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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.

  • 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 ...
  • Easy Come, Easy Row Here are some of the Lat Exercises (Upper Back, Rear shoulder) that VirtuFit recommends. Try these and others for strong back and good posture. Assisted pull up machine Bent over row Dumbbell pullover Lat pulldown Machine pullover One arm row Pull up or chin up Seated low cable row Seated row machine Standing straight arm pulldown NOTE: Perform with fullest range of motion available. Avoid hyperextending ...
  • Don’t bite the hand that kneads you Just as we need to challenge the body and mind, we also need Recovery. Here are some of my recommendations: At least 30 minutes per day downtime, self-time, no worries Consultation with health practitioner for injuries lasting over 14 days Deep sleep of proper duration Elimination or moderation of alcohol, caffeine, and other diuretics One day off per week and ...
  • Don’t count your cleans before they’re snatched POWER TRAINING WORKOUT. Below are some fantastic exercises to incorporate into your workout regimes. Research proper form and which are best for uou. Enjoy! Power Clean Clean high pull Split Jerk Push jerk Clean and jerk Barbell overhead squat Barbell deadlift Barbell squat Barbell chest press Barbell bent over row Overhead press Push press Barbell snatch Snatch high pull Hang clean FITNESS TIP: For safety and variety, use dumbbells for these ...
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