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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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Start S.M.A.R.T.

It’s January at the gym, and we know what that means: Resolutions. A new year can be a great time to jumpstart a new health and/or fitness program, but the questions often remain: Where do I start? How do I stay motivated? Whether your goals are fitness related or not, the best place to start

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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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South Appreciation Week

Our South Appreciation Week kicks of Monday, April 16th and extends through Saturday, April 21st.  The festivities will include membership and personal training specials, extra group fitness classes, social hour with vendors, free guest passes, themes in the Kids Club, and much more!