The Incredible Ab Rollout

Building functional strength and stability in the core requires an understanding of the role abdominal muscles play in human movement.   Like all muscles core musculature is capable of three types of contractions:   concentric (muscles shortening), isometric (muscle produce force without movement); and eccentric (muscles produce force while lengthening). Each of these contraction types helps us perform a different function.    Concentric contractions are used to project force externally from the body such as throwing, pushing, or pulling something external or pushing or pulling our body away or towards an object or the ground.   This is what we see in movement and most exercises done in the gym are concentric dominant meaning…
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Emotional Resistance – why people do things to sabotage their success in reaching fitness goals

        If you have been a personal trainer for more than 6 months you have almost surely had the experience of dealing with a client who wants to lose weight and get in shape but seems to constantly be their own worst enemy.   This ambivalence is actually very common and it is part of being human. Simply put this emotional resistance occurs when someone’s motivation to change was not high enough to get them to actually make changes. Signs of Emotional Resistance in a client include: changing the subject when discussing issues leaving the room going to the bathroom being late canceling appointments getting sick refusing to…
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Are Energy Drinks Bad?

Energy drinks have become a staple for many people, and there is lot of controversy about whether or not they are safe to drink. Like most things the devil is in the details when it comes to energy drinks. Sugar Content One of the first points to consider for energy drinks is their sugar content.  Sugar is something the vast majority of people could do with consuming less not more.  People who drink energy drinks with high levels of sugar are taking in a lot of extra calories - up to 200 calories for large energy drinks with sugar.     This not only contributes to weight gain and slows or prevents…
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Is Intermittent Fasting Good?

Done properly fasting can be very beneficial for improving health and accelerating fat loss. There are many different types of fasts, but the most popular and practical is called "Intermittent Fasting".    Intermittent fasting gives your body more time to effectively digest what you are eating and eliminate waste. Many biological repair processes take place when your body is in the "rest," not the "digest," mode. The latest thinking about fasting is that you can get most of, if not all, the same benefits, with intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting involves reducing your food intake in whole or in part, either a few days a week, every other day or daily. The…
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Can you get rid of Cellulite?

Although the vast majority of woman have some cellulite somewhere on their body – nobody likes it!   So what the heck is cellulite anyway?  Cellulite is pockets of fat that have squeezed between bands of tissue, called septae, that are located below your skin. Women of all races get it, while virtually no men do. That's because the septae of men are different from women. Men have stronger bands that are cross-hatched allowing them to keep fat in place more effectively. Women have weaker, vertically oriented septae that allows fat to squeeze through easier. Both thin and heavy women have cellulite. However the higher your level of body fat the…
Read More

The Incredible Ab Rollout

Building functional strength and stability in the core requires an understanding of the role abdominal muscles play in human movement.   Like all muscles core musculature is capable of three types of contractions:   concentric (muscles shortening), isometric (muscle produce force without movement); and eccentric (muscles produce force while lengthening). Each of these contraction types helps us perform a different function.    Concentric contractions are used to project force externally from the body such as throwing, pushing, or pulling something external or pushing or pulling our body away or towards an object or the ground.   This is what we see in movement and most exercises done in the gym are concentric dominant meaning…
Read More

Emotional Resistance – why people do things to sabotage their success in reaching fitness goals

        If you have been a personal trainer for more than 6 months you have almost surely had the experience of dealing with a client who wants to lose weight and get in shape but seems to constantly be their own worst enemy.   This ambivalence is actually very common and it is part of being human. Simply put this emotional resistance occurs when someone’s motivation to change was not high enough to get them to actually make changes. Signs of Emotional Resistance in a client include: changing the subject when discussing issues leaving the room going to the bathroom being late canceling appointments getting sick refusing to…
Read More

Are Energy Drinks Bad?

Energy drinks have become a staple for many people, and there is lot of controversy about whether or not they are safe to drink. Like most things the devil is in the details when it comes to energy drinks. Sugar Content One of the first points to consider for energy drinks is their sugar content.  Sugar is something the vast majority of people could do with consuming less not more.  People who drink energy drinks with high levels of sugar are taking in a lot of extra calories - up to 200 calories for large energy drinks with sugar.     This not only contributes to weight gain and slows or prevents…
Read More

Is Intermittent Fasting Good?

