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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

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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

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Working Out with Your Girlfriend: Pros & Cons

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that my girlfriend, Breeze, has been an integral support for me. She has helped me to achieve my goals and push myself to reach my potential. When I want to give up, she encourages me to keep going. If I say a workout is painful, she says “are you hurt or are you injured?”, which is a phrase that I still run through my head (in her voice!) to push through just one more set, even when it gets hard. We don’t always work out together, but often we do. It depends on what we’re doing and what our schedules happen to look like at the time. We can both agree that there are pros and cons to working out with your significant other. Personally, I prefer working out with Bree. My motivation is higher, the time goes by faster Read More

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How to Convince Your Friends to Work Out with You

I’m a huge advocate for working out with a partner. When you buddy up with a friend, there are a ton of benefits you can enjoy, especially being able to keep each other motivated. I’m especially lucky in this area because my girlfriend, Breeze is as driven as I am about staying active and pushing to always improve performance. Still, you don’t just have to be lucky to get someone to work out with you. As long as you’ve got friends, the odds are that you have a potential workout partner you just don’t happen to know about yet. Even if your friends are more into lifting snacks than dumbbells, there might still be some great potential there. You just need to know how to do a bit of finessing to get your buddy interested and then help each other out from then on. Don’t know how to finesse? Here Read More