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Let’s Keep Our Knees Healthy

While the most common fitness issue is that of weight loss, dealing with joint pain is probably a close second. And no joint on the body gets discussed more than the knee. Shockingly, there’s a lot of misconceptions about what makes a strong knee. Let’s clear those issues up and see if we can’t help […]

Confused In The Gym? Use This Workout Plan

As a personal trainer, I hear the same two things almost everyday. One of them is “I just don’t know what to do in the gym.” The other is “I’m doing everything and nothing is happening.” Well, it’s the holiday season and I’m in a giving mood. What I’m about to tell you will answer […]

You’re Probably Not Training Hard Enough

There’s a ton of information out there in regards to working out. But for all that talk about weight loss, muscle gain, and getting stronger, very few people have the results to back it up. It seems like that little detail tends to get lost in all the noise. Let’s talk about one thing that […]

Get Strong with Wave Loading

Getting stronger requires a finer approach than just dumping more weight on the bar. If your strength training gains have stalled out, it may be time to give wave loading a try. When you first start strength training, life is good. Being a newbie means that pretty much anything will work, and it isn’t uncommon […]

Muscle Building Tip: GOMAD

If you’re serious about packing on muscle mass, you’ll have to spend some time in the kitchen. Actually, a lot of time in the kitchen, namely shoving food in your mouth. But it’s not always easy to chowdown when you already feel like you’ve stretched your stomach to the max. Yes – you have to […]

My Fitness Training – Then and Now

A good personal trainer should look the part. Sure – it’s unfair to ask every coach to look like a Greek God, but looking like you’ve been in a gym before shows client that you walk the walk. So they’ll listen when you talk the talk. Or so we think. Sometimes being in good shape […]

The UEFP Workout Blueprint

To me, a good personal trainer is someone who can not only help get people in shape but educate them as well. Getting in shape is easy – it’s staying in shape that’s the tough part. As they say, teach a person to fish and they’ll eat for life. Well, I’m about to teach you […]

Is a Lack of Sleep Making You Gain Weight?

  If you’re serious about getting in shape, you better have a bedtime. A lack of sleep could be the most overlooked factor in terms of keeping the weight off. As a personal trainer, I’m often asked about the secret to losing weight (and keeping it off). My answer is always the same: “Eat 1-2 […]

Three Cool Ways to Build Muscle….and Torture Yourself

Building muscle should be an exhilarating process. If you’re not just a little intimidated by your training routine, it may be time to implement some of these unique ways to add some mass…..and to just plain scare you in preparation for your next workout. Just to be clear, there are a ton of ways to […]

Research Review: Fat Burning

The term fat burning get’s thrown around a lot – but it’s actually a concept that’s grounded in sports medicine. Tap into your body’s ability to burn fat, you can get in great shape. Not all calories are created equal. You have three main sources of energy: fat, carbohydrate, and protein. So when you’re burning […]

How Liz Lost Her Baby Weight

Losing baby weight is actually a simple process – if you’re patient and know what you’re doing. It won’t happen overnight – but if you’re willing to work hard – you can not only lose that baby weight but actually keep it off as your kiddos grow. This is my awesome wife Liz. At the […]

5 Simple Life Hacks to Prevent Weight Gain

Weight gain is serious business. It’s estimated that the obesity rate has risen three percent since 2008 – and it wasn’t exactly a small number back then. But weight gain doesn’t have to happen. The things that you need to do in order to prevent it also don’t have to overtake your life. There’s this […]

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