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image_03Marc D. Thompson, owner of VirtuFitTM, is a prominent fitness trainer and personal coach with a background in medicine and exercise physiology. He has pioneered virtual training and teaches via Skype one-on-one and group classes. Approaching fitness holistically, Marc believes the fusion of creativity and practicality is essential in moving each individual toward their fitness goals. Along with over 25 years of experience, he draws from thousands of exercises, fitness disciplines, sports psychology techniques and nutritional principals to empower each individual client.

  • A friend in knead is a friend indeed Here is a list of some fantastic recovery methods and injury treatments to consider. These are also very useful as preventative methods. Always consult a health practitioner before beginning treatment.  Injury Treatment Acupuncture and/or reflexology Compression, and Elevation Contrast therapy Heat (sauna, steam, hot tub etc.) Massage Physical therapy R.I.C.E., a treatment method for soft tissue injury which is an acronym for Rest, ...
  • You can’t make a quadricep without aching a few legs QUADRICEP EXERCISES by Marc D. Thompson One of the most important and functional muscle groups are the Quadriceps, aka the Quads. The Quads are the front of the thighs and are strong and important in many of our sports and everyday functions. Here are some of my favorite quad exercises. Bulgarian lunge Cable lunge Cable squat Forward lunge Hack squat Leg extension Leg press Squat Step ...
  • You can’t always sweat what you want BODY WEIGHT CARDIO BASIC Here is a list of some of the general exercises used to warmup. Also as a sequence, circuit, extended time, etc., they can be used as great exercises. Have fun! Chinese drum Jogging Runners Slow jog in place Squats Stair jogging Toe Touch Walking Walking stairs NOTE: For a cardio routine, perform 2 rounds, the first for 30 seconds and the second ...
  • You can lead a horse to a squatter, but you can’t make him squat Strength, balance, symmetry. Three important parts of fitness, and particularly for the lower body. Here are some of my fave Hip, mostly Adductors, exercises.  45 degree side lunge Ankle weight hip adduction Lateral squat Machine hip adduction Rotary Hip machine adduction Side lying bottom leg lift Squat and medial cross over kick Standing cable hip adduction Step and lateral kick Wide stance deep squat NOTE: Perform ...
  • Best Calories Burners? by Marc D Thompson I was recently asked to choose what is the best calorie-burning exercise discipline. This is not only an irrelevant question, but unnecessary. There is not a “best.” But I did indulge an answer and, not surprisingly, the inquisitors disagreed. I have a degree in ex science and a degree medicine, and literally ...
  • When the going gets tough, the tough get rowing An overlooked but important muscle group are the traps. If properly exercised they can adjust posture, improve upper body strength, enhance sports and function, and improve other upper body movements such as pullups and pushups. TRAPEZIUS EXERCISES Cable shrug One-arm cable shrug Deadlift One-arm deadlift Dumbbell shrug Dumbbell upright row Dumbbell row Shrug machine Barbell bent over row Barbell front raise Barbell shrug Barbell upright row NOTE: Perform ...
  • There’s no climb like the present Although I prefer outdoor exercise over treadmill, if only able to use a treadmill is available and a change is needed to spark progress, try some these ideas. These exercises can increase heart rate and limit the overuse that occurs with typical treadmill use while targeting various core and leg muscles. Always prepare for these ...
  • The zen is mightier than the core The key to health and fitness is the mind. Positive thinking, intention, dedication and consistency all form the basis of a sound fitness regime. One part of that regime is yoga and its many diverse disciplines. Here’s a brief description of the branches of and the different types of yoga. YOGA BRANCHES Jnana, self-inquiry, meditation and contemplation ...
  • God LIFTS those who LIFT themselves ‘Lift’ has many meanings. Here is a great workout that focuses on get-ups, a wonderful exercise of getting from a lying positon to a standing without using your arms or support. We call it the VPT Get Up Workout! GET UP! VPT WORKOUT Get ups – 1×5 Alternate toe touch Burpees Jumping jacks – 3×30 seconds, repeat 3 times Get ups – ...
  • Tenacity is the Mother of Invention CRAZY CARDIO CIRCUIT VPT WORKOUT Great workout to start the day! Excerpt from https://www.createspace.com/4991325 Stair running (jog in place), 2 minutes Crunch Reverse crunch Bench reverse crunch V sit up Teaser Wood chop – 6×30 Corkscrew Side plank hip lift V sit up Stability ball roll out – 4×25 Lunge Jump lunge Traveling lunge – 3×25 Superman Birddog Lunge and reach – 3×20 Squat Lunge Leg press or back lunge Leg extension or one leg lunge Traveling lunge ...
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