Monthly Archives: November 2013

5 Pushup Progressions

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The pushup seems to be one of the most common exercises. The military uses them, physical education classes use them, and they are used for training purposes. First and foremost, people need to know how to do a proper pushup to get the benefits from them. Some people, on the other hand, are really good […]

You Do Not Need a Special Diet for Success

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Diet fads, trends, and philosophies can be found anywhere. There are books, blogs, communities, and products designed for each one and then some. It almost seems as though nutrition has become a category almost as unregulated as fitness. The job of licensed dietitians and nutritionists is completely undermined when someone can just go online and […]

Build Strength with Clusters

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Getting stronger is not always easy. For most people, they hit a wall at some point. One weight is getting easier but adding 5 pounds is just not going to happen. If this becomes a chronic issue then some variation is warranted. Using accommodating resistance, changing the exercise slightly, or manipulating intensity are three ways […]

Eating Before a Training Session

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It never ceases to amaze me what people will eat before they train or perform. From the giant Dunkin Donuts coffees in a commercial gym to a kid telling me that they ate four tacos before coming in to do a speed session, it can get really ugly. Chicken fingers, Wendy’s, and bagels are all […]

The Perfect Upper Body Exercise

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When the thought of upper body exercises comes into question, the bench press is often the king. There is nothing like being able to load up the bar and move some weight. The bench press has its flaws though. For starters, the shoulders are in a compromised position and shoulder blades tend to move excessively. […]

I Never Used to Bite Apples

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Growing up, I would always find it difficult to eat an apple (or any other hard fruit) without cutting it. It would always bother my teeth to the point that I could not finish it. This made it very difficult to eat these fruits on the go because carrying a knife was not always a […]

I Don’t Like to Count

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There is a lot of information about nutrition that circulates the internet. A lot of it gets pretty technical and incorporates a lot of factors. Personally, the worst part about proper nutrition involves counting and measuring. I truly have no desire to weigh my portion sizes or level off a quarter cup of almonds. I […]

Fast Food Should Have a Squat Requirement

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In February, the Winter Olympics will be held in Russia. So despite the fact that I will be all jacked up to watch hockey, a push for healthier lifestyles is going to emerge. A subway station in Russia has already started the trend, using squats as a payment system. For those that perform 30 bodyweight […]

Maximize Your Fat Loss Efforts

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Most people that train to lose fat are doing it completely wrong. It is not their fault, though. There is too much bad information that does not allow people to reach their goals. Steady state cardio, machines, and Prancersize are all modes of exercise that are not optimal for fat loss. Machines have an important […]

Why and How to Reach Any Goal You Want

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Goals are not always easy to reach. The key is in your planning. Goal setting is one of the more misunderstood concepts in trying to create healthier lifestyles. Too often, goals are centered on the wrong things. Properly setting a goal is the first step in actually reaching it. You must also develop a good […]