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Find Your Happy Place

It’s Springtime in Iowa! We know what that means… The birds are back, the buds and blooming and many of our MAC members are antsy to lace-up and leave behind that long, cold Winter. And who can blame them? With 5k, 10k and half marathon races galore being advertised this time of year, it’s hard

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Case-in Point: Could Pre-Sleep Casein Protein Be Your Ticket to Gains-ville?

We all know that sleep is important. It gives the body time to heal and recover from physical and mental exertion, and even repair damaged DNA. But did you know that your sleep cycle may be a key factor in determining both muscle gains AND losses? According to a study review published in Frontiers in

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Just Show Up

Most of us can agree that showing up is at least half the battle; if we can get to “it”, we can get through it… Even if the “it” is a booty-kicking, 60-minute XFitt group training session. Just ask member Stacy Shey. Stacy joined The MAC a number of years ago but has really upped

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Lift to Lose

While many view cardio as the go-to for weight loss, MAC member Thad Ramsey is taking a road less traveled. Lifting. While lifting is often associated with mass gains, strength training can be a phenomenal way to increase lean muscle mass (and your basal metabolic rate!) and decrease body fat. And Thad is our resident

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Change Your Mind

Fitness accomplishments come in all shapes and sizes. We all love the big-win stories of those whom we know that have accomplished tasks such as major weight loss or set a new record. But often our biggest accomplishments are those that involve overcoming our own mental adversities.   Creating new habits through breaking old habits

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Appreciation

With Summer finally on its way out, and October in full swing we here at The MAC are looking forward to our annual Member Appreciation Party (October 18th, 2018!).   Opening in 1984 as a locally owned and operated health and fitness center, The MAC opened its doors with a minimal staff of just 1

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Toughing It Out

We all have different sources of motivation for working towards our respective fitness goals. For MAC member Kendra Aarhus, it was the reality of turning 40.   A MAC member since 2011, Kendra made the commitment to make 2018, and her final year in her 30s, one for the record books. In addition to a

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Kettlebell Practice: Fitness for Every. Body.

With Summer rapidly coming to a close, and vacations gradually coming to an end, people everywhere are gearing up to get back to the grind. School schedules, work schedules and (soon enough) holiday schedules will all be vying for a bit our our precious time. But where does that leave our fitness and self-care schedules?

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Benefits of Eccentric Training

Author: Jane Jakobsen Eccentric training has a place in everyone’s workout routine.  Whether you are an athlete or rehabbing from a cardiac issue, adding in eccentric training will have great benefits.  If you are looking to break through plateaus, prevent injury and work on joint health, give this method a try.  Just like anything new,

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5 Fitness Things I learned in my 1st 5 months of pregnancy.

By Kelli Timmersman, Assistant Personal Training Director. Have no expectations! Pregnancy is weird and EVERY.BODY. will be different so don’t tell yourself you should be doing what so and so did, figure out what you can do! Move every day! Some days when I wasn’t feeling well this was just a 10 minute walk with

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