March 27th, 2018

How Often Should You Train Your Abs?

If you search online or watch people in the gym, you’ll hear all kinds of different opinions and see all kinds of different practices with regards to ab training, mainly because so many people believe the abs are somehow different than other muscles. Some people believe the abs should be trained just like any other body part. But many believe the abs can handle more frequent training, such as every other day. And you’ll always bump into people in the fitness industry who recommend training the abs almost every day.

February 15th, 2018

How Tracking Your Workout Calories Burned Can Sabotage Your Fat Loss

Tracking the calories you burn from your workouts could sabotage your fat loss? What? Aren’t you supposed to do that? Isn’t it a good idea to use fitness trackers to monitor your calorie burn? Don’t you want to know how many calories your 45 minutes on the treadmill burned off? Well, maybe… and fitness trackers can be helpful in many other ways, but if you try to use information about exercise calories burned to make adjustments to the amount of calories you eat, you are in grave danger of committing a massive fat loss mistake…

February 1st, 2018

Could This “Calorie Shifting” Tactic Increase Your Fat Loss?

Planning to eat the same number of calories every day – in a deficit – is the simplest and most common approach for setting up a fat loss program. But did you ever consider that you could intentionally consume different amounts of calories on different days,  shift the way that you monitor calories, and that might make it easier to follow your diet and make you a happier eater? It’s true. Read on and find out why…

January 19th, 2018

Why You Have A Bad Days In The Gym And What To Do About It

So, you’re aiming to achieve progressive overload, especially trying to increase how much weight you lift, but instead you go backwards! Your weights drop, your reps drop, or both! What happened? And what should you do about bad days in the gym?

January 12th, 2018

Is It Time To Stop Calling Exercises “Good” Or “Bad”

Did a trainer ever tell you that upright rows are “bad” for your shoulder joints? Did you ever see an article listing “dangerous exercises you should never do?” Have you heard leg extensions are not only “bad” but not even effective? Did a lifter ever tell you deadlifts are a “good” exercise? What if they are all wrong? Read on and decide for yourself.

January 4th, 2018

What Most People Are Still Getting Wrong About Goal-Oriented Versus Process-Oriented Fitness

I recently read a book about mindfulness and being “present.” The premise was that by learning to  love the process, you’ll avoid self-judgement, eliminate impatience, end boredom, reduce stress, feel calmer, experience self-discovery, enjoy the journey and be happy. Achieving your goal will simply be a natural by-product. Sounds pretty good! But is being process-oriented really better than being goal-oriented?

December 28th, 2017

Daily Fat-Burning Habits: The Simplest Approach To Getting Lean And Staying Lean

Are you overwhelmed with meal planning, calorie and macro number-crunching, or putting together a fat loss plan for the first time? Or, have you been working at it for a while, but you’re having a tough time sticking with a nutrition program that has a lot of details to remember? If so, there is an alternative way you can approach this whole fat loss endeavor – the simple way…

December 15th, 2017

Is It Ever Safe To Cut Calories More Aggressively To Burn Fat Faster?

You’re losing fat too slow. You want to burn fat faster. However, you’ve heard that cutting calories too much will kill your metabolism, tank your hormones and wreak all kinds of havoc in your body, not to mention you’re so hungry on low calories, you’re miserable. But still, you see people doing it all the time – they cut calories lower than they’re supposed to, they get ripped abs, and they don’t seem any worse off for it. That begs an important question…

December 8th, 2017

Ridiculous Supplement Company Ads: A Cautionary Tale

The last time I bought a muscle magazine must have been 13 or 14 years ago. But I confess, the other day in the gym, there were three bodybuilding mags sitting on the bike, and I flipped through them as I was pedaling. As I saw the number of supplement ads and the outlandish things they said, it reminded me of one of the reasons I stopping buying magazines in the first place…

November 29th, 2017

The Shocking Truth About Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS)

The “Shocking” truth about electrical muscle stimulation (EMS). Shocking… Get it?  Get it? Sorry, terrible pun. I couldn’t resist. But this deserves to poked fun at. “Attach electrodes to your stomach, turn on the current, and zap! Just like that, you have six pack abs!” These claims are downright hilarious! Yet people fall for this every day because, like so many exercise and diet myths, they have their origins in legitimate science and therapy, but then become bastardized into BS. Read on, and you will be shocked how a recent study picked apart the muscle-building and fat-burning claims of EMS and uncovered the truth…