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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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How to Stop Overeating

How to Stop Overeating

Don’t let one over indulgent meal throw you into weeks of eating badly. Follow the 90% rule and never have a weight problem. During your normal daily routine you have to eat perfect. Things are going to throw you off like holidays, vacations and special occasions. But...

Can Spinning Class Make Your Legs Bigger?

Can Spinning Class Make Your Legs Bigger?

Being a personal trainer for over 25 years I have seen a number of trendy classes come and go. But Spinning classes have lasted the test of time. I have a number of clients who love to spin on their off days when not exercising with me. The problem with spinning classes; however, is that some of my clients and their friends think that spinning is making their legs bigger. One of my clients told me that her friend said if she did spinning twice per week it helped her lose weight but if she did spinning three times per week her legs got bigger. Most people spin for the cardiovascular workout and the overall calorie expenditure, and not to bulk up their legs (…)

Don’t Trust Chain Restaurants

I was encouraged to see chain restaurants offering nutritional information on their menus listing calories and fat content.  I always encourage my clients to watch their calories when they eat out and make healthy choices. But it turns you can’t trust nutritional...

Should You Workout on Christmas Day?

Should You Workout on Christmas Day?

Should you take a day off from training on Christmas day or take advantage of a day off and squeeze in a workout? My personal training clients were always curious if I would workout on big holidays like Christmas and New Years. Well when I was younger I would never...

Staying Healthy Through the Holidays

It might seem like bad luck that you get sick right before Christmas or New Years. I see so many people just not feeling well around the holidays. I have friends and clients who just plan on being sick by the time New Years come around. When you really think about it, it all makes sense. Is there any other time of the year when you over eat, drink and stay up late consistently for a few weeks straight(…)

Get Fat Fast Contest

Get Fat Fast Contest

If you had to gain weight fast what foods would you eat? Well this is an exercise that I have used with my personal training clients who tell me they can’t lose weight no matter what they eat. I ask my clients to make up a list of the 10 foods they would eat if they had to gain as much weight as possible in a short period of time. I got the idea {…}

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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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