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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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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 (…)

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 (…)

Are You Feeling Unhealthy?

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 (…)

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...

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(…)

Healthy Protein Diet Menu

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(…)

Eight Ways to Prevent Dementia

Eight Ways to Prevent Dementia

The idea of losing your ability to think clearly and remember people and places is a very scary thing for anyone who is getting older. Unfortunately Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is on the rise in the U.S. (an estimated 4.5 million Americans live with dementia). But you should not feel hopeless; there are things you can do to prevent this common form of dementia or delay it from emerging. Genetics do play a role but how you live and eat can have a big effect on preventing the disease (…)

Hormone Diet: HCG 500-Calories Diet

Hormone Diet: HCG 500-Calories Diet

There has been a lot of buzz about the HCG 500-calories diet. A number of my female personal training clients just read an article about hormone diets in the New York Times and had many questions. This subject interested me, as well, because I was familiar with human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) but in a different context. I have had male clients over the years that were taking HCG in conjunction with testosterone to prevent their testicles from atrophying and to keep their bodies making testosterone (…)

3-Day Weight Loss Meal Plan

3-Day Weight Loss Meal Plan

While I prefer people who want to lose weight to follow my recommended weight loss and fitness principles and then come up with a strategy that fits into their lifestyle, I know some people like to be told exactly what to eat in order to lose weight. As such, I wanted to give an example of a three-day weight loss meal plan that I just designed for one of my personal training clients.

I do feel that eating low carb along with an all-natural diet is most likely your best weight loss option so this 3-day meal plan is consistent with that principle. If you follow this plan you should be able to lose a few pounds in just three days. If you don’t mind eating the same foods, you can mix and match these meals and snacks and eat like this for weeks resulting in significant weight reduction(…)

Rest and Relaxation is Essential for Good Health

I have always felt that rest and relaxation are just as important as hard work, although it’s easy to forget. We all need to kick back and recover from all the stresses that life can bring. Being an athlete, I had to learn this the hard way with numerous over-use injuries over the years. But I think at least for now, that I have finally reached a point in my life where I can balance hard work and play time.

I came across a wonderful article called The Lost Practice of Resting One Day Each Week. This article is written by Joshua Becker who has a great website called Becoming a Minimalist. Joshua has a nice way of explaining the importance of taking some time off to rest and recover from the everyday grind. Without proper recovery, we can’t live a happy, healthy and fulfilled life. Checkout all of his relaxing tips for your body, mind, and soul(…)

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My name is Mike Cola (yeah that is me in the pic @ 54 years old). I’ve been called a “Contrarian” since I believe that most mainstream fitness approaches are extremely inefficient.

I achieved the look in that photo just training 3 times per week. My specialty is helping people reach peak condition without having to hit the gym 6-7 times per week.

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