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An innovative fitness blog helping clients look & feel their best!

“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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Snow Shoveling Tips: Avoid Back and Elbow Pain

There are so many reasons why we should not shovel snow but sometimes you just have to. If you have tennis elbow or a bad back you need to be particularly careful when shoveling snow. I have had tennis elbow over the years and have hurt my back a number of times participating in extreme sports so I have learned how to move the snow without hurting myself.

How to Shovel Snow Pain Free:

First you need a good quality, lightweight snow shovel that fits your body. Go to the local hardware store and see what feels best for you. One of the worst things you can do is try to shovel your driveway with a small or digging shovel(…)

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Cheap Sources of Protein

Finding high quality sources of protein does not have to be expensive. We all need at least .89 grams of protein per pound of lean muscle mass. If you are 150 pounds of lean muscle you need to eat 133 grams of protein per day. More protein may be needed if you’re an athlete or a bodybuilder training every day. For people on a budget; however, getting enough can be expensive if you don’t know the top sources of cheap protein.

Top 5 Affordable Sources of Protein

1- Whole eggs are first on my list. With 7 to 8 grams of protein per egg you can get 25 to 30 grams for less than a $1.50 (…)

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Two-Week Holiday Diet

Dieting and exercising over the holidays can be very challenging. I find the last two weeks of December to be the likeliest two weeks of the year to gain weight. Most people will gain about five pounds or more over the holiday season. We are all so busy and off our normal schedules. Eating right and finding the time to exercise is almost impossible for a number of us; therefore, this year follow my two-week holiday diet and exercise plan to avoid gaining weight over the holidays.

This plan will let you enjoy your favorite foods at holiday parties while eliminating calories at other times of the day so you won’t gain weight. You will be exercising for short periods first thing in the morning (…)

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