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Busy Guy, Big Changes
Busy Guy, Big Changes By Michael Harland I would say that this New Britain resident, business owner, husband, and father has a lot on his plate. Juggling everything and not
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What I learned from youth sports
What I learned from youth sports By Michael Harland As I sit at a soccer tournament with my kids, I see a couple of things reinforced about the more successful
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Weight Loss In 5 Weeks
Weight Loss In 5 Weeks By Michael Harland Today’s transformation has a client driving to our Plainville location all the way from Meriden a few times a week. Not only
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Negative Thoughts ~ You’re Thinking About It All Wrong
Negative Thoughts ~ You’re Thinking About It All Wrong By Michael Harland Today’s blog was inspired as I was sitting down checking people into one of our orientations. When we
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My MindBody Conference Experience
My MindBody Conference Experience By Spencer Ingvertsen Two weeks ago I went to the MindBody BOLD Conference in San Diego. Not only was this my first time at the MindBody
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My Mindbody Conference Experience
My Mindbody Conference Experience By Michael Harland This past weekend I went to the Mindbody Bold conference in San Diego. This is a conference held by our software company and
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Kena and the Functional Movement Screen!
Kena and the Functional Movement Screen! By Kena Perry Over the past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a Functional Movement Screen Level 1 Course. The Functional Movement Screen
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Losses and Gains, New Member, Merissa
Losses and Gains, New Member, Merissa By Michael Harland For today’s Transformation Tuesday post we’re going to highlight one of our trial members. Her name is Merissa and she makes
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T-DAWG’s Transformation and Thoughts…
T-DAWG’s Transformation and Thoughts… By Michael Harland Today’s Transformation Tuesday is a little different. It’s not geared towards weight loss. Instead, it revolves around all of the other benefits a
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Lose The Weight, Not The Accent
Lose The Weight, Not The Accent By Michael Harland New Britain in the house! David makes the drive over to Plainville 4 – 6 times each week and does nothing
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Why I Compete in Strongman
Why I Compete in Strongman By Kena Perry I started competing in Strongman in 2015 as a way to keep me motivated to train and get to the gym. After
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5 Weeks and 15.7 Pounds
5 Weeks and 15.7 Pounds By Michael Harland “Your gym is so far!” Well, Southington, CT client Melissa seems to think the drive to Plainville isn’t that bad. Especially after
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4 Steps To Results
4 Steps To Results By Michael Harland Here’s the thing… I don’t need my clients to do the toughest exercises, change up their workouts every single day, spend 3 hours
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44 Pounds and Lifting Heavy Shhh!
44 Pounds and Lifting Heavy Shhh! By Michael Harland Meet Stacy, she’s a fairly new member and has trusted us on her health and fitness journey. Let’s start with what
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Not Her, Again… (Incredible Pictures Inside!)
Not Her, Again… (Incredible Pictures Inside!) By Michael Harland We’re just proud of what Kim has accomplished. She shared some more pictures with us and we wanted to share those
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22lbs, 15 inches, and More!
Jamie’s Story By Jamie Gambardella When I first came to A|M Fitness, it was for the 5-week trial. I had been contemplating the gym for over a year before I
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Do Your Priorities and Goals Line Up?
Do Your Priorities and Goals Line Up? By Michael Harland We train hundreds of people each week. They don’t just come and workout at our gym, they show up and
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The Supplements I Take
The Supplements I Take By Michael Harland Let me start this by saying I’ve run the spectrum when it comes to supplements. I went from taking none, to taking pretty
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I Eat What I Want
I Eat What I Want By Michael Harland Today’s blog kind of carries on from my last one in regards to having my own meal plans and coach. One of
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My Summit Experience – Kena
My Summit Experience By Kena Perry This past weekend at the Perform Better Summit was full of great information and experiences that I look forward to using as a coach
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My Summit Experience – Spencer
My Summit Experience By Spencer Ingvertsen This past weekend was the first time I had the chance to experience The Perform Better Summit. It was honestly one of the most
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My Summit Experience – Greg
My Summit Experience By Greg Hammons Another year and another great experience at the Perform Better Summit. I really love going to the summit. When I first started in the
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My Summit Experience – Nicole
My Summit Experience By Nicole Riley This was my first time attending a Perform Better Summit. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was excited to join the team
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My Summit Experience – LeighAnn
My Summit Experience By LeighAnn Clark The Perform Better Summit this year was a great experience, as always, with so many amazing speakers and so much information. It’s hard to
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A Totally Different Transformation
A Totally Different Transformation By Michael Harland Today we are still going to post-transformation pictures, but today they are of our pregnant clients! We just wanted to take a second
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My Summit Experience – Mike
My Summit Experience By Michael Harland For the rest of this week, we will be posting blogs from each of our coaches describing their experiences and takeaways from the Perform
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Jay’s Amazing Transformation!
