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5 Reasons Some Burn Fat So Well

While a diet, supplement, or fitness coach can promise to turn you into a machine that will burn fat, the process is a little more complicated than you think. However, there are some people out there who have the genetic advantage. Here’s’ why that annoying friend of yours can eat a large pizza and still […]

Gain Muscle With This Set/Rep Scheme

If you want to gain muscle, don’t make things harder than they need to be. The process of packing on mass is simple; but that doesn’t mean it will be easy. In the quest to gain muscle, we often become volume junkies. This means 5 sets of this, and 6 sets of that. People end […]

4 Variations to the 5 x 5 Workout

The  5 x 5 workout has stood the test of time as a training routine that will get you big and strong. But that doesn’t mean that everyone should be doing the same version. Read on to see how you can tailor 5 x 5 training to your individual needs.   Spend a few months […]

6 Ways to Rock Your Vitamin D Supplement

Yes, Vitamin D is important. But to get the benefits, you have to do a bit more than just pop a pill. Here’s how to get the most out of your Vitamin D supplement. In the last twenty years or so, Vitamin D has gotten a lot of attention. Rightfully so, as that little vitamin […]

What Your Calorie Tracker is Not Telling You

Albert Einstein once said “not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” I’m not sure if he was referring to his calorie tracker or not; maybe he ate a pop tart and wanted to skew his intake for the day. Regardless of what he was referring to, the […]

4 Ways to Avoid Burnout With Your Exercise Routine

Getting in shape is all about consistency with your exercise. Here are 4 ways to avoid burnout and stay on top of your game. With over a decade as a personal trainer, I’ve come across a lot of quick fixes. Boot camps, 30 day challenges – you name it. These things all promise overnight success; […]

Awesome Weight Loss Workout

Make no mistake about it: the best weight loss workout is the one that makes you work hard. I’m probably showing my age here, but a while ago there was this little infomercial sensation called 8 minute abs. The concept was simple: workout several times a week and you’ll get chiseled abs in no time. […]

Strength Training for Teenagers

Here’s the 411 on strength training for teenagers. There’s a lot of myths about children working out but they’re just that: fables that somehow penetrated the cultural zeitgeist and made some well-intentioned parents question whether their kid should wait till their 30th birthday before touching a weight. No, lifting weights won’t stunt growth, damage bones, […]

Level Up Your Workouts with the Push Pull Split

The push pull split may be just what you need to get your workout organized and, most importantly, get results from your efforts. It’s been said before: if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. This is never more evident than in the gym; as people devoid of a plan kind of just […]

Client Tip – The Meal Plan

For those wanting to take charge of their health, look no further than the meal plan. Ever hear the saying if you fail to plan then you plan to fail? Whoever coined it must have been talking about designing a meal plan. I get it: the thought of planning out what you’re going to eat […]

Try The Easy Diet for Great Results

Eating to get in shape can be really complicated……or simple. I contend that life is crazy enough so let’s keep things trouble free. For those looking to shed a few pounds and feel better, I give you the ‘easy diet.’ Most personal training clients are looking to clean up their life. They’re not concerned with […]

Client Tip – Gaining Muscle and Changing Your Body

If you want to make a serious change to your body – like looking for that “wow factor” when someone sees you after a hiatus- then we need to talk about gaining muscle. I know, I know – the whole let’s build muscle talk makes some people cringe. But you can build muscle without turning […]