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Maria Brilaki, the founder of Fitness Reloaded, writes about living a gratifying life with a vibrant body & an open heart. She has been featured in MindBodyGreen, Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, Women 2.0, and Think Traffic.
She is a Stanford Engineering graduate, an MBA, and a certified personal trainer. Learn more.
Even though I usually advise avoiding exercises that target your abs specifically, I do think that if there is one abs exercise you should include in your home or gym workout, then it’s the Star Crunch. I hadn’t really discovered this exercise, until I did 6 sets of it a few weeks ago. The result?Read More
A few weeks ago I would have responded to this question with a big YES! But then I learned this simple kyphosis check, and to my disappointment, I discovered that I too have a rounded upper back. You see all those hours of daily slouching, sitting in front of my computer, take their toll. InRead More
So you are spending the whole day sitting? You are not alone. Me too. With the way our lives are structured we can hardly escape sitting too much. And reversing those slouching habits is just hard! So what do you do? Are you doomed to bad posture? No! I learned this upper back release techniqueRead More
I always loved the idea of being flexible but it just didn’t seem possible for me. Even though I could so splits when I was still in school, a thigh injury took my flexibility away. I went from flexible to stiff in an instant! For years even the idea of splits caused me pain. EveryRead More
I’m human. Translation? I’m sometimes too lazy to go to the gym. I just don’t feel like dressing up and driving. It feels like too much effort. Especially when I am tired. But I do feel like…watching TV! Especially when I get hooked with yet another TV series…I just love spending my free time watchingRead More
Sitting kills. Multiple studies now support that sitting is the new smoking, with people who sit too long having a 54% increase in heart attack risk. Even though most of us spend multiple hours on our desk chair every day averaging 9.3 hours of total sitting a day, there is light at the end of theRead More
Two weeks ago I attended a postural assessment workshop. Unfortunately, even though all of the participants were fitness professionals, over 90% of us discovered we had thoracic kyphosis, or else, a rounded upper back. For most of us kyphosis was not obvious, but if you actually went through the assessment you could see it thatRead More
Several people neglect doing a butt workout. They focus on their upper body and forget about their lower body. I guess they don’t know that a worked out butt does not only give you good looks – our butts are instrumental for our walking and posture. If your butt is weak then your walking willRead More
It’s a fact: 80% of Americans will get at least 1 episode of Low Back Pain in their lives. So if you have not yet gotten, it’s actually quite probable that at some point in your life low back pain will hit you as well. Especially, with all those hours we spend sitting with aRead More
Hello Fitness Reloaders! We have all heard about osteoporosis. After all, according to the US department of Health and Human Services, 50% of all women and 20% of all men over the age of 50 will suffer from an osteoporotic fracture at some point in their lives. So probably your mom, your uncle, or yourRead More