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We’ve all heard the expression, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Well, I’ve got a good question for you: What if it’s true? Wouldn’t that be easy to do—to eat an apple a day? Here’s the problem: It’s also easy not to do. – Jim Rohn When it comes to physical fitness, humans are quintessentially human. We all want a quick fix. We want that magic pill. In short, we want results without having to work for them.The best fitness tips are the simplest ones: eat right and exercise.

A few days ago, I had a great conversation with an old friend about hiring a personal trainer.My friend has put everyone else first for the last decade and has finally carved out some time for her fitness and health.We discussed details like:How long are sessions? Rates Billing - credit, debit, check, cash, bank draftDoes the trainer/gym have a trial? Contracts Cancellation policy, etc.These are important details and should be part of your decision, but not what this article is about.  I wanted to share with

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi would begin every season with a speech to his team that started out, “Men, this is football.” He would then start breaking down the fundamentals of the sport.Just as the pros needed a refresher of football basics, the rest of us need to brush up on the basic principles of exercise, namely: specificity, overload, and progression.Whether you are strength training, running, or pole dancing, knowing the principles of fitness can help you stick to your new lifestyle and reach your goals.  Three Principles of Exercise The

I remember the days when I could walk into the the gym, do a few arm swings and a couple light sets of whatever I was doing that day and be ready to rock.Back then my joints didn't make strange noises when they were used. I also had no real worries. Now I have a family and a business to operate. I'm certain things have changed for you as well.Don't worry, this recovery checklist will help.Recovery starts at the beginning of your workout Proper Warmupbridges the gap

We had a couple come into the gym a few weeks ago and they were skittish about starting another training program. They had had such a bad experience with another trainer that it made them nervous about starting another exercise and diet regimen.As a personal trainer myself (and the owner of a gym), I hate to see people miss out on hitting their fitness goals as a result of a bad experience. Subpar trainers, gyms, workouts, and diets can all be prevented!Here's what to expect when you first start working

Movement is the engine of health, wellness, and a long vibrant lifePurposeful movement strengthens muscles and bones. Purposeful movement forces our lungs to work harder and our heart to beat faster. When you are training your body as one piece, training various exercises at different speeds, the brain is being fueled with cognitive demands. The more we move the better we absorb and digest nutrients from our food.Purposeful movement a few days a week is not enoughYou sleep six hours. Sit in a car for 30 minutes on

Four months ago you put your words into action by dedicating time each week for exercise. You also made the choice to give up drinking alcohol during the week and drastically cut back on processed foods. During this time you have watched the scale steadily decrease. You are now 20 lbs. lighter!But for the last month, you haven't dropped a pound. You've hit your first weight plateau. Weight plateaus are not setbacks or failure. They are opportunities for improvement. It's always easy when things go our way. Fortunately for us,

Over the last 27 years, I have used an array of barbells and dumbbells, numerous leg machines, a host of pulley machines, and a diverse selection of weight-plate loaded machines. I've used medicine balls, kettlebells, suspension straps (TRX, gymnastic rings), stability balls, resistance bands, sleds and ropes.As you can see, there is no shortage of equipment out there to use. So which is better: the free weights or machines?It depends. You can build muscular strength, endurance, and size using both free weights and machines. But which one is right for you