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A Guide to a Healthier You in 2017

Written by Joe Martin Well, it’s that time of year where every fitness professional on earth pretends to have a degree in psychology and offers up their best shot at a motivational New Year’s article. I get why they do it- readers love it. “New Year, New YOU,” right? Each year, millions of Americans proclaim…

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January 3, 2017
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Tom’s Corner: Overuse

Written by Tom Marchand In my job as a Body Soul trainer at J fitness, I’m often asked (usually by runners) about overuse injuries. As I’ve unfortunately come to learn first hand, daily, hard workouts are best left to the young. I find that I’m still able to train quite hard, just not as frequently.…

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November 1, 2016
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Tom’s Corner: Why Consistency is Key

Written by Tom Marchand When I first began training with weights (way back in the ‘60’s if you must know!), there were very few of us engaged in such an uncommon practice. As every gym teacher and sports coach informed us, lifting would make us muscle bound and slow, so we’d better avoid it like…

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January 3, 2016
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Fit Tips during the Holiday Hype

December 1st typically marks the beginning of holiday hype and all the chaos it brings. And, for many of us, that usually means falling short on our exercise regimens. We become busy, overeat at holiday parties, then wind up feeling regretful and sluggish by the new year due to poor healthy living habits. However, the…

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December 2, 2015
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Tom’s Corner: The Importance of Variety

Written by Tom Marchand We’ve all heard the expression “variety is the spice of life”. Never is this  truer than when we’re talking about training. I know, I know. Once you get used to a certain weight, it’s so comfortable to stay with it every workout. Or, it’s  easier to just use the same machine,…

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November 22, 2015
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Tom’s Corner: The Importance of Focusing

Written by Tom Marchand One of the most prevalent changes in the way people train today involves the number of methods available to us to take our minds off what we’re doing. While at work or in our homes, we’re frequently expected to do several things at once, and that is to multi-task . We…

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October 6, 2015
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Tom’s Corner: Using the Concept2 Indoor Rower

Written by Tom Marchand Although many people use the Concept2 (C2) rower as a warmup, most do not understand what a fantastic training tool it can be when used properly. Pressed for time, but need to get in some cardio? Hop on a rower, do a quick warmup, then row 6-10x 100 meter pieces with…

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September 22, 2015
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FOCUS: The Center of Interest or Activity

Written by Joe Martin In our quest to better ourselves, we often get lost in the pursuit. Whether life gets in the way or we cannot keep up with the many habits we have created, eventually we grow tired. The latter seems to affect many of the novice exercisers. As an observer and participant in…

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July 15, 2015
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Components of Habit: Part II

Written by Joe Martin I hope part one of the blog post on habit formation was helpful. If you have not read part one, I suggest you read that first. Part one is a primer for this post explaining the components of habit, how to use those components to create a habit, and discussing other…

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June 15, 2015
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Big News!

Is everyone ready for the big news we’ve been so eager to share? As of June 1st, The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and Body Soul have joined forces to bring you personal training at J-Fitness on the East Side, and we couldn’t be more excited about this new relationship. Now, you can find…

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June 15, 2015