Monday, 28 November 2016

6 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Calories Without Counting Them

Want to actually lose fat? Your smart enough to know there is no easy way to do this. You know not to fall for the quick-fix scams, miracle creams, special exercises or that “magical” supplement that combines herbs from the east side of the Himalayan mountains with sea weed from the south pacific. We are all subject to the law of thermodynamics and we need to burn more calories than we consume to lose fat. Does that mean you need to spend your whole life counting calories? Nope. Calorie counting takes a lot of time that you probably don’t have. Also, it is very inaccurate unless you meticulously measure or weigh your food (doesn’t that sound like fun!). Here’s the deal: calories count, but you don’t have count them to reduce them. Here are 6 simple ways to eat less calories without counting them.

Monday, 21 November 2016

4 Important Steps to Staying Healthy This Cold & Flu Season

“If you get sick, you need to ask yourself, ‘what did I do wrong?’” I heard this many years ago, but I’ll never forget it. While there are of course exceptions, you can usually apply it to your average cold and flu. If you are a healthy adult, you don’t need to follow the masses and keep getting sick each cold and flu season. You can stay healthy this year and here is how to do it.

Monday, 7 November 2016

5 Superior Alternatives to 5 Popular Performance Exercises

Great results start with picking great exercises. While there are countless exercises on the internet, there is a limited number of amazing exercises. Too often athletic exercises are chosen based on tradition, popular training fads or what people see some pro athlete do on Instagram. If you want to reach your athletic potential, you have to move beyond this and focus on what gives you most results with the least risk. To help you with these, here are 5 superior alternatives to 5 popular performance exercises. 

Monday, 31 October 2016

The Top 7 Fitness Deceptions. Are You Falling For Any of These?

I’ve got a confession to make: I don’t like the fitness industry. Yes, I have been part of it for over 18 years, and yes I have many colleagues in this industry that I admire and respect. However, I’m in the fitness/strength & conditioning industry not because of what it is, but because of what it can be. Proper exercise, nutrition and lifestyle habits can be absolutely life changing! The problem with the industry is that it is way too easy to make a quick buck – at the expense of innocent, hard-working people who are trying desperately to see results. If you are working hard to improve your aesthetics, your performance and/or your health, you have to guard yourself against these 7 fitness deceptions.

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.