Lifting Weights is a MUST… to Prevent Muscle Loss and Metabolic “Slowdown”

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I've been going to the gym for years now. Lifting weights, setting personal records and gradually seeing the visible changes on my body. I love it. There is literally nothing that makes me feel better in my day-to-day life than strength training. It doesn't just make me feel good after the workout, also in the days between. But there's more to strength training than … [Read more...]

Workout To Lose Weight and Get Toned – While Dieting

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This guest post is by Kevin McMillian of Fitness Black&White. Diet to lose weight, workout to gain muscle. Sound familiar? When it comes to losing weight, your diet is the most important thing to focus on - period. You can even lose weight without working out. However, it's pretty hard (like impossible) to lose weight if you are in a caloric surplus ... doesn't matter what kind … [Read more...]

6 Reasons to Ditch Your Car and Get a Good Bike Instead

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I just moved to my own apartment (about time, I'm 26). This means I won't always have access to my mom's car anymore, which means I need something to get from A to B. So.... I bought myself a bike, a Trek 7.2 FX: I am LOVING it. I haven't owned a bicycle since my early teens and since I got a drivers license 9 years ago I have barely touched one. I'm pretty fascinated … [Read more...]

How to Create Printable Workout Logs

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One of the things I find important in the gym is to log your progress. It makes sense that you would want to know how many exercises, sets, reps and weight you did in the previous week, so you will know what you need to do to improve. I often bring a log with me to the gym to write down my progress. It is always fun to go a few months back in time and see how much strength I've … [Read more...]

Icelandic Superhumans – The fittest woman and strongest men on earth

Annie Mist Thorisdottir

I was born and raised in Iceland, a country in the North-Atlantic ocean. My nation is famous for fishing, Vikings and a recent economic collapse. We also made it to the press when a volcano known as Eyjafjallajokull erupted in 2010 and disrupted air travel all around the world. We've had some of the worlds best athletes in the past, and here I'm going to describe a few of … [Read more...]

Shoes that look like feet – Vibram Fivefingers

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Have you happened to notice some strange folks wear shoes that look like feet? Well, that's not surprising because these are becoming more and more common nowadays. People wear them while walking, running, hiking and in the gym. These thin shoes with toes, kind of like "foot gloves", completely adapt to the outline of the foot and allow the feet and toes to perform their natural … [Read more...]

Swimming Calories – How many calories burned swimming?

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Before I get in to this post, I'd like to say that I don't think regular people need to be do any sort of math in order to lose weight. If a person follows a natural diet then they don't need to be counting calories for weight loss. I think the only reason you would ever have to be concerned about swimming calories, if you're training for something specific like a fitness or … [Read more...]

What is the Crossfit WOD, or Workout of the Day

You may have heard some people mention the Crossfit WOD (workout of the day). The Crossfit WOD refers to the workout that is prescribed daily by the trainer, but a different one is prescribed every day and every person at the gym performs the same workout. Crossfit claims to combine gymnastics, sprinting and weight lifting to improve the ten fitness domains: Strength, Endurance, … [Read more...]

Crossfit Workouts For Beginners

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I just finished a four week Crossfit workouts for beginners seminar last Friday. At the gym where I train, they require people to finish this course in order to be qualified to go to the workout of the day (WOD). My experience with this seminar has been really good. The workouts are highly focused on body weight exercises, kettlebells, exercises with barbells such as deadlifts and … [Read more...]

HIIT interval workouts to increase natural HGH production

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HIIT is short for High Intensity Interval Training, which is a form of cardiovascular exercise that involves doing several repetitions of high intensity with periods of low intensity in between, for example sprinting for 15 seconds and then walking for 60 seconds, and repeating several times. There are multiple ways of doing HIIT, for example running, cycling and jumping rope. This … [Read more...]