Jay’s Amazing Transformation! By Michael Harland Here’s a personal one for me. I’ve known Jay for probably 20 years. His brother and I were best friends and we all were
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Why I’m Using A Coach
Why I’m Using A Coach By Michael Harland Usually our blogs are full of educational information for our community to use, motivational information to help lift you up, or pertinent
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Holy Transformation! Mike’s Story
Holy Transformation! Mike’s Story By Michael Harland Today we’re going to share a pretty incredible transformation. Mike, a fairly new member, has joined us and busted his ass since the
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The 3 Biggest Lies!
The 3 Biggest Lies! By Greg Hammons You have been going to the gym consistently but things aren’t moving as fast or in the direction you want. Is it the
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10 Pounds Looks Like This!
10 Pounds Looks Like This! By Michael Harland A client of our shared some transformation photos recently and we wanted to share them with the rest of our community. Britney,
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Client Expectations
Client Expectations By Michael Harland Recently I wrote about expectations and left out one important group of people to have expectations for… My clients. You see, they absolutely have expectations
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Summer Slim-Down Challenge!
Summer Slim-Down Challenge! By Michael Harland Recently, we’ve heard a lot of our members mention that they wanted some help to stay on track/get back on track. So, we just
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Strength Gains, What It Really Takes
Strength Gains, What It Really Takes By Greg Hammons Its all about those gains, right?!? Well, strength gains don’t always come the way you expect. Check out the video to
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Jen’s Transformation!
Jen’s Transformation! By Michael Harland Today’s transformation is someone that started with our Best Me Yet program and has continued training with us, even taking the next step and joining
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Activation For Healthy Shoulders
Activation For Healthy Shoulders By LeighAnn Clark Do you experience pain or lack of mobility in your shoulders? If you do, activation could be the answer to cleaning that up.
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Pain In The Neck?!
Pain In The Neck?! By Greg Hammons If you have ever sat at a desk you have probably felt that achy burning in the back of your shoulder and neck.
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Kara’s Transformation!
Kara’s Transformation! By Michael Harland A few weeks back we announced our Best Me Yet winners. Since then, we’ve been publishing other participants results and wanted to share Kara. She
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The Importance Of Eccentric
The Importance Of Eccentric By LeighAnn Clark We often say that the eccentric part of the exercise can be used to make an exercise harder, or we mention that is
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Welcome Our Newest Coach, Kena!
Welcome Our Newest Coach, Kena! By Kena Perry My passion for fitness began as a kid playing sports, I especially fell in love with basketball and volleyball. While attending UConn
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Kathy’s Transformation!
Kathy’s Transformation! By Michael Harland We’ve recently announced all of the winners for Best Me Yet and now wanted to recognize some of our other standout participants. Kathy was a
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Do You Have Back Pain?
Do You Have Back Pain? By Greg Hammons Do you have back pain? Want to find out what you can do about it? In this video we go over the
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Why I Relay – Mike
Why I Relay By: Mike Harland I’ve put writing this off as long as I possibly can. Sometimes, I just want to forget the reasons that bring me to walk.
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Hip Flexors, Are They Tight Or Weak?
Hip Flexors, Are They Tight Or Weak? By Greg Hammons Stop stretching your hip flexors like crazy until you watch this video! The sensation of “hip tightness” might not actually
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And The Winner Is!!!
Andrea! By Michael Harland We have wanted to show off these pictures since the day they were taken! Andrea, our first place winner, did an absolutely amazing job and we
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Excessive Hip External Rotation
Excessive Hip External Rotation By LeighAnn Clark Hip mobility is huge for us. It’s one of the main areas of mobility that most people work on. And while good hip
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Why I Relay – Makayla
Why I Relay By: Makayla McKenzie I went to Relay For Life every year as a Girl Scout growing up. It was at our high school’s track with a huge
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Think? About Your Deadlift
Think? About Your Deadlift By Greg Hammons Deadlifting if a major part of our program. You have heard your coaches harp on the form a thousand times, hips back, backs
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2nd Place Winner – Billy
2nd Place Winner -Billy By Michael Harland What can I say… Billy crushed it! He was brand new to A|M Fitness and eager to learn and apply and work. He
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All Children Exercise Simultaneously
All Children Exercise Simultaneously By Michael Harland Last week I was able to head back to Linden St. School in Plainville to be a part of the world’s largest exercise
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Why I Relay – Sandy
Why I Relay By: Sandy Davis Our sister Karen was diagnosed with stage 4 lung Cancer 5 years ago. Because of these relays, she has been able to participate in
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What’s Your Foot Type?
