We are in an obesity epidemic. Is “epidemic” too strong? Maybe, but if you track the obesity rates of most developed countries, you will be a surprised at how much things have changed. Take the United States for example. Over the last 40 years, obesity rates have more than doubled. According to the CDC (Center of Disease Control) as of 2014, 70.7% of the people in the USA are overweight or obese. In the great white north of Canada where I come from about 54% of folks are overweight or obese. This leaves us with two critical questions: 1) how did this happen? and 2) what can we do about it? The diet industry has utterly failed at solving the problem. However, you can be successful, if you know the real cause and cure of the obesity epidemic.
Monday, 19 September 2016
Monday, 12 September 2016
Are your workouts delivering everything you hoped they would? Are you are investing your valuable time in the weight room AND really getting the best possible return on your investment? In the same amount of time, you could have harder, more effective and safer training sessions by putting yourself into the best possible situations for success. Here are 6 lifting hacks that will take your training to the next level!
Monday, 5 September 2016
Why are so many people over-fat and under-muscled? Why do millions suffer with poor health and chronic disease? Why is it that almost everyone seems to struggle with low energy and rely so heavily on coffee and energy drinks to get them through the day? Sure many people eat horribly and don’t exercise. However, others fall short of their goals not for lack of hard work, but for working hard on the wrong plan. Too main people fail to follow a personalized diet. Pardon my diet pun, but, if this is you – you are leaving a lot on the table. You need to demand more for your nutrition! Your nutrition can reward you with vibrant health, a strong, lean athletic body and high-performance all-day energy – IF you know how to find the right diet for YOU. Here is a simple, overlooked way of personalizing your diet.
Monday, 29 August 2016
Ladies, do you need a different training routine than men? Should they just join in with the guys or have their own special training programs? Recently, I noticed that this question was asked and answered in our local paper. I was disappointed with the answer. You see, the answer is tricky. It’s not a simple yes or no answer. Like every good training question, the answer to this question is really, “it depends”. There are some differences, but not what you might think and definitely not what is often given in most lady-focused fitness information. Ladies, here is what you really need to know about training as a woman.
Monday, 15 August 2016
Why is it that so many people find fat loss so elusive? One reason is that the diet industry doesn’t exactly have a reputation for honesty, clarity and simplicity. Another reason is that too many people are looking for the quick-fix, easy solution to a complex issue. Many wise people have told us that success leave clues. Instead of falling for the latest diet fad or quick-fix miracle promise, why not stop and look at what lean people do? Here are 7 important habits that lean people practice – consistently.
Monday, 8 August 2016
If you want to reach your training goals, you have to understand your body type. This determines what you need to do to get the results you want. To illustrate this, I could use stories of athletes, clients and my own training. However, this time I’m going to use a story from my non-training life. Sometimes these non-training stories that provide a unique perspective and clarity that help us to see vital training lessons we may often miss. Understand these lessons, and you will better understand how to get the results you want.
Monday, 1 August 2016
“Squats are the king of all exercises!” While classic muscle magazine cliché may be a bit of a stretch, squats can be a great exercise. However, to get the most out of them, you have to do them right. A big part of squat form is your depth. How low should you go? If you start asking around, you will get a different answer depending on who you ask. Powerlifter: “Thighs parallel!” Olympic-Style Weightlifter: “To the bottom.” Sport coach: “Half or quarter squats because that is as low as we go in our sport”. My answer: “It depends.” (Helpful, I know, but hang in there – I’ll elaborate). To make things more confusing, some of the latest research seems to contradict what we previously thought about squat depth. It’s time we get to the bottom of this issue of squat depth (I’m so proud of myself for that pun).