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Training Station founder Phil Clark, and friends, write about the gym, fitness and life.

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Philadelphia Marathon Training: Building Confidence

By Phil Clark / September 27, 2017

When I was a high school cross country runner who volunteered at this race, Philadelphia Marathon training was a distant idea, farther away than the distance I would travel to live among the geniuses of running. They were all gathered in Baton Rouge—from Turkey and Algeria, Canada, the Virgin Islands, Jamaica and Puerto Rico, Australia,…

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There Are Smartphone Holders on the Cybex Eagle Machines!

By Phil Clark / August 21, 2017

So, download the Cybex Eagle NX app and bring your phone to the workout. App Features: *Set-up guide to ensure exercisers are using the machine in the right way with good form *Diagram of muscles each machine targets *Videos demonstrating the standard movements for each machine to acquaint all levels of exercisers with the equipment…

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The Training Station on TV!!

By Phil Clark / August 11, 2017

We will be featured on FYI Philly’s “Best of Philly” episode. It airs on WPVI-TV, channel 6, ABC, at 7PM. Check out the commercial for the episode: FYI Philly Facebook Page

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The Real Source of Drugs in Sport

By Phil Clark / August 9, 2017

Coach is the name for God on the lips of athletes in the Olympic sports. We often leave everything behind to go live where our coaches live. We hang onto every word. We crave every glance. A friend of mine was his country’s national record holder in the Pole Vault. He moved halfway around the…

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Being Out of Shape Can Be Great for Your Physique

By Phil Clark / July 7, 2017

The less you exercise, the greater the effect of exercise will be on your body. New exercisers gain the most muscle and loose the most fat. People who have been exercising for years probably don’t see much physical change from year to year. If you’re a new exerciser hoping to look great, you’ll really enjoy…

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Gyms Will Take Anybody, But They Shouldn’t

By Phil Clark / July 1, 2017

A guy who recently joined The Training Station called me a couple of weeks ago. He said, “If you don’t mind me asking, why do you limit the number of members? It sounds like a great idea. But the other gyms don’t do it. How are you able to do it?” There are only so…

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Two Reasons Why Gym Contracts are a Bad Idea.

By Phil Clark / June 27, 2017

First, they have a sordid past. Pennsylvania residents had so many problems with gyms and contracts that the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of PA had to protect them with the Health Club Act. The purpose of the Act is to prohibit “false and misleading advertising and dishonest, deceptive and unscrupulous practices by which the…

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Did You Know? You’re Eating Half of Your Daily Water.

By Phil Clark / June 22, 2017

The Institute of Medicine recommends that almost all men drink 16 cups and that almost all women drink 11 cups of water per day. Don’t be concerned if you don’t drink that many cups of water. You no doubt eat half of that water, if not more. That’s because the foods that you regularly eat…

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The Important Difference Between Walking and Running

By Phil Clark / June 22, 2017

Walkers always have at least one foot on the ground. They are never airborne. Runners are completely airborne between toe-off and foot-strike. That makes running a kind of alternate leg jumping. There is no more difficult exercise than continuous jumping. Think about how difficult it is to skip rope or to do jumping jacks or…

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Gyms Are Not Debt Collectors

By Phil Clark / June 10, 2017

If a gym’s application asks for your social security number, they will give it to a collection agency if you miss a payment. They may even report you to a credit bureau. No gym likes so-called delinquencies, me included. But there’s a lot going on in people’s lives and sometimes things fall trough the cracks.…

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