New Beginnings

January is, for many, a time for change and new beginnings. The first person that comes to mind when I think about change is my wife Janice. In 2015, she moved from Canada to the United States and, if that wasn’t enough, she decided to simultaneously change careers. After 16 years

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The Importance of Strengthening Rotator Cuff Muscles

The shoulder joint is unlike most joints in the body because it’s primarily supported by muscle. Unlike the hip joint with its large ball and socket of bone and cartlilage, the shoulder joint has a shallow ball and socket and relies on muscle to stabilize it and keep it in place,

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Feature Personal Trainer – Phil Herrera

It’s been a while since my last blog simply because we have been busier than ever at The Fitness Connection.  I finally got a minute to sit down at my computer to write and the first thing that came to mind was how grateful I am to have Phil Herrera back at The Fitness Connection.Read more

The Importance of Hamstring Strength and Flexibility

The Hamstrings are made up of three muscles on the back of the upper leg.  They are usually a secondary muscle to the quadriceps, the four muscles to the front of the upper leg, for most daily activities like walking and standing up from a seated position.  From a perception of strength, our daily activitiesRead more

New Instagram Account

The Fitness Connection now has an Instagram account with daily posts that include fitness tips, outdoor exercise photos and yours truly getting creative doing advanced exercises that I have been able to safely accomplish through progression from years of living a healthy active lifestyle.  You will now see the link in our lists of socialRead more

Proper Biomechanics for Chest Exercises

I have run into many clients over the years that have had chronic shoulder problems and after correcting their mechanics their issues went away.  From bench press to push ups, if you follow a few simple mechanical tips, you can maximize the safety and effectiveness of all chest exercises.  Let’s first address body position.  TheRead more

Why is Sugar in This? A Great Pasta Sauce Recipe Without the Added Sugar.

After watching the documentary Fed Up, I have been paying close attention to sugar content in food I purchase.  I was completely shocked when I read the label of pasta sauce that I regularly purchase and found out it has 42 grams of sugar in one jar.  My first thought was why is added sugarRead more

Shake It Up! Healthy Shake Recipe with Chia Seeds.

Shakes are one of the easiest ways to create a healthy snack.  On the weekend, I love to experiment with different healthy ingredients from my kitchen to create a healthy shake.  Today I came up with this delicious healthy shake recipe made with chia seeds. 1.5 cups of unsweetened almond milk 1 scoop of vanillaRead more

Protein Power Balls – A Healthy Snack Recipe By Janice Hillinger

After a lot of questions about how to make the power balls I mentioned in my last post, my wife Janice sat down and wrote up her recipe so you can make them yourself.  Enjoy!  Thanks Janice for the wonderful healthy snack recipe! This recipe evolved from a failed attempt at making protein bars. ByRead more

Healthy Treats!

A couple a months ago, on one of my monthly visits to see my wife Janice in Canada, she offered me a “treat.”  She called them her Protein Power Balls.  She had found a recipe online and made some alterations to it to make in even healthier and tastier than the original.  I was thinking,Read more