Done properly fasting can be very beneficial for improving health and accelerating fat loss. There are many different types of fasts, but the most popular and practical is called "Intermittent Fasting".    Intermittent fasting gives your body more time to effectively digest what you are eating and eliminate waste. Many biological repair processes take place when your body is in the "rest," not the "digest," mode. The latest thinking about fasting is that you can get most of, if not all, the same benefits, with intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting involves reducing your food intake in whole or in part, either a few days a week, every other day or daily. The…
Read More

Can you get rid of Cellulite?

Although the vast majority of woman have some cellulite somewhere on their body – nobody likes it!   So what the heck is cellulite anyway?  Cellulite is pockets of fat that have squeezed between bands of tissue, called septae, that are located below your skin. Women of all races get it, while virtually no men do. That's because the septae of men are different from women. Men have stronger bands that are cross-hatched allowing them to keep fat in place more effectively. Women have weaker, vertically oriented septae that allows fat to squeeze through easier. Both thin and heavy women have cellulite. However the higher your level of body fat the…
Read More

The Incredible Ab Rollout

Building functional strength and stability in the core requires an understanding of the role abdominal muscles play in human movement.   Like all muscles core musculature is capable of three types of contractions:   concentric (muscles shortening), isometric (muscle produce force without movement); and eccentric (muscles produce force while lengthening). Each of these contraction types helps us perform a different function.    Concentric contractions are used to project force externally from the body such as throwing, pushing, or pulling something external or pushing or pulling our body away or towards an object or the ground.   This is what we see in movement and most exercises done in the gym are concentric dominant meaning…
Read More

Emotional Resistance – why people do things to sabotage their success in reaching fitness goals

        If you have been a personal trainer for more than 6 months you have almost surely had the experience of dealing with a client who wants to lose weight and get in shape but seems to constantly be their own worst enemy.   This ambivalence is actually very common and it is part of being human. Simply put this emotional resistance occurs when someone’s motivation to change was not high enough to get them to actually make changes. Signs of Emotional Resistance in a client include: changing the subject when discussing issues leaving the room going to the bathroom being late canceling appointments getting sick refusing to…
Read More

Are Energy Drinks Bad?

Energy drinks have become a staple for many people, and there is lot of controversy about whether or not they are safe to drink. Like most things the devil is in the details when it comes to energy drinks. Sugar Content One of the first points to consider for energy drinks is their sugar content.  Sugar is something the vast majority of people could do with consuming less not more.  People who drink energy drinks with high levels of sugar are taking in a lot of extra calories - up to 200 calories for large energy drinks with sugar.     This not only contributes to weight gain and slows or prevents…
Read More

Is Intermittent Fasting Good?

Done properly fasting can be very beneficial for improving health and accelerating fat loss. There are many different types of fasts, but the most popular and practical is called "Intermittent Fasting".    Intermittent fasting gives your body more time to effectively digest what you are eating and eliminate waste. Many biological repair processes take place when your body is in the "rest," not the "digest," mode. The latest thinking about fasting is that you can get most of, if not all, the same benefits, with intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting involves reducing your food intake in whole or in part, either a few days a week, every other day or daily. The…
Read More

Can you get rid of Cellulite?

Although the vast majority of woman have some cellulite somewhere on their body – nobody likes it!   So what the heck is cellulite anyway?  Cellulite is pockets of fat that have squeezed between bands of tissue, called septae, that are located below your skin. Women of all races get it, while virtually no men do. That's because the septae of men are different from women. Men have stronger bands that are cross-hatched allowing them to keep fat in place more effectively. Women have weaker, vertically oriented septae that allows fat to squeeze through easier. Both thin and heavy women have cellulite. However the higher your level of body fat the…
Read More

The Incredible Ab Rollout

Building functional strength and stability in the core requires an understanding of the role abdominal muscles play in human movement.   Like all muscles core musculature is capable of three types of contractions:   concentric (muscles shortening), isometric (muscle produce force without movement); and eccentric (muscles produce force while lengthening). Each of these contraction types helps us perform a different function.    Concentric contractions are used to project force externally from the body such as throwing, pushing, or pulling something external or pushing or pulling our body away or towards an object or the ground.   This is what we see in movement and most exercises done in the gym are concentric dominant meaning…
Read More

Emotional Resistance – why people do things to sabotage their success in reaching fitness goals

        If you have been a personal trainer for more than 6 months you have almost surely had the experience of dealing with a client who wants to lose weight and get in shape but seems to constantly be their own worst enemy.   This ambivalence is actually very common and it is part of being human. Simply put this emotional resistance occurs when someone’s motivation to change was not high enough to get them to actually make changes. Signs of Emotional Resistance in a client include: changing the subject when discussing issues leaving the room going to the bathroom being late canceling appointments getting sick refusing to…
Read More

Are Energy Drinks Bad?

