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Thursday
Feb182016

7 Laws of Fat Loss

What does it take to succeed at fat loss?

So often, people begin a weight loss journey on a whim, simply grativating to the activities and choices that worked for them years ago or that others seem to be using. 

In healthy transformation, however, our objective is to shift our body composition toward lean mass. This requires much more than trying the latest fad, taking a heavily marketed pill, or even eating less and exercising more. We do well in this case to actually understand the principles of fat loss physiology.

Read on to learn the essential laws that govern your body's ability to shed fat.

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Sunday
Jan242016

5 Game-Changing Fitness Commitments

When we only think of exercise as health routine, we miss out on so much—like challenge, adventure and motivation.

Taking on fitness commitments can help us upgrade our program to whole new levels and keep us engaged in exercise for the long haul. 

Wondering how to expand your fitness horizons beyond the same old routine and equipment? Check out these 5 inspiring challenges that can move your fitness—and weight loss—into brand new territory.

 

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Thursday
Jan212016

Why Getting Stronger Matters for Weight Loss

“Strong is the new skinny.”

It’s a proclamation you may have seen plastered over marketing and social media in recent years, but it’s more than a catch phrase.

Studies show that strength training can play a critical role in achieving maximum health benefits and weight loss success.

Getting stronger means getting leaner as well as fitter. It allows you to be healthier and more resilient. It lets you look and feel slimmer, younger and more vital.

But don’t just take my word for it. Check out what the research has to say on why getting stronger matters for your weight loss and health journey.

 

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Thursday
Dec032015

8 Ways to Strategize Your Winter Fitness 

With the onset of the holidays and the colder months, it's officially that time of year when people move less.

For one, we're less likely to be active outside (at least those of us in the colder regions). Sometimes we're even less motivated to drive to the gym!

With holiday events and chores, we're crunched for time, which means workouts too often get pushed off the agenda.

Added to this picture, holiday travel can throw schedules up in the air and make workout logistics that much more complicated.

If the winter months are testing your exercise routine, check out these tips to make good fitness happen despite the season's challenges. 

 

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Tuesday
Nov172015

Protein Intake for Strength Training Gains

We know that strength training is key for maintaining and building muscle mass, but the best benefits come when these fitness endeavors are matched with appropriate nutrition adjustments.

This includes the addition of extra protein.

But even that's only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

How much protein do we really need? And when is it best timed with our workouts?

Check out the answers to these questions and more as Paul unpacks the appropriate role of protein in a strength training program and the specifics that research suggests regarding optimum dose and timing. 

 

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Tuesday
Nov102015

8 Great Recovery Practices

Many fitness enthusiasts pride themselves on how often they get to the gym each week. To boot, many of them work as hard as possible when training. 

Whether it's running with the Running Club, training hard while listening to energetic music in a Group Fitness Class or getting sore while lifting weights, they find a great deal of post-workout satisfaction knowing they pushed themselves and challenged their limits. 

As great as it is to work hard, sweat freely and tire your muscles with each training session, however, there's another key but often overlooked workout component: applying good recovery techniques.

 

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Sunday
Oct112015

How to Optimize Exercise for Better Body Composition

Transforming your body is no easy task. The food shopping, meal prep, meal timing and food tracking can be more tiresome than the workouts for many – not to mention the right supplements, strict sleep habits, and careful avoidance of tempting social pressures. 

But what about those workouts? 

Raise your hand if you’re exercising regularly but seeing little or no changes in your body composition. Let me tell you that I’ve been there too. 

No doubt, achieving and maintaining optimal body composition is a huge endeavor. It requires walking that fine line between metabolic and mechanical stress (appropriately challenging workouts) and adequate recovery (nourishment, rest and recovery activity). 

The major positive here is you’ve already got time set aside for exercise. That’s often half the battle. Now let’s talk about optimizing your gym time - and your body comp transformation!

 

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