Meet Cody Clayson

I caught up with GHF Trainer and lacrosse champ Cody Clayson. In addition to personal training Cody also coaches TRIBE Team Training session at GHF Main. He didn't mention it below, but he really likes doing handstands.Where are you from?Gainesville, FloridaWhat your typical workout look like?Anything that can be done on a playground. Handstands, pull ups, muscle-ups, push ups, jump ropes, and trying new body weight exercises.Best training secret you’ve gotten from a trainer:Every move is an assessment.Favorite healthy meal:Sweet potatoes, chicken, and green beans!Fave splurge meal:Anything to do with a cookie!How do you stick to a healthy diet?I don't like to cook that often. So cooking a lot at once and using Tupperware helps a lot.Last book you’ve read:Becoming a Supple Leopard!The one song you have on repeat right now:Tiesto-EchoesOne surprising secret:I have never done a... [More]

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Train For Your Sport...Life!

So, I’ve been working on my basketball skills lately and I think I’m ready to take on LeBron James. Ok, ok…so he’s a little taller than me…and maybe a little faster. But I can dribble the ball. And I’ve been working on my free throws. And, not to brag, but I’ve even been known to make the occasional 3-pointer. Fine. I realize I am nowhere near his talent and would be delusional to challenge someone like him. As I think about this laughable scenario, though, I have to ask myself, why? What am I missing that he has? I know, I know, that’s going to be a long list. But one of the many reasons for his great basketball success is his ability to make the game seem smooth and effortless. LeBron has spent years perfecting his dribble, while I still look like a middle school child that can hardly walk and dribble at the same time, much less run aro... [More]

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Are Your Fat Cells Making You Hungrier?

It’s 6:30am. Your alarm is going off. You roll out of bed and your stomach growls.It’s 11:30am. You are just getting out of an appointment and your stomach growls.It’s 3:30pm. You are catching up on some work and your stomach growls.It’s 6:30pm. You just got home from a long day…and your stomach growls. Everyone’s day-to-day tasks look different – but something we all have in common is the need to eat! We, as humans, are tasked with the responsibility of providing our body with what it needs to function. But how do we know what we need and when we need it? Should we even trust our body when it “growls” and asks for more food? Our bodies communicate with our brains through hormones. Our brains, being the control center for thoughts and decisions, then help us carry out what the body is requesting. But what if our bodies get confu... [More]

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The Health Benefits of Volunteering

Multiple studies have shown a correlation between volunteering and improved health outcomes. The Corporation for National & Community Service’s 2007 report The Health Benefits of Volunteering states, “Over the past two decades we have seen a growing body of research that indicates volunteering provides individual health benefits in addition to social benefits. This research has established a strong relationship between volunteering and health: those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.” On top of working out and eating well, try incorporating volunteering into your schedule. There are literally hundreds of opportunities in our own backyard to fit both your interests and time constraints!  Check out some of the local organizations that are in need of you... [More]

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Should everyone stretch?

By: Kelli Morton, NSCA CPTStretching is commonly accepted as an integral part of any fitness routine in one way or another. And it is important. However, stretching (just like squats or bench press) should be done with a purpose. Most people understand if they want to get stronger biceps, they should do bicep curls. Or if someone wants to get better at running, they should run. But, flexibility is a bit more complicated. What should we do if we feel like our hamstrings are 'tight'...stretch them, right? Wait! Not so fast. In the same way that some athletes are born with natural talent - some people are naturally born with more flexibility than others. If you've ever been to a yoga class and there's the star student in the front of the class showing off his or her perfect Lotus pose or how effortlessly they can twist into a pretzel…these kinds of professionals probably don’t ... [More]

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How's Your Psoas Muscle?

By: Devika Bellamy ACE CPT, Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga InstructorHip pain, back pain, groin pain: these can all be symptoms of a chronically short or tight psoas muscle. The psoas muscle isn't necessarily one of those muscles that is the first thing on our minds when exercising, but could help us to feel better, maintain better posture, and perform exercises correctly when healthy. The psoas major muscle runs on either side of the spine and attaches down at the top of the inside thigh bone. So it is typically difficult, if not impossible, to maintain proper posture if the muscle is tight or short. A simple way to tell if your psoas major muscles are short is to lie on your back with your legs straight. If when you push your hamstrings (the backs of your thighs) into the floor, your lower back arches further away from the floor, you most likely have shortened psoas muscles. Vice versa i... [More]

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Gator Girls Night Out: A Tailgating Extravaganza!

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Sleep and Satiety

By: Kelli Morton, NSCA CPTCan your sleep habits be preventing you from reaching your fitness goals? Why, yes! Yes, they can. But it goes beyond just making sure you have enough energy for your workout or enough rest to recover. Our sleep habits play a big role in keeping our hormones in balance. Two of the big hormones that sleep can affect are our appetite-control hormones: Leptin and Ghrelin. Leptin and Ghrelin primarily deal with our satiety levels. Leptin is secreted by our fat cells and sends a signal that we’re full. On the other hand, Ghrelin is secreted when the stomach is empty to make us feel hungry. It’s clear we want to keep these two hormones in balance or else our brains won’t know when to stop eating…yikes. One major way to help keep theses hormones functioning properly is to get enough sleep. There are two types of sleep NREM (non rapid eye moveme... [More]

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8 Habits Of Healthy People

By: Amanda Johnson, NASM-CPT, AFAA PilatesHealth is generally associated with someone’s physical state. When in fact, true health is the combination of mind, body and spirit. Everyone has good, and not so good, habits when it comes to daily behaviors. Below are common habits of people who truly live a healthy lifestyle from day to day. Prioritize What is Important to You: If your daily grind is not your greatest passion, it’s important to step away and give some time to the things close to your heart. Maybe it's family and friends. Maybe it's painting or music. Whatever it may be, keep it close to your heart and make sure to find time each day to devote to it. Everything in Moderation: Between fitness trends and fad diets, it is hard to determine what the best thing for us to do. It is safe to say that those who are most successful in achieving optimal health display good hab... [More]

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Life With Children Is An Adventure, Train Accordingly!

BY: Andy Farina, NASM-CPTOne of my fondest memories growing up in New York is when Russell Provenzano, Tommy Leslie, and I discovered a refrigerator box on the side of the road, hauled it to the BIG hill behind Southedge Middle School and, repeatedly rolled inside the box down that hill for hours.  Friends, adventure, fun.  What else could a kid ask for?!  Tromping through mud and water with swarms of other “crazy” people in an obstacle race is sort of like rolling down the hill in the refrigerator box.  We navigate obstacles, face some serious fears, and then climax into some of the best post-race celebrations on the planet!  Friends, adventure, fun.  What else could we ask for?!  Doing that obstacle race with your kids.  Life in a family is sort of like one of those races: communal, challenging, mysterious, embracing the unexpected, c... [More]

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