Super Set for Super Results

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In less time than it takes to watch a few youtube videos, answer emails, or make a cup of coffee, you can burn as many calories as if you were to go for a brisk mile and half walk. You can do this workout at home, outside, at the gym, or in your hotel room – my point is it can go with you wherever you are! This power-packed routine will turn up the intensity with more speed and lots of muscles being simultaneously used. Because it is a full body workout, you will feel not only the core, but the rest of your body engaged and energized. You can burn stress and fat with this high-energy … [Read more...]

ZERO CARBS FOR FAT LOSS: HOLY GRAIL OR SURE TO FAIL? Part II

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This month I will continue my discussion of why I feel that a zero-carb approach to dieting might be counter-productive when trying to achieve not only ideal health, but your ideal body. Thus far I have mentioned that a lack of any carbohydrates in the diet will also cause a lack of insulin, which can compromise one’s ability to rapidly and efficiently uptake amino acids, glucose, creatine and other muscle building compounds into muscle cells at several critical times during the day. As well, this lack of insulin will also result in higher levels of circulating cortisol, which can cause a … [Read more...]

Top 10 Workout Mistakes

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There are a lot of unhealthy and counterproductive workout habits and behaviors in which many unknowingly partake of on a daily basis; things that people have been doing wrong for years but simply never took the time to examine. These are mistakes that ANYONE can make, especially when starting out in the gym. I like to call them “Gym-stakes” & I am here to warn you of what they are before you accidentally develop bad workout habits. Here are the Top 10 Workout Mistakes: 1. Doing Cardio “The Wrong Way” There’s a delicate balance when it comes to cardio- If you don’t do … [Read more...]

ZERO CARBS FOR FAT LOSS: HOLY GRAIL OR SURE TO FAIL? Part I

For the last several years there has been a lot of intense discussion, controversy and disagreement amongst bodybuilders, trainers, nutritionists and coaches within the fitness industry regarding whether avid exercisers looking to decrease body fat, while gaining/maintaining muscle, should utilize a zero-carb approach to dieting for the best results (also known as a “keto diet”). As a professional natural bodybuilder myself who has prepared for about twenty competitions, as well as one that has coached hundreds of clients, at all levels, whose main goal was to strip off fat without … [Read more...]