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Sweat Buddies

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Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, ramp up your boxing, release your inner Ali

BY STEPHANIE JOANNE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRYNN CAMPBELL

There's nothing like the motivation of a workout partner to push you beyond your toughest physical threshold. Even when you want to quit, somehow, that friend's encouragement helps you dig deep and elevate that little reserve you have left.

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Wheeling in Winter

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Heat up your bike training on frozen terrain

 

BY TOM BABIN
ILLUSTRATION BY VANCE RODEWALT

If it's the start of winter and you come across a cyclist who looks like he just emerged from a funeral, treat him gingerly. He is mourning the loss of summer rides in the fresh air, open highways and the beloved pain of steep training ascents. Instead, he is adjusting to saddle time over the dull hum of an indoor bike trainer arranged in a dingy basement illuminated by dull fluorescent lights and a flatscreen tuned to marathons of House Hunters International. Yet winter doesn't have to be the end of outdoor cycle training. With a few accommodations, the season can be great for pumping up your cardio on two wheels.

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Step Up to the Barre

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Five-Six-Seven-Eight, Plié

BY JORDAN WALLAN AND KAITLIN MEANEY

Ever wanted a dancer's body ­â€” ­a fit, slim and toned silhouette, but thought it was unobtainable? A barre class could get you on the road to your goals.

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Snow Time is Go Time

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Build Strength, Stability and Core to Power You Through Winter

BY CHRIS HODGINS

With winter at our doorstep we're preparing our skis, snowboards and snowshoes for the season's first tracks.
I skied a lot as a youngster, 20 some years back, but unfortunately the hill nearby closed down and I found other winter hobbies. Two years ago, I decided to put the skis back on and give it another shot. I was certain I was going to spend the day falling then icing new injuries.

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Different Strokes

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Time to Shake Up Your Swim Routine

BY JOYLIN NODWELL

 

Stroke, stroke, breath ...
stroke, stroke, breath ...
repeat for two hours.

This pattern may feel familiar if you are a distance swimmer or triathlete. Most swimmers do the bulk of their training in freestyle mode (a.k.a. front crawl) with one arm pulling underneath the body while the other arm recovers above the water. While it is important to train predominantly the stroke you will be using in competition,  it is wise to introduce other strokes into your workouts to reduce the consequences
of overtraining. When we are younger, our bodies are more resilient to handle the stresses of repetitious activity. However, as we age, incorporating other strokes into weekly swims can help prevent overuse injuries by employing slightly different pull patterns and different body positions. Different strokes, stronger folks!

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Deck the Halls With Brows of Sweat

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Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house. Not a muscle was moving, not even a squat. The leggings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that Wong Jack Man soon would be there.

BY SHON WONG

Well, it’s that special time of year when wong jack man gives thanks for the wonderful people in his life. he feels a spirit of joy and peace and is anxious to share with them his most heartfelt gifts.
Wong Jack Man went over the top this year and found the perfect presents for those closest to him. He cannot wait to see the joy on the faces of his brother, mother and girlfriend.
Christmas is truly a blessing and, after all, giving is what WJM is all about. So from Wong Jack Man and everyone at IMPACT, have a happy holiday filled with fitness.

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