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    How Much Protein

    How much protein do you need to gain lean muscle? The answer to this seemingly straightforward question is complicated to say the least. Think of asking 10 people what their favorite color is. You will probably get 10 different answers. To sustain life you need about 36 grams of protein[…]

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    Muscle Types 101

    Exercise makes all of your muscles bigger, right?  The simple answer is no, but why? There are three muscle types that comprise our bodies. Skeletal or striated muscle is attached to bones and has many nuclei with each fiber. This type of muscle comprises about 40% of an adult’s body weight.[…]

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    Weekend Warriors

    Weekend Warriors – Fitness starts in your mind.  Ask any athlete or fit person what the number one secret is to his success at fitness, and he will tell you it is commitment. Commitment to fitness means that you are in it for the long haul.  Fitness commitment rises above bad[…]

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    Always Buy Organic Foods

    If you want the best, healthiest foods you should always buy organic foods, right? Let’s start by defining organic. The United States Department of Agriculture defines a product to be organic if it is grown, or if the animal is fed, according to certain standards.  Listing and describing the standards[…]

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    Exercise and Heat

    Baby, it’s hot out there!  If you have been working out over the past winter and spring months, you may be surprised at the new challenges that summertime fitness throws at you. You are probably discovering that your body reacts to the combination of exercise and heat and humidity differently[…]

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    Stalled Weight Loss

    It’s almost Independence Day!  We’re surrounded by all kinds of reminders about the priceless freedom that we enjoy in our country.  Flags, fireworks, and cookouts with family and friends all symbolize the bravery and determination of our ancestors as they fought to secure our freedom and help our country to[…]

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    Find Your Motivation

    Motivation is different for everyone – for some it is internal, for others it is external. Once you find your motivation, you are on the path to success. Mike Fohner, cross country running coach, tells this story about one of his students: Last year, one of my young cross-country runners[…]

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    Blood Sugar Level

    With summer comes an abundance of fresh fruity cocktails and lots of ice cream. Unfortunately, these are the foods that can spell danger for your blood sugar level.  The few minutes of pleasure that you derive from those cold, sugary treats can pave the way for decades of chronic illness.[…]

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    Hormone Imbalance

    Do you know what your pituitary gland, thyroid, thymus, adrenal glands and pancreas have in common?  They are all endocrine glands, and their jobs are to make hormones, and all can contribute to hormone imbalance. Hormones are chemicals that deliver messages throughout your entire body via the bloodstream.  These messages[…]

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    Don’t Judge My Food

    Don’t Judge My Food, I’m Not Judging Yours. Real talk. Since becoming a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach, I’ve found that many friends and acquaintances, and even people I’ve just met, feel compelled to explain their food choices to me. I even suspect that some social invitations I used[…]

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    Mother’s Day

    This is for you, Moms.  In fact, whether you are a mom or not, this is for all the women out there who feel trapped in a cycle of, “One day, I am going to eat healthy, lose weight, and really take care of myself.” Make this is your Mother’s[…]

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    Healthy Lifestyle Changes

    Other than New Year’s, there is probably no other time during the year that motivates us to make a fresh start like springtime does.  When the warm breezes start blowing, we want to open the windows and revitalize our homes and our spirits. This is the time to make healthy[…]

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    Sleep Deprivation

    How often do you hear someone say, “I had a great night’s sleep last night!” or “I feel refreshed and energetic!”?  Probably not very often.  Sleep deprivation seems to be the new normal.  In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, it is the new normal:  most Americans are sleep-deprived. […]

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    Creatine Select – A Powerhouse

    Creatine Select – a powerhouse supplement that should be in nearly everyone’s kitchen cabinet. It is the one supplement that has been proven to be almost magical as it helps: to boost performance improve body composition increase strength levels in both trained athletes and bodybuilding novices help build muscle and strength[…]

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    Food for Fuel

    From weekend warriors to Ironman finishers, performance is directly tied to diet.  If you want to train at the peak of your ability and recover quickly, you must look to food for fuel. Be intentional about what you eat, taking care to feed your body what it needs.  Trying to[…]

