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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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Does Eating Fruit for Weight Loss Make Sense?

We all know that fruits are a good source of vitamins and minerals but when it comes to weight loss you have to remember they also contain sugar. My approach to losing weight is based on a low sugar model so I recommend that you limit your fruit consumption to no more then two per day.

I have had many personal training clients that would pick on fruit all day thinking they are doing a good thing but when it came to losing weight they had a hard time. As soon as they cut back on the amount of fruit they were consuming; however, they started to lose some weight(…)

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Average Weight and Height of Celebrities

I wanted to do a fun post about the weights and heights of some well known celebrities because so many of my personal training clients aspire to have a body like Megan Fox or Ryan Reynolds.

What I did not realize is that it is hard to get accurate information about celebrities weight and height. It took a lot of time researching through the Internet and several magazines to come up with some real numbers. Not to mention these actors are always gaining and losing weight for different roles so I tried to find out what they normally weigh. I picked popular celebrities that are well known for having a great body. In addition, I thought it would be fun to have a little bio (taken from Wikipedia) of each actor as well(…)

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Muscle Hypertrophy Training

Muscle hypertrophy (muscle cell enlargement) is an area of great debate in the fitness industry. Everyone has their opinion on how to overload the muscular system to produce growth and there are new studies coming out every week proving one method is better then another. But how do you resistance train if your goal is to get stronger and leaner while avoiding that overly developed bodybuilding look? Most of my personal training clients want more of that ripped athletic look but also want to be as strong as possible(….)

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10 Best Diet Foods

My personal training clients are always asking me what are the best diet foods or what should I eat if I want to lose weight. The best foods to eat for weight loss are low calorie high nutritious foods.

If you eat mostly all natural unprocessed food you will have trouble keeping weight on. One of the problems people seem to have is thinking that they are eating all natural unprocessed food but actually are not.

Eating a piece of oat bread in not natural it was processed; things were added and removed. Cooking plain oats in water is all-natural. This concept holds true for everything you eat. When you take a natural food and add or remove something from it you are most likely taking away some of it’s nutritional content or adding empty calories to it(…)

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Jackman in Back on Broadway

It’s Thanksgiving morning and I just saw Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway last night. My wife and I loved the show and would recommend it highly. What struck be about Hugh is how easily he can gain and lose muscle for different projects. He even referenced it in the show.

He said the movie producers of Wolverine get very nervous when I want to do Broadway because I lose weight so easily when I’m up here singing and dancing. He then showed a movie clip of himself very muscular as Wolverine and another picture of himself when he was very thin from the Broadway musical Boy From Oz when he was portraying Peter Allen(…)

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10 Healthy Things to Do Every Day

Living a healthy life style can be simple if you do these ten things every day. We are all very busy and seem to let the days fly by without taking time to do what is really important for mental and physical health. Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult but can be simple if you do these ten things every day(…)

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My Current Workout and Diet

In the last few months I have been very busy opening a new personal training studio so I have not had too much time to train. I have cut back on my resistance training to only two days per week and have been doing hard aerobics only once a week. I’ve been filling in the gaps with some easy aerobics and joint mobility exercises whenever I can.

Since I don’t burn too many calories exercising I have been skipping breakfast on most days and fasting for 24 hours every couple of weeks.

I wanted to write this article and post a picture of myself to show you that you don’t have to kill yourself with long hard workouts every day to stay in decent shape. I just took this picture about an hour before sitting down to write this post. Now I know I don’t look ripped or in amazing shape for a 49 year old but I did not prepare for this photo. I’m not following a well thought out program because I have been too involved with opening up a new gym(…)

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Too Much Exercise is Toxic

One of the hardest things for me to get across to my new personal training clients is that too much exercise can be toxic to your body. For example, I just had a new client come to my gym last week that was in her 30’s with low body fat and apparently in good shape. I asked her how she keeps herself looking so fit and she said “I like to workout a lot so I can eat whatever I want”.

My 25 years of experience as a personal trainer has showed me that trying to control your weight with long hard daily workouts is an approach that will one day get you into a lot of trouble physiologically. I know it is hard to convince a 35 year old that too much hard exercise is not good for them especially when they have been controlling their weight so well with long hard spinning classes, long runs and body scripting classes on a daily basis. However,(…)

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Studies About Intermittent Fasting

I’ve been writing about the benefits of Intermittent Fasting on this blog for quite some time now. I even did a post called ” Intermittent Fasting Resources” where I showed everyone all the research I did on the subject and how I came to the conclusion that fasting is a great way to improve your health and lose weight.

However, I have been getting so many e-mails and questions about fasting that I wanted to take it a little further and back up everything that I have been saying with a list of studies. I expanded my research and found a number of studies about fasting from Pubmed which is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 19 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals and a number of other journals (….)

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