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Countdown to 2015 Workout

By: Snap Fitness

You don’t have to wait until Dec. 31 to count down from 10! This circuit combines cardio and strength-training moves using only your body weight. Transition between sets as quickly as you can, but focus on maintaining good form during push-ups and squats. Take water breaks as needed.


Start with a quick warm-up. Jog lightly for 10 minutes on the treadmill.


Here’s the circuit:

Jumping jacks




Jump ropes


Do 10 reps of each exercise. After you finished the 10 jump ropes, do nine reps of each exercise. Go through the rest of the countdown (8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1). Cool down with stretching and a five-minute brisk walk on the treadmill.

NFL-Themed Workout

By: Snap Fitness

Move over, Peyton Manning! You don’t need to be on an actual football field to train like an NFL player. In honor of the NFL season being well underway, here’s a workout you can do the next time you’re at your Snap Fitness. Channel your inner JJ Watt for the deadlifts, Jamaal Charles for the balance touch, and Megatron for the bench press. Be sure to stretch both before and after this workout.




Deadlifts with Dumbbells – three sets of 10

Three-Way Balance Touch – three sets of 10

Dumbbell Push-Up to Row – three sets of eight

Bench Press – one set of eight

Kettlebell Lateral Lunge – three sets of eight

Side Planks – hold 20 seconds on each side twice

Russian Twists – two sets at 20 seconds

Personal Training Benefits

By: Snap Fitness

For decades now, gym-goers have sought the expertise of fitness coaches to help them attain their desired tone and physique. There are plenty of reasons as to why a personal trainer’s help can be so beneficial, beginning with the accountability factor.


When we choose to build new routines in our lives (fitness-related or not), half the battle is sticking to the plan. The support provided by your trainer is a two-way street, and that alone requires you to show up! Pre-scheduled workouts are your ticket to solidifying a new regimen, with the expectation that you’ll make it count and give 100 percent every time.


Your trainer will handle the details with precision, including professional guidance on proper form and technique. Your improvement will be carefully tracked with various measures of progress, such as your weight, measurements, body fat percentage, strength, and speed increase. Best of all, your workouts will be uniquely crafted to fulfill the needs of your body type and fitness goals - with variations and new exercises along the way.

No matter if it’s temporary or long-term, the decision to hire a personal trainer is an investment towards the wellness goals you wish to achieve with promising results! 

Landon’s Workout Video

By: Snap Fitness

Ever wonder how NASCAR drivers train for their races? It’s more than just driving laps in their cars! Race car drivers are athletes, and it takes an incredible amount of strength to drive a car up to 200 mph for nearly four hours at a time.


That’s why we’re bringing you the Landon Cassill Workout. See all the hard work and training that goes into being a NASCAR driver!


Watch Landon's video here!


Here’s a breakdown of Landon’s routine:

Standing Lunge – 3 sets of 10 each side

Pull-ups – 2 sets of 8

Hip Cable Pull – 2 sets of 10 each side

Push-ups – 3 sets of 12

Tricep Dips – 3 sets of 12

Medicine Ball – 25 front and 12 each side


Don’t forget to stretch before and after your workout!

Benefits of Squatting

By: Snap Fitness

If you're looking to get some serious results fast and improve your overall fitness, squats will do the trick! You can do different variations such as barbell back squats and front squats. Not only are squats effective for building a strong lower body, but they also deliver a number of additional benefits.


Here are five reasons you should add squats to your weekly routine.


Boosts Hormone Health


Squats involve the largest muscle groups in the body, which causes a great stimulus for growth. Total-body exercises are potent stimulators for muscle-building hormones. This will improve body composition all over your body, not just your lower half.


Enhanced Core Strength


Your core has to work twice as hard to maintain an upright posture when performing squats.  They will improve core strength and prevent injury at the same time.  


Better Balance


Because squats work and strengthen your core, it also helps you build balance through the rest of your body.  Doing squats regularly will help you add balance through your entire workout routine.  Make sure you are using proper form for squats to be the most effective. Here’s how to do the perfect squat


Better Behind


One of the most commonly known benefits of squatting is improving your glutes. You can improve them even quicker if you do full squats with correct form.


Improved Mobility


By moving your body through a full range of motion, you’ll not only build strength, you’ll boost mobility, too. Squats help to increase range of motion with the pelvis, spine, and knees.   


Now let’s see you squat! Try this squat workout for guaranteed success.

Sexy Back Workout

By: Snap Fitness

A strong, toned back is key to a perfect posture and preventing back pain—a problem that affects more than 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lives. These exercises target your entire backside.


Seated Row Machine

The Seated Row Machine exercise is a good back exercise, working the Trapezius, Rhomboid, and Latissimus Dorsi muscles. 

Lateral Pulldown Machine

Lateral Pulldowns work the lats, deltoids, pecs, and triceps. 

Rear Delt Seated Fly Machine

The Rear Delt Seated Fly Machine exercise works the deltoid  (back of the shoulder) muscles. Sit tall, keeping your chest flat against the pad.

Back Extension Machine

Get in shape with the Back Extension Machine. It requires you to extend your spine against resistance. Strengthening the muscles that are responsible for extending your spine is important for ensuring that you’re able to maintain proper posture.  Especially since many of us are seated for a large part of our day.

Free Weight Back Hyper-extension

Back Hyper-extensions work the lower back and glute and hamstring muscles. These help strengthen the lower back.

Stability Ball Back Extensions 

Stability Ball Back Extensions work the glute, hamstring muscles, and the lower back.


Stability Ball 101 Workout

By: Snap Fitness

Adding a stability ball to your workouts makes classic exercises like crunches and push-ups much more effective since keeping the ball stable forces you to work harder. For fast results try this Stability Ball 101 workout after doing ten minutes of cardio.


