Monday, 17 October 2016

10 Training Mistakes You Are Too Busy to Make

Are you crazy busy and still trying to reach your fitness/performance goals? If so, good on you! Too many people put off working out until life is not busy. The truth is that most people at the gym are busy, yet they make the time to be there. I work 4 jobs and have 4 children aged seven and under. I also work with busy clients and student athletes. I know it is possible to make great results when you are busy – IF you avoid these 10 workout mistakes you don’t have time to make. 

Monday, 10 October 2016

The Top 10 Exercises with Human Names

Some exercises such as squats are so common that everyone who has ever set foot in a gym knows what they are (even if they don’t know how to do them correctly). Other exercises have names that just make sense. Two great examples are Band Pull Aparts and Face Pulls. Even if you had never seen or heard of these exercises, the name just makes sense. Then, you have this odd category of exercises with really weird names like Cook Hip Lift, Zottman Curls and Pallof presses. Throughout the history of the iron game, there are several exercises that have been named after lifters, coaches and trainers. While some of them sound cool and look different, they just aren’t worth your time (which is why I’m stopping at 10). However, here are ten unique exercises with human names that will turn heads in your gym AND give you some fantastic results. 

Monday, 3 October 2016

Are Your Sets Taking Too Long For Your Own Good?

Want better, faster results? Don’t we all. To get this, you may be looking to important training variables such as exercise selection, sets, reps and rest intervals. However, you might not be considering another important training variable – the length of your sets. Have you ever timed your sets? How long are do your sets in the gym last? And, more importantly, how long should your sets last for you to get the best possible results? Throughout my own personal and professional journey, I’ve stumbled across some important gems that can shed light on this question and help you get better results with your training.

Monday, 19 September 2016

The Real Cause and Cure of the Obesity Epidemic

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, 12 September 2016

6 Exercise Hacks for Superior Results

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

The Missing Link to a Truly Personalized Diet

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

Should Women Train Differently Than Men?

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.