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Myths of Strength Training

What are the biggest misunderstandings that can sidetrack your weight training success?

Whether you’re just beginning strength training or have long made the weights part of your gym experience, you undoubtedly want to maximize the benefits of your efforts.

Getting the most out of your program involves so much more than the numbers you lift. It’s important to understand how your body responds to the physical stress imposed by the weight in a variety of training contexts and timing. Read on for top strength training misconceptions and the truth behind these assumptions.


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How-To Fitness: Interval Workouts and Recovery 

You’ve likely heard (or experienced) the impressive benefits of interval workouts. For the short time investment, interval training offers major bang for your buck in terms of fat burning, body composition change, cardiovascular conditioning, and insulin sensitivity. But workouts this demanding require special attention to design and recovery. Let’s take apart the interval model and some key recommendations for including it in your fitness program.

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Down with Resolutions (a.k.a. Choose the Concrete Commitment)

What’s the easiest time of the year to create or recharge health and fitness goals? I’d guess most people would say January. The New Year can feel like a new beginning--and maybe our new beginning. It can elicit the emotion and confidence to initiate change (Notice I said “initiate” change!) because it’s a tangible turning point in the calendar that we absorb as our own. That powerful emotional high buoys the belief that we can achieve desired change! But what happens, then, in February, March, or April? The problem with this particular brand of motivation is this: once the emotional high has dwindled, so does our belief in achieving the goal. It’s unfortunately why “resolutions” to change typically end without accomplishing the goal. That leads us to the million dollar question….”How can we stay motivated throughout the entire year?”  

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All Workout and No Play? 

Think back to the games you used to play as a child: maybe tag, ghost in the graveyard, hop scotch, relay races, etc. Remember that heady mix of thrill and exertion: heart pumping, cheeks flushed, breathing rapid, senses alert? The thing is, I barely recall the exertion part. I was too excited. It was too fun. What a far cry from how so many of us view our workouts as adults. Exercise, we’re too often told, is serious stuff. It’s about measurements and regimentation. It’s Jillian Michaels yelling in your face. How did we get to this point? When it comes to a workout, when did so many of us accept the idea of all work and no play?

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The Myth of the Best Workout

You hear the claims all the time: “It’s the best fitness class out there!” or “You’ll never find another workout better than this!” or (my personal favorite) “This is the last fitness routine you’ll ever need!” Behind these claims, of course, is the assumption that a single program can meet all your exercise requirements. How realistic is this concept? When we consider the broad spectrum of our physical capabilities and the need to develop each for good overall fitness, what is the chance that a single approach, let alone practice, will be enough to achieve that potential? Let’s explore the question.

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Training Facts and Fallacies – Part Two

Have you ever wondered why some people get results with a specific workout and others do not? Certainly, every individual is different, has different levels of fitness and pre-, during and post-nutrition, but there are some common and vital behaviors that people often overlook in training. Even if two people have the same program on paper, it doesn’t mean they will perform it as intended.

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Facts and Fallacies: Resistance Training and Body Composition

Have you ever heard the term “Gym Science” Gym science is the term used for so called proven philosophies about exercise that are derived more from folklore at the gym, than in actual science. This series of articles is planned to help you understand where these commonly held beliefs come from and to inform you about the reality of what you need to do to get results from your workouts. So let’s get right to it!

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