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    Relaxation and Fat Loss

    Want to get healthy and lose weight?  Then relax.  It’s true.  Relaxation and fat loss are connected. The Role of Cortisol One of the most important reasons that relaxation is good for you is because it prevents the release of excess cortisol.  Cortisol is a hormone that your body releases[…]

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    DOMS

    If you exercise, you most probably have experienced it. DOMS is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.  It usually occurs 24 – 48 hours after you begin a new exercise program, change your exercise routine, or dramatically increase the duration or intensity of your exercise routine.  Most times, DOMS begins to lessen[…]

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    Get Fit For Spring

    Have you ever told yourself that you are going to lose weight and get fit for spring, only to be frustrated when warm weather rolls around? It’s easy to hide behind heavy winter clothes, but when the mercury starts climbing, the clothes get lighter and we can’t hide any more. […]

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    Power Nap

    It’s 3 in the afternoon and you can barely keep your eyes open.  Your mind feels foggy, and all you want to do is curl up under your desk for 20 minutes and take a nap. But cutting-edge, productive people wouldn’t take a power nap, would they? Actually, they do.[…]

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    Mindless Eating

    Chances are you’ve been pulling out some of your spring clothing—those favorite pieces from last year.  But if you are like many people, they don’t feel quite as comfortable as they did at the end of summer.  The zipper is a little harder to zip, and the fit is a[…]

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    Best Protein Powder

    Protein powders can be part of a healthy diet, but how do you know which is the best protein powder? You don’t want to waste your money, and you want to buy the protein that is going to help you reach your goals. If you aren’t working with a trainer[…]

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    Top Benefits of Group Training

    It’s time to stop planning and start empowering yourself.  The time to move is now, and a group personal training session or fitness class is the perfect way to get started. There are many advantages, but here are the top benefits of group training. Exercising by yourself can be tough. […]

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    Liver Detoxification

    Liver detoxification isn’t simply staying away from alcohol for a period of time. If you are like most people, you don’t often think about your liver but if you are interested in living as healthy as possible, attending to your liver can have big payoffs. Named after the Old English[…]

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    Warming Up Before Exercise

    You might be tempted to skip the warm up when you work out.  After all, you only have so much time to exercise – “Let’s just get on with it already!  I’m in a hurry!” But warming up before exercise is a critical component of your fitness routine, and skipping[…]

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    Rev Up Your High Intensity Interval Training

    Achieving and maintaining the body you want is hard. It takes commitment, dedication, and focus to keep your end goal in mind. Being the best you can be means that you should use all of the tools available to you – a smartly designed program, a custom nutrition plan, and[…]

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    Out Exercise a Bad Diet

    Ever heard someone give themselves permission to indulge their sweet tooth just because they just had a great workout?  It’s a common excuse. Many people believe that because they exercise, they’re in the black when looking at their calorie input vs. calorie output.  However you can not out exercise a[…]

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    Effects of Stress

    We all hear how bad stress is for us, and that we have to control it. But what does this really mean? What are the effects of stress on us? How Does Your Body React to Stress? When you experience stress, your body releases a hormone called cortisol.  In small[…]

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    HIIT – Fad or Real?

    High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT – fad or real? HIIT is a workout that includes various intervals structured in a way to ensure you get maximum benefits from your workout in a short amount of time. Not for the inexperienced, HIIT: Builds endurance Boosts metabolism Builds muscle while losing[…]

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    Winter Weight Gain

    Did you know that research shows the average winter weight gain to be five to seven pounds? Some people gain this extra weight because they have Seasonal Affective Disorder—a type of winter depression.  But most of us can’t blame winter depression for our tendency to pick up extra weight during[…]

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    Food Allergies

    More and more we are hearing about food allergies and food sensitivities.  It is important to understand the difference between the two and their associated health issues. The Differences On the surface, food sensitivities and food allergies may seem to be the same, and while they can even cause some[…]

