I used to want six-pack abs. Back when I first started my weight loss journey in February 2011, I thought that a washboard stomach would be the final goal on the way to my perfect body. I thought that I got pretty close to that goal, too. After losing 100 lbs and getting down to … Continue reading Why You Don’t Need to be Buff, Bulky, or Cut to Hit the Gym
Contrary to what your friends might tell you, weight loss is pretty simple. To lose weight (burn fat), we create a caloric deficit daily, maintaining that deficit until we reach our goal. Eat less, exercise more, and you can create that deficit. Simple. Why, then, is it so damn hard to actually lose weight? As … Continue reading Which Weight Loss Plan Works Best for You?
“I just want to get toned. I don’t want my muscles to get all big and bulky.” I used to hear this all the time as a new trainer, especially from my female clients. There’s this misconception that lifting heavy weights will make someone bulk up, while lifting lighter weights a whole bunch of times … Continue reading Why “Toned” Muscles Don’t Exist but FAILING Still Gets You There
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?
We’ve heard the same old saying: “A calorie is a calorie is a calorie.” I take in calories, and I burn calories. This tells me that, by taking in fewer calories than I burn (consuming 1500 calories in a day while burning 2000), I’ll lose weight and gain health. Therefore, I can just eat less, … Continue reading Is Weight Loss a Matter of (Eat) Less or (Exercise) More?
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?
Every time we walk into the gym, we're faced with "the question": where do I start? Do I go for 30 minutes on the treadmill before I hit the weights, or do I knock out my dumbbell routine before polishing things off with a light run? Who do you want to look like: Lance Armstrong … Continue reading Which Comes First: Cardio or Weights?
It happened again. This morning, I got an email from a new female training client about how she didn't want to "bulk up" by lifting weights. She wants to "get toned" but not big. You may have said the same thing before, too. I've worked with women who said, "Oh, I don't want to look … Continue reading Do Women Get Bulky from Lifting Weights?