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  • Staying Fit & Having Fun: Lessons from "Chiberia"


    Staying Fit & Having Fun: Lessons from “Chiberia”
    posted on February 17, 2014 Yes, this year’s winter in Chicago (and many other cities across the U.S.) has been uncharacteristically brutal. Maybe it’s a sign of changing weather patterns & a glimpse into similarly tough winters coming our way, or maybe we were due for a rough winter after the past few years of relatively mild winters. I’m hopeful of the latter, but either way, this winter has reminded me of a few “lessons” in fitness. Know Your Limits
    I think it is safe to say that this winter’s weather has tested the patience & ....

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  • What is Fast & Fit?


    What is Fast & Fit?
    posted on February 10, 2014 Fast & Fit athletes, There are many exciting things happening at Fast & Fit, many of which you’ll hear more about from Angie in the coming weeks, but first, we wanted to kick things off with a little background on FAST & FIT. We understand that the need for speed isn’t everyone’s priority. We also know not everyone wishes to run a marathon. Although a great percentage of our clientele at Fast & Fit ARE runners with goals of achieving new personal best race times, that doesn’t describe ALL of our clients or everyone that we WANT to coach. We have a number of athletes that ....

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  • Thanksgiving Day Tips


    Thanksgiving Day Tips
    posted on November 26, 2013 Hey Fast and Fit Athletes!
    If you are going to enjoy yourself over the holidays, here are some tips that will keep you lean and free from packing on the LBS over these next couple of days/weeks. 1. Clean the diet up now to reduce the influx in body fat and to make you more carb sensitive. AKA: Dial it in! 2. Don’t starve yourself during the morning and/or afternoon leading up to the feast. Eat a breakfast, lunch and snacks just like you normally would so that you don’t gorge on everything in sight when the big Thanksgiving meal occurs. 3. Take HCL and probiotics to help with digestion. HCL is naturally secreted in ....

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  • Breaking Out of Your Post-"A" Race Fog


    Breaking Out of Your Post-“A” Race Fog
    posted on November 20, 2013 You finished your big race for the season, you celebrated, and now a few weeks later, you find yourself. Except you’ve had a couple thirty too many drinks, fried foods, and/or servings of dessert and that belt buckle is heading up to the next notch. Your workouts, when you do them, don’t have the same pop or focus. Some might even call this feeling a post-race depression. So, what can you do to get your mind and body back on track? 1. Write out your workouts for the week ahead of time. Be consistent with your training. You don’t have to do anything off the wall, but you should keep the ....

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  • Pre-Season Training: Fast & Fit Strength Exercises


    Pre-Season Training: Fast & Fit Strength Exercises
    posted on November 4, 2013 Off season. Time to relax, reacquaint yourself with your couch & catch up on all of the TV shows that everyone has been talking about for the past 8 months while you were training. Not so fast. Pre-season, which is what we prefer to call this phase of the training season, is the perfect time to get back to strength training. More likely than not, you have developed some imbalances over the course of the training season that should be addressed before they lead to an injury. And we all know that strength training & prehab exercises are the first thing to be dropped from a training program when ....

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  • Chicago Marathon Pre-Race Tips


    Chicago Marathon Pre-Race Tips
    posted on October 9, 2013 Hello Fast and Fit Athletes!
    Tomorrow is the big day! Coach Angie and I wanted to put together some last-minute tips to send to you guys to get the mind ready for the event. This is going to be bullet style, short and sweet. Here we go.

    Don’t do anything new!
    When you wake up, drink water immediately and continue sipping throughout the morning.
    Break the course up into small, manageable pieces mentally. I’d recommend 3 sections.
    Thank at least 5 people for volunteering for the race.
    When taking water from the volunteers, go to the last couple tables. The first tables are often bunched up.
    Exhale forcefully ....

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