What’s Your Foot Type? By LeighAnn Clark To determine what type of foot you have, and therefore what course of action you should take, take a picture or a video
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3rd Place Winner (Part 2) – Missy
3rd Place Winner (Part 2) – Missy By Michael Harland Dedication, commitment, work ethic, and a desire to be her best brought Missy into this prize. Despite a crazy nurses
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Coaching Greatness
Coaching Greatness Recently, our staff went to a Coaching Greatness seminar. Events like this are something we try to do on a fairly regular basis and this one was definitely
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Why I Relay – Alli
Why I Relay By: Alli Knight I relay because losing someone you love after watching them suffer and lose a battle that they were so determined to beat is devastating.
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Don’t Eat That Protein Bar!
Don’t Eat That Protein Bar! By Michael Harland In a world of convenience, we’ve learned to rely on too many quick-fix solutions to weight loss. Unfortunately, the quick fix isn’t
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3rd Place Winner (Part 1) – Amanda
3rd Place Winner (Part 1) – Amanda By Michael Harland As we mentioned in our MVP blog, we had a ton of members that excelled in our last edition of
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We Sell Education
We Sell Education By Michael Harland Last night we had an orientation at our facility. We’ve recently started working with a new marketing company, so I invited one of our
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Why I Relay – Patty
Why I Relay By: Patty Davis The number of loved ones that have been diagnosed with this ugly disease is too overwhelming to mention. I continue to raise money and
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Dorsiflexion For A Better Squat
Dorsiflexion For A Better Squat By Greg Hammons Looking to improve your squat? Don’t forget to look down! Squats start from the floor up, so making sure we have enough
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MVP Award – Andrea
MVP Award – Andrea By Michael Harlandrland This year is a little different for us when picking the winners of Best Me Yet. We had so many people do so
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100 Healthy Days
100 Healthy Days By Michael Harland Today’s blog is going to be quick and simple. I’m inviting you to join me in a free program that lasts 100 days. Read
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Why I Relay – Andrea
Why I Relay By: Andrea Sinclair I relay because cancer made me an orphan. Cancer stole my parents during the same year- it barely felt like the leaves had changed
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Conscious Walking
Conscious Walking By LeighAnn Clark The foot is a very complex, important structure. It is our foundation. It is our only point of contact with the ground. If something is
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Transformation Tuesday – Chantelle
Transformation Tuesday – Chantelle By Michael Harland Today we wanted to recognize one of our newer members, Chantelle, who has been consistent since the day that she started. She recently
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Creating Your Center of Stability
Creating Your Center of Stability (Blog 3 of 3) By LeighAnn Clark The next step after learning how to activate our pelvic floor and then learning how to activate short
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Why I Relay – Kathy
Why I Relay By: Kathy Kielbowicz Why I relay….. Cancer has touched my life in so many ways. I have lost both of my grandmothers to cancer and I have
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Short Foot Activation
Short Foot Activation (Blog 2 of 3) By LeighAnn Clark We live in a society where shoes are accepted as a natural part of life. We weren’t born with shoes
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This S*** Actually Works!
This S*** Actually Works! By Carly Ouellette As this challenge comes to an end, I decided to take my “after” pictures during the snow day. I have done a number
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Pelvic Floor Activation
Pelvic Floor Activation (Blog 1 of 3) By LeighAnn Clark Your pelvic floor is your center of gravity, and therefore your center of stability. Without it, we are not using
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Why I Relay – Spencer
Why I Relay By: Spencer Ingvertsen When I was in middle school I did relay for life to be able to spend an entire day with all my friends, to
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It’s Not About The Calories!
It’s Not About The Calories! By Greg Hammons It’s not about the calories! …. Wait …What? Hear me out for a second. I know it sounds confusing but the goal
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85 Pounds! – One Year Later
85 Pounds! – One Year Later By Kim Cyr So I got to thinking… in a few days, it’ll be a year since I started working with you. A year
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Core Activation For Hip Mobility
Core Activation For Hip Mobility By LeighAnn Clark How often do you work on hip mobility? How many times have you come into a squat and said “I really need
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Why I Relay – Nicole
Why I Relay By Nicole Riley Why I Relay… Cancer has affected me more times than I would like to say. I have lost a mother-in-law and father-in-law, an aunt
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More New Equipment!
