A young, red haired woman with blue eyes blowing a large bubble with her gum.

Chewing Gum While Walking For More Fat Loss…? NOT GOING TO CUT IT!

Hello! This is my first blog post in quite some time, so let’s cut right to the chase. While waiting for a client early this morning, I heard on ABC news a report of a study that claims we can burn more calories while walking if we chew gum while we’re at it. You can check the link here: https://abcnews.go.com/Health/chewing-gum-walking-burn-calories-study-finds/story?id=55435098 …

A baby appears to be preparing to perform a trap bar deadlift

Deadlifting 101 – Learn How to Pull like a Pro

The deadlift – Commonly known as the king of full-body movements, it is (relatively) simple to execute, while providing a tremendous growth stimulus in terms of any and all training goals, from losing body fat to increasing muscle size, to getting brutally strong. Don’t confuse it for just a leg exercise; all of that weight is anchored by your hands, …

A man stretches his hip flexors and quads in a half kneeling position.

Lumbar and knee pain routine A La Joe De Franco’s Limber 11 and Stu McGill’s Big 3

Low back pain. Knee pain. Most of us have probably encountered these all-too-common issues before, and all of us know or have met somebody who has suffered from either chronic pain or a traumatic back or knee injury at some point in their lives. According to the ACA and Global Burden of Disease 2010, low back pain is the single …

Congratulations NPC Bikini competitor Meagan Michalko!

Have you ever had an itch to experience the intense feelings involved with competition? To take your training to the next level in preparation? Competition is an experience quite unlike any other, and the journey toward it is often a humbling, yet empowering one. I encourage anybody who has ever thought of competing to just give it a shot. In …

The problem with using exercise for stress management

We all know somebody, or are that person ourselves, who tell people they use exercise as an outlet for their stress. They need it for their head – and that is entirely understandable. Exercise effectively reduces stress and anxiety and provides an amazing feeling of well-being, both immediately short-term and oft-times into the long-term. However, that doesn’t make exercise a …

How exercise saved my life

I used to be overweight. Not just a little, but on my way to obesity. From nearly my earliest memories, I was bigger than my brother and other kids. I was treated differently and soon enough, perpetually made fun of by my peers. By the age of 16, I was 5’10 and weighed 245 pounds. I had, for all intents …