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    Holiday Survival Guide

    During the holiday season it seems everywhere we turn there are tempting foods and drinks—from treats at office parties to our own traditional family favorites.  When you add in a busy schedule filled with shopping and get-togethers, you could have a recipe for disaster as far as your scale is[…]

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    Alcohol and Fitness

    How bad is alcohol for me? How many beers can I have if I only drink on the weekends? What if it’s light-colored beer? Wine is better than beer, right? But vodka is clear – isn’t that better for you? If I had a dollar for each time I’m asked[…]

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    Seasonal Affective Disorder

    It’s that time of year again—a time of cool breezes, colored leaves and holiday preparation.  Fall and winter are exciting times…  Unless you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. If you struggle with winter depression, this time of year is not filled with joy and anticipation.  Instead, you probably feel like[…]

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    Rest and Recovery For Optimum Health

    Vacation season is about to go into full swing.  Whether you are traveling to the mountains or the beach, it’s the time of year when many of us start planning for a much needed break from the daily grind. When you think of getting fit, resting is probably not the[…]

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    Gluten and Carbs

    Are you going gluten free?  If so, you aren’t alone.  Many Americans are reducing the gluten in their diets.  Some are doing this because they have a confirmed diagnosis of Celiac disease, some are gluten sensitive, and others are finding that reducing gluten aids them in weight loss. What is[…]

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    Alzheimer’s – Feared Worse Than Death

    Surveys have shown that there is something that Americans fear more than death.  It is Alzheimer’s disease.  For most of us, losing our personhood–those characteristics which make us who we are–is a fate worse than death. What is Alzheimer’s? Named after Alois Alzheimer, who discovered the condition in 1906, Alzheimer’s[…]

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    Do It Anyway

    Look at the calendar. It’s the end of September. Stores are already tempting you with Halloween candy, and very soon it will be the season filled with company parties, happy hours, and family gatherings – all of which you are expected to or at least feel compelled to attend. How[…]

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    Should You Use a Personal Trainer?

    There’s a reason why celebrities and other highly successful people have coaches and trainers:  IT WORKS.  And this is why so many people have chosen to use a personal trainer to help them move from mediocre to excellence in their pursuit of health, fitness and weight loss. The Reality More[…]

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    Potent Protein Powder

    Not all protein powder is created equal, and not all proteins are created equal. A human body needs amino acids to break down food, grow, repair body tissue, and perform many other body functions.  Some amino acids are considered essential and must be obtained from food because your body can[…]

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    Getting A Woman to Bulk Up

    Unless a woman is taking steroids or performance enhancing drugs, she WILL NOT bulk up.  I repeat, she will not bulk up. She won’t look like Arnold Schwarzenegger.  She won’t grow facial hair.  She won’t grow hair on her chest.  Her voice won’t get lower.  None of this will happen.[…]

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    Your Easy Supplement Guide

    Proper nutrition is key to achieving the physique that you want. When appropriate supplementation is added to your diet, you can often improve your performance, results, and overall well-being. This easy supplement guide has been designed to help you do just that.   The Essentials for active women and men[…]

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    Everything In Moderation

    I think “everything in moderation” is a horrible idea. Well, maybe not horrible, but certainly not close to ideal if you really want the body you’ve always dreamed of. This article, Why “Everything In Moderation” Doesn’t Work, by Jonathon Ross is spot on, and I want to share it with[…]

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    Turning Fat into Muscle

    I’m often asked how long it will take for a client to turn fat into muscle. That would be like a candy bar turning into a piece of chicken. Muscle and fat are completely different types of tissue and can’t magically be transformed from one to another. You can build[…]

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    Are You New to Group Fitness?

