Three Parts to a Safe Repetition

Three Parts to a Safe Repetition

When I’m teaching a new client how to lift a weight and perform proper repetitions (reps) within a set, I like to break it down into three parts. Most new trainees don’t think too much about lowering the weight or slowing it down before changing direction and raising the weight. Most of their efforts are spent trying to raise the weight. Afterwards they just let the (…)

How Hard and Long to Work-Out

How Hard and Long to Work-Out

When I was in my twenties, I loved to train long and hard. I would train hard every day. Spending 60 minutes just training my chest and back was normal for me followed by a five mile hard run. I felt that the only way I could look how I wanted to look and be in top physical shape was to go all out on every workout every day. Recovering from a workout was not (…)

Muscle Tightness Comes from Muscle Weakness

Muscle Tightness Comes from Muscle Weakness

To a large extent muscle tightness comes from muscle weakness. Muscles become tight to protect the body from injury. When the body identifies a weakness or instability in and around a joint the body will tighten up to prevent injury. This raises the following question. Should you stretch went you’re tight or should you strengthen the body? Most people think you (…)

Mark’s Daily Apple

A few weeks ago I came across a web site that I really like. It’s called Mark’s Daily Apple. I wrote an article about Primal Fitness a few weeks ago and Mark’s site is loaded with great information on living the primal lifestyle. He just wrote a book called Primal...

Sugar Kills Muscle Tissue

Sugar Kills Muscle Tissue

When I was in my teens, over 30 years ago, I spent a lot of time reading bodybuilding books and magazines looking for information on how to build a muscular body. The top bodybuilders of the time were Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zane and Franco Colombo, just to name a few. I will never forget reading in Franco Colombo’s book when he said “sugar kills (…)

Accelerate the Recovery from an Injury

Accelerate the Recovery from an Injury

There are a number of innovative medical treatments now available to accelerate the recovery from an injury. Platelet -rich plasma (PRP) and Prolotherapy are two cutting-edge treatments sought after by athletes and individuals suffering from acute injuries and chronic pain. PRP was brought into the spotlight last year when Pittsburgh Steelers (…)

Easy Way to Lose Weight Fast

Easy Way to Lose Weight Fast

Sometimes I forget how healthy my wife and I eat compared to our friends. This weekend we had some unexpected friends stop by right before dinner. I like when friends stop by and was excited to have them join us for dinner. My wife had made a salad, roasted chicken, baked brussel sprouts and baked red potatoes. This is a typical Sunday late afternoon dinner (…)

If You’re Fit, Don’t Shovel Snow

If You’re Fit, Don’t Shovel Snow

My house just got hit with an 18-inch snow storm. We lost power for two days, had no heat, had a half a dozen big trees come down and our phone is still not working. It’s seems like the winters are getting longer every year. One thing I have learned when it comes to big snow storms is not to shovel snow anymore. I learned my lesson years ago with numerous (…)

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