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How To Prevent Age-Related Muscle Loss

Falls are the most common cause of injuries during old age. Sarcopenia is defined as age-related muscle loss that occurs after age 30. Inactive adults can lose up to 3-5% of their muscle mass each decade. As early as age 65, this percentage may increase drastically.  This muscle loss is usually associated with lower activity…

Women and Strength Training

Women and Strength Training: The Myths Strength training is extremely important for both men AND WOMEN. There are so many benefits that come from strength training that it should be an easy choice to fit strength into your regular routine. Unfortunately there are so many myths about strength training, especially regarding women! Below are just…

Free Weights and Machines - Which is Better?

Here are some common quotes we hear around the fitness industry: “Machines are only for people with injuries.” “I don’t use machines because they don’t help build mass.” “Machines don’t work for functional training.”   We lumped quite a bit of nonsense all into one post.  Each quote above has its own issues and we…

New Years Resolutions - Achieving Success

Why New Years Resolutions Fail The New Year is the number one time of year for making exercise and nutrition related resolutions and 80% of those will fail by February. In January you have good intentions about attacking your new gym routine and eating plan, but a disturbance in routine causes you to lose focus…

Is Your Training Hurting You?

Training For Sport Versus Training For Health Reasons I recently came across a research study titled “A 4 year Analysis of the Incidence of Injuries Among Crossfit Trained Participants.” This particular article intrigued me because CrossFit has become such a popular training style for many people. What many people don’t realize is that CrossFit was…

Cardio and Weight Loss - What You May Not Know

Here is a small section from Dr. Wayne Westcott’s article about the myth of the “fat burning zone.” Full article can be found at –http://www.healthy.net/Health/Essay/What_Is_The_Fat_Burning_Zone/733 Consider This- The following example is taken from the exercise physiology lab at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse. A 160-pound male walks for 30 minutes at a pace of 3.5 miles…

Popular Fitness Routines, Do They Work? Finding The Best Workout For You

Just Google it? Have you tried looking up fitness information on google or opened a magazine and said “I want to look like that so I will do what this celebrity is doing?”  Many of us have, myself included.  About 8 years ago, before I began strength training with a focus in High Intensity Training…

Quality over Quantity - A review of exercise and nutrition recommendations

Exercise and Nutrition: Quality over Quantity Exercise We have all heard the saying quality over quantity but why don’t we apply this to exercise and nutrition? Arthur Jones, the inventor of Nautilus exercise machines and High Intensity Strength Training was a pioneer in the movement to emphasize quality over quantity in fitness.  Many times he…