    Starting an exercise program can be daunting. To help alleviate some apprehension you or your friends might be feeling, I’m sharing part of an article that the American Council on Exercise recently published about group fitness and how you can make the most of it.  Feel free to forward this[…]

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    Travel and Diet

    Traveling for work or pleasure doesn’t mean you have to lose ground on the progress you’ve made with your diet.  An easy travel and diet meal is protein powder and almonds or oatmeal. The almonds and oatmeal can be measured out and placed in baggies. Along with them, it’s easy[…]

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    4 Ways to Maximize Your Gym Time

    Follow these steps to maximize your gym time. 1. Your Workout Program. Design your workouts so they are effective and efficient.  Unless you are training for a bodybuilding competition or an endurance event, there is no reason to spend 2 or more hours in a gym every day.  If you[…]

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    Intermittent Fasting

    I’m often asked if I am a fan of Intermittent Fasting or IF. Well….while I think it could help some people, the vast majority of people would find it difficult to follow consistently. There are too many variables that may be out of your control, such as work schedules, family[…]

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    Daily Fiber Intake

    Most of us hear our doctors talk about daily fiber intake but many of us don’t really know what it is, or what foods have it. Fiber is a carbohydrate that is derived from a plant food and cannot be digested.  There are two types – soluble which partially dissolves[…]

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    How Important Is Sleep?

    How Important Is Sleep? More than you would think. Those who say they’ll “sleep when they’re dead” may be doing that before the rest of us. Studies have shown that sleep affects our physical and mental health, and also our immune system.   When we fail to consistently get enough sleep,[…]

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    Raise Your Metabolism

    One way to help lose weight is to raise your metabolism. We hear this a lot but what does it really mean? Let’s start at the beginning. Did you know that metabolism was originally called “insensible perspiration”? In the 1600s, Santorio Santorio performed controlled experiments by weighing himself in a[…]

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    Should You Get A Flu Shot?

    Pharmacies, health clinics, and doctor’s offices offer them, but should you get a flu shot? Flu shots are the most effective way to prevent influenza and its complications.  It is recommended for everyone to get one, and especially the elderly, the young, and pregnant women. Is there anyone who shouldn’t[…]

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    What Should You Wear to the Gym?

    A topic such as this may seem like a no-brainer.  But based on my experience, more people than I care to mention have apparently forgotten the personal appearance and general dress codes that are innate to most of us. With this in mind, what should you wear to the gym? […]

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    What Are The Benefits of Boot Camp?

    Boot camp is more effective in weight loss than standard cardio because of its structured intervals.  One of the main benefits of boot camp is that you get a lot of results in a short amount of time, and for most people, it’s much more fun than running endlessly on[…]

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    Best Time to Exercise

    If you exercise, you want to get the maximum benefit, right? In that case, when is the best time to exercise for maximum benefit? 5 a.m.? Noon? 8 p.m.? While there have been many studies measuring a person’s endurance and strength at different times throughout the day, in reality for[…]

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    5 Ways to Use Protein Powder

    Protein powder can be an integral part of a healthy diet. Try to incorporate these 5 ways to use protein powder throughout every week. Keep in mind the type and brand of protein powder you take is important to helping you reach your goals and enjoying the taste. Do not go[…]

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    5 Mistakes in Dieting

    The word “diet” should be removed from the dictionary. I don’t believe any diet is a good idea. I think leading a healthy lifestyle is a more sustainable solution, and more realistic to help you reach your goals and maintain your successful fat loss. Here are 5 mistakes in dieting.[…]

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    Holiday Eating and Binging

    With the holidays approaching, unless you want to look like a stuffed turkey when the new year comes, you need to stay away from the holiday eating and binging cycle. Instead, create a plan on how to navigate the family dinners, work parties, and office “food days”.  Here are some[…]

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    The Truth About The Biggest Loser

    If you haven’t heard, there is a reality show called The Biggest Loser. I say this in jest. Of course you’ve heard about it, as have thousands of others. According to online research, apparently the 2010 season had its largest audience with 1,580,000 viewers. Knowing this, and the fact that this show is[…]

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    What is Your Push Up Strength?

    Do you want to know your push up strength? The numbers come from a study where the participants performed push ups in proper position – with their hands under their shoulders and elbows fully extended, AND…. with a two count on the way down and a two count on the[…]

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