Is Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Really Bad for You?

Dietary fat and cholesterol have long been demonized as being the cause of heart disease.   However the US recently changed its recommendations regarding the dietary intake of cholesterol.  The latest publication of "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" a federal publication that has far-reaching implications on what we eat – contained one very significant change.   Specifically it said “Cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption."    The fact is that dietary intake of cholesterol has very little to do with circulating levels of cholesterol, and there is well done research showing that people who consume higher levels of cholesterol in food have lower levels of cholesterol and live longer than…
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Ideal Rest Time between Sets of Resistance Training Exercise

There are several different training variables to consider when creating a resistance training workout including the exercises you chose to do, the amount of resistance used, the number of repetitions for each set of exercise, the total number of sets of exercise, and the rest time between sets of exercise.   There is an inverse relationship between the amount of resistance you use and the number of repetitions you can complete in a given exercise.   Heaver weights/more resistance and you will be able to complete fewer repetitions before fatiguing the target muscles.   In general higher levels of resistance with less repetitions focus more on building strength, and lower levels…
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Recovery: The Missing Element in many Workout Programs

When people embark on an exercise program they often do not understand that the progress actually occurs between workouts as the body recovers from the stress of exercise.     For exercise to work it acts as a stressor pushing the body and in many cases causing damage to specific muscles while stressing various body systems such as the cardiovascular and hormonal systems. The stress is the stimulus which triggers an adaptive response from the body, and this adaptive response is often called “Super-Compensation.”   The diagram below illustrates the concept nicely. Depending on the type of exercise stress involved in a workout recovery and adaptation to the stress can take place on…
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The Goblet Squat – The King of All Squat Exercises

Squatting is a fundamental human movement pattern and anyone who has spent time with young children can see how much time they spend squatting and how comfortable they are performing this movement.     As we grow older, become less active in general, sit in chairs more, and lose mobility we can lose the ability to perform this highly beneficial and functional movement pattern.   The key is not to stop squatting and learn a variation of the squat exercise that is safe and provides the benefits without the risks. When most people think about squatting they envision someone with a bar across their back with a massive amount of weight on each…
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Is Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Really Bad for You?

Dietary fat and cholesterol have long been demonized as being the cause of heart disease.   However the US recently changed its recommendations regarding the dietary intake of cholesterol.  The latest publication of "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" a federal publication that has far-reaching implications on what we eat – contained one very significant change.   Specifically it said “Cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption."    The fact is that dietary intake of cholesterol has very little to do with circulating levels of cholesterol, and there is well done research showing that people who consume higher levels of cholesterol in food have lower levels of cholesterol and live longer than…
Read More

Ideal Rest Time between Sets of Resistance Training Exercise

There are several different training variables to consider when creating a resistance training workout including the exercises you chose to do, the amount of resistance used, the number of repetitions for each set of exercise, the total number of sets of exercise, and the rest time between sets of exercise.   There is an inverse relationship between the amount of resistance you use and the number of repetitions you can complete in a given exercise.   Heaver weights/more resistance and you will be able to complete fewer repetitions before fatiguing the target muscles.   In general higher levels of resistance with less repetitions focus more on building strength, and lower levels…
Read More

Recovery: The Missing Element in many Workout Programs

When people embark on an exercise program they often do not understand that the progress actually occurs between workouts as the body recovers from the stress of exercise.     For exercise to work it acts as a stressor pushing the body and in many cases causing damage to specific muscles while stressing various body systems such as the cardiovascular and hormonal systems. The stress is the stimulus which triggers an adaptive response from the body, and this adaptive response is often called “Super-Compensation.”   The diagram below illustrates the concept nicely. Depending on the type of exercise stress involved in a workout recovery and adaptation to the stress can take place on…
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The Goblet Squat – The King of All Squat Exercises

Squatting is a fundamental human movement pattern and anyone who has spent time with young children can see how much time they spend squatting and how comfortable they are performing this movement.     As we grow older, become less active in general, sit in chairs more, and lose mobility we can lose the ability to perform this highly beneficial and functional movement pattern.   The key is not to stop squatting and learn a variation of the squat exercise that is safe and provides the benefits without the risks. When most people think about squatting they envision someone with a bar across their back with a massive amount of weight on each…
Read More

Is Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Really Bad for You?

