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“I started this blog back in 2009 with the thought that my clients could learn about Fitness, Health, and Nutrition principals. I started out creating videos and posting them here for people to see how to do the exercises correctly and with good form. Almost a decade later, the mission has not changed.” – Mike Cola

Fitness Contrarian is all about mastering the ageless workout and diet. The goal of this blog is to teach you how to build muscle in your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s while staying lean and not over training.

If you are new to this blog you should start out reading my Fitness Principals and take a look at my present workout and diet routine.

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How to Avoid Hunger Pains

You should be able to miss a meal and not be hungry. If you’re the type who can’t miss a meal or has to eat by a certain time without getting lightheaded or ravenously hungry, you’re most likely burning sugar all day instead of fat.

My wife and I went out to dinner with friends this weekend. As soon as we sat down, one of are friends said he was really hungry and asked the waiter to quickly bring over some bread. I instantly said to myself “his body must have been surviving on sugar for fuel instead of burning fat”. I know it’s common for people to be so hungry that they can’t wait for their main meal to come and have to instantly eat tons of bread to get some sugar in their systems and feel better; I witness this all the time (…)

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Joint Mobility Movements

What has helped my joints and whole body feel so much better over the past year is incorporating joint mobility movements into my workout program. I personally think that joint mobility or mobility movements are going to be the next buzzword in the fitness industry just like core training or functional training was 10 years ago.

Joint mobility drills are simple movements that bring lubrication to the joints, which can help heal and rejuvenate them. You almost have to look at your joints as separate from your muscular system even though they are all connected. When you are doing these movements you’re not trying to stretch your muscles(…)

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Top 10 Healthiest Fruits, Vegetables and Meats

It can be confusing trying to figure out what the healthiest fruits, vegetables and meats are to eat. But one of my favorite newsletters called Nutrition Action has compiled numerous lists of healthy nutritional information.

Top 10 healthiest fruits for vitamin C, folate, carotenoids, potassium, and fiber:

Guava
Watermelon
Grapefruit
Kiwifruit

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Best Way to Cut 100 Calories

Unfortunately, eating a modest 100 extra calories a day can make you ten pounds heavier by the end of the year. It’s really hard for my personal training clients to understand that just cutting 100 calories from their diet by not eating that extra piece of toast in the morning can lead to a 10 pound weight loss by year’s end (….)

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Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

Being a personal trainer I hear this all the time, “why can’t I lose weight?”. I have had clients come to me who have read every diet book, been to a number of trainers and have even been to weight loss hypnotism but still can keep the weight off.

So why can’t they lose the weight?

Let’s take a look at a couple of case studies of two typical people that I have come across in the gym over the years. The first one Susan and the second Debra(….)

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Best Weight Loss Option: Cutting Carbs

For most people, how many carbohydrates they eat will determine whether they are gaining, maintaining or losing weight. Limiting your carbohydrate intake is probably your best weight loss option.

Figuring out what your Carbohydrate Sweet Spot is for Weight Loss can be confusing. We all need to eat nutritious carbs like fruits and vegetables for good health. We want to cut back; however, on the empty calorie carbs like breads, pasta, rice and processed high carbohydrate foods such as soda, cake and cookies. In addition, we have to take into account how active we are. If you’re sitting behind a desk all day you should obviously be eating less carbohydrates then someone doing manual labor all day (…)

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Does Coffee Help Athletic Performance?

Coffee and caffeine can enhance athletic performance. Up until 2004 the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) banned caffeine for its unfair advantages. If an athlete had over 1,200 mg of caffeine or about 8 cups of strong coffee in their bodies they could have been banned from competing. In 2004 the WADA lifted the ban but not without controversy since many exercise physiologists believe that caffeine can be a powerful aid in enhancing athletic endurance and performance(….)

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Stretches for Lower Back Pain: Lower Back Stretches to Avoid

You have to be very careful when choosing stretches for lower back pain. Sometimes stretching the lower-back can be the worst thing you can do. If you have the type of back pain that hurts when you sit or flex your spin (round your back) then doing some of the most commonly prescribed stretches for back pain can actually make your back worst.

Probably the most common type of back sufferer is people who have backs that are flexion intolerant. Whenever they round their back too far it hurts. This type of condition is typical for someone who has bulged or herniated discs that protrude posterity from the lower-back (…)

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