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It There A Way To Enhance Your Growth?

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Volley Ball Getting Taller Question

If you've ever wondered if there was a way for you to get taller and enhance your growth, then you are not alone!

This curious FitPerez reader asked our Jen Cohen for some advice on that very subject!

The Question:

So… I'm going to join the volleyball team soon. And I'm 5'9,which is short in volleyball terms!

I was wondering if there was anything that I can do to inhance my growth.

Here's Jen's response:

If I had an exercise to make you grow taller, I'd have thousands of guys beating down my door for the secret - it doesn't exist. The good news is for volleyball, 5'9” meets the height requirements to be a libero & a setter on the college level, so you're not out of the game. The best thing you can do for your volleyball career is to work on your technique and performance- make up for your height in speed or strength. In the end, performance matters over everything else. For example, take NBA player Spud Webb. At 5'6” he was the shortest person to ever be in, and then WIN, the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, in a career that lasted 13 years. He won out over players that were a foot and a half taller than him!

That's a great point, and absolutely true, Jen!

Yeah, it's a bummer that there isn't much that will help us get taller, but the fact of the matter is that performance is usually the best way to get ahead in a sport rather than just size!

Good luck on the team!

If you've got a question for Jennifer, tweet her @JenCohenNGR and keep checking FitPerez.com for more fitness advice from El Lay's leading trainers!

Thanks, Jen!

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How To Beat Cravings

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Despite your level of fitness, EVERYONE gets cravings for food we know we shouldn't be eating.

FitPerez reader Elisha knows this feeling all too well and wrote to celebrity trainer Jennifer Cohen for advice on stopping it, asking:

Hiya Jen!

I'm very active, I play on a club soccer team and am constantly working out and excercising on my own. I have problems with cravings, and I know that if I didn't eat when I get cravings, that I would feel better about myself. I feel like I have a few pounds which are holding me back, and I don't find excercising as a problem. Any tips on how to stop cravings?

According to Jennifer:

Next time you have a craving, look at the clock. Studies show that a craving will go away in 20 minutes. To pass the time, drink herbal tea - it satiates the cravings, takes awhile to drink while hot, and fills you up as much as a glass of water. Chewing sugar free mint gum can help as well, but NOT bubble gum - the sugar can actually trigger cravings for sweets. Brushing your teeth helps curb nighttime snack cravings. You're much less likely to eat something (and have it taste good) right after you've brushed your teeth

If you've got a question for Jennifer, tweet her @JenCohenNGR and keep checking FitPerez.com for more fitness advice from El Lay's leading trainers!

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Should You Still Exercise If Your Body Is Sore From The Last Time??

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Jenn Cohen Fatigue

Here's our latest Q&A with Jen Cohen… and it's something we've always wondered about too, but just kept forgetting to ask someone who'd know!!

A reader asks:

Some days after I have done a hard work out my body is really sore.

Should I still exercise even if my body is sore?

According to Jen:

Depends on what type of sore. It's normal to feel sore or stiff after a hard workout, especially when you're starting something new - if you're having physical pains, then it's time to see a doctor. For regular soreness, here are 4 things you can do to prevent soreness and help work through the discomfort you have now:
1. Dynamic stretching at the beginning and end of your workouts; dynamic stretching is controlled stretching while moving. A good move is high-stepping, bringing your legs up high as you go.
2. Change the muscle groups you work from day to day. If your legs and abs are sore from yesterday's work-out, focus on arms, chest and back today.
3. Stay hydrated - your body won't function efficiently if you don't water it!
4. Work away soreness with low intensity exercise, like walking or like cycling. These activities get the blood flowing and reduce the build-up of lactic acid built up from working out, which will help soreness.

We figured this was the case, but it's definitely good to know!

Keep up the good work, Perezcious Reader! We're glad to hear you're keeping in shape! And thanks, Jen!

If you have any questions for Jen, email them over at tips@fitperez.com or tweet @JenCohenNGR!

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Getting Rid Of Unwanted Underarm Flab

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No matter how physically fit a person is, we can promise you that EVERYONE has a problem area. FitPerez reader Julie is no different!

Despite having lost a bunch of weight since she began working out last year, she still has annoying flab under her arms. She came to the right place for help and wrote celebrity trainer Jennifer Cohen, author of No Gym Required, asking:

Hi Jennifer,

I started working out last year and have lost a ton of weight, but still have flabby underarms! What can I do to get rid of it?

According to Jennifer:

For underarms, your best approach is some specialized chest exercises and reduce overall body fat with cardio. You can't spot reduce (take away fat in just one area), so the combination of moves will help with "pocket fat." Try this 4 minute workout of low-jacks and dynamo pushups - the low-jacks will burn a ton of calories, and the dynamo pushups will work the inner arms.

Check out the video tutorial here for a demonstration.

Chest flies will also help underarms. If you don't have a set of weights, start out with water bottles or soup cans. Lie on your back, holding weights above your chest. Straighten your arms, and slowly lower the weights outward. Stop when your arms are parallel to the ground and go back to the start position. When you can do 12 reps comfortably, use something heavier — full bottles of laundry detergent work well.

Thanks for writing, let me know how it goes!

If you've got a question for Jennifer, tweet her @JenCohenNGR and keep checking FitPerez.com for more fitness advice from El Lay's leading trainers!

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Getting In Shape For College

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With college right around the corner, a new class of freshmen students will be entering into unfamiliar territory with all too familiar insecurities.

Let's face it. Doing well in school doesn't just mean getting good grades anymore, it means having a good social life too! For some, getting physically fit is a way to fit in with their peers.

FitPerez reader and college freshman, Dana, wrote to celebrity personal trainer Jennifer Cohen for advice with these insecurities in mind and asked:

Hi Jennifer,

I'm going to college for the first time next week and I'm worried I'm not going to be as hot as all the other girls, AND I'm worried about classes. I want to do well, be happy AND like the way I look - What can I do??

According to Jennifer:

Those other girls are thinking the EXACT same thing you are! Everyone has insecurities, and the best thing we can do for ourselves is to recognize them and not let them get us down.

You can actually retrain your brain and change your bad habits into good ones! Check out my new blog post for ways to feel better about yourself and start out right at college. Read: Start College with a High GPA (Good Personal Attitude)

Good luck Freshman! Tweet me @JenCohenNGR, let me know what your biggest challenges are at school or home, I'll answer!

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