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Ladies, lifting heavy won’t make you “bulk up”

Ladies, lifting heavy won’t make you “bulk up”

  • August 23, 2016
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  • Beverly Paquin

Most of the questions I get from my female clients are about whether they will get big and bulky like men if they lift heavy weights. In short, the answer is no. There are a lot of reasons for this, but the fundamental one is our hormonal make up. Us ladies simply do not have the high testosterone concentration necessary to build large muscles.

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Is Cardio Really the Secret to Fat Loss?

Is Cardio Really the Secret to Fat Loss?

  • August 10, 2016
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  • Paul Hovan Jr.

Is cardio really necessary to burn fat? What kind of cardio works best?

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4 Reasons Your Client Isn’t Losing Weight That No One is Talking About

4 Reasons Your Client Isn’t Losing Weight That No One is Talking About

  • July 19, 2016
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  • Alexander Van Houten

You and your client have hit a wall. Weight loss just isn’t happening. What do you do? Before you let your client give up in frustration, consider these four weight loss roadblocks that not everyone knows about, not even most trainers.

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Kids in the Weight Room?

Kids in the Weight Room?

  • June 28, 2016
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  • Sara Fleming

The benefits of strength training aren’t just for adults. Kids can safely lift to get stronger, to build self-esteem, and just to have fun while being active.

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Are Sit Ups Bad for You?  The U.S. Military Seems to Think So…

Are Sit Ups Bad for You? The U.S. Military Seems to Think So…

  • June 15, 2016
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  • Cameron Baker

Is the long reign of the sit-up finally over? Will the crunch be far behind? Here’s the latest scoop on why no one is doing sit-ups anymore, and why you and your clients should be crunching and planking to maximize core strength and minimize your waistline.

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What is Body Balance and Why Should You Care?

What is Body Balance and Why Should You Care?

  • May 31, 2016
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  • Jennifer Sargent Byrd

How do you work out clients for strength and avoid injury?  The secret is body balance!

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How Much is Too Much? Protein Myths Busted

How Much is Too Much? Protein Myths Busted

  • May 10, 2016
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  • Paul Hovan Jr.

You’ve heard that too much protein can be bad for your health, but is it true? Get the real answers, based on research.

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Get Over Your Fear of Strength Training and Get in the Weight Room

Get Over Your Fear of Strength Training and Get in the Weight Room

  • April 26, 2016
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  • Sara Fleming

Weights aren’t just for meatheads.   As an exercise and health nut, you know the drill. A complete workout means cardio AND strength training. But how do you convince these people? Check out and share the 5 reasons and infographics with your clients to get them into the weight room!

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What is the most important factor in workout success?

What is the most important factor in workout success?

  • April 18, 2016
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  • Dr. Fred Hatfield

Football coaching legend Vince Lombardi is credited with the famous quote 'Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.'  Well, not only is the source of the quote misplaced, so, too, is the message.   So then what is the real message and bottom line?

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What Time of Day Will Maximize Your Workout?

What Time of Day Will Maximize Your Workout?

  • April 12, 2016
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  • Christina Estrada

You want to get the answer right, for yourself and everyone who turns to you for your expert advice. But, the research has been complicated and confusing. You probably have read a lot of blogs and articles that said working out in the morning is best.  Those articles are mostly wrong!

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