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An innovative fitness blog helping people over 40 years of age to look & feel their best!

“I started this blog back in 2009 with the thought that what is popular and trendy in health and fitness is not always correct. In fact, a good percentage of the time individuals are just following the crowd and getting frustrated by not getting the results they want. “ – Mike Cola

The goal of this blog is to figure out what are the most advanced innovative ways to: improve your health, build a strong flexible body and maintain an optimal weight. Mike utilizes his 30 years of fitness training experience along with analyzing the latest research, to sift through the noise and find out what really works.

We will be uploading videos, writing articles and podcasting on a weekly basis. Make sure you Subscribe to Fitness Contrarian so you don’t miss anything. If you are new to this blog, start by reading Mike’s Ten Fitness Principals

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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 (…)

What Airports and Universal Studios Have in Common

What Airports and Universal Studios Have in Common

I’m writing this post on the plane flying back from a trip to Tampa with my wife and kids. We went to visit my mother-in-law and made a quick stop at Universal Studios in Orlando. I did not plan on going to the gym this trip just wanted to walk easy for an hour each morning and planned on watching my carbohydrate and sodium intake while try to eat as healthy (…)

Seven Guitars and Still Can’t Lose Weight

Seven Guitars and Still Can’t Lose Weight

I started playing guitar a year ago and just bought my seventh guitar last week. When I was trying to play this new Gibson SG, I was hit with a realization that this new guitar is not going to make me play any better than the six other guitars I bought over the past year. This made me think of different clients and people I have met in the gym over the years who keep looking for the magic pill to weight loss and a flat stomach (….)

How to Pre-exhaust the Back

How to Pre-exhaust the Back

Bodybuilders have been using pre-exhaustion successfully for over 40 years. If you’ve been going to the gym and training your back with chin-ups, lat-pull downs or seated rows but feel that your arms are getting tired before you fully exhaust your back than you might want to try pre-exhaustion (….)

Weight Loss Diets for Women

Weight Loss Diets for Women

I’ve been keeping diet and training journals on my personal training clients and myself for over 20 years. Every now and then I look back searching for consistent patterns of successful weight loss. When I look back on all the different diets we’ve tried there was a realization that Protein, Fat and Vegetables seems to be the way to go for losing weight (…)

How a Dixie Cup Can Help Tennis Elbow

There are many benefits to icing your injuries. Icing is a proven way to decrease inflammation and swelling, and reduce pain. In this video, I will show you how to use a Dixie cup to give yourself an ice massage.

Using a Dixie cup is a great way to ice any part of the body. It works particularly well for tennis elbow and all tendinitis injuries (…)

Vary Your Workout Tempo at the Gym

Vary Your Workout Tempo at the Gym

When you start an exercise program at the gym it’s a good idea to vary the tempo (speed) of the different exercises you’re performing. If you want to build a healthy body and your goal is to improve your overall fitness level, it will be to your advantage to vary the tempo of movement to better achieve your goal. A typical gym workout (…)

Primal Fitness: Go Primal

Primal Fitness: Go Primal

I’ve been writing this blog now for over six months and beside training clients, I spend a lot of time researching health topics and looking at numerous health/fitness blogs on the internet. I’m always looking for innovative fitness sites that are contrarian to...

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My name is Mike Cola (yeah that is me in the pic @ 54 years old). I’ve been called a “Contrarian” since I believe that most mainstream fitness approaches are extremely inefficient.

I achieved the look in that photo just training 3 times per week. My specialty is helping people reach peak condition without having to hit the gym 6-7 times per week.

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