Dietary fat and cholesterol have long been demonized as being the cause of heart disease.   However the US recently changed its recommendations regarding the dietary intake of cholesterol.  The latest publication of "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" a federal publication that has far-reaching implications on what we eat – contained one very significant change.   Specifically it said “Cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption."    The fact is that dietary intake of cholesterol has very little to do with circulating levels of cholesterol, and there is well done research showing that people who consume higher levels of cholesterol in food have lower levels of cholesterol and live longer than…
Read More

Ideal Rest Time between Sets of Resistance Training Exercise

There are several different training variables to consider when creating a resistance training workout including the exercises you chose to do, the amount of resistance used, the number of repetitions for each set of exercise, the total number of sets of exercise, and the rest time between sets of exercise.   There is an inverse relationship between the amount of resistance you use and the number of repetitions you can complete in a given exercise.   Heaver weights/more resistance and you will be able to complete fewer repetitions before fatiguing the target muscles.   In general higher levels of resistance with less repetitions focus more on building strength, and lower levels…
Read More

Recovery: The Missing Element in many Workout Programs

When people embark on an exercise program they often do not understand that the progress actually occurs between workouts as the body recovers from the stress of exercise.     For exercise to work it acts as a stressor pushing the body and in many cases causing damage to specific muscles while stressing various body systems such as the cardiovascular and hormonal systems. The stress is the stimulus which triggers an adaptive response from the body, and this adaptive response is often called “Super-Compensation.”   The diagram below illustrates the concept nicely. Depending on the type of exercise stress involved in a workout recovery and adaptation to the stress can take place on…
Read More

The Goblet Squat – The King of All Squat Exercises

Squatting is a fundamental human movement pattern and anyone who has spent time with young children can see how much time they spend squatting and how comfortable they are performing this movement.     As we grow older, become less active in general, sit in chairs more, and lose mobility we can lose the ability to perform this highly beneficial and functional movement pattern.   The key is not to stop squatting and learn a variation of the squat exercise that is safe and provides the benefits without the risks. When most people think about squatting they envision someone with a bar across their back with a massive amount of weight on each…
Read More

Is Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Really Bad for You?

Dietary fat and cholesterol have long been demonized as being the cause of heart disease.   However the US recently changed its recommendations regarding the dietary intake of cholesterol.  The latest publication of "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" a federal publication that has far-reaching implications on what we eat – contained one very significant change.   Specifically it said “Cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption."    The fact is that dietary intake of cholesterol has very little to do with circulating levels of cholesterol, and there is well done research showing that people who consume higher levels of cholesterol in food have lower levels of cholesterol and live longer than…
Read More

Ideal Rest Time between Sets of Resistance Training Exercise

There are several different training variables to consider when creating a resistance training workout including the exercises you chose to do, the amount of resistance used, the number of repetitions for each set of exercise, the total number of sets of exercise, and the rest time between sets of exercise.   There is an inverse relationship between the amount of resistance you use and the number of repetitions you can complete in a given exercise.   Heaver weights/more resistance and you will be able to complete fewer repetitions before fatiguing the target muscles.   In general higher levels of resistance with less repetitions focus more on building strength, and lower levels…
Read More

Recovery: The Missing Element in many Workout Programs

When people embark on an exercise program they often do not understand that the progress actually occurs between workouts as the body recovers from the stress of exercise.     For exercise to work it acts as a stressor pushing the body and in many cases causing damage to specific muscles while stressing various body systems such as the cardiovascular and hormonal systems. The stress is the stimulus which triggers an adaptive response from the body, and this adaptive response is often called “Super-Compensation.”   The diagram below illustrates the concept nicely. Depending on the type of exercise stress involved in a workout recovery and adaptation to the stress can take place on…
Read More

The Goblet Squat – The King of All Squat Exercises

Squatting is a fundamental human movement pattern and anyone who has spent time with young children can see how much time they spend squatting and how comfortable they are performing this movement.     As we grow older, become less active in general, sit in chairs more, and lose mobility we can lose the ability to perform this highly beneficial and functional movement pattern.   The key is not to stop squatting and learn a variation of the squat exercise that is safe and provides the benefits without the risks. When most people think about squatting they envision someone with a bar across their back with a massive amount of weight on each…
Read More