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“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.
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To fully develop the biceps you have to train them at all different angles. In this Youtube biceps training video, Mike Cola explains and demonstrates in detail how to attack the arms with three different exercises. Each movement will put the greatest amount of...
How to Properly Train All Three Heads Of The Triceps In this video, I explains and demonstrate a scientific approach to picking the right exercises to fully develop the triceps using the cable machine. Understanding how all three heads work (long, medial and lateral...
I want to provide everyone with a summary of my 10 fitness principles. If you follow these health and fitness concepts you’ll be on your way to living a more active healthy lifestyle. When reading these principles, it is more important to understand the overall philosophy of them as opposed to following them to the letter. You can read the full article about each principle by(….)
If you want strong, round delts that stand out, then you want to do these shoulder exercises. In this Youtube video Mike Cola explains the ultimate shoulder workout routine. You will learn how to fully develop your shoulders so they look good at every angle (front,...
Mike Cola explains a great chest workout with mobility movement. This chest training routine that will safely & effectively develop your chest using easy to follow techniques If you're 40 years of age or older, this chest training routine is perfect for you (however...
Best Back Workout For Definition. Training your back with Pre-exhaust Technique will develop your back quickly and safely. In this video Mike Cola explains three exercises that will make your back strong using easy to follow advanced techniques. If you're 40 years...
Diets that work for one person may not work for another. You really have to know yourself and choose the diet that fits your lifestyle and personality. Most popular diets do work if you stick to them but if you pick the wrong one they will never work. Just because your friend lost a lot of weight on a particular diet doesn’t mean it’s the right diet for you. I know how frustrating this can be.
I’ve been helping people lose weight for over 25 years as a personal trainer so I know that not every diet works for everyone. I do have my favorite diet for weight loss which is a low-carb approach with eating tons of vegetables and lean proteins. I know that this diet; however, is not for everyone(…)
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 (…)
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(…)
We all need protein for growth and to repair muscle and tissue. But how much protein to build muscle? It should be based on your lifestyle and activity level. There’s a lot of evidence indicating that individuals and athletes who engage in intense training need more...
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