Energy levels gradually decrease as we grow older. As a result, most middle-aged individuals and beyond assume that it’s too late to get into weight lifting. That, however, could not be further from the truth! Not only is it never too late to start lifting weights, but weight training actually becomes more crucial as you age. This is because if done often enough, weight lifting can help reverse or at the very least slow down the loss of muscle mass and bone density that occur
Physical fitness is a goal, a lifestyle, a surefire way to set yourself apart from the legions of people who are too lazy or scared to make the changes necessary to gain physical fitness. If you happen to be one of the people who have yet to truly commit to physical fitness, understanding the perks of physical fitness may help you dig in and go for physical fitness, starting today.
What can you expect from your life as a fit person? Here are nine things you’ll go through wh
Kettlebell training is varied and there are hundreds of different exercises to choose from. As a result, many people who are new to kettlebell training find it intimidating and don’t know where to start. This article will help ease you in to the world of kettlebell training by listing five of the best kettlebell exercises for beginners. 1. Kettlebell Deadlift The Kettlebell Deadlift is similar to the barbell and dumbbell version of the exercise but due to the dynamic nature o
When I work with my clients, one of the key elements that I incorporate into all of our workouts is INTENSITY. In my view, Intensity and Safety is the most critical aspect of any exercise regime and can mean the difference between someone who reaches their goals and someone who doesn't.
Increasing your workout's intensity will stimulate your body to burn more calories and induce a greater cardiovascular response. It will also allow you to have a more time efficient workout.
Protein is an essential macronutrient for building lean muscle and so there’s no disputing the fact that protein shakes are an important tool for fitness gains and fat loss.
Not only does a protein shake meal replacement take only a few minutes to prepare, it keeps you on point with your nutrition while making it easy to avoid unhealthy fast food alternatives for a quick meal. However, blending up the same combination of protein powder, ice and water sure does get boring.
You look in the mirror and wonder to yourself: How did I let myself go this far? Whether you are brand new to fitness, or you’ve simply fallen out of shape recently, here is the quick beginner’s guide to get you back on track quickly. Change your in-front-of-the-mirror thought bubble to: Wow, I’m looking amazing! by reading on and taking the action steps below.
Start with Motivation: Why do you want to get fit again? There must be a reason that you desire to change your bod
Read This For Your Motivation... Don’t skim over this article…because I’m writing just to you today.
I understand the frustrations that you have when it comes to your body. I know all about your insecurities over the size of your thighs, legs, abs and how hopeless that can feel.
And today I’m here to motivate you to take action.
The answer to your body frustrations is to get you up off the couch and into the gym, or workout at home if your busy, starting today and da
If you want to lose weight but are struggling to motivate yourself to stick to a regular workout routine, personal trainers are an excellent option. The fitness instructor provides you with that extra push you need to workout at maximum intensity while providing a communal and social element that keeps you coming back. In addition to this, there are plenty of different training methods available, so you’re bound to be able to find exercises that you enjoy. In this article I’m
The foods that you eat make a huge impact on your fat loss results. But it’s not just about what you are eating, it’s also about how much and how frequently you eat. All of these factors make the topic of how to eat for best results a hot one with my clients! So let’s dive into the most popular eating strategies… A quick online search produces two popular eat-for-fat-loss strategies: Intermittent Fasting versus Six Small Meals. Which strategy works best? And, more importantly
It's time to ditch the dumbbells, kick the kettlebells, and forget about those weight-training machines. OK, maybe not permanently, but at least long enough to add something new to your fitness routine: TRX training techniques. Invented by a former U.S. Navy SEAL, the TRX (short for total-body resistance exercise) turns every exercise into a challenge for the core by using two very accessible resources: gravity and our own bodyweight. All you have to do is anchor the TRX stra
As much as you may want it, you simply can’t turn back the hands of time. This can be frustrating the signs of aging begin to set in. The good news is that by adding a few anti-aging tweaks and habits to your routine it’s quite possible to look younger, healthier and more vibrant than ever before. And, no, you don’t need surgeries, injections or expensive lotions or potions to look years younger than you do today!
Anti-Aging Habit #1: Daily Sunscreen
Studies continue to
You’ve probably heard that working out at 75% to 85% of your maximum heart rate, or doing High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) produces an afterburn effect, which means your body continues to burn extra calories at an elevated rate for 24 hours after the completion of your workout.
Sure that’s sounds amazing, but is it too good to be true?
The Science of Afterburn
There is a scientific term for afterburn: excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPEOC). This refers
Wait! Don’t just skim down to see which exercise I’ve labeled as the best, get the whole story… I’m often approached and asked to pin down a single exercise as the one that will help lose the most fat and tone the quickest. That’s not an easy question to answer.
You see, I’m very aware of the fact that though an exercise may be perfect for Cindy, it may not be the best choice for Bob—hence my hesitation to label any exercise as the universal best.
That being said, some
It happens to all of us at some point.
Your workouts are dialed in, and your body is rapidly becoming leaner and more attractive. Friends and family notice and you feel fantastic.
And then it stops.
You are doing everything exactly the same as before except your body no longer responds.
You, my friend, have hit a plateau. It's a frustrating place to be parked, so read the following 5 steps to get your body back into results mode.
Step #1: Reduce Sugar. A very ef
Weightlifting is the most popular muscle building exercise around. However, although it’s not as widely used, bodyweight training still has its merits when it comes to packing on muscle. This article will compare bodyweight training and weightlifting side by side and show how they both stack up when it comes to muscle gains. 1. Muscle Size To develop muscle size, you need to be lifting an increasing amount of weight during each workout. Since weightlifting uses external equip
Have you ever noticed how two people can do the exact same fitness routine for a period of time and one will have breathtaking results while the other looks the same as when they started? Why is that? It’s frustrating when you are the person going through a fitness routine without seeing dramatic results. Might make you look for a reason outside of yourself to blame, such as genetics. In reality, the thing holding you back is something that you have complete control over: it’
Trying to lose weight is difficult. Between exercising and eating right, there are many things that you have to get used too. This is especially true if you have not been doing any type of exercise on a regular basis. For most, the mention of diet foods is enough to turn them off the idea of eating healthy. There are some really bland healthy meals out there and people are worried that eating this type of food is the reality of leading a healthy lifestyle. But the truth is th
The BOSU Ball is one of the best pieces of fitness equipment on the market for training your core muscles. Whenever you exercise on the BOSU Ball, your body engages your core muscles as it attempts to balance and over time this leads to significant improvements in core strength. While the BOSU Ball always engages your core muscles, some exercises are much more effective at targeting them than others. In this article I will be helping you find those exercises by listing my top
Spring has begun and summer now looms on the horizon…and with it that dreaded moment when you’ll find yourself shopping for a bathing suit. Don’t fret, if you act now there’s still time to tighten up before hitting the beach.
Do these 5 things NOW to quickly get yourself into bathing suit shape…
1. Eat more Veggies: Your mom was right, eating vegetables really is a good idea, especially when preparing to shimmy into a bathing suit. Why? There are a couple of reasons. Firs
Too many people who need to lose some weight find themselves struggling with doing so. With so much advice out there, it can be hard to know what to believe and what to ignore, so people end up flailing around and not making any progress. One important part of weight loss that can help give you great results is nutrition. By focusing on nutrition, you can enhance your weight loss efforts and see real results. You have no doubt heard about the importance of eating a balanced d