a pair of Fat Gripz. They are made of dense, hard rubber and fit over any pair of dumbbells or barbells. The wide grip will recruit more muscle fibers, thereby increasing muscle size and strength. You may need to decrease the weight normally used as the wide grip will increase difficulty.

Fat Gripz can be purchased at:  www.FatGripz.com or www.Amazon.com

Sharon Powell

Fitness trainer of Tucson


Weight Loss Tip of the Day

If you have reached a plateau with your weight-loss or muscle building goals, try this. Instead of working out once a day for a long duration, break that down into two short workouts. For example, do a 30 minute workout in the morning and a 30 minute workout in the evening. Currently, I perform a high-intensity, 30 minute weightlifting workout in the morning; and in the evening I do 30 minutes of sprint intervals.

Changing your routine in such a manner as this should successfully break your plateau.

Sharon Powell

Personal Trainer of Tucson

Personal Trainer Tip of the Day: Perform Overhead Squats

Overhead squats are rarely performed but offer a great full-body workout. They also help to improve posture if you have rounded shoulders. Here’s how it’s done: place a dowel on top of your head and position your hands so that elbows are at a 90 degree angle. Now raise the dowel above your head so that your arms are straight and fully extended. Perform a regular squat keeping the dowel over your shoulders with arms fully extended. Focus on keeping your shoulder blades down and pinched together. This will help keep the dowel stay in alignment. Be sure to also maintain correct squat fundamentals such as keeping your heels planted and knees in line with your feet. Once you can successfully perform the overhead squat with a dowel, add weight by using a BodyBar or barbell.

Good luck!

Sharon Powell

Female Fitness Trainer of Tucson

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