Developing Gamified Cardio Workouts That Don’t Suck

For most of us who workout daily, lift on a schedule, eat on a schedule and have a goal of getting very lean a couple of times each year, cardio (more specifically called aerobic training) is the one element of the equation that we need but just can’t seem to enjoy. Over the years I’ve wondered why and have found…

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Top 5 Picks – Gift of Fitness Christmas 2015

Christmas is just about here and I wouldn’t be much of a fitness professional if I didn’t tell you about my favorite and most effective gift ideas. All of these, when used, will provide amazing results for anyone in no time at all. My favorite fitness gifts tend to have less to do with sweating and heavy breathing than with…

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Some Thoughts on Anterior Loading Movements

As physical fitness and structured personalized training become more of a priority to mainstream American culture a lot of interesting trends continue to emerge. Some trends are great and others lack substance but one trend that is going strong and is here to stay is the trend of anterior loading as a primary resistance training approach. This training approach is…

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4 Super Simple Tips to Help You Get Fit Faster

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve been asked to tell someone the key to getting fit I’d be living on some island being fed grapes (organic of course) by any number of very attentive and exceptionally formed females. This however is not my reality. Therefore, I will do my best to answer the question for you. Given…

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Remembering 5 Legends from “The Golden Era of Bodybuilding”

I started lifting weights when I was very young. It all came about after I found a bunch of 1940s and 1950s magazines in an old abandoned barn on the edge of town in Clifton, Texas where I spent some of my childhood. I put the magazines in my wagon, ran home, cut a piece of pipe, loaded the pipe…

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Functional Movement and 5 Biomarkers For Assessing Risk of Injury

The fitness world is expanding each and every day. The wellness and well-being aspects of the fitness industry are a major component of that growth as is the human performance area of study. It seems that the United States, and indeed much of the world, has caught the fitness bug. I personally love this but it is not without its…

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The Fitness Lifestyle Isn’t for Everyone and Why That’s Okay

The fitness lifestyle is one I’ve lived for the vast majority of my life. Even during times when I’m not lifting weights or doing my cardio on a daily basis, I am still doing something to move myself forward physically such as eating well, eating cleaner foods, trying Yoga, or just being more active in some way. Throughout my many…

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The Deadlift – How to Assess Lifter Readiness

The Deadlift has been around for ages. Recently, the online community has discovered the immense value of this movement and has begun a movement to resurrect something that most fitness pros never forgot. The deadlift is a pretty straightforward lift. You bend over, grab a barbell full of weight and stand up with it. This is an oversimplification of the…

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The Importance of Ritual in Pursuit of a Fit Body

I’ve been training clients and developing personal training teams for large health clubs for over 20 years. If I can think of one thing that always seems to get in the way of progress for people wanting to attain a higher level of physical fitness, specifically a muscular and lean physique, that thing is consistency. More specifically a lack of…

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The Jefferson Lift – How to do it and why you should

As with all things in life, workout and weight lifting trends cycle back around every once in awhile. The same is true for old-school, heavy and basic lifts like the Jefferson Lift. I was first introduced to this movement around the age of 10 when I took a stack of 1930’s magazines out of an old man’s barn and for…

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