Feeling intimidated by getting started at your new gym? You’re not alone. A regular gym—the kind with weight machines, free weights, cardio equipment, the whole nine yards—can feel like a lot to take in when you first sign up. It’s loud, with lots of big spaces and confusing equipment. It seems like everyone else working … Continue reading Facing First Day Gym Jitters
When it comes to weight loss, cardio beats weight lifting for burning fat, right? Don't be so sure.
Client: "You love to make me hurt, don't you?" Me: "Of course I do. It's the only way that we're going to get anywhere." I like to push people's limits in the gym (after proper conditioning, of course). When I'm in training mode, few things can make me happier than seeing that strained look on … Continue reading No Strain, No Gain
When it comes to trite fitness mottos, “Use it or lose it” may be the most apt. You see, our bodies respond to the stresses we place upon them....What does that mean for our bones, though?
Exercise is great for you. Yes, I know that I’ve covered that topic a few times. There’s tons of evidence of its benefits for our bodies. What about our brains, though? Are there any mental benefits to pushing your physical limits in the gym? Can exercise, as mentioned in the title, actually make us smarter? … Continue reading Can Cardio Make You Smarter?
This one came out at the beginning of 2017. It's still relevant for newcomers to the gym life, though. This one is for all of my fellow fitness fans who are starting the new year off right, hitting the gym for the first time and working on that new healthy life. Welcome! It's exciting to … Continue reading Before Hitting the Gym, Prepare for the Frenzy
tl;dr: "Obese people who are physically fit are half as likely to die as thin, sedentary people. Aerobic fitness may be a better measure of health than BMI." (Source, p. 205) “Can you be both fat and healthy at the same time?” It seems like a pretty simple question, doesn’t it? It seems like a … Continue reading Can You Be Fat and Healthy?