More New Equipment! By Michael Harland As with anything, the more you can invest, the better you can become. We live by that belief and try to constantly invest in
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Stretch And Strengthen To Better Posture
Stretch And Strengthen To Better Posture By Greg Hammons If you spend most your day at a desk then your posture may be impeding your progress!! Check out the 4
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Why I Relay – Jen
Why I Relay By Jen Adorno For me, cancer has been something that has been up close and personal my entire life. My maternal grandfather died of lung cancer when
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Let’s Work Backwards
Let’s Work Backwards By Michael Harland When we talk about goal setting we often encourage someone to state their goal. Following that, we then have them figure out what it
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Winter Weather Warning!!!
Winter Weather Warning!!! By LeighAnn Clark Winter weather has a bigger impact on your body than you might think. You don’t just feel cold in the winter, you don’t just
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Why I Relay – Claire
Why I Relay By Claire DiCenzo When Mike asked me to write a blog post about “Why I Relay,” I immediately agreed but then I had to take a step
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Communication is Key
Communication is Key By Michael Harland One of the things I try and remind my clients is the importance of communication. We’ve heard it a million times, haven’t we? Communication
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Jaimie Speaks Her Mind
Jaimie Speaks Her Mind By Jaimie Clout One of our trial members Jaimie has gone to many different types of gyms, she has participated in big box gyms as well
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Your Life Success
Your Life Success By Mike Harland This was an email sent to a private group we’re running, but something I think all of us should do from time to time.
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Does Your Lower Back Arch When You Press Overhead?
Does Your Lower Back Arch When You Press Overhead? By LeighAnn Clark Overhead movement patterns are very common, not just in your “fitness” world, but in your “real” life as
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Bench Press Tips
Bench Press Tips By Greg Hammons   The bench press is one of the most used and beneficial exercises in any exercise program. Its great for building overall upper body
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Is It Your Pecs?
Is It Your Pecs? By LeighAnn Clark   You may have never paid much attention to your pectoralis major and minor muscles outside of being instructed to perform a chest
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Planks and Breathing?
Planks and Breathing? By Greg Hammons Planks are awesome exercises to create core stability, which intern creates overall performance gains. But are you getting all you can from your plank?
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Let’s Build A House Together
Wait, what?   By Mike Harland I like analogies. I like comparing things and hope that it can help someone to see things a different way. When it comes to
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Before and After | Raabi Blackwell
It’s very hard for me to put into words the gratitude that I feel from the changes that I’ve undergone, from becoming a member of AM Fitness.   By Raabi
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No More New Year, New You
We all know that the New Years holiday brings resolutions revolving around a “new me”.   By Mike Harland Well, not at A|M Fitness. Don’t get me wrong, we are
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4 Years Later, a Reminder
I know it doesn’t seem it…especially with all the corrections I need…but it has been 4 years! Came across a letter that I wrote to you about a year in
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Jay’s Official List of Grievances
Since joining AM Fitness in February I’ve read all of the happy-happy, joy-joy posts about how great AM Fitness is.   By Jay Friedman Mike, People keep writing to you
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Shoulder Stabilization Exercises
If you think you have a winging scapula you’re probably wrong.   By Greg Hammons A true wing is due to a neurologic injury. More than likely what’s going on
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Wrist Mobility
Ever drop out of a plank or stop doing push ups, not because your core or your upper body was tired but because your wrists just weren’t having it?  
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Hamstring Stretch
Our warmups sometimes include a hamstring stretch, one that is very much needed by the majority of us.   By LeighAnn Clark It’s a fantastic stretch, but are we doing
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Jungle Gym Squats
If you are new to working out or it’s been awhile since you have used a squat pattern, the Jungle Gym system can be a great way to understand the
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You Created That Habit, Now Create A New One
One of the biggest things to remember, especially in regards to fitness, health, and lifestyle, is that we are creatures of habit.   By Mike Harland We will continue to
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$1.63 – Our Value Proposition
I just wrapped up a meeting with our staff. One of the topics was our new member experience and the value we provide.   By Mike Harland The reality is,
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I Have Two Questions For You
I have 2 questions I need you to answer as truthfully as possible:   By Mike Harland 1. Are you comfortable with where your health is right now? a. Are
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