Squats: Every One is Not Alike

Squats: Every One is Not Alike

What is the best squat stance for you?

Have you ever wondered why when everyone in the gym is squatting, each squat set up and execution looks slightly different? Why does the person under the bar next to you have such a wide stance and their toes turned out? Or, perhaps you wondered why you can’t quite seem to sink your posterior down to your heels? The Squat is a quintessential exercise in every athlete’s toolbox but the variations in set up and execution will be as unique as the person squatting. It comes down to our bio-mechanics, and willingness to test and try what will work best for you.

The science behind why skipping the gym is totally ok (and how)

The science behind why skipping the gym is totally ok (and how)

You will hear some mantras going around in the fitness industry like “No days off!” and “I can rest when I’m dead.” You will also hear trainers telling their clients that they need to push harder and that they are never allowed to take time away from the gym. This in turn makes people feel guilty and shameful over not making it to the gym as often as they think they should.

How to Determine Which Gym is Best for You.

How to Determine Which Gym is Best for You.

When deciding which type of gym to join the first thing you should think about is what amount of help you are really looking for in a achieving your fitness goals. Not all gyms are right for everyone, from super private one-on-one personal training studios to gym memberships that are under $10, we break down the differences between the gyms and give you a guide to point you in the right direction for your goals.

Can't Afford it? Can You Really Afford Not to?

Can't Afford it? Can You Really Afford Not to?

Now I can afford my coach and a few competitions each year but I still justify the expense. I’m keeping myself out of the doctor’s office and off the medications that tend to come with age in our American society, and I’m still out of counseling. Medication and doctors visits are getting frighteningly expensive. I intend to keep my medical file thin and only filled with well-person visits and the occasional illness that requires antibiotics or an injury from being active.

Can you really afford not to be active? What is the price of you feeling good, having more energy, and possibly improving your emotional outlook? Getting active, if you are not right now, will help to keep you out of the doctor’s office, you will save on co-pays or other medical expenses, and maybe eventually medication.

You Get Out What You Put In. Are You Putting Enough In?

You Get Out What You Put In. Are You Putting Enough In?

As I was rowing and could not get the watts to show my true power on the screen I thought to myself, “I guess I will just keep it here and ride this interval out.”  My legs were burning and I had 15 seconds left.  In the next 5 seconds I thought to myself, “Is this effort getting you what you want?”  The answer: NO! It wasn’t moving me toward the efficient fat burn I was after.  The interval was quickly over and my legs were thankful.  However, there was another opportunity for me to redeem myself with better effort on the sled.

How to Cut Calories while Still Having the Food and Drink You Love!

How to Cut Calories while Still Having the Food and Drink You Love!

Alcohol can be a big source of added calories, and it's really hard to say no to those tasty foods once you have had a few drinks. So what we have to do is save our calories with each drink. For the most part each drink is going to be around 150 calories, this is 12oz of a light beer, 5oz of wine or 1.5oz of liquor. You can’t really save those calories if you are going to drink but you can save them in other ways.

The lifestyle you lead determines how your body looks and feels, treat it like you want it to look 

The lifestyle you lead determines how your body looks and feels, treat it like you want it to look 

The stage-ready physique competitor, whether it be bikini, figure, physique, classic physique for men, or bodybuilding has treated their body as a temple for months (if not years) while they are preparing for their competition.  As does the athlete expecting themselves to perform at their best at their next competition whether it be team sports or an individual sport. “Treat your body as a temple” is such a cliche’ I know. However, it is TRUE.