Calorie-Burning Exercise Circuit

Calorie-Burning Exercise Circuit

Creating new bodyweight exercise circuits is a never-ending process. I try to never perform the same circuit twice so my body doesn’t adapt to the stress and load of the workout–and plateau. That’s why I am always on the lookout for fresh exercise circuit ideas. In his two-part series Strength Training for Triathlon, IronGuides.net senior coach Steve Fluet includes examples of strength sessions for a triathlon training program. Although his selection of exercises is sport specific, they can be modified […]

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Flat-Belly Foods Aren’t Flattening My Belly!

You’ve revamped your diet to include foods that fitness and health magazines swear will make your belly flat: Nuts and seeds, avocados, olives, and dark chocolate. Yet, your tummy still isn’t as flat as a board. What gives? According to The Flat Belly Diet, the magic ingredient in these foods is mono unsaturated fatty acid (MUFA), and the diet requires that you add one MUFA to meals and snacks. “Research shows that MUFAs have health benefits and target belly fat,” […]

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Rating Organic Dairy Products: Horizon, Organic Valley, 365 Organic

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Yesterday’s post on organic milk stirred a lot of interest with Drill Coach readers–and I received lots of emails about which brands of organic milk are best. Yikes! I never really pay attention to brands and grab what’s on sale or worst, the carton with the nicest packaging. But that’s all about to change–and here’s why. The Cornucopia Institute, a progressive Wisconsin-based farm policy research group that promotes sustainable and organic agriculture, provides rankings on dairy companies based on their […]

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Eating Fast ’til Full a Double Diet Whammy

Eating Fast 'til Full a Double Diet Whammy

Scarfing down food until you’re stuffed will make you fat. Surprised? Here’s why you should eat slowly and know when to push away from the table. According to a study published on the British Medical Journal website, participants who ate quickly and until they were full had a higher body mass index (BMI) and total energy intake, and were three times more likely to be overweight than those who did not. The researchers found that a combination of eating until […]

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Total-Body Circuit Training in a Busy Gym

Circuit-style workout routines are a challenge if you work out in a busy commercial gym with limited space. Plus, the piece of equipment you use at the start of your routine will likely be in use when you get back to it. But there are some workarounds, including strategically selecting exercises in your gym circuit routine. Here is a total-body circuit that allows you to get an entire workout in a small, contained space—and you’ll only be hogging one piece […]

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Sweaty Gymgoers Susceptible to Staph?

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In his latest newsletter, UFC commentator Joe Rogan brings up a contagious little germ all gymgoers should know about: A type of infection caused by a Staphylococcus bacteria, otherwise known as staph. “You can get these from doing Jiu-Jitsu if you don’t wash up right away after training, and if your immune system is lagging because of too much travel and lack of sleep,” Rogan told readers before heading out to his dermatologist. “I’m guilty as charged, so I’m pretty […]

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Fit Parents, Fit Kids, Fat Parents, Well…

Fat Parents

Moms and dads who are active during pregnancy and early in their child’s life tend to raise more active children. That’s according to findings from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children(ALSPAC). But the link with a mother’s activity during pregnancy is not due to biological factors inside the womb. According to the study, a mother who is physically active during pregnancy is more likely to remain so after pregnancy, which in turn influences a child’s physical activity. Therefore, […]

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Treadmill Slouchers: Release the Rails!

Treadmill Slouchers

There is nothing worst than seeing someone slouched over the safety rails of cardio equipment at the gym. It makes me want to straighten them out–both physically and mentally. What’s so bad about holding on to the rails while using a treadmill? Holding the safety rails on a treadmill actually reduces the workload and intensity of the exercise, resulting in fewer calories burned. And research has found that holding the treadmill handrails reduces both heart rate and oxygen consumption. “The […]

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Intensity Torches Fat

High-intensity cardio (HIC) is a topic that won’t go away in the fitness world, and there’s a reason for it: It is more effective for fat loss than low-intensity exercise (LIE). That’s why you should choose high-intensity cardio to compliment your weight training regimen. A 1994 study by Angelo Tremblay and his team from the physical activity sciences laboratory at Laval University in Quebec, Canada, compared a sprint ergometer group versus an aerobic group. The study found the sprint group […]

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Why 6-Pack Abs Don’t Come in 6 Steps

Headlines such as “Hard Abs Made Easy” and “6 Steps to a Solid 6-Pack” may sell magazines, but seriously: If six-pack abs were attainable in six steps, wouldn’t we all be walking around with rippling washboard abs?Most of us aren’t, despite countless crunches in a myriad of angles and variations. Here’s why doing those six steps isn’t giving you that six-pack. First off, lower abs, upper abs and obliques don’t exist as functional units. “The notion that any abdominal muscles […]

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