Plank - 30 seconds

Place your hands on the floor and your shins on the ball, coming into a push-up position with your shoulders directly over your hands.


Knee-Tuck Crunch - 10 reps

Start in a plank position with the tops of your feet on the ball. Pull your knees to your hands, rounding your spine by engaging your abs.

Lengthen back to the starting position.


Classic Crunches - 20 reps

Begin sitting on the ball walk your feet out until your rib cage is on the ball. Lift hips and tighten glutes. Place interlaced fingers behind your head for support. Exhale, pulling your abs to your spine and pressing the rib cage into the ball to curl your head and shoulders forward.


Hamstring Curls – 15 reps

Lie on your back with the exercise ball under your feet. Lift your hips up and keep them up as you slowly bend your knees, rolling the ball toward you andbringing the soles of your feel onto the top of the ball.


Ball Pass – 10 reps

Lie on your back with your arm and legs reaching toward the ceiling hold the ball with your hands. Lower your arms overhead and your legs toward the floor. Return to starting position, switch the ball and hold it with your feet. Lower your legs while reaching your arms overhead. Return to starting position.


Inner-Thigh Squeeze – 15 reps

Lie on your side, and place the exercise ball between your feet. Slowly lift the ball up toward the ceiling, working your inner thighs and hips.


Stability Ball Fly – 10 reps

The Stability Ball Fly works your chest and tricep muscles.


Back Extensions – 20 reps

Stability Ball Back Extensions work the thigh muscles, and the lower, middle, and upper back.



Repeat these eight exercises two to three times for max results.


Tips For Relieving Muscle Soreness

By: Snap Fitness

When muscle tissue is damaged, you may feel soreness for the next couple of days. Although sore muscles can be annoying, they mean you’re getting stronger. If it gets to be unbearable or getting in the way of everyday activity try the methods below to relieve soreness faster.



Making sure you’re hydrated is extremely important! This is especially true when you’re recovering from a workout.  Since the human body is made up of approximately 75% water, it’s crucial you get eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.



Within the 30-minute post-workout window you should eat a protein with a small amount of carbohydrate filled snack. Check out our Protein Packed Recipe board on Pinterest for ideas. 


Light Massage

Massaging a sore muscle can help reduce tightness while promoting blood flow which helps speed recovery. We suggest using a foam roller.


Gentle Stretching

When muscles are in recovery mode they tend to tighten up, intensifying feelings of soreness. Slow, gentle stretching of the area will relieve that tight feeling and diffuse the pain.


Alternating Hot to Cold Showers

Alternating cold and hot showers is a great method to help flush out toxins and lactic acid. Try taking a shower doing 3-5 rounds of 30 seconds of cold water followed by 1 minute of hot water.



Your body’s natural production of muscle-building chemicals increases during deep stages of sleep. Get at least seven hours of sleep to promote muscle building.



Take a day in between workouts if necessary. Like sleep, rest promotes the repair and growth of muscle tissue.


What else do you do to relieve muscle soreness after working out? Tell us on our Facebook or Twitter

3 Easy Moves to Give You The Ultimate 6-Pack

By: Snap Fitness

It’s time to carve out that inner 6-pack you’ve always wanted! If you add these three ab shredding workouts to your regular routine, you’ll see some great improvement guaranteed.


Exercise Ball Pull-In

These abdominal pull-ins are great for hitting the lower abs. Grab an exercise ball and follow the directions below.

1) Lay on top of a stability ball with your belly facing down.

2) Using your hands walk your body over the top of the stability ball while keeping your body straight until just the tops of your feet are facing down on the very top of the stability ball.

3) Once you’re in the push up position with your arms straight out and your abdomen pulled in, you’re ready to start.

4) Using your abdominal muscles, tuck your knees up towards your chest as the ball rolls in the same direction with the tops of your feet planted on top of the ball.

5) Once you've brought your knees and the ball as far up towards your chest as you can, pause for one second.

6) Slowly straighten your legs back out and return the ball to the starting position.


Ab-Crunch Machine

Working out on the Ab-Crunch machine will effectively develop strength and tone your abs.

1) Select a light resistance and sit down on the ab machine placing your feet under the pads provided and grabbing the top handles. Your arms should be bent at a 90-degree angle as you rest the triceps on the pads provided. This will be your starting position.

2) At the same time, begin to lift the legs up as you crunch your upper torso.

3) After a second pause, slowly return to the starting position.


Reminder: You need to concentrate on squeezing your rib cage and pelvis together, and pulling your abdomen in.  


Seated Leg Tucks

These require balance and coordination; seated leg tucks work the entire abdominal regions, as well as the hips.

1) Sit on the edge of a bench, balancing with your legs out in front of you. Use your hands for support and keep your back flat.

2) Bring your knees to your chest.

3) Hold contraction for two seconds, then slowly return to starting position and repeat.


What's your favorite ab workout? Tell us on our Facebook or Twitter page! 

5 Ways to Plank Longer

By: Snap Fitness

The plank is one of the best ways to strengthen your core. By pushing yourself and holding a plank longer you can tighten your torso, flatten your abs, and improve your posture. The longer you hold a plank the better, but holding a plank for an extended period of time is no easy task. Here are 5 simple tips that will help you plank it out.


How to hold a plank longer:


  1. Do a plank everyday. It will get we easier each time you do it.
  2. Turn over the stopwatch. Don’t watch the clock it will only make it harder.
  3. Listen to your favorite music. Focus on jamming out not on the pain you’re in.
  4. Push your limits, then go 10 seconds longer. Tell yourself you can do it!
  5. Focus on Form. Great form will produce great results. Remember: long spine, abs in, shoulders down.


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