Energy drinks have become a staple for many people, and there is lot of controversy about whether or not they are safe to drink. Like most things the devil is in the details when it comes to energy drinks. Sugar Content One of the first points to consider for energy drinks is their sugar content.  Sugar is something the vast majority of people could do with consuming less not more.  People who drink energy drinks with high levels of sugar are taking in a lot of extra calories - up to 200 calories for large energy drinks with sugar.     This not only contributes to weight gain and slows or prevents…
Read More

Is Intermittent Fasting Good?

Done properly fasting can be very beneficial for improving health and accelerating fat loss. There are many different types of fasts, but the most popular and practical is called "Intermittent Fasting".    Intermittent fasting gives your body more time to effectively digest what you are eating and eliminate waste. Many biological repair processes take place when your body is in the "rest," not the "digest," mode. The latest thinking about fasting is that you can get most of, if not all, the same benefits, with intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting involves reducing your food intake in whole or in part, either a few days a week, every other day or daily. The…
Read More

Can you get rid of Cellulite?

Although the vast majority of woman have some cellulite somewhere on their body – nobody likes it!   So what the heck is cellulite anyway?  Cellulite is pockets of fat that have squeezed between bands of tissue, called septae, that are located below your skin. Women of all races get it, while virtually no men do. That's because the septae of men are different from women. Men have stronger bands that are cross-hatched allowing them to keep fat in place more effectively. Women have weaker, vertically oriented septae that allows fat to squeeze through easier. Both thin and heavy women have cellulite. However the higher your level of body fat the…
Read More

The Incredible Ab Rollout

Building functional strength and stability in the core requires an understanding of the role abdominal muscles play in human movement.   Like all muscles core musculature is capable of three types of contractions:   concentric (muscles shortening), isometric (muscle produce force without movement); and eccentric (muscles produce force while lengthening). Each of these contraction types helps us perform a different function.    Concentric contractions are used to project force externally from the body such as throwing, pushing, or pulling something external or pushing or pulling our body away or towards an object or the ground.   This is what we see in movement and most exercises done in the gym are concentric dominant meaning…
Read More

Emotional Resistance – why people do things to sabotage their success in reaching fitness goals

        If you have been a personal trainer for more than 6 months you have almost surely had the experience of dealing with a client who wants to lose weight and get in shape but seems to constantly be their own worst enemy.   This ambivalence is actually very common and it is part of being human. Simply put this emotional resistance occurs when someone’s motivation to change was not high enough to get them to actually make changes. Signs of Emotional Resistance in a client include: changing the subject when discussing issues leaving the room going to the bathroom being late canceling appointments getting sick refusing to…
Read More

Are Energy Drinks Bad?

Energy drinks have become a staple for many people, and there is lot of controversy about whether or not they are safe to drink. Like most things the devil is in the details when it comes to energy drinks. Sugar Content One of the first points to consider for energy drinks is their sugar content.  Sugar is something the vast majority of people could do with consuming less not more.  People who drink energy drinks with high levels of sugar are taking in a lot of extra calories - up to 200 calories for large energy drinks with sugar.     This not only contributes to weight gain and slows or prevents…
Read More

Is Intermittent Fasting Good?

Done properly fasting can be very beneficial for improving health and accelerating fat loss. There are many different types of fasts, but the most popular and practical is called "Intermittent Fasting".    Intermittent fasting gives your body more time to effectively digest what you are eating and eliminate waste. Many biological repair processes take place when your body is in the "rest," not the "digest," mode. The latest thinking about fasting is that you can get most of, if not all, the same benefits, with intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting involves reducing your food intake in whole or in part, either a few days a week, every other day or daily. The…
Read More

Can you get rid of Cellulite?

Although the vast majority of woman have some cellulite somewhere on their body – nobody likes it!   So what the heck is cellulite anyway?  Cellulite is pockets of fat that have squeezed between bands of tissue, called septae, that are located below your skin. Women of all races get it, while virtually no men do. That's because the septae of men are different from women. Men have stronger bands that are cross-hatched allowing them to keep fat in place more effectively. Women have weaker, vertically oriented septae that allows fat to squeeze through easier. Both thin and heavy women have cellulite. However the higher your level of body fat the…
Read More