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Functional Training: What it is and why it’s (so) important

You may have heard the term “functional training” tossed around in recent years. “The overall category of functional fitness training, which includes strength training, nabbed fifth place on the American College of Sports Medicine’s worldwide survey of fitness trends for 2023″ (Everyday Health, 2023).  Far beyond the world of exercising for aesthetics, functional training focuses on daily movement, aiming to […]

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I’m sick. Should I exercise?

The question of whether or not you should exercise while sick can be a tricky one to answer. On one hand, physical activity can boost your immune system, energy, and mood, but on the other, pushing yourself too hard can prolong your illness and potentially make you feel worse. So, what to do? The answer is: it depends. Here’s some […]

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Our Guide to Kettlebells: What, Why & How

When it comes to fitness equipment, the best tools boil down to preference. Some trainees thrive in traditional gyms, where rows of weight and cardio machines take precedence, while others prefer the versatility and convenience of in-home training equipment like resistance bands, dumbbells, or medicine balls. Several factors, including fitness goals, current fitness level, and any physical limitations, should be […]

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Book Review: Outlive by Peter Attia

Hello! Poul Nielsen here with another health-related book review. This time we’re looking at Outlive by Peter Attia. As someone who has dedicated my life to fitness and helping others achieve their best selves, I found this book to be incredibly insightful and relevant to our mission here at Nielsen Fitness. So let’s dive in and see what we can […]

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How exercise can help with chronic pain

Chronic pain affects millions. It’s linked with “lower quality of life, greater medical spending, and significant economic costs” (Medical News Today, 2023), often hindering our motivation to exercise. In reality, however, working out is one of the best tools to improve your mobility and energy while decreasing stiffness and pain.In-home and virtual personal trainers work with clients living with chronic […]

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Why trainers need trainers too

Personal trainers are often seen as the pinnacle of health – but that doesn’t mean they can’t benefit from support! Many of our team members work with trainers of their own – either on an ongoing basis to achieve specific goals or when they feel like a change, a challenge or a fresh perspective. Here are five reasons why (that […]

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How to Exercise With Hyper and Hypothyroidism

Thyroid disorders can significantly impact energy, metabolism, and overall well-being, which is why structured exercise requires careful planning—an area where in-home and virtual personal trainers can really help.Your thyroid gland is a part of your endocrine system, which is responsible for producing and releasing hormones into your bloodstream. It’s located in the front of your neck and acts as a […]

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High blood pressure and exercise: What you need to know

High blood pressure (or hypertension) affects millions of people worldwide. Blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps. When this force is consistently too high, it can significantly damage your arteries and lead to serious complications such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney problems.Though many medications help to control […]

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An Exercise Staple: Why We Love Pushups

Push-ups are one of those exercises that most people love to hate. However, there are many good reasons why they are worth doing – and why they remain a staple in our in-home and virtual personal training toolbox:Why we love push upsFUNCTION & PRACTICALITYNielsen Fitness believes in functional fitness. Our private trainers take a health-first approach; improving our client’s health […]

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The Underrated Skill of Body Awareness

The focus of fitness is so often aesthetic, which makes it easy to focus solely on the external aspects of workouts: losing weight, gaining muscle definition, or moving with more strength, speed, and power.While these are fantastic fitness goals, a crucial element of fitness success is often overlooked: the quality of your mind-muscle connection and kinesthetic awareness. Read on to […]

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