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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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Two Weight Loss Success Stories

I’m always looking for ways to motivate my personal training clients and the readers of this blog to lose weight. Sometimes it helps to see and read about other people’s weight loss success stories. I searched the Internet looking for before and after pictures along with some motivational stories about how people had transformed themselves and lost a lot of weight (…)

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Muscle Fiber Type Determines What Sports You Excel At

Your muscle fiber type mostly determines the type of athlete you are. If you are strong and fast but get tired quickly you probably have a greater percentage of fast–twitch (type II) muscle fibers. If you can run long distances without getting tired you most likely are made up of more slow-twitch (type I) muscle fibers. If you are equally good at both strength and long endurance type activities; however, then you might have an equal proportion of both type I and type II (50/50) muscle fibers (…)

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High Protein Drinks Maximize the Effects of Exercise

New research has shown that high protein drinks maximize the effects of exercise. The research report appeared online in the FASEB Journal showing that consuming protein drinks right after a workout play a very important role in getting the most benefit from exercise.

The report demonstrated that drinking as little as 20 grams of protein after you finish a 45 minute aerobic workout will maximizes the training effect better than drinking a carbohydrate beverage. The study also suggested that protein drinks help older subjects build more muscle from their workouts compared to their contemporaries who drank only carbohydrate beverages(…)

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Most Common Supplement for Osteoarthritis

So many people suffer from all types of joint pain. In some cases the pain is due to osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, which can result from trauma to the joint or just wear and tear on the joint as we age. The pain from osteoarthritis comes from inflammation around the joint and damage to the joint from the disease. It generally begins with the wearing of the cartilage and when the cartilage is worn down it leads to bone on bone. Besides a proper exercise program and healthy diet there is one supplement that is most commonly used for osteoarthritis. My personal training clients and I have tried it and it may help you (…)

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Overloaded With Fitness Information?

Most of the time, I really enjoy reading about health and fitness. Every now and then; however, I get overloaded with information or get over enthusiastic about my fitness program and diet, and wind up mislead in the wrong direction. If you want to live a happy and healthy life without making too many mistakes, my advice to you is to keep it simple.

I have devoted 25 years to the pursuit of health and fitness as a personal trainer and in the last couple of years, writing this blog. The more I research about nutrition, exercise and wellness, the more I realize that common sense and listening to what your own body is telling you, makes the most sense (…)

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Are You Feeling Unhealthy?

One of my personal training clients was telling me that he is feeling unhealthy and really tired. I was surprised because he is in great shape and typically feels great. However, anyone can get caught up working too hard, not sleeping enough and letting their diet slip for a few weeks. Even the fittest people feel out shape from time to time. It happened to me last summer and I wrote about it in a post titled “Are You Feeling Out of Shape Now that it is the End of Summer”. If you’re feeling unhealthy try these tips that I gave my client (…)

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Red Pepper Can Curb Appetite

A recent study has shown that consuming red pepper can burn more calories and control appetite after a meal. Research from Purdue University has found that adding some red pepper to your diet, especially if you are not used to eating it, can possibly help in the fight...

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The SINGLE Ingredient That is Keeping You From Losing Weight

This is a guest post from Rafi Bar-Lev who blogs at Passionate Fitness and recently wrote an article on how to gain weight fast.

The SINGLE Ingredient That is Keeping You From Losing Weight

Dianna sat there, drinking her diet cola and wondering why she just wasn’t able to lose weight. It just didn’t make sense. She was on a diet, she only ate “low-calorie” and “zero-calorie” foods and drinks, but she was still overweight. What could she have possibly been doing wrong(…)

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Healthy Protein Diet Menu

A Protein Diet Menu is not making America over weight. I have always felt that it is a misconception that overweight Americans get more than enough protein from their diets. Whenever I evaluate a new personal training client who is over weight and wants to lose weight, I ask them to keep a food diary for a few days. Over the last 25 years, what I have found is that most people who are over weight are eating way too many empty carbohydrates like pasta, breads, cakes and cereals while not consuming enough protein(…)

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