Trail Blazers Preview

Trail Blazers Preview

Team Fit & Able is a three-season team. Track & Field in the Spring. Triathlon in the Summer. And running in the Fall. It may be hard to believe but Summer is speeding to a close and it's time to start thinking about your Fall training.  The Trail Blazers team is great for everyone! Training will focus on running mechanics, endurance, agility, core, and speed. Both novice and experienced athletes will feel at home in this group training program. Athletes focusing on other sports will … [Read more...]

Welcome to the new FitandAble.net!

Welcome to the new FitandAble.net!

Hey everybody! You know, we really liked our website. It was super colorful and fun looking and helped us tell you all about all our fun, family, fitness activities. But lately we noticed that we outgrew it. Our menus were getting too complicated due to all of our races, teams, and other events. Our homepage wasn't helping people find the information they were looking for. AND, maybe most importantly, it wasn't very friendly to those people looking at it on mobile devices. We new we had to … [Read more...]

Health Expo 2015 Preview

Health Expo 2015 Preview

Fit & Able's annual Health Expo is almost here! Did you come out last year? Did you get an awesome balloon animal, get karate lessons, play tennis indoors, watch the dancers, and learn all about health and fitness opportunities in Cary?!? We had so many great exhibitors last year that there were over 1,500 visitors to the expo... we lost count. But they all had a blast engaging with our exhibitors. If there's any change in this year's health expo be that there'll be even more fun! If … [Read more...]

Exercise Alone Isn’t Enough

Exercise Alone Isn’t Enough

Regular exercise is a vital part to living a healthy lifestyle. For most of us we exercise because we like the way it makes us feel. Others do it for the health benefits. And some do it because they know it’s necessary to keep their weight under control (even if they don’t like it). However, there's more to healthy living than just regular exercise. If you get your 30-60 minute workout in every day (or almost every day, because we know life sometimes gets in the way), but ignore the other … [Read more...]

Plunge Pedal Plod Preview

Plunge Pedal Plod Preview

Plunge Pedal Plod is only a month away! The Plunge Pedal Plod triathlon is coming back on August 16th and we want to see you there!  In 1998, Coach Alisa staged the first Plunge Pedal Plod triathlon at the Cary Family YMCA and Bond Park. At the time it was just for kids. But it soon opened to adults and grew to be one of the biggest races in the early years of triathlon in the Triangle.  The goal of the race, and the mission behind Fit & Able's foundation, was to fight childhood obesity and … [Read more...]

Fueling Young Athletes’ Success

Fueling Young Athletes’ Success

In my latest articles, we learned how young bodies adapt differently to exercise than adults and now know that weight training is actually beneficial, rather than harmful. However, all these adaptations that help make the body fitter and stronger wouldn't be possible without the right nutrition. Possibly one of the most overlooked aspects of athletic training, proper nutrition is essential to athletic performance. The young bodies of children and adolescents are again unique when compared to … [Read more...]

Youth Weight Training: Myth Busted

Youth Weight Training: Myth Busted

There are many ways to exercise your body. You've got your cardio, your stretching, your core work, and your strength training. Everyone has their favorite but are they right for everyone? One persistent belief has been that weight training is harmful for youth athletes. Well, I'm here to tell you that's just wrong! Let's bust this myth together so your young athletes can be the best, strongest athletes they can be. Youth Weight Training: The Beginning of a Myth The idea of weight training … [Read more...]

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: Runner’s Knee

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: Runner’s Knee

Are you a runner? Have you ever experienced knee pain? That pain has a name and it's Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). PFPS is the most common knee injury seen in runners, so it has been appropriately nicknamed “runners knee”. This condition affects females much more frequently than males, and accounts for about 20% of all reported knee pain. Here's what you need to know to save yourself from PFPS. What is Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome? Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a condition that … [Read more...]

The Young Athlete: What You Need to Know

The Young Athlete: What You Need to Know

Youth sport has come a long way over the years. A 2004 report found that over 50% of children have their first sports experience by age 8 or 9 and participation rates keep rising as kids get older. Participating in sports helps youth learn life lessons and fosters growth on social, emotional, and physiological levels. As a parent or coach, you must understand how young athletes' bodies develop to help guide them safely and reduce the risk of injury or burnout. In this article you will learn the … [Read more...]

Stretching: Protect Your Body, Boost Your Performance

Stretching: Protect Your Body, Boost Your Performance

Do you know when you need to utilize a dynamic warmup routine and when to do static stretching? Many people don't and there are still many coaches that don't either! Each type of stretching has its place in any exercise session and you need to know the difference. Knowing the difference will not only keep your body prepared for activity but also prevent injury. Here we go! Dynamic Warm Up Physical therapists and personal trainers use dynamic warm ups to help their patients or clients prepare … [Read more...]