Fitness Advantage

Are You Competitive? How I Harness This Fitness Advantage

I’m competitive. I’ve had people accuse me of it like it was a crime and I’ve had times when it has been used as a kind of praise. I can admit that it has its good side and its bad side. When it comes to fueling my drive to reach my workout goals, it’s a definite fitness advantage. Being competitive to reach fitness goals doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m competing in any formal way. I don’t need to be signed up for a competition or race – though these can be great, too. In fact, being competitive doesn’t even necessarily mean that I’m competing with someone else, though again, that has its benefits. I can be competitive with myself, trying to break my previous personal bests, I can compete with someone else at my gym or my girlfriend, or I might sign up for a local event. They all have Read More

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How I Power Up Before & After A Workout

I like to use power up methods when I’m not feeling 100%. One of the things I love the most about exercising is that it gives me a lot of energy overall. On days that I exercise, I’m less likely to experience that droop in the middle of the afternoon that is so hard to kick and very frustrating when you want to get stuff done. Still, immediately after a workout, I can still feel drained for the first bit if I don’t take the right precautions. Sure, I’m more energized overall, but I still have a rough time getting started again with what needs to get done. After all, I’ve put a lot into my workout so when I’m done, I feel like flopping into a chair for a bit. Not every day, but some days. When my workout leaves me feeling like I should be spending the rest Read More

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Interval Training is Working for Me: Here’s Why

I get asked a lot if high intensity interval training (HIIT) is any good and if I would recommend it. I’m all over HIIT, and I feel that every fit person should consider this type of workout. There are a lot of reasons I feel it works and that more of us should be giving it a try. The idea behind this kind of interval training is that your complete workout is made up of bursts of rapid, intense, exercise where you put everything you have into your performance, but split them up between recovery periods that are short but may be active or inactive. This kind of training helps to make sure your heart rate stays high and you blast through more body fat in a shorter period of time. This works because it raises your body’s need for oxygen during the times when you’re really going intensely into Read More

Fitness Rules

5 Fitness Rules I Try to Follow Consistently For Amazing Results

I get asked a lot about what the secret is to always getting the best fitness results. My answer nearly every time is that there isn’t one. You can’t just do one thing or think one way and get fit. It’s more complicated than that. Think about it. If there was one secret to being in great shape, wouldn’t everybody be ripped all the time? Would there really be an obesity epidemic? I don’t think so! Still, there are some great rules that you can follow to get you on the right track. Just because there isn’t one secret doesn’t mean there aren’t some handy tips that can help out. Here are mine. I follow them consistently, and I believe in every one of them because they give me amazing results: 1. Hydration – It doesn’t sound like a very impressive top rule for fitness success, but believe me when Read More