Fueling Your Pre-Workout Routine

Your pre-workout food intake can determine a lot about how your time at the gym will go. Since nutrition is an important complement to fitness, it is essential that your regimen is individualized to both your body and your workout. Just as you stick to a routine at the gym, it is essential that you create a food schedule that keeps you motivated to stay on track. But if you are trying to squeeze in a gym session in the morning or before your night out, you probably don’t have time to think much about what fuel you are putting in your body. However, Active Magazine has compiled a great…
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Creating your ideal HIIT training schedule

Fitness is often a world of fleeting fads - every few months a new workout regimen or diet comes out that promises the absolute best results. But when a new idea is backed up with the latest in exercise technology, you know it is time to take note. And since HIIT (high-intensity interval training) came onto the scene a few years ago, fitness experts have been looking into creating the very best routines for optimal workout results. HIIT is interval training with alternative shorts bursts of one high-intensity exercise followed by a gentile recovery period. Since this is encompassed in everything from Crossfit gyms to sprint workouts, it has been…
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Understanding Metabolism to Boost your Workout

Finding the right workout routine takes time. After you determine your goals, you must strategize an action plan and find ways to stay motivated as the weeks go on. Several new workout trends have popped up over the last few years that focus on metabolic conditioning. Routines such as Tabata and Crossfit claim that high-intensity workout sessions are the best way to lose weight, effectively build muscle, and increase cardiovascular strength. But how does metabolic conditioning actually work? While there are a series of complicated biochemical reactions going on during a workout, these high-intensity interval routines work on different energetic pathways in your body. Overview of Aerobic Metabolism The Mayo…
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What you need to know: How your body generates energy

There are two key types of metabolic/energetic pathways used for generation of energy in all our cells:  Aerobic and Anaerobic.   Aerobic means with oxygen and requires the presence of oxygen in the cell producing energy.   Anaerobic means without oxygen and cells can produce energy without the presence of oxygen using these pathways.  A single cell can either produce energy aerobically or anaerobically at any given moment in time, but never both at the same time!   However during any activity there are some cells producing energy aerobically and other cells producing energy anaerobically.     Muscles obtain energy from three important sources*:  Glucose which is sugar can be burned…
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