Meet AQ Member Heather Cox!

Heather Cox recently traveled to Iceland with her 10-year-old son. They left the rest of the family at home in Minneapolis and enjoyed a week exploring the hinterlands of the island. Heather’s son wanted to hike and enjoy the outdoors, so they spent almost all of...

Build a Better Skeleton

Muscles help you move, but you won’t get far without strong bones. The spine keeps you upright. The humerus and ulna are the levers that allow you to ease into a low chair or lift a bag of groceries. Strong bone tissue is essential to all movement. The bones in the...

Meet AQ Member Anna Mckean!

AQ Fit Lab member Anna Mckean knows her way around a gym. The Wisconsin native has been hoisting weights since middle school, when a family friend started coaching her in Olympic lifting. She went on to do power-lifting and track in high school and got into CrossFit...

Fresh-Air Fitness in Linden Hills

We love summer. It’s not just the Minnesota State Fair and the paddle-boarding and the cabin weekends. It’s the smell of flowers at the Lake Harriet Rose Garden and the sound of loons in the evening. Summer in Minnesota centers on being outdoors. So on days when you...

Stretching: Why, How and When

Flexibility is beneficial in most aspects of life. In negotiation, your ability to give a little here may give you the leverage to get what you most want. In psychology, the principle is put a little differently: “The person with the most flexibility controls the...

New Research on Exercise & Pregnancy

Doctors used to counsel women against exercising during pregnancy. But while the physicians’ intentions were laudable—safety first!—it turns out there wasn’t much science to back up the medical advice. Every pregnancy is unique, of course, and it’s true that fitness...

How to Squeeze in a Workout When You Have Kids

Raising young kids can be stressful. Sleep schedules are erratic, arrivals and departures are delayed by tantrums and misplaced mittens. Tasks that once seemed simple suddenly require an afternoon to complete—or never happen. But adding a workout to your schedule to...

Should You Eat Before You Work Out?

Working out takes energy. And the source of energy for the human body is, of course, food. So should you eat something before you work out—and if so what, when, and how much? It’s a common question in the fitness world and a source of much debate. We’re not...

Why AQ Believes in HIIT

Almost every part of the term sounds aggressive, right? High Intensity Interval Training. And we’re not gonna sugarcoat it: HIIT isn’t easy. But if you’re short on time (who isn’t?) and want the biggest return on your suffering (who wouldn’t?), HIIT may be the perfect...

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