If you are anything like I used to be, the answer to this question is "probably not". Whether you are following a workout program you purchased, found online, one you made up, or one that a trainer has you on, you most likely have a number of sets in mind for each lift that you… Continue reading Are you getting the most out of your sets?
Often I get asked "What exercise do you recommend for toning this flab on my arms" Or I hear "I need to do some crunches so I can get a six pack." Unfortunately for all of us, it isn't that easy. In order to reduce body fat you must be in a caloric deficit. This… Continue reading Spot reducing fat
If you have been following my blog over the past few months, you know a little about my background. I have trained so many different ways over the past 7 years. My goal has always been to build muscle. Yes, I of course wanted to lose some baby weight too, but the ultimate goal was… Continue reading Progressive overload: the best way to build skeletal muscle naturally
Is one of your biggest reasons for not starting an exercise regimen the fear of going to an unfamiliar gym? If so, you are not alone. I believe this is a fear of most new gym goers whether they will admit it or not. My first time ever attending a gym I felt the same… Continue reading Getting past the fear of joining a gym
You know you should probably be doing some type of cardio. It is a good additive to any workout plan to burn some extra calories. It is also extremely good for your heart. After all, the must important muscle in the body is our heart and we definitely want to keep it strong. So the… Continue reading What type of cardio should you be doing?
Ok so this isn't going to be a long post but I wanted to share. Some people naturally enjoy their cardio sessions. There is nothing wrong with that! But for some of us 30-45 minutes of a treadmill, elliptical, or stair climber is pure torture. Now I have always been one to enjoy listening to… Continue reading How to distract yourself during a long cardio session
Self myofascial release aka foam rolling. These babies are a life safer in my household. Any time my fiancé and I have a tight or sore muscle we use these to "roll out" the muscle. I am prone to trigger points in my back muscles which are basically sore, irritated spots in the skeletal muscle.… Continue reading Foam rolling
I get asked about how i train abs a lot. So I decided I will share my own personal experience with my own abs. I feel that there is an overload of emphasis placed on training abs in that most people believe it will make their stomach thinner and reduce the fat that sticks there.… Continue reading Abs, abs, abs
With today's technology there are several different options available to keep track of your heart rate during workouts. Is it really necessary? No, but they can be very useful especially for cardio. It's important to know the intensity level you are working at and the calories you are burning. 20 minutes on an elliptical can… Continue reading Heart rate monitors
I know this sounds a little crazy but many of you reading this know what I'm talking about. Every workout protocol (should) call for a "rest day" or two. For those of us that are avid fit people this can be a tough sell. I personally think this is because for a lot of people… Continue reading Coping with rest days