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Why Muscle Mass Is Important


Many people focus only on cardiovascular exercise at the gym.  While “cardio”, as it is often referred to, is great for your heart, cholesterol, blood pressure and helps burn calories, strength training is also an essential component of a balanced fitness program. It can slow the muscle loss that comes with age, build the strength of your muscles and connective…

Why sleep is important


Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. The way you feel while you are awake depends in part on what happens while you are sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to…

Common Strength Training Misconceptions


The term strength training refers to any exercise which involves the use of resistance (example weights, body-weight) to increase muscular strength and the size of skeletal muscle or any exercise which increases strength, shapes and tones body shape. Here are some of the myths and misconceptions I have heard about weight training:   Weightlifting causes high blood pressure For years,…

Strength training and its benefits


Muscles: There are three types of muscle tissue: Visceral, cardiac, and skeletal. Visceral muscle is found inside of organs like the stomach, intestines, and blood vessels and they makes organ contract to move substances through the organ. Found only in the heart, cardiac muscle is responsible for pumping blood throughout the body. Skeletal muscle is the only voluntary muscle tissue in…

Yes you can!


The sad statistic is that most people that embark on a fitness program either give up or fail. Setting unrealistic goals (not having a clear vision of what your weight loss goals are), eating “emotionally” (when the love of food is used as a coping mechanism during times of stress or sadness), hating yourself or the way you look, failing…

Aerobic Exercises, Anaerobic Exercises and HIIT


  Aerobic Exercises Aerobic means “with oxygen”. Any activity that stimulates your heart rate and breathing to increase but not so much that you can’t sustain the activity for more than a few minutes is an aerobic activity. Riding your bike, swimming, jogging are examples of aerobic activities. Anything you can do for more than 3 minutes without a break is…

Gym Essentials


When you work out, you need to wear clothing that can handle both the movement of your body and the sweat pouring out of you. This means appropriate sneakers and attire should be worn. An outfit that includes a shirt that can handle sweat, a pair of shorts that hit above your knee, and sneakers that can handle all your…

Bodybuilding supplements to consider


Good bodybuilding supplements can help you support your body’s health while optimizing workout results. Muscle building supplements can potentially help you build muscle when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and a solid training program. Some of the benefits of bodybuilding supplements are: More muscle growth Improved athletic performance Improved muscle pump Better endurance Increased energy Reduced recovery time…

Common Exercise Mistakes


Walk into any gym, and you will find people doing something cringe worthy—from exhibiting crappy exercise form to doing useless routines that don’t really accomplish anything. Here are a few of the common mistakes I have noticed in the numerous gyms I have worked out in. Doing your cardio too slow or too fast: Often I see people seated on…

Want to lose fat?


In response to emails and messages I have received over the last couple of weeks, here is what you need to know to put together a successful weight (fat!) loss plan. Your body is adapted to hold onto fat as a survival mechanism. We needed the capacity to store energy to survive periods of famine, and fat is a very…

So, what is your excuse?


I have heard a lot of excuses from people for not making it to the gym. We all have the same 24 hours to work with everyday. Set priorities and spend your time wisely rather than make excuses and kid yourself about why you are not reaching your fitness goals. Until you take responsibility or ownership of your actions or…

Cardio for Fat loss


It is important to consult your doctor before you start a cardio vascular exercise program. At the gym, I have seen people running for extended periods of time at very high speeds, completely short of breath and sweating profusely. I have also seen people cycling away at a relaxed pace and checking their Facebook page on their smart phones. If…