Shirley Archer

LOS ANGELES, CA 90068-3013

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What are your specific recommendations for abdominal exercise for a prenatal woman in her first, second, third trimester?

11 Answers | Asked by Ashley Varol on May 12, 2011

Answered by Shirley Archer on Jun 09, 2011

I've trained many Pre-natal, post-partum women and each pregnancy is different. It's important to listen carefully to the doctor's recommendations especially as more older women are getting pregnant and having higher risk pregnancies. If a client told me that her Dr. said that, I would recommend tha...

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Is it better to use free weights or machine weights?

40 Answers | Asked by Rob Gray on Jun 08, 2011

Answered by Shirley Archer on Jun 09, 2011

I agree with the comments on the value of free weights for more functional training and more neuromuscular stimulation. It's also great when you don't have access to a gym as you can use a pair of dumbbells or a barbell and bench in many locations. Another benefit is that you can really see both sid...

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What are the best exercises to increase flexibility?

19 Answers | Asked by Patricia Long on Jun 08, 2011

Answered by Shirley Archer on Jun 09, 2011

There is no one "best" stretch. It's best to enjoy a well-rounded program of stretches for all of the major muscle groups of the body. People need to remember that stretching is a NEURO-muscular activity, so stretching frequently (every day or multiple days per week, 15-30 seconds, 2-3 sets) can hav...

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How do you exercise your happiness?

16 Answers | Asked by Angela Cordoni on Jun 09, 2011

Answered by Shirley Archer on Jun 09, 2011

We can increase our happiness by cultivating a positive outlook (i.e., seeing the glass half-full). An exercise that promotes positivity is meditation, particularly mindful meditation. I showcase studies on this frequently in the IDEA Fitness Journal mind-body-spirit news column.

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