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Wina Sturgeon: Start plyometrics now to get ready for summer

Have you ever watched elite or professional athletes and wondered how they can move so quickly? The explanation is a type of exercise that makes the muscles much faster and more powerful when it comes to explosive movements. It trains the muscles to change more quickly when it comes from extending to contracting.

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Shoe with lots of cushion may be the right fit for road runners

For several years, most of the running shoes on the market were going minimal. Shoe manufacturers removed material and put the foot as close to the ground as possible. Hoka One One did the opposite. After launching in 2009, they hit the market with an unusual name and even more unusual shoe. It went for the "maximalist" effect, creating almost a cartoonish amount of cushioning when compared to a traditional running shoe.

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Young shooters still flock to clay-target leagues

Despite an east wind that treated flying clay targets like Frisbees, the trapshooting stations were popping recently at the Proctor Gun Club. Three local high school trapshooting teams - Denfeld/Marshall, Duluth East and South Ridge - had turned out for their weekly league shooting session.

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The Nike Free line now going the distance

Nike first introduced the Free concept in 2004, and it was one of the pioneers in the minimalist running movement. The initial idea spawned when a Nike designer watched the Stanford cross-country team doing barefoot sprints in the grass. The first shoes in the line focused on offering protection from the ground, but not much else. Of course, running sprints in the grass isn't the same as running a marathon, and the Nike Free was never really designed for long-distance training. That is until now.

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Six micro-movements that will help burn more calories

Exercising less with the right intensity is key to losing fat, but so, too, is simply moving your body more on a regular basis. Walk. Take the stairs. Do a few pushups here and there. Do 10 bodyweight squats before you eat. Pick up your kids. Run to the mailbox. Do some lunge walks down the hall. Get up out of your chair every 15 minutes and stretch.

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13 things your trainer wants you to stop doing

If you've been sticking to an exercise regimen and aren't seeing results, or simply want to know what your trainer would tell you, politeness thrown to the wayside, you've come to the right place. Below, you'll find 13 things - mistakes, pet peeves - that top trainers want their clients to stop doing.

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Wina Sturgeon: Stretching has plenty of benefits, but not necessarily the ones you thought

There are a lot of bogus myths when it comes to stretching. As an athlete, knowing the truth will definitely pay off for you. One of the biggest myths is that stretching is a warmup. It's not. Stretching, especially with a body that has not yet actually been warmed up, means the tissues are cold and not as elastic as they should be. The fibers of both muscle and white connective tissue will not easily slide past each other.

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At least four people were injured Wednesday in a two car crash at 14th and R streets in Merced. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, police told the SunStar. rparsons@mercedsunstar.com
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