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Many of you have heard me mention one statistic in particular that speaks volumes for strength training. One pound of muscle burns roughly 35-50 calories per day at REST while one pound of fat only burns 2-3 calories. Strength training is the best way to ensure you don’t gain ‘bad’ weight. Today’s article provides a list of five ways to both look and feel stronger. 1. Timing Our bodies build lean body mass through protein, and this occurs at different times throughout the day. The human body is metabolically hardwired to use

We’ve talked countless times how diet has a huge impact on our performance while working out. Even small nutritional mistakes can set us back big time. Therefore, if you train hard and your performance appears to fall short on more than one occasion, the culprit might be what you are (or are not) eating. Here are five of the most common dietary mistakes and how to avoid them. 1.  Not Drinking Enough Water Dehydration can cause many performance-related issues, such as premature fatigue and muscle cramps to poor focus and impaired strength

Rapid fat loss has been a debatable topic for some time. At the most basic level, weight loss is all about expending more calories than you take in. Science folks will tell you that losing weight too fast is dangerous and bad for your health. Meanwhile the media constantly tells us we can lose as much as we want. Like many things in life, moderation is the key and the answer probably lies somewhere in the middle. 1. Intensity Over Duration Regarding exercise, it is always smarter to choose shorter duration/higher intensity

Losing weight can be a real challenge as we age. Logic tells us that more exercise and less overall calories eaten is the best strategy to drop the pounds. Then why do so many people see no change in the number on the scale, and in some cases even see that number go up?! Bottom line: undereating will slow down your metabolism, especially if you exercise on a regular basis. The body needs calories to walk, eat, sleep, think, breathe, pump blood, etc. Please don’t leave exercise and especially strength

A person’s body type (also known as their somatotype) serves as a way to classify his/her physical make-up and/or certain physiological characteristics. There are three general categories we all fall into: I types (ectomorphs), V types (mesomorphs), and O types (endomorphs). Today’s article will give a brief description of each to help further educate you on which category or categories you fall under. Ectomorphs tend to be thin, with smaller bone structure and thinner limbs. The first person that comes to mind to represent this body type is an endurance athlete

Nutrition is a huge subject to say the least. 80% of the fat loss battle comes down to nutrition, and with so much misinformation out there, it’s no wonder people are confused about what to eat. Today we are going to keep it simple and talk about breakfast. Despite varying beliefs on what constitutes a well-balanced breakfast, the question of 'why' should be at the top of everyone's list. So where does the term 'breakfast' come from anyway? While we sleep, the body endures a long period of time (hopefully 7-9

First off, we are talking about the importance of long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids. In scientific terms, this includes docosahexaenoic acids (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).  The body needs these acids for normal metabolic functioning but cannot produce them on its own.   Therefore, they need to come from a food source, namely in the form of fish. The American Heart Association has stated that eating fish twice per week should provide our bodies with the ‘good’ fats which it needs. The recommended fish are tuna, sardines, salmon, mackerel and herring. However, many

Reading food labels properly is the first step toward including quality food products in your diet.  It's easy to overlook all the nutrition facts as a whole when buying foods.  We tend to focus on that 'one' number representing carbohydrates, fats and protein, but there's much more to it than this. First off, let's get a few basic facts straight.  How many calories per gram of each macro-nutrient?  Fats contain 9 calories per gram, carbohydrates 4, and fats 4 calories.  Just think of the old Porsche 944 to remember your breakdown.