Holiday Survival Guide

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At RVA Performance Training, we take pride in the fact that we don’t give in to many of the holiday gym stereotypes. We have higher and more consistent attendance throughout the year, don’t see the typical slump during the holidays, and we don’t have the crazy New Year’s resolution gym rush quite like the other gyms. The fact is, joining …

3 Tools for Daily Mindfulness

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This isn’t a particularly novel message, but it’s one I’m sure a few of you can relate to:It’s been a pretty tough year or so. And by that I mean, not just the reality of things, but how our minds have processed it.  Many of us have felt job related stress and feelings of social isolation in ways and to …

Setting Goals Based On Your Current State

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Early 2014, my training was going strong.  I was diving back into a competitive fitness program after 5 years of competing in Strongman.   I was training hard, often.  I was eating well, sleeping well, and recovering well. Then in December, our first son was born.  Without a doubt, one of the best things to ever happen to me, and has …

Best At-Home Equipment

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Most of us at some point over the past year or so have tried an at-home workout.  Chances are you were cooped up, a little stir crazy, and missing your time in the gym. For some of our members – whether that was during quarantine or now with our long-term RVAPT Online folks – training at home has been incredibly …

THE PICK DRILL

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I vividly remember first getting a Concept 2 rower.  One of our initial “big” purchases before actually having a place to train, we somehow got the funds together to buy one for our apartment. I’m pretty sure I hopped on, and with little thought or care in the world, knocked out a 2k row as fast as I could. There …

Lifestyle, Self-Care, and Your Immune System

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While we can’t control a lot of what’s happening right now, we can control working towards building a healthy immune system and prioritizing our self care. By incorporating some of these basic healthy ideas listed below, you can better protect yourself and feel your best during this unprecedented time. Hopefully, these will turn into habits that you’ll continue to implement …

Nutritional Periodization

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You’ve probably heard of periodizing your training, but did you know you can and should consider periodizing your nutrition?  I’ve practiced periodizing my nutrition for years now and I teach it to my clients as well. Nutritional periodization is the perfect way to prioritize your health while working towards your long term goal of fat loss. It’s the answer to …

How To Find Your Starting Point For Counting Calories

Kim Glass Articles, News/Main, Nutrition

How many calories should you eat when you’re trying to lose weight, build muscle or both?  First things first. The most important thing to understand when you’re beginning this journey is knowing where your calories currently are, so tracking for a week is necessary. You might also want to invest in a food scale as it’s more accurate when you …

Using a foam roller to improve movement

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We see people in gyms foam rolling all over the place, and it’s great!  There’s little wrong with foam rolling, and while there’s some evidence that it can improve joint range of motion without a decrease in performance,  we want to make sure we are doing it intentionally since some of you might